Director, Reconciliation and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), Region of Waterloo
Waterloo Region is doubling down on its commitment to addressing systemic issues that continue to negatively impact members of historically marginalized communities. It is within this context that the Region of Waterloo seeks applications for the role of Director, Reconciliation and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
This is an incredibly important role for the Region, and at a time where collective energy and increased attention to reconciliation and EDI matters will result in the Region making significant strides as a community over the next number of years and well into the future. Among other responsibilities, the Director will: lead and/or facilitate conversations around matters pertaining to reconciliation with Indigenous communities, anti-racism, equity, and inclusion (and, to that end, will develop and implement a reconciliation action plan and anti-racism and EDI action plan for the Region in partnership with local municipalities and Indigenous communities); work in partnership with their team to foster meaningful change within the Region by means of implementing anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and practices; work alongside other senior leaders and departments, including Human Resources, to further diversify and advance workplace culture; and, evaluate existing structures to ensure systemic barriers impeding employee and organizational development are removed. The Director is also responsible for planning and managing the day-to-day delivery and operations of the Reconciliation and EDI Unit and contributes to visionary exercises while supporting the implementation of existing plans, including the Region of Waterloo’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. Committed to helping improve life throughout Region, the Reconciliation and EDI Unit works in and alongside community to further reconciliation and EDI in all its forms.
The Director, Reconciliation and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion works closely with the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, and is an integral part of the Region’s leadership team and will be resourced and empowered to challenge systemic barriers as they work in partnership with others to combat them. The successful candidate is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous communities and possesses a deep knowledge and understanding of EDI, and has the ability to help drive the Region’s commitment to further knit EDI into its very identity