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Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an accomplished Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility to develop and implement strategies and lead special projects aligned to corporate objectives; while advising across the organization on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) and anti-racism under the direction of the CEO.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide expert advice in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of organizational EDIA and anti-racism strategies and frameworks. 
  2. Leads the design, development and sustainment of core and legislated EDIA and anti-racism training and education programs and initiatives to advance the organization’s awareness and understanding. 
  3. Act as a subject matter expert on EDIA projects, human rights, anti-racism and anti-oppression to staff, leadership, and board.  
  4. Oversee and coordinate ongoing implementation and reporting of OAC’s multi-year accessibility plans and relevant accessibility requirements. 
  5. Act as an advisor for Human Resources department and people managers in the development and implementation of appropriate actions for accommodation, incidents of discrimination and other employment considerations consistent with legislation, OAC policies and EDIA best practices.  
  6. Act with high confidentiality, tact and judgment while advising CEO and senior management on sensitive matters that pertain to organizational culture, reputation, employee relations and complaints. 
  7. Lead special projects with strategic EDIA and/or anti-racism considerations as assigned or approved by the CEO.  
  8. Coordinate, attend as participant, spokesperson, or primary resource, or lead internal and external committees and meetings about EDIA.  
  9. Identify and negotiate opportunities and build strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum seven (7) years of professional experience in arts & culture, not-for-profit, or government sectors in a role with the scope and responsibilities for advising, developing, leading and executing strategy and initiatives. 
  • Two (2) years’ minimum experience leading EDIA and anti-racism initiatives 
  • An undergraduate degree in any field, or a combination of relevant education, training and experience.  
  • Experience leading projects on behalf of or for equity deserving communities, and/or communities facing racism and discrimination, a significant asset.  
  • Experience developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies, project management, managing relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, and addressing stakeholder concerns.  
  • Experience designing and developing strategies, programs, and action plans and leading and supporting the profession learning of adult learners, with a focus on EDIA an asset.  
  • Project management professional designation is considered an asset.  
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant EDIA and anti-racism legislation, principles, and best-practices. 
  • Knowledge of public relations and public policy an asset.  
  • Knowledge of Ontario’s arts community and issues facing the community, and the application of EDIA and anti-racism in the arts is preferred. 
  • Strategic thinking, complex problem-solving skills and excellent analytical ability are essential to assess and reframe challenges and issues when providing a high-level advice and recommendations to senior leadership.  
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to lead and participate in consultative decision making that enables diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve OAC goals.  ​
  • Strong leadership and change management skills to inspire, engage, motivate, and develop staff. 
  • Strong organizational, time and project management skills to manage and prioritize multiple initiatives and projects concurrently and deliver desired results in a timely fashion. 
  • Excellent influential business writing and verbal and written communication skills in English. 
  • French language skills and / or language skills from Ontario Indigenous communities and / or language skills from one or more non-official language diasporas in Ontario an asset. 
  • Proficient in using current technologies, software and programs required to succeed on the job, such as Microsoft 365 Suite 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

Ontario Arts Council

Victoria Miklea
121 Bloor St E
Toronto, ON M4W3M5

n 1962, several visionary Ontarians approached John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, with the idea of establishing a provincial arts council. This group, led by Arthur Gelber, represented the fledgling arts infrastructure that existed then in Ontario. On April 26, 1963, Bill 162 – the legislation setting up the arts council – was given its final reading in the Ontario Legislature, creating the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Ontarians, through their elected officials, had decided that the arts were important to their lives and deserved support through public funding. It was the beginning of a system that, with the assistance of other municipal, provincial, and federal funders, has enabled Ontario to flourish as an artistically rich and creative province. OAC is an agency that operates at arm's length from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. The OAC is directed by 12 volunteer board (council) members who come from communities throughout the province. They are appointed by the Government of Ontario for a three-year term. The OAC's board is responsible for setting OAC's policies and oversees the organization's operation. For 60 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-22, OAC invested its grant program budget of $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations.