Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisor in Research

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Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisor in Research

Office of Research

Temporary full-time from January 2022 to December 31, 2023
Hiring #: 2022-0006 

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Reporting to the Associate Vice President Research Services (AVPRS) and the Associate Vice President Research Agri-Food Partnership (AVPAGRFD), the Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (IEDI) Advisor in Research is responsible for advancing the contributions of the University’s research enterprise and advancing the University’s performance in IEDI metrics.  Key responsibilities include advising staff on addressing external IEDI requirements related to research; researching, developing, coordinating, communicating and implementing University services and resources that guide and support the implementation of IEDI initiatives in the research enterprise; and assisting researchers in integrating IEDI into, for example, team composition, research design, processes, analysis, and interpretation, and communication of research results. 

The IEDI Advisor in Research will play a critical role in ensuring compliance with federal and provincial policies and sponsor guidelines (e.g., Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP), Tri-Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)), supporting the integration of IEDI into the OMAFRA/UofG Agreement, promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization within the research enterprise, and assessing and leading/coordinating the development and implementation of IEDI-related policies as related to research at the University of Guelph.

The incumbent works closely with key stakeholders across the University such as Indigenous Initiatives, Diversity and Human Rights, College Research Managers, Associate Deans Research and Graduate Studies, Research Program Directors, ORS staff and OR-AFP staff to plan, direct and support key IEDI in research objectives as determined by the Vice-President Research. The incumbent will also interact with external organizations and individuals, such as research funder representatives, OMAFRA, and other IEDI research advisors across and outside the country to ensure that the University is up to date on world-leading organizational practices that support and advance IEDI in research, garner and share best practices and resources, and have a forum for seeking input for problem solving and issue resolution. As such, the incumbent requires a high degree of inter-departmental and external communications expertise to achieve University objectives. 

Requirements of the position include: a Master’s Degree (preferably a research-based Master’s degree) and a minimum of six (6) years experience leading, managing and successfully executing numerous priorities and multiple projects of increasing complexity in a research environment (preferable), or a management position in higher education. Experience and scholarly expertise in advancing IEDI initiatives, preferably within the higher education sector, and experience working with members of a senior leadership team working on organization-wide committees and collaborating with multiple stakeholders is essential.   The incumbent is an experienced professional, passionate about driving strategies for enhanced IEDI with a strong awareness of current trends and literature regarding IEDI, and the legal and legislative frameworks related to IEDI. The incumbent possesses a collaborative leadership style and a demonstrated track record of taking initiative, leading complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously. The IEDI Advisor in Research has strong interpersonal, mediation, and negotiation skills, the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders and partners, excellent time management and organization skills, the ability to masterfully gather and analyze data, the ability to assess needs, and deliver practical solutions that drive results. Tact and sensitivity in dealing with matters subject to confidentiality and privacy considerations are essential to the position. 


Classification:  P06
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At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2022 01 05
Closing Date: 2022 02 09 (extended)

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