The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an accomplished Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility to develop and implement strategies and lead special projects aligned to corporate objectives; while advising across the organization on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) and anti-racism under the direction of the CEO.

  • Provide expert advice in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of organizational EDIA and anti-racism strategies and frameworks.
  • Leads the design, development and sustainment of core and legislated EDIA and anti-racism training and education programs and initiatives to advance the organization’s awareness and understanding.
  • Act as a subject matter expert on EDIA projects, human rights, anti-racism and anti-oppression to staff, leadership, and board.
    Oversee and coordinate ongoing implementation and reporting of OAC’s multi-year accessibility plans and relevant accessibility requirements.
  • Act as an advisor for Human Resources department and people managers in the development and implementation of appropriate actions for accommodation, incidents of discrimination and other employment considerations consistent with legislation, OAC policies and EDIA best practices.
  • Act with high confidentiality, tact and judgment while advising CEO and senior management on sensitive matters that pertain to organizational culture, reputation, employee relations and complaints.
  • Lead special projects with strategic EDIA and/or anti-racism considerations as assigned or approved by the CEO.
  • Coordinate, attend as participant, spokesperson, or primary resource, or lead internal and external committees and meetings about EDIA.
  • Identify and negotiate opportunities and build strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of professional experience in arts & culture, not-for-profit, or government sectors in a role with the scope and responsibilities for advising, developing, leading and executing strategy and initiatives.
  • Two (2) years’ minimum experience leading EDIA and anti-racism initiatives
  • An undergraduate degree in any field, or a combination of relevant education, training and experience.
  • Experience leading projects on behalf of or for equity deserving communities, and/or communities facing racism and discrimination, a significant asset.
  • Experience developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies, project management, managing relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, and addressing stakeholder concerns.
  • Experience designing and developing strategies, programs, and action plans and leading and supporting the profession learning of adult learners, with a focus on EDIA an asset.
  • Project management professional designation is considered an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant EDIA and anti-racism legislation, principles, and best-practices.
  • Knowledge of public relations and public policy an asset.
  • Knowledge of Ontario’s arts community and issues facing the community, and the application of EDIA and anti-racism in the arts is preferred.
  • Strategic thinking, complex problem-solving skills and excellent analytical ability are essential to assess and reframe challenges and issues when providing a high-level advice and recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to lead and participate in consultative decision making that enables diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve OAC goals.  ​
  • Strong leadership and change management skills to inspire, engage, motivate, and develop staff
  • Strong organizational, time and project management skills to manage and prioritize multiple initiatives and projects concurrently and deliver desired results in a timely fashion.
  • Excellent influential business writing and verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • French language skills and / or language skills from Ontario Indigenous communities and / or language skills from one or more non-official language diasporas in Ontario an asset.
  • Proficient in using current technologies, software and programs required to succeed on the job, such as Microsoft 365 Suite

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Location Toronto
Field Culture, Music and Entertainment
Middle Management
Time Full-time
Salary from 97.312,00 CA$ to 134.949,00 CA$ per year
Date 02 February 2024
Length of Employment Indefinite
Contract Employment Contract
Company name Ontario Arts Council Visit company page
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The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC’s primary purpose is to award grants to professional artists and arts organizations.