ID: 11769

Director, Yellow House, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion

Queens University - Kingston, ON

Website: https://www.queensu.ca/


The Yellow House, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion (the Centre) is dedicated to enhancing the development and wellbeing of the Queen’s equity seeking community and supporting initiatives to recruit and retain racialized and equity seeking students at Queen’s.  Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning and working closely with the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion), the Director is responsible for all operational activities and leads the development of programs, activities and services dedicated to supporting the university’s equity seeking student communities.

The Director will serve as a resource for students and student groups, on all aspects of equity and inclusion to promote a welcoming environment for everyone at Queen’s. The Director provides leadership in bridging the needs of equity seeking groups and the supports the university has to offer. Responsibilities include operational and staff management of the Centre as well as collaborations and consultations with leaders across the University to embed equity seeking practices and principles of inclusion.

The Director plays a significant role in the University’s efforts to enhance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, contributing to our vision to support and engage students by connecting them with university resources as well as advocating to find solutions that address barriers and gaps to student success.

  • University degree in a field related to the aspects of the position, such as Education, Social Sciences or Policy Studies. A graduate degree is preferred.
  • Five – eight years of experience implementing complex initiatives related to equity and inclusion education, including the initiation, fostering and preparation of funding proposals.
  • Direct in-depth knowledge of the racialized community and equity seeking groups in Canada, including their histories, traditions, knowledge systems and contemporary issues.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a professional team with full human resources accountabilities, ideally in a unionized environment; experience developing and leading a diverse, intercultural team.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, budgeting, program development and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated professional experience or academic work in student affairs, student development, education or a related field. Previous experience working in a post-secondary institution is an asset.
  • Must be of a member of a racialized or minority group in Canada.
  • Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated in depth understanding of analytically complex dimensions of anti-oppression/equity theory including attentiveness to intersections of race, religion, Indigeneity, disability, gender and sexual identities, socioeconomic status, international status, etc.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and determine appropriate course of action to reach a resolution, using advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, able to influence outcomes and build cooperation from diverse stakeholders. Able to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
  • A successful track record in managing complex programs and initiatives, and the ability to meet strategic, financial, and operational goals.
  • Sound professional judgement and existing networks with various equity seeking communities and the ability to foster strong community support for equity, inclusion and anti-racism at Queen’s.
  • Ability to work with diverse student body committed to anti-oppression and decolonization.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and initiative with respect to program design and delivery.
  • Excellent project management and planning skills.


  • Makes recommendations to the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, and/or Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and/or the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion) regarding issues that impact the experience of students from equity seeking groups.
  • Determines when and how to consult with a variety of stakeholders to develop strategic priorities, programming, initiatives and policies for the Centre.
  • Through analysis and observation, determines appropriate policies and procedures and decides how modifications should be proposed and implemented, if necessary
  • Determines when situations warrant consultation with the Assistant Dean, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and/or the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion).
  • Makes daily operational decisions and resolves administrative problems. Determines allocation of work and resources to ensure smooth delivery of services and program and efficient operation of the Centre.
  • Determines the budget for The Centre programming, services and operations; monitors the budget and makes spending decisions.
  • Determines when exceptions to policies and regulations are appropriate based on individual student situations and advocates on behalf of students for appropriate resolution of issues.

Position Requirements


  • Develops and implements a comprehensive strategic approach to support the University’s objective of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus community for students. Plays a lead role in developing and coordinating university wide strategies to address systemic barriers to inclusion for equity seeking students and ensures they align with the vision and priorities of the Human Rights and Equity Office and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Oversees the operation of the Centre as a central campus resource for equity seeking groups. This includes directing and developing services, such as student mentoring and advising, and establishing programming and special events for equity seeking and racialized groups.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures that ensure high-quality, consistent and accessible services for a diverse student population.
  • Networks and collaborates with diverse staff, faculty, student organizations and departments within Student Affairs and across the University, to build inclusivity, foster partnerships, promote programs and services, encourage student personal and academic success and foster inclusivity within the broader learning environment
  • Builds relationships with the executive members of student clubs located in the Centre. Provides mentorship and support for these groups, facilitating a harmonious and welcoming environment.
  • Leads outreach initiatives with external partners including national, provincial and local networks, community and joint projects that strengthen equity and inclusion across campus, and support leaders from equity seeking and racialized groups.
  • Represents the Centre, at University-wide committees, such as the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE).
  • Maintains current knowledge of emerging student needs in the realm of equity and inclusion, and best practices in structuring and delivering programs and services for equity seeking and racialized students.
  • Advocate for students who experiences instances of inequity and exclusion inside or outside of the classroom, making appropriate referrals to existing services, and supports.

Financial Management:

  • Develops, oversees, and presents the budget for the Centre.
  • Analyzes and monitors budgets and ensures budgetary control procedures are followed.
  • Identifies funding, revenue generating, and sponsorship opportunities to resource new or existing programs.
  • Where appropriate, develops and drafts funding proposals for multiple potential donors and sponsors; manages funds received as a result of successful proposals.

Management responsibilities:

  • Plans, prioritizes and manages the work of employees, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identifies the need for staff resources, participates on staffing committees, and makes effective recommendations regarding employee selection.
  • Manages employee performance by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
  • Assesses staff training and development needs and ensures that employees receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance.
  • Investigates, addresses and resolves employee/labour relations issues, including making decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters.

Program Management

  • Oversees the development, organization, scheduling, delivery, and evaluation of any applicable training and education programs and services offered to students.
  • Oversees the development of marketing and communications plans for the Centre and its programs and services, including approving appropriate promotional materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Oversees the development of resources connecting racialized and equity seeking students to services and opportunities.
  • Oversees that design and implementation of program evaluation and assessment plans.
  • Prepares annual reports (narrative and statistical) for internal and external audiences.

Type of Job: Full Time,

Hourly Wage/Salary: TBD

Hours: 35 hours per week Non-traditional hours, including evening and/or weekend commitments and some travel are required.

Closes: Apr 05, 2020

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