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Director, Human Rights & Equity Services, McMaster University

McMaster is fulfilling its vision to become Canada's leading university, known internationally for its strong, distinctive educational and research programs, and focus on students.  To reach this objective, McMaster has set three strategic goals, one of which is to "Build an inclusive community with a shared purpose", and is seeking an exemplary leader to assume the role of Director, Human Rights & Equity Services.

Commensurate with the importance of this position, you will report to and work closely with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and serve on the senior management team of the University. As a champion of the University's efforts to address this strategic goal, you will develop an implementation plan and raise awareness and understanding across the entire McMaster community on the broad spectrum of human rights. You will provide guidance to the University leadership on existing and emerging human rights issues to ensure that the University meets its obligations and takes advantage of important opportunities; that McMaster's organizational policies and practices are progressive and consistent with its reputation for inquiry, innovation and excellence; and that its ability to attract and retain talented faculty, staff and students is enhanced. You will manage an office that investigates and resolves human rights and equity complaints expeditiously, counselling all parties, mediating and providing alternative dispute resolution and definitive investigative reports.

You have distinguished yourself in the human rights and equity field, demonstrating your strategic thinking, judgment, and negotiation abilities to effect institutional change. A sound manager of people and projects, your policy and case management skills are coupled with an exceptional ability to work with a broad range of people to find common ground and build consensus on difficult and sensitive issues. Your finely honed organizational acumen and ability to influence will help you succeed in the University environment and accomplish your mandate.

You will demonstrate McMaster's leadership competencies: Communicating, Developing People, Leading, Embracing Change, Optimizing Service Relationships, and Employing University Acumen.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position.  McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

For a confidential discussion on this special opportunity, please contact Louise Sidky via email at or at (416) 572-7658, Sidky Myron & Associates, Davisville Centre, 1920 Yonge Street, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4S 3E2

All responses are appreciated and will be acknowledged.

[Source: Health Equity Council list,]