Manager of Diversity, Equity & Belonging (Human Resources & Citizen Service) – Region of Waterloo

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Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 630,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation.

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Manager of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

Our Human Resources and Citizen Service department is seeking an experienced Manager who will play a key role in consulting with the Commissioner and senior departmental leadership, partner with internal and external stakeholders to ensure diversity, equity, and belonging (DEB) principles are embedded across all of the Region’s people practices.  You will be involved in looking at hiring practices, onboarding, learning, core processes, policies, and day-to-day operations to support a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for all employees to be and do their best.

As the Manager Diversity, Equity and Belonging, you will support the Region in fostering, encouraging, and achieving a culture of DEB through the development and implementation of programs, processes, and services.

You will work collaboratively with the Region’s Reconciliation and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team to ensure the success of the Region’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan in support of Council’s vision for healthy, safe, inclusive communities.

To ensure successful execution of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan, you will take an equity-based approach and apply an equity lens to address systemic racism to embed equity, diversity, and belonging in all aspects of the Region’s Human Resources & Citizen Service Department, including championing data disaggregation and other methods of identifying disparities and inequities in policies, practices, and programs.

Apply Your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

As the ideal candidate, you’ll use your skills, experience and talents to lead the creation and corporate-wide implementation of an internal plan that will enhance a culture of equity and inclusion at the Region through projects and transformational strategies. You will be instrumental in the development and implementation of a diversity, equity and belonging  framework in relation to human resources policies, practices, and programs, the employee experience, and workplace culture. You will help to advance the Region’s strategic plan by developing action plans, including resources and tools.

In this role, you will partner with colleagues to facilitate integration of diversity equity and belonging  by reviewing current human resources practices and recommending and supporting changes that remove bias and promote a culture of DEB supportive of all employees.  You will work closely with leaders and departments to further diversify and advance workplace culture, and evaluate existing structures to ensure systemic barriers impeding employee and organizational development are removed. You will also work with the Director of Reconciliation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on shared issues and approaches, including community input to address internal barriers.

The organization will look to you as a subject matter expert on Human Rights, and equity, diversity and belonging and will help to address incidents of harassment, discrimination, bullying in the workplace. You will provide expert advice to leaders, hiring committees, and other equity- or inclusion-related committees to provide them with the knowledge to lead diverse teams, and to support employees to be, and do their best.

You will help us understand the demographics of the organization by launching and maintaining an employee census to help identify gaps in representation of under-represented groups.

Your relationship building skills will help to create and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders, including equity deserving groups within the community, and you will serve as a liaison between these groups and internal advisory groups.  You will also create and chair an internal DEB Council; and support the creation of employee affinity groups.

You are a strong administrator and transformational leader who understands the importance of staying informed about current social issues and understanding their impact on building an inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce focused on and providing culturally safe service to citizens.

Apply Your Experience at the Region of Waterloo

To help us promote and maintain a culture of diversity, equity and belonging, you’ll have significant, progressively responsible related experience with the above, as well as a bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Human Resources, Organizational Development, Equity and Diversity Studies, Social Work, Law, Sociology, Education), and/or equivalent combination of education and/or related experience that may include knowledge gained from learning from Elders, Indigenous knowledge keepers, and community members.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse and under-represented populations, including program development and/or project management focused on structural or systemic change and working in the areas of group process, conflict resolution, team development, community engagement, and mobilizing groups as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

You have lived experience through personal understanding of the issues and concerns  of equity-seeking groups, along with the challenges that come with systemic racism, discrimination, and inequity as an Indigenous or racialized individual, persons with disabilities, and/or member of the 2SLGBTQ+ or another under-represented community.

Your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and belonging combined with a demonstrated ability to take action and get results will enable you to help drive the Region’s commitment to further integrating these principles into its identity.

As a leader of transformational change, you will use your strong facilitation, collaboration and conflict resolution skills, to build trust, engage and influence others and build partnerships across all levels of the organization.

To Apply

To express your interest in this leadership opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume.  For additional information, please contact Sarah Adams at sarah@miramsbecker.com.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.

Region of Waterloo and Mirams Becker are committed to equity, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace; we welcome applications from women, racially visible individuals, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.  We are committed to providing persons with disabilities with equal opportunities and standards of goods and services, and we are fully compliant with applicable provincial Disabilities Acts.

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