Director Equity and Belonging

Employer: Labour and Advanced Education

Closing Date: 20201106

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Hours: Permanent


Job Title: Director Equity and Belonging
Competition # : 27264
Department: Labour and Advanced Education
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union – NSPG
Closing Date: 11/6/2020

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About Us

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education works to contribute to a competitive workforce by making strategic investments in people, programs, services and partnerships. The Department works with employers, unions, institutions, organizations and workers across the province to develop and maintain a workforce that is inclusive, reflective of Nova Scotia’s population, and that is productive and ready for opportunities.

About Our Opportunity

As the Director, Equity and Belonging, you will provide advice and support to the Executive Leadership Team on all matters relating to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

The Director will support LAE’s goal of becoming a diverse and inclusive workplace that, at all levels, reflects and respects the diversity of Nova Scotia’s population. The Director will provide LAE with the experience and strategic direction needed to support the cultural and structural change required to fully realize a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel welcome and valued, and where all Nova Scotians see themselves and their interests reflected in LAE’s workforce.

As the Director, you will work horizontally across government to ensure LAE’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is aligned with key government priorities, the articulated goals of the Public Service Commission, Nova Scotia’s Action Plan in Response to the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the strategic priorities of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, and the work of the Accessibility Directorate.

As the Director, Equity and Belonging, you will report to the Associate Deputy Minister. This position may be based anywhere in Nova Scotia – the Director will expect to travel to LAE office locations throughout the province and to attend weekly ELT meetings virtually and, in time, in person in Halifax.

Primary Accountabilities
• Work closely with the LAE Executive Leadership Team to ensure the values and goals of diversity and inclusion are embedded into LAE policy, operations and service delivery.
• Build capacity within the leadership and staff of the Department to develop and exemplify a workplace reflective of the goals and objectives of diversity and inclusion.
• Provide expert policy advice and strategic guidance to LAE’s Executive Leadership Team and LAE managers, working broadly with LAE staff and the Public Service Commission, other Nova Scotia government departments and committees, to remain current on best practices and initiatives underway throughout the Province.
• Work collaboratively with LAE diversity and inclusion allies, support and lead the development and delivery of activities of LAE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, establish baseline measures, monitor activities and achievements, and identify on-going challenges, barriers and solutions on a quarterly basis.

Ensure LAE is well represented on, and actively engaged in, government-wide committees and working groups whose purpose it is to articulate and advance diversity and equity goals.

Required Skills:

Qualifications and Experience
This may be the right opportunity for you if you have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree or a professional designation in a related discipline with extensive experience as a leader and a manager of people. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

Are you a member of a diversity group with a demonstrated passion for supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Do you have experience building successful relationships to support cultural change? If so, this could be the right opportunity for you.

You also possess a high level of creativity. You enjoy working with individuals and teams and you have a demonstrated ability to identify innovative solutions. You are an exceptional listener and communicator (verbal and written) with experience in leading strategy and program development and implementation.

If you have the above attributes and you have the experience and knowledge needed to consult, discuss and recommend a broad range of diversity strategies to address equity issues, we invite you to consider this opportunity.

Salary Information
EC 12
$3,226.17 - $4,023.23 bi-weekly

Additional Information
Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies identified for this position using the following tools: application, oral presentation(s), interview(s), and reference checks. Applicants are requested to demonstrate in their application their lived experience and passion for equity and belonging. Applicants are invited to share their passion using one of the following options:

 a detailed cover letter (maximum 2 pages)
 a cover letter (maximum 1 page) with a short video (maximum 2 minutes)
 a cover letter (maximum 1 page) with a one-page infographic that conveys information in a highly visual format which may include images, photographs, graphs, charts and/or other illustrations
 a cover letter (maximum 1 page) with a short presentation (maximum 5 slides)

How To Apply:

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