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Strategic Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion

Req ID: 9723
Vacancy Type: Permanent 
Number of Positions: 1  
Closing Date: 09/23/2020

Job Summary

The Corporation of the City of Mississauga is committed to creating a workplace that is diverse an inclusive, a place where all employees are treated with respect and dignity and are supported in reaching their full potential. Reporting to the Director Strategic Initiatives, this position will lead and facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of diversity initiatives as identified in the City of Mississauga’s Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Strategy through partnering with internal and external stakeholder groups to champion community outreach initiatives and ensuring diversity and inclusion strategies and programs are embedded within core processes and day-to-day operations across the Corporation and within the community.

Due to Covid-19, most of our offices are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients and community. As such, this position will be required to work remotely for an undetermined period. Once our offices re-open you will report to Civic Center, Mississauga.

Duties and Responsibilities

•Lead the implementation of the City’s Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Strategy by partnering with internal City stakeholders across the organization.
•Act as a subject matter expert, change agent, key enabler and champion of the City of Mississauga’s commitment to fostering a workplace culture and environment that is inclusive, diverse and equitable.
•Leverage various sources of knowledge related to diversity, equity and inclusion to recommend best practices and experiences, including awareness, communication and education initiatives, building programs that foster leadership commitment and equity outreach programs, and facilitating employee resource groups as identified in the City’s Workforce Diversity & Inclusion strategy.
•Identify and address systemic barriers across the organization and hold leaders accountable with good governance and by actively challenging the status quo, ensuring meaningful progress and reporting.
•Provide advice to incorporate diversity and inclusion details/considerations into related corporate-wide services, policies and procedures to ensure that they are responsive to the diverse community, suppliers and other external stakeholders.
•Act as an advisor and thought leader to departmental and divisional heads, on all matters related to diversity and inclusion.
•Support and coach employees who need help with diversity, equity, and inclusion related matters.
•Develop, report and present on the Workforce Diversity & Inclusion strategy recommendations and outcomes. 
•Connect with community leaders and participate as a member of various diversity committees both internally and externally, including presentations as required to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) and the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
•Develop and monitor metrics to measure the effectiveness of diversity initiatives implemented. 
•Track results of diversity census data and identify priorities in response to demographics and survey results.
•Develop and manages Request for Proposal (RFP) processes resulting in the selection and hiring of external consultants.
•Manage the planning, progress and completion of project-based assignments and programs including developing project objectives, project charter, evaluation methods and consultation processes.
•Represent the City of Mississauga and serve as subject matter expert on diversity-related issues at conferences, professional associations, and meetings.
•Monitor current social, economic and political trends and issues, including legislative proposals that impact on the integration of diverse communities.
•Build and maintain networks and coordination mechanisms with external agencies, voluntary sector agencies, community groups, educational institutions and private sector.
•Evaluate the D&I portfolio and assess the need for changes in the context of Council direction, changes to legislation and monitoring of current trends.

Skills and Qualifications

•University Degree in Diversity Studies, Social Science, Business or Public Administration or a related discipline.
•Minimum 5 years in leading, influencing and implementing multi-year strategic diversity initiatives for a large and complex organization either in the public or private sector, including group, process and meeting facilitation experience.
•Passionate, dynamic and strategic leader with an ability to influence at all levels, within the City of Mississauga and among community leaders.
•Experience working with diverse communities, groups & organizations (i.e. ethno-cultural, equity-setting, racialized, faith-based, LGBTQ+, vulnerable, marginalized, youth, etc.) Knowledge, experience and commitment to equal access, equity and diversity.
•Ability to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders and balance multiple priorities.
•Demonstrated knowledge and experience in using project management and change management principles.
•Knowledge of relevant legislation, including Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005; Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001; Human Rights Code.
•Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication with a strong emphasis on networking and outreach.
•Demonstrated high level of critical thinking with the ability to perform in a proactive and strategic manner.
•Political acumen and ability to facilitate discussions on challenging topics while developing viable, impactful solutions.
•A strong understanding of federal, provincial and regional government processes and institutions.
•Computer proficiency in Microsoft office/software.
•Proficient in English and knowledge of other commonly spoken languages in Mississauga such as Urdu, Mandarin, Arabic, Polish and/or Punjabi considered an asset


Hourly Rate/Salary: $ 87,715.00 - $ 116,955.00 
Hours of Work: 35 
Work Location: Civic Centre 
Department/Division/Section: CMO/City Manager's Office , CMO/Strategic Initiatives , Strategic Initiatives 
Non-Union/Union: Non Union 


A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.


We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. You can also check your application status in your candidate profile online. 


All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act. 


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.     




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