Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Learning Specialist


OPEN COMPETITION: Please note that this position will be posted until filled, however the applications that were received before January 10 will have priority consideration.

Carleton University’s Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities is searching for an innovative and enterprising candidate with excellent interpersonal skills for the new Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Learning Specialist position.

Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation’s government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa. As members of a dynamic, research-intensive university, Carleton’s faculty and staff provide a superior learning experience for our fine students who hail from every province and more than 100 countries around the world.

The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities fosters the development of an inclusive and transformational university culture where individual distinctiveness and a sense of belonging for every member drive excellence in research, teaching, learning and working at Carleton. Such a culture facilitates cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, local and global engagement, as well as an environment of innovative intellectual inquiry where all can fulfil their potential. Our commitment strengthens connections and cohesion within and across university communities and promotes inclusive leadership capacity-building throughout the institution.

The successful candidate will support and consult with the Assistant Vice-President and Senior Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Indigenous Initiatives members, the Accessibility community, students, Information Technology Services in the development, delivery and evaluation student human rights, anti-racism, and EDI-related synchronous and asynchronous programs.

The role involves developing and delivering EDI programming for faculty and contract instructors to support the integration of decolonized, anti-racist and inclusive pedagogical practices and curricular development as teaching orthodoxies. In addition, the incumbent will provide sessions for professional services staff about the importance and value of integrating EDI into all core initiatives of the university and provide coaching and guidance to groups across campus on organizational culture and practices and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have in-depth experience with curricular program design, with specific expertise in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion areas such as unconscious bias and critical race theory. The role requires an ability to apply this knowledge to a wide-range of post-secondary courses, including the humanities, social sciences, business and STEM. The candidate will have an awareness of the literature on the value of human rights and equity, diversity and inclusion and be passionate about conducting continues research in these areas. The ideal candidate will also have experience in supporting case resolution by reviewing, researching, designing, delivering and assessing educational remedies.

NOTE: This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to organizational development at a large comprehensive university and provide key support to the achievement of goals set out in Carleton’s Institutional EDI Action Plan.

This is a full-time, continuing position. The total compensation package includes competitive extended health and dental benefits, pension, annual and sick leave, life insurance, and unique perks such as tuition benefits and access to the fitness facilities at Carleton.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Learning Specialist (LS) will endeavor to further EIC efforts to strategically integrate EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) learning and professional development for all community members by supporting related planning and program development and delivery on campus. The Learning Specialist will collaboratively develop and deliver synchronous and asynchronous educational and professional development EDI programs, conduct research, provide advice, support case resolution and contribute to the creation and continuation of special events for the benefits of the diverse community of faculty, staff and students at Canada’s Capital University. The work of the Learning Specialist will influence university-wide curricular and pedagogical practice; organizational culture; recruitment, retention and promotion practices and procedures. Also, will be a key EIC operational response to expectations set by national granting and governance bodies such as the NSERC Dimensions Program and Universities Canada to address EDI challenges and opportunities through a whole-of-campus approach.


The incumbent must possess the following qualifications:
• Demonstrated expertise in developing and delivering workshop and professional development programs for operational / strategic and / or academic leaders, preferably within large organizations;
• Expertise in inclusive curricular design and pedagogical practice including demonstrated knowledge operationalizing critical race theory, decolonization and other aspects of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) informed teaching and learning;
• Familiar with academic freedom, employment matters, collective agreements, student admissions, teaching, financial aid, and student and academic support services;
• Ability to impart sensitive or controversial information with tact and sensitively to diverse groups with divergent interests;
• Must possess excellent interpersonal, problem solving and analytical skills;
• Strong documentation and writing skills;
• High degree of resourcefulness, initiative and discretion;
• Must be credible, non- judgmental, and impartial;
• Knowledge of software application supportive of educational initiatives and presentations;
• Sound knowledge of University academic regulations and employment policies and practices.

Education and Experience:

The above is normally acquired through the completion of Master’s degree in Education or a related field. Graduate work in Gender, Critical Race Theory, Accessibility studies or Organizational Behaviour would be considered an asset. This along with a minimum of four years of related experience preferably in an academic environment.

HR Note:

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Please answer all of the following questions before applying

*1. Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
*2. Have you completed a Master’s degree in Education or a related field?
*4. How many years of directly related experience do you have in curricular program design, with specific expertise in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
*5. How many years of experience do you have applying this knowledge to a wide-range of training delivery models?
*6. How many years of experience do you have with curricular development and design of a wide-range of post-secondary courses, including the humanities, social sciences, business and STEM?
*7. How many years of experience do you have in supporting case resolution by reviewing, researching, designing, delivering and assessing educational remedies?

* Question numbers in red and with an asterisk indicate mandatory questions (answer is required).

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