Director, Equity and Strategic Initiatives

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Director, Equity and Strategic Initiatives

Job Information
Author gwozney
Date February 4, 2021
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Salary $109,890- $129,283 - Annual
Location Winnipeg, MB
Category Director
Contact Information
[email protected]


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a national museum dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Located in the heart of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the CMHR rises from the Prairie earth at The Forks, which has been a meeting place for over six thousand years.

The CMHR delivers an immersive, interactive and memorable experience for visitors of every background, age and ability. Each visitor has access to a fully reinvented museum experience that reflects a design approach that sets new Canadian and world standards for inclusion and universal accessibility.

We are seeking talented individuals who are motivated to share their passion and commitment to join our team. Together, we aim to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

Purpose of Position

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is centered around the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can serve as a positive force for change in the world. The Director, Equity and Strategic Initiatives will collaborate with members of the Executive team and other leaders to champion a workplace culture that is inclusive, equitable, innovative and focused on inspiring action.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director, Equity and Strategic Initiatives is responsible for developing strategies to create and sustain a healthy work environment that is respectful, equitable and inclusive, in keeping with the objectives established by the Board of Trustees and fulfilling the legislated mandate of the CMHR.

The incumbent will lead the development of organizational strategies, systems, programs, metrics, education, and training.  The incumbent will be a courageous and empathetic leader, strong and thoughtful communicator, critical thinker, innovator, and will bring a collaborative approach to their role.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Collaboration

Identifies, articulates and champions anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive policies and practices in the workplace, incorporating best practice and change management principles to de-colonize the organization and increase its accessibility for all.

Develops programs and initiatives, in consultation with the Executive management team, to embed and embrace equitable and inclusive practices and behaviours in the workplace.

Provides consultation and advice to the Executive management and broader leadership team, as well as all staff and union representatives as appropriate, on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Works with internal and external professionals, experts, committees and stakeholders to establish the CMHR as an inclusive and equitable institution, identifying key areas for development regarding equity and inclusive practices.

Identifies opportunities to develop the CMHR’s capacity to identify and respond to bias and discrimination in the workplace, and with regard to external relationships.

Reviews existing programs and policies to identify systemic barriers for persons from historically

excluded communities.

Supports the Human Resources department in developing unbiased hiring practices and implementing strategies to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion; as well as training, talent management, development, engagement, and retention.

Collaborates with cross-functional teams and advises on workplace policies and strategies to facilitate more equitable decisions and outcomes (e.g., hiring, retention, succession planning, vendor selection).

Strategic Initiatives

Develops initiatives, in consultation with the Executive management team, to embed, embrace and operationalize equitable and inclusive practices and behaviours.

Provides project-focused support to the CMHR’s leadership team to help advance organizational goals and objectives such as preparing for key internal and external meetings and conducting the necessary follow-up.

Conducts research and analysis on equity related matters.

Provides insight on best practices to generate opportunities and drive critical and visionary thinking and innovation.

Facilitates complex cross-functional project teams, committees and groups to identify areas for organizational development.

Plays a pivotal role in building annual/long-term strategic programs, initiatives and plans.

Assists in the development and oversight of the Museum’s strategies in order to support  objectives.

Collaborates with both internal and external stakeholders to further the CMHR’s strategic objectives.

Program Development and Reporting

Maintains a high level of knowledge of current trends and best practices at a national and international level related to staff training and development, diversity, equity and inclusion policy, practice, program development and management.

Develops and maintains an equity strategy, including collection of data, benchmarking, measurable goals, and reporting, in compliance with legislation and Board directive.

Develops a remote work strategy and related policy and procedures, in consultation with Human Resources.

Develops statistics, reports and presentations to monitor and inform progress, risks and opportunities related to systemic initiatives to promote respect and inclusion in the workplace.

Supports ongoing education, training and learning opportunities in areas of human rights, discrimination, harassment, anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, diversity, implicit bias and inclusion for employees.

Encompasses solid and effective change management and communication principles and practices into all aspects of work, programs, initiatives, and activities.

Develops a communication and feedback framework and mechanisms to ensure the CMHR can identify, discuss, and address equity issues impacting the workplace.

Builds and maintains a database of content, resources, best practices, and tools, to contribute to current staff and volunteer development programs.

Required Qualifications

Post-secondary education in human rights, conflict resolution, human resources, or a related field, plus a minimum of seven years related experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education in a relevant area.

Advanced knowledge of the history, concepts, and practice related to building respectful and equitable workplaces with advanced expertise in human rights law and matters relating to equity and inclusion research and best practices, harassment, and discrimination.

Experience with transformational leadership including pulling together cross-functional teams and collaborators to initiate, drive and deliver strategic projects and organizational initiatives and programs.

Experience influencing people through an equity lens, including working with Executives in the development and execution of institutional strategies related to organizational, departmental and team development.

An understanding of the impacts of colonization in Canada and a commitment to reconciliation, as well as other equity issues including the need for increased accessibility and gender-inclusive spaces.

Demonstrated success as a collaborator with the ability to communicate a clear vision and build relationships at all levels.

Excellent track record in driving cultural change within institutions.

Exceptional collaboration, influencing, listening, observing, verbal, written and presentation communication skills.

Strong analytical skills; can present a solid and well-founded business case.

Desired Qualifications

Ability to communicate proficiently in both official languages.

Experience with strategies that develop cultural competence.

Experience working with a diverse workforce in a complex or multi-faceted workplace.

Project management experience.

Experience working in a unionized environment.

Experience developing relationships and partnerships at the national and international levels.

Working knowledge of museums or cultural institutions or human rights institutions.

Conditions of Employment

Security Screening Level – Secret Status

Child Abuse Registry Check


Bilingual preferred

Occasional requirement to work beyond normal working hours, including weekends or evenings with short notice.

Some travel will be required.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to Annette Kohut, Executive Search at [email protected]

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) believes that a diversity of experiences and thought drives innovation and transformation. We are working towards building a workforce that is representative of the community in which we live and that we serve. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all and encourage you to identify your employment equity status in your cover letter. The information you voluntarily disclose will be kept confidential and used solely for the purpose of increasing workforce diversity.

The CMHR is committed to developing a work environment and recruitment processes that are inclusive and barrier-free. Please advise the representative if accommodation measures must be taken to enable you to apply and be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

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