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Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity

Job Details
Open Date Feb 23 2021 - 10:27:00 AM Close Date May 31 2021 - 04:00:00 PM
Position Title Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity Posting Type Regular Full Time
Posting Status Active Position Length Regular
Department Group Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity Hours per Week 35 hours per week
Department Office of the CAO Openings 1
Education Bachelor's Degree Experience 5 years
Competition 21-19
Salary Range $119,386 to $149,235
Union Position No


Position Description:

The Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity will provide leadership on initiatives related to municipal engagement with local Indigenous, anti-racism, accessibility and social justice communities that will inform the equity framework for the City of Waterloo. They will foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships with people and organizations working on reconciliation, anti-racism, accessibility and equity, including working with other local governments. This position will report to the CAO, and will serve as a member of the extended corporate management team (ECMT) to support organizational accountability for forward movement on equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization. The work of this team will align with the corporate guiding principle to ensure a sense of belonging, acceptance and value for all in our community and that everyone has access to equal opportunities and benefits.



  • Lead the development of a community-focused Equity and Inclusion Strategy informed through an anti-racist and anti-oppression lens and provide oversight for implementation across the corporation. The work will acknowledge unique circumstances and guide the steps on eliminating systemic barriers.
  • Recruit and provide leadership for a team of  three advocates: Indigenous Initiatives Advocate; Anti-Racism and Social Justice Advocate; and Accessibility Advocate, working through an anti-racism lens to inform an equity framework and strengthen municipal commitments to Indigenous reconciliation, equity and diversity.
  • Oversee the advocates work in recommending new municipal programs and initiatives or changes to existing ones that will support community members from equity-deserving groups as well as community organizations focused on Indigenous initiatives, anti-Black racism, anti-racism, accessibility and social justice.
  • Provide leadership on the development and monitoring of reconciliation and equity framework,  that are  integrated in corporate decisions, policies and programs  to the organization including Council, ECMT, management and staff  to identify and eliminate systemic barriers and inequities, such as those based on protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), including, but not limited to, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, creed, disability.
  • Provide leadership to the  Corporate Management Team (CMT) and the Director of Human Resources in the ongoing work of creating a more inclusive workplace culture and a more diverse workforce through foundational changes to policies, practices and accountability measures.
  • Provide strategic leadership to the current and future diversity, equity and inclusion corporate committees building on the work from the staff survey and recommendations.
  • Advise Council, CMT and staff  to enhance the City’s engagement with members of the community with a focus on equitable access to municipal supports and services in alignment with the city’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure  corporate representation on all Indigenization, anti-racism, accessibility and equity work and initiaitves across the broader community.
  • Foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships with people, organizations and governments working on Indigenous, anti-racism, accessibility, and equity issues.
  • Advise and direct on recommendations and actions that support the corporation’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the Commission’s obligations.
  • Make recommendations on changes to  City policies, practices and procedures on initiatives  pertaining to Truth and Reconciliation Commission obligations, anti-racism and equity that affect our community.
  • Ensure corporate AODA compliance and provide  informed guidance on accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with other levels of government, and government and non-government organizations on relevant initiatives such as, but not limited to, the Region of Waterloo’s Anti-Racism Initiative, Wellbeing Waterloo Region, the Immigration Partnership, and the KW4 Health Team’s Homeless and Precariously Housed Reference group to support system level change.
  • Responsible for divisional budget and program improvement measures related to financial implications and multi-year accountability and evaluation strategy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Post secondary degree in a relevant area of study (e.g. Indigenous studies, equity studies, social work, law, sociology, Black Canadian studies), graduate degree an asset or equivalent combination of education and related professional and community experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience effectively leading a team to advance diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion initiatives with evidence of demonstrated durable change in workforce diversity, demographics and representation
  • Demonstrated experience with  best evidence based practices in Indigentization, anti-racist and anti-oppressive   organizational change management work
  • Lived expertise and a critical analysis with regards to the intersection of systemic oppressions and the elimination of identity-based barriers and inequities that shape negative stereotypes linked to protected grounds
  • Lived experience to achieve credibility and ability to connect and promote collaboration engaging others in the community, including groups who experience oppression and are racialized and work towards eliminating silos
  • Experience and skills in cross community outreach and bridging of community, with an understanding  of the community they are advocating for and representing
  • Strong awareness of persistent trends in structural inequities both locally and nationally within Canada
  • Experience advancing multi-year anti-oppression organizational change management initiatives and the competency to design, lead and implement comprehensive meaningful, measurable change
  • Experience defining, implementing and reporting on accountability-focused metrics related to equitable recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention
  • Proven understanding of reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action for municipalities
  • Skilled in presenting to groups, including sound judgment, effective facilitation and managing difficult conversations
  • Ability to connect and engage based on credibility gained from critical analysis of lived experiences
  • Demonstrated leadership, coaching and human relations skills to effectively counsel, advise, coach, train and develop their team
  • Expressed values of inclusion, recognizing differences and diversity
  • Strong attention to detail, organization and project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills to be used externally and internally
  • Knowledge of legislation, including, but not limited to, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the AODA and Employment Standards Act
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Highly-tuned team-building skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills, and ability to manage numerous projects and deadlines concurrently
  • MS Office skills

Online Application Process

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume through this online application process. 


The City of Waterloo invites applications from Indigenous persons, Black persons, non-Black racialized persons/persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and others who are looking to be leaders in change. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants are requested to make their needs known in advance.


Sincere thanks to the community partners in Waterloo Region who participated in providing feedback as we move forward with this initiative. 

Job Posting Deadline: March 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm or until position is filled