Special Advisor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Communities

College Oakville Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Department: Office of the President
Employee Group: Administrative
Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan Campus)
Payband: NP
Reference Number: 18/A/90

Salary Range: $148,751 - $185,939

Application Deadline: September 26, 2018

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Special Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Communities works collaboratively with institutional leaders to further unite the community and advance equity, diversity and inclusion across Sheridan.  They work purposefully to foster an inclusive campus that embraces equity and celebrates the rich diversity of our community such that all members – students, faculty and staff–have a strong sense of connection, respect for others’ rights to belong, and equal opportunity to engage, thrive and succeed.  

The Special Advisor involves the community in dialog and action to influence and facilitate a shared and committed leadership for human rights, equity and inclusion in all areas of academic, work and campus life. As a strategic partner (within the institution and external communities), the Special Advisor provides thought leadership and serves as a resource on matters of human rights, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. They collect and disseminate data to advance Sheridan’s equity, diversity and inclusion strategy, goals, and initiatives. The Special Advisor guides education and awareness raising initiatives and advocates for policies, programs and best practices that support Sheridan’s legislative obligations and organizational commitments.


Specific Responsibilities Include:


  • Collaborates with leaders, Student Affairs, Faculty, staff and students to identify, prevent and remove systemic barriers to accessing post-secondary education, particularly among members of Indigenous and racialized communities, faith-based and LGBTQ+ community members, and persons with disabilities; Develops policies, procedures and processes ensures alignment with legislative standards and best practices and oversees related education/awareness programs
  • Provides leadership to the Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) and advances a system-wide approach to connecting communities and fostering a culture of inclusion and shared responsibility
  • As a member of Sheridan’s Executive Committee (SEC), collaborates with senior leaders in the provision of pan-institutional leadership, strategic planning, policies, and operational decision making
  • Oversees the development and implementation of a strategy and framework to support a campus culture and community that upholds Sheridan’s vision for equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Optimizes subject matter expertise of CEI team members to create integrated and innovative processes and to achieve functional goals. Engages others in professional development and currency in their discipline
  • Oversees addressing complaints, investigations and dispute resolution. Ensures the provision of timely advice and response and the availability of effective support, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution services.
  • Ensures pan-institutional statistical data on accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion is collected and leveraged appropriately 




  • Masters degree in equity or diversity studies or other related discipline
  • 9 years of experience of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion and effecting policy, procedural and behavioural change in a complex, diverse environment (preferably in a post-secondary education)
  • Certification or Specialized Training Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion and the theoretical underpinnings of anti-oppression work, social justice and intersectionality
  • Understands the legal and legislative frameworks related to human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Attuned to contemporary societal issues (political and social) and how they impact internal communities
  • Highly collaborative leader and mentor with strategic imagination and creative problem-solving abilities


Please apply online: https://careers-sheridancollege.icims.com


Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.

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