Director, Human Rights Services

Ryerson University


  • Location: Toronto
  • Closing Date: 27/06/2016

Ryerson University’s Human Resources team is seeking a strategic thinker for the role of Director, Human Rights Services. As a university, Ryerson is committed to providing a civil and safe environment which is free of discrimination and harassment and respectful of the rights, responsibilities, well-being and dignity of it’s members.  

Under the direction of the assistant vice-provost/vice-president of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, you’ll ensure that policies, procedures and resources are implemented appropriately to uphold the core human rights values within the Ryerson community. 

As a change agent, you’ll work to foster a culture free of discrimination and harassment and provide senior management with information and advice on human rights issues and obligations. In keeping with Ryerson’s values, we’re looking for someone with a strong understanding of the complexities of anti-oppression, anti-racism, microaggressions and issues surrounding sexual violence.

This role is responsible for day-to-day management of Human Rights Services, helping to shape its direction; overseeing case management of human rights complaints; and developing education and awareness agendas. To do this, the successful candidate will have experience working in fast-paced environments, a strong understanding of case-law and an ability to see both the big and small picture. 

Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, we know that our strengths lie in our connections to our community. A skilled networker and relationship builder, the successful candidate will have a proven track record with collaborations and partnerships across an organization. To this end, experience working in the university or college setting and unionized workplaces where diverse constituencies and stakeholders may have competing priorities is key.

It’s important that the successful candidate is committed to a hands-on approach, both in the management of the team and the interactions with our community. We’re committed to transparency and dialogue, and the successful candidate will not only need to have understanding of processes but be able to use empathy and patience to help our community members understand processes and outcomes as well.

In order to attend events and network within the community, the incumbent may be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.