University of Waterloo

  • Faculty Talent Recruitment and Equity Officer

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    2175 - Dean of Engineering Office
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - $74,291
  • Overview

    The Faculty Talent Recruitment and Equity Officer provides operational leadership to the Faculty of Engineering in developing robust talent acquisition strategies for all faculty recruitment including building a pipeline of exceptional candidates for prestigious research chair positions. The incumbent will develop, implement, monitor and communicate an equity plan for the Faculty to align with recruitment best practice with the goal of increasing representation of under-represented groups in faculty hiring processes.


    Creates and executes strategic plan for recruitment

    • Creates and executes a multifaceted strategic plan for talent recruitment and equity that promotes the vision statement and research goals of the Faculty
    • Develops, manages, and implements a strategic plan to increase applications from exceptional researchers from under-represented groups while continuing to attract highly qualified candidates
    • Establishes a network of top and emerging talent in various engineering disciplines
    • Develops a talent pipeline of emerging researchers through intelligence gathering
    • Evaluates and assesses the effectiveness of recruitment strategies by benchmarking best practices for faculty recruitment, metrics and identifies areas where strategies can be strengthened
    • Acts as a liaison with senior campus stakeholders regarding strategic priorities and equity targets, including the Office of Research, the Equity Office, the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo, and the Office of the Associate Vice-President Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion


    Builds talent pipeline

    • Provides strategic and trusted advice to the Dean of Engineering, Department Chairs and unit heads, and Departmental Advisory Committees on Appointments (DACAs) in outreach to and review of potential candidates, in evaluating candidate submissions and in short-listing candidates for interviews
    • Conducts national and international environmental scans to develop and maintain candidate pools for strategic engineering, entrepreneurship and design research areas
    • Provides direct talent sourcing of exceptional researchers through communications with the targeted audience to identify and attract a diverse, talented and progressive candidate pool
    • Leverages professional online and social media presence to attract talent and build talent pipelines
    • Identifies and participates in industry networking activities to ensure robust talent network
    • Supports the end-to-end recruitment process for research chair appointments including sourcing, interviewing, assessing candidates, and communications
    • Works with departments/schools and Dean of Engineering Office on the preparation of advertisements and uses various academic and industry connections, print and social media to advertise faculty positions
    • Works closely with academic units and research groups to increase candidate pools by identifying top researchers in fields targeted for recruitment
    • Researches and analyzes recruitment efforts and makes recommendations for candidate visits


    Coordinates on-boarding initiatives

    • Communicates and interprets policies for prospective faculty members on issues related to appointment, relocation, and research funding opportunities
    • Acts as a liaison with the Office of Vice-President, Academic and Provost, Legal and Immigration Services, and Human Resources on advertising requirements, offers of appointment, and onboarding of new faculty hires
    • Assists with the coordination of events for new faculty hires


    Modernizes trends, assesses strategies and processes

    • Keeps up-to-date on trends, rankings and competitor information and makes recommendations to improve the quality of potential candidates
    • Modernizes talent recruitment, and recruitment strategies within established policies
    • Defines, designs and executes the operational talent recruitment plan, evaluating existing practices and determining process and system efficiencies
    • Continuously assesses talent acquisition efficiency and feedback to deliver an excellent candidate experience


    Promotes diversity in faculty recruitment

    • Fosters a collaborative and integrated approach to eliminating barriers to equity within the Faculty of Engineering, to enhance the practice of diversity and inclusivity in recruitment processes
    • Leads, articulates and effects change to meet equity goals through recruitment best practice
    • Supports the development of new initiatives to grow the equity mandate for recruitment within the Faculty of Engineering



    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences required
    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to talent management and equity with at least 5 years of experience
    • Strong record of accomplishment of improving talent recruitment, building talent pipelines and equity in an academic environment
    • Experience working collaboratively with members of senior leadership committees to support talent management, equity and recruitment plans Expertise in building talent plans
    • Broad experience in the functional area of faculty recruitment, talent acquisition and diversity
    • Possesses intellectual acumen and strong interpersonal communication skills that will facilitate credibility and foster trust and strong working relationships
    • Proven relationship building, presentation and facilitation skills
    • Ability to handle information with utmost confidentiality and appropriately represent the Faculty
    • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in a variety of situations
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
    • Ability to establish and monitor metrics associated with recruitment, retention and equity
    • Detail oriented, well organized with strong time and project management skills





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