Human Rights Commissioner

August 13 2018
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt., Civil law
Mississauga, ON

Human Rights Commissioner

A champion of human rights with expertise in all things equity, adept at leading and inspiring positive change in a complex, diverse and multi-stakeholder environment, you are prepared to join the Peel District School Board (PDSB) and make your mark on an organization committed to accessibility for all students and staff, and the community at large.

Reporting to the Director of Education, you will work collaboratively with the senior team to build cultures of respect for human rights and equity right across the Peel District School Board – from identifying and addressing systemically based human rights and equity issues, to ensuring organization-wide compliance with Ontario's Education Equity Action Plan (EEAP) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. This is a significant mandate with accountability for all aspects of Human Rights Office management: reviewing complaints, managing the investigations and mediation process, managing the budget, and leading staff activities, including supervision of the Early Resolution Officer. As Human Rights Commissioner, you will also be in charge of developing ongoing human rights education and training, and directing the Peel Board's compliance with employment equity and accessibility matters under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Your knowledge of educational and employment equity will prove invaluable in the development, implementation and administration of policies and procedures related to the Education Equity Action Plan and Human Rights in general, with a focus on eliminating systemic barriers and discriminatory institutional and instructional practices that negatively impact student achievement and well-being. Senior Officials, Principals, Supervisory Management and the Board will also look to you, as a strategically and tactically minded subject matter expert, for interpretation, analysis, advice and recommendations on strategies and action in all areas of human rights, religious accommodation, inclusion strategies, conflict management techniques, support tools for traditionally marginalized communities, and other equity issues.

An an impartial administrator, you will conduct in-depth investigations of human rights and workplace harassment complaints, report on findings and make recommendations, overseeing staff and case file documentation, and ensuring that all participants receive the support services they need throughout the process. A skilled communicator and consensus builder, you will lead crisis intervention, conflict de-escalation and dispute resolution activities, liaising both tactfully and confidently with complainants, respondents and union, federation and association representatives to facilitate an early resolution.


With your track record of professional accomplishments in senior management and expertise in human rights law and practice, you have a solid foundation for success as the Board's new Human Rights Commissioner. This pivotal role will also demand the following strengths:

  • University degree (law and/or graduate degree preferred), or related equivalent education, as approved by the Board.
  • 10 or more years' extensive managerial and professional experience at a senior level, preferably in an educational environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and expertise in human rights law and practice, facilitation, mediation, managing equity issues and resolving workplace discrimination complaints.
  • Knowledge of educational and employment equity issues and in-depth understanding of human rights issues, public policy, case management, conflict resolution processes, and laws governing equity, human rights and administrative process.
  • Strong managerial skills and the ability to manage in a complex and diverse environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and data analytical skills, sound judgment, sensitivity and a broad understanding of, and inclusive approach to, building consensus and solving problems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.

SALARY: $170,838 - $188,349 per annum

To apply for the Human Rights Commissioner position, please send your cover letter and resume electronically, no later than Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., to: Director of Education, c/o ************@******.com.

The Peel District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Canada, with more than 153,000 students in 253 schools.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be interviewing selected candidates. For the safety of students, all school board staff need to provide a satisfactory criminal record check prior to commencement of employment.

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We will provide reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.

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