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Executive Director

In alignment to the Strategic Plan of the University, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall vision of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework, and the associated unit plan. This unit plan will demonstrate a commitment through action to enhancing a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, while also ensuring that resources are in place to respond to the needs of the University in the area of community safety. The Executive Director provides guidance and acts as the senior specialist on matters related to sexual and gender-based violence and misconduct, dealing with threatening behaviour, and harassment and discrimination, covering policies 3.6, 3.6.1 and 3.6.2 on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct, policies 6.10 and 6.10.1 on Dealing with Threatening Behaviour, policies 8.6 and 8.6.1 on Harassment, Bullying + Discrimination, and the Human Rights Code of British Columbia. In consultation with the President + Vice-Chancellor, executive leadership, faculty, staff, and students, the Executive Director ensures comprehensive services are in place for the University community in the areas of prevention, education, and support for incidents of sexualized violence, other forms of sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination. The Executive Director also oversees risk and threat assessment for the University. The Executive Director, in collaboration with other members of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Community Safety, ensures that individuals experiencing harassment and discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence and misconduct, and other forms of threatening behaviour receive the care and support needed to access health and academic services, legal options and reporting processes in a safe environment.

Permanent Full-Time Excluded Position

Some Typical Duties:

  • In consultation with the President + Vice-Chancellor, and other senior leadership, establishes short and long-term direction, planning, and priorities for the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Community Safety.
  • Works with staff and colleagues to develop policies, priorities, procedures and guidelines consistent with University policy and procedures, and aligned to relevant legislation and the University’s strategic plan.
  • Engages the University community in the creation of long-term prevention strategies concerning sexual and gender-based violence, harassment and discrimination.
  • Provides advice, counsel and support to staff, administrators and faculty on available services.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Community Safety leads the creation, implementation and promotion of training and educational opportunities for the University community.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with community partners such as police, legal services and community-based victim/survivor support services.
  • Acts as a resource and represents the University internally and externally on committees related to sexual and gender-based violence and misconduct, risk and threat assessment, harassment and discrimination.
  • Determines the needs of the student body related to survivor/victim support services. Sets direction and supervises department staff in delivering services to meet those needs, including supervision, development, and establishing service standards and expectations regarding consultation, and interventions and protocols practiced by staff.
  • Works closely with Student Services and Counselling, Wellness and Accessibility Services to ensure optimal coordination of services for students.
  • Creates a safe, trauma-informed and survivor-centred environment for disclosure and reporting of sexual and gender-based violence and misconduct, and other forms of threatening behaviour.
  • Provides support and options concerning legal, academic, health and reporting resources for survivors/victims. Works to ensure that services are maximally accessible to survivors/victims.
  • Provides expert guidance on the Human Rights Code of British Columbia and University Human Rights policies, ensuring the principles articulated are understood and upheld.
  • Investigates Human Rights complaints as appropriate.
  • Advises complainants and respondents as to processes and steps involved in advancing and resolving issues related to human rights.
  • Provides one-on-one coaching to management regarding effective case management.
  • Enhances the safety of the University community by: assessing threatening or potential threatening behavior/situations involving visitors, students, staff, faculty or others; oversees, coordinates, and tracks cases and related sensitive information in regards to threats or potential threats and develops, presents, and coordinates training for faculty, staff, students, or others in identifying potential risk situations and risk reduction strategies.
  • Maintains current knowledge of best practices and developments in the prevention and education of sexual and gender-based violence and victim/survivor support, risk and threat assessment, and Human Rights.
  • Maintains statistics for the purposes of ongoing analysis, reporting and assessment of services provided, including annual reporting to the Board of Governors and the President’s Executive Committee.
  • Maintains the privacy of all information in the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Community Safety according to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Provides intake and front-line services when needed and provides coverage for the Senior Case Manager, and Educator during vacation, professional development and sick leaves.
  • Manages office budget and allocates resources according to need.
  • Provides on-call emergency response during off hours.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years’ related experience providing leadership and direction in areas such as victim services, sexual and gender-based violence prevention and education, risk and threat assessment, and Human Rights, preferably in a post-secondary setting.
  • Proactive Resolutions certified training program, Violence Risk Assessment and Management for Post-Secondary Institutions, or equivalent training program.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of survivor-centred and trauma-informed professional practice.
  • Experience with coordination of care for victims/survivors.
  • Experience with case management and the accurate tracking and reporting of related data.
  • Knowledge of relevant policies and legislation including the University Act, Human Rights Code of British Columbia, Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Misconduct Policy, Dealing with Threatening Behaviour, Threat Assessment Team Procedures and Harassment, Bullying + Discrimination Policy and Procedures.
  • Excellent knowledge of education and response for diverse populations and issues including gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, race, national and ethnic origin, religion, ability, physical and mental disability, family, marital and socioeconomic status.
  • Experience with prevention program development including the creation of learning outcomes and program/service assessment.
  • Experience providing education programs in academic and academic support settings.
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team of health and support service providers, academic departments, and individuals receiving and investigating reports of sexual violence.
  • Excellent knowledge of risk and threat assessment.
  • Ability to proactively identify survivor/victim needs and develop appropriate programs and service levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others to create positive change.
  • Ability to prepare, promote and present training and educational workshops on a wide variety of violence prevention, risk and threat assessment and Human Rights related topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, maturity, ethical practice and common sense.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff and students as well external service providers.
  • Personal resilience, flexibility and openness with strongly developed self-care skills.
  • Excellent writing, oral communication, budget and organizational skills; ability to use tact and diplomacy to handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations effectively.
  • Ability to analyze data, aggregate information, conduct statistical analysis and prepare reports.
  • Ability to stay current with trends and literature regarding sexual and gender-based violence prevention and education, methods of risk and threat assessment and Human Rights legislation.
  • Ability to supervise and manage a team of multidisciplinary staff.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed, including some evenings and weekends.

How to apply:

Apply online through their website.