University of Waterloo

Faculty Equity Officer

Requisition ID 2021-6537
Job Category
Dean of Mathematics Office
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$81,811 - $102,263


The Faculty Equity Officer will provide leadership within the Faculty of Mathematics to lead, articulate, and effect change in matters related to equity and anti-racism through policies, programs, and practices.  This position also acts as a liaison between the Faculty of Mathematics and the University’s Equity Office to ensure collaboration and alignment of Faculty initiatives with the institution’s strategic equity goals and priorities.


Leading implementation of EDI strategic initiatives

  • Leads the implementation of initiatives to advance anti-racism and decolonization in the Faculty, in consultation with the Math Racial Equity Committee

  • Determine gaps and develop initiatives to advance intersectional equity initiatives for the Faculty

  • Spearhead research, consultations, and needs assessments to identify issues/opportunities in the Faculty

  • Collaborates with the University’s central Equity Office and Indigenous Initiatives Office to inform the Faculty’s strategic plan on matters related to anti-racism and decolonization


Building awareness and capacity within the Faculty

  • Facilitate increased understanding of equity, anti-racism, and decolonization, including relevant institutional policies, practices, procedures

  • Assist Math faculty and staff in identifying resources to embed equity and anti-racism in their teaching and research

  • Work with and advise hiring committees to promote equitable recruitment and retention practices for faculty and staff

  • Work with Chairs, School Director, and Associate Deans for undergraduate and graduate students to promote equitable recruitment and retention practices

  • Develop training plans suitable for community members, working with the University’s Equity Office to leverage existing programs

  • Develops and delivers training on equity to community members in the Faculty of Math


Facilitate the creation and development of equity-related procedures and practices

  • Review Faculty policies, procedures, and practices to identify systemic barriers

  • Lead process review sessions with the relevant stakeholders and subject matter experts

  • Develop an understanding of recruitment and onboarding policies and processes to understand the existing framework and improvements that can be made to address barriers

  • Develop a schedule for procedure review


Measurement and reporting

  • Work with Director of Planning to develop metrics to evaluate the success of Faculty equity and anti-racism initiatives

  • Conduct evaluations of both qualitative and quantitative measures

  • Establish targets associated with equity and anti-racism initiatives including training

  • Work with Director of Strategic Communications to communicate targets and achievements


  • Master’s degree required
  • 5-7 years in equity-related administration including implementing equity programs and initiatives. Experience in an academic institution is preferred

  • Experience effecting organizational change, including policy, procedural, practical, and behavioural change

  • Experience with developing and delivering equity related training

  • Experience working with members of a senior leadership team working on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders

  • Proven expertise in developing, implementing, and measuring performance metrics

  • Effective communication skills (both written and oral)

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Proven leadership skills, including demonstrated relationship building skills

  • Effective critical thinking and decision-making skills

  • Ability to balance competing demands, on tight deadlines, within a results-oriented environment

  • Experience in Black or Indigenous research, partnerships, and/or ethics is an asset

  • Budget management experience is an asset

  • Demonstrated knowledge of equity, anti-racism, decolonization, and relevant equity legislation (e.g., Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

  • High level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff members

  • Ability to execute training on equity-focused issues

  • Strong analysis and understanding of systemic issues and an ability to develop comprehensive solutions

  • The ability to conduct or interpret research to ensure that recommendations are evidence based, where possible

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills to handle multiple competing priorities

  • Ability to work on confidential and sensitive matters with tact and discretion

  • Ability to develop and execute training on equity-focused issues, including compliance matters

  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office programs and/or other data content management systems, quantitative and qualitative research design, and methodologies

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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