Director of Human Rights and Equity, Thunder Bay Campus, Permanent, Full Time Schedule II, Competition # SCHII-22-37

Administrative/Staff Positions
Thunder Bay
Office of Human Rights and Equity
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022 - 4:30pm

Director of Human Rights and Equity

Office of Human Rights and Equity

Thunder Bay Campus

Permanent, Full Time

Schedule II

Competition # SCHII-22-37

Lakehead University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of a Director of Human Rights and Equity. Based in picturesque Thunder Bay, the regional capital of Northwestern Ontario which is located in the center of Canada and with close proximity to the United States, this Director’s position is ideally for someone who is passionate about promoting and protecting the human rights of students, employees and volunteers.

Thunder Bay is one of Canada’s top emerging cities. Here you will find a mix of modern city living and the best of nature – all on your doorstep. Thunder Bay provides small city affordability, big city opportunities and the bonus of a superior lifestyle. When it comes to location, nature and cost of living, Thunder Bay is one of the best places to live in Canada.

Lakehead is a comprehensive University with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research.  In 2022, for the third year in a row, Lakehead University was included in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Lakehead is the highest ranked university in the world with under 10,000 students. Maclean’s has once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the magazine’s 2021 University Rankings.

Reporting to the Vice-President (Administration & Finance), the Director of Human Rights and Equity works both independently and collaboratively supporting the advancement of human rights, sexual violence prevention and response, and equity, diversity, and inclusion within the university community (students, employees and volunteers) through services such as: information and consultation; education and training; complaint investigation and resolution; policy and practice development and implementation. The Director of Human Rights and Equity is a senior administrator whose role is to manage the day-to-day operations of The Office of Human Rights and Equity (“OHRE”) which is an arms-length department  and to provide timely and reliable consultation to the Board of Governors, Executive Team, senior management, the student union, and other members of the university community. In addition, the Director, in collaboration with senior management, oversees the implementation of Lakehead’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, titled Accessing Excellence Together. See

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge and understanding of the University’s governance structure, strategic initiatives, and activities, which includes the University’s legal duties and obligations to its students, employees, and volunteers under applicable legislation. Additionally:

  • A post-secondary graduate degree or an equivalent level of education and experience. A law degree or related experience as a legal advocate is a strong asset.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of human rights, sexual violence prevention and response, and/or equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization principles and practices gained through 8 years or more experience in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated experience in case management in complex circumstances, which includes a working knowledge of trauma-informed practices.
  • Experience in developing and delivering education and training workshops to diverse audiences in topics related to human rights, sexual violence, and/or equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization is a strong asset
  • Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience of any of these issues is preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, which includes strong decision-making and conflict resolution skills

Lakehead University offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, comprehensive benefits package, life insurance, pension plan, and tuition waiver.

Interested applicants may apply by clicking on this link to a Google Form and attaching your cover letter and resume in word or PDF format. The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates on August 22, 2022 and will continue until the position is successfully filled.

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We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Lakehead University is committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive university community and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, persons from 2SLGBTQ+ and other equity-deserving groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration laws.

Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.