The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), led by Dalhousie University, is one of the world’s most significant ocean science research and training collaborations with partnerships extending globally, across many sectors such as university, government, research institutes, industry, NGO, and philanthropic.

 

Position Title: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility Specialist (Designated Position)

Department/Unit: Ocean Frontier Institute

Research Project: Transforming Climate Action

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posting Number: GP26-23

Position Type (GP): Term

Duration of Contract (if applicable): 3 years, with possibility of extension

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $64,824 - $86,841 per annum (35 hours per week)

About the Organization

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), led by Dalhousie University, is one of the world’s most significant ocean science research and training collaborations with partnerships extending globally, across many sectors such as university, government, research institutes, industry, NGO, and philanthropic. OFI administers several ocean research and training programs, including the Canada First Research Excellence Fund program, Transforming Climate Action: Addressing the Missing Ocean, a partnership between Dalhousie University, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université Laval, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. For more information about OFI and the Transforming Climate Action program, visit transformingclimateaction.ca and ofi.ca.

Job Summary    

Reporting to OFI’s Chief Administrative Officer, the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) Specialist will play a key role in the governance and management of the Transforming Climate Action (TCA) research program through developing and implementing strategy to ensure TCA meets its strategic EDIA goals.

Key Responsibilities      

  • Develop a comprehensive EDIA strategy, including implementation plan and performance measurement metrics, employing a collaborative, consultative process among the 4 partner institutions.
  • Oversee implementation of the EDIA strategy, including mechanisms to review success and make timely adjustments as may be needed.
  • Conduct ongoing study into the unique challenges faced by under represented groups in the ocean research sector, and on new and evolving best practices to address those challenges, with a goal to incorporate advancements into TCA EDIA strategy.
  • Report on progress to the TCA governance bodies, respond to questions, and take follow up action as required.
  • Work closely with communications staff to develop a communications plan for the EDIA strategy with the goal of ensuring support and participation from other partners and stakeholders, such as industry and international partners.
  • Contribute to decision making across all TCA programs and projects in advancing EDIA outcomes.

Note     

A cover letter is requested as part of the application materials. Candidates should describe in their cover letters how they meet the selection criteria and/or any equivalent professional experience, education, and/or lived experience that may be applicable to the role.

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience developing and implementing strategy in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or accessibility.
  • Experience conducting research (i.e., collecting data, producing environmental scans, conducting interviews, compiling reports) to produce evidence-based recommendations and plans.
  • Proven strong and respectful interpersonal communication skills, written and verbal alongside the ability to develop a range of communication materials (plans, reports) to support goals.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with diverse groups to achieve goals.
  • A similar combination of education, professional and/or lived experience and expertise may be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Assets  

  • Graduate degree in a related field.
  • Familiarity with Government of Canada Tri-Agency EDIA best practices, guidelines, and policies.
  • An understanding of challenges particular to underrepresented groups in the ocean sector.
  • Experience working in or with a university research environment.
  • Experience in Indigenous community engagement including an understanding of relevant protocols, principles, and practices for respectful engagement.
  • Bilingualism, English and French.

Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.

 

Diversity Statement      

In keeping with the principles of employment equity and the nature of this position, this position is designated to candidates who self-identify as belonging to one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq) persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and/or other members of racialized groups. In order to be considered, applicants must self-identify in their application materials as belonging to one or more of the equity-deserving groups above. Applicants should note that additional materials may be requested through the process. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity

Close Date: 05/29/2023

Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting: https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/13257