- Demonstrates professionalism and political acumen in providing expertise and strategic advice to the City and communities on Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs and equity, diversity and human rights in accordance with the City’s and the Equity, Diversity & Human Rights (EDHR) division’s priorities.
- Recommends strategies to resolve emerging issues by using expertise and knowledge to determine best solutions, for example, through the use of established policies and guidelines to adapt or enhance existing techniques, frameworks for analysis and evaluation.
- Monitors current social, economic and political trends and issues, including legislative proposals, that impact on the integration of Aboriginal/indigenous communities, equity-seeking groups and vulnerable populations and uses findings to develop policies and prepare reports recommending strategic and policy directions for the City.
- Conducts original research on urban Aboriginal/Indigenous issues and assigned areas, including jurisdictional scans, ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government and the private sector.
- Tracks the City’s progress, with the goal of continuous improvement, in embedding Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs, equity, diversity and human rights in the delivery of its programs and services to all its diverse communities.
- Acts as a resource for staff and elected officials to identify and act on current and anticipated Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs, equity, diversity and human rights needs and issues with a focus on producing equity of outcomes.
- Leads the implementation of the City’s Statement of Commitment and prioritized Calls to Action (Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada) and other corporate commitments in ways that promote public confidence in the City and forge closer working ties with Aboriginal/Indigenous communities in Toronto.
- Works with partners on the implementation of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the Aboriginal Education Strategy and towards increasing Aboriginal/Indigenous representation on agencies and corporations.
- Monitors Aboriginal/Indigenous workforce representation and employment trends at the City and works with partners, for example, Human Resources, to suggest strategic solutions as needed.
- Acts as a liaison for the City with Aboriginal/Indigenous communities in Toronto and tracks and develops responses to pressing community issues.
- Acts as the primary resource to the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, manages member outreach and selection, meeting coordination, and provides subject-matter expertise as needed.
- Resources and supports an Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs Community of Practice (including an online presence) and an Aboriginal/Indigenous Staff Network at the City of Toronto
- Resources and engages the Inter-Divisional Staff Team on Access & Equity, affinity/employee resource groups, reference groups, and Council or Community Committees as needed.
- Manages relations with and updates executive leadership, unions, staff association and other stakeholders on Aboriginal/Indigenous issues, and collects appropriateness feedback for process improvements.
- Implements Council-directed initiatives such as roundtables, task forces, advisory committees, working groups and interdepartmental committees.
- Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs, equity, diversity and human rights requirements and solutions for the City’s policies, practices, programs and services.
- Identifies opportunities, develops partnerships with, and resources City divisions in order to embed Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs, equity, diversity and human rights considerations into all aspects of the City’s workings.
- Develops and maintains relationships with management, staff, government representatives, councillors and their staff.
- Represents the department at corporate, intergovernmental, multi-sectoral and public meetings as needed.
- Undertakes the planning, progress and completion of assigned projects on to investigate policy and program options.
- Ensures that project and program expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
- Develops and oversees Request for Proposal (RFP) processes resulting in the selection and hiring of external consultants and managing timelines, tasks, budgets and project deliverables.
- Sources, develops, and delivers Aboriginal/Indigenous-focused courses and modules on complex urban Aboriginal issues in ways that meet employee and organizational needs.
- Identifies, promotes and facilitates, in consultation with Equity & Diversity staff and the Human Rights Office, the development and implementation of Aboriginal/Indigenous content in policies, programs, initiatives, surveys, learning curriculum, learning modules, tools, guides, manuals, and other educational materials, to address complex urban Aboriginal issues in community, public and private sectors.
- Develops and implements corporate communications and educational strategies that communicate the City’s corporate directions concerning Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs, equity, diversity and human rights issues creating a receptive environment for change.
- Maintains and updates Aboriginal Affairs webpages, tracks web usage of online content, and explores innovative new technologies such as social media for campaigns and more effective communications and outreach.
- Works to ensure that Aboriginal-specific outcomes are measured as part of the City’s overall equity performance
- Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Considerable lived, practical and relevant working experience of Aboriginal/Indigenous issues.
- Considerable experience with employment equity, diversity, accessibility and human rights policies and/or laws and related organizational change strategies and mechanisms.
- Extensive work experience in urban Aboriginal policy review, research, and policy development, complex planning from inception through to implementation including organizational change strategies and broad-based knowledge of the core functions of Equity, Diversity & Human Rights.
- Demonstrated ability in public and employee engagement, including supporting committees, communities of practice, employee resource groups/affinity groups.
- Experience with developing and delivering educational and presentation materials on Aboriginal issues.
- Ability to operate as a highly organized, fully accountable project leader, self-directed team member and member of a staff team.
- Highly developed communication, presentation and human relations skills with the ability to communicate persuasively and effectively at all organizational levels.
- Highly developed analytical, problem solving and research skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to customer service excellence.
Note: If you have previously applied for this position, you are not required to reapply
Qualified List Information:
- A list of qualified candidates will be established for the Consultant, Equity & Diversity position in the Equity, Diversity & Human Rights Division and will be in effect for up to one year from the date the list is created. Qualified candidates on the list may be considered when filling future permanent vacancies in this position
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