Equity Consultant (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 25634 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function

The Equity Consultant provides subject matter expertise, process expertise, coordination, and guidance to City staff with the objective of advancing justice, equity, decolonization, and inclusion throughout the City. The Equity Consultant works in partnership with City departments on the development and implementation of equity-related strategies, initiatives and programs. The Equity Consultant also provides advisory support to individual employees, supervisors, managers, and human resources consultants on addressing workplace discrimination and conflict. The role represents the Equity Office on various internal and external committees and initiatives.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Chief Equity Officer and is located within the Equity Office in the City Manager’s Department. The Equity Office works to shift the City’s internal structures and workplace culture in the direction of equity. The purpose of the Equity Office is to work at the systemic level on behalf of those who have been institutionally marginalized. The Equity Consultant works as part of a small team and in a collaborative fashion with staff groups and with leadership teams across the City. The role also maintains relationships with the Unions and external organizations whose work is focused on workplace equity, decolonization and inclusion.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

Supports City-wide Initiatives:

  • Develops and implements organizational change strategies, City-wide equity-related initiatives, and workforce diversity and inclusion plans
  • Develops and tracks metrics and measurements for equity goals and plans, and develops reports to support decision making and ongoing implementation
  • Develops, coordinates and facilitates programs and educational initiatives, forums, presentations, and workshops
  • Provides support, and liaises with Employee Resources Groups and other working groups established by the Equity Office
  • Regularly and actively engages in critical reflection and dialogue (both individually and as a team member) about inclusion, diversity, equity and the implementation of social justice principles in the workplace

Supports Departments and Units:

  • Supports central service departments – e.g., Human Resources, Civic Engagement and Communications, Finance – to identity opportunities for, and advance changes to policy, standard processes, key messaging, trainings, and other components that would enable systemic shifts towards equity and decolonization
  • Supports leadership teams of specific business units and departments – e.g. Engineering, Planning, Fire –  to develop departmental action and implementation plans

Supports Individuals:

  • Provides one-on-one support and advice for staff experiencing issues with workplace discrimination
  • Provides advice for managers and supervisors responsible for creating inclusive and equitable workplaces
  • Provides advice on addressing workplace issues through formal and informal channels

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary degree in relevant discipline (social sciences, human resources or related subject) supplemented by course work around justice, equity, decolonization and inclusion issues;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience developing and leading relevant initiatives in a complex organization;
  • Relevant lived experience as a person from an under-represented background in the workplace environment, is preferred.
  • Equivalent combination of lived experience, education, training and work experience will be strongly considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge and ability to participate comfortably in discussions on justice, equity, decolonization and inclusion using current discourse (e.g. human rights, anti-oppression, social justice, pluralism, feminism, critical race theory, disability studies, queer studies, reconciliation, decolonization) while remaining open to new and challenging ideas.
  • Considerable experience leading a participatory consultation process, negotiating and mediating among various interest groups on potential contentious issues, and drafting resulting strategies, policies, plans or other initiatives
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of change management
  • Considerable experience with group facilitation and/or training around equity issues
  • Working knowledge of compliance processes and experience taking disclosures with sensitivity
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency, including strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage, motivate, and build trust and confidence with diverse audiences within a work environment
  • A strong sense of self and identity; keen awareness of positionality, power and privilege; and ability to self-reflect to bring own actions in alignment with commitments.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts arising within a project team or in interactions with clients
  • Ability to conduct research of best practices and trends in equity, decolonization and inclusion and to develop, track, and analyse metrics
  • Ability to prepare status reports and summaries, speak effectively in public at meetings and presentations to a variety of groups including senior leaders and Council
  • Working knowledge of municipal government or other large unionized environment preferred

Business Unit/Department: City Manager’s Office 

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: March, 2021

Application Close:  February 28, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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