No. SCH II-21-0294NTE
POSTED: November 24, 2021
DEADLINE: 12:00 Noon, December 10, 2021

Senior Human Rights Policy, Education & Organizational Change Specialist
1 – Acting Position
Human Rights Office
Schedule II – Level 8
(Non-Union – 12 Month)
$92,892 – $111,471

(It is anticipated that this acting assignment will end on July 18, 2023)

The Toronto District School Board adheres to equitable hiring, employment and promotion practices.

Reporting to the Manager, Human Rights, the Senior Human Rights Policy Education & Organizational Change Specialist will play a key role proactively and strategically advancing and promoting a systemically embedded and structurally rooted culture of human rights at the TDSB by:

  • building human rights and workplace harassment prevention skills, understanding, competency and capacity across the system through the design and delivery of human rights educational programs and other capacity building tools and initiatives;
  • developing and reviewing system policies, practices, procedures, initiatives and interventions from an inclusive human rights design perspective so that human rights and workplace harassment issues and conflicts are prevented from occurring in the first place; and
  • conducting research and evaluation to identify systemic barriers and trends, track progress, and inform evidence-based interventions.

Summary of Duties:

  • Lead the development and implementation of organizational change strategies and initiatives, and Human Rights Office strategic and operational plans, to advance human rights and workplace harassment prevention and promotion;
  • Develop, coordinate and deliver electronic and conventional educational programs, activities, curricula, training, workshops and presentations designed to increase knowledge and understanding of human rights and workplace harassment prevention related policies and legislative requirements and related skill sets, competencies and capacities;
  • Advise Human Rights staff on complex human rights and workplace harassment issues, including arising through the dispute resolution process, recommending appropriate analyses to ensure that issues are resolved in a consistent, impartial, and fair manner;
  • Develop, review, revise and evaluate human rights and workplace harassment related policies, procedures and protocols in conformity with relevant human rights and workplace harassment legislation and policy;
  • Conduct human rights and workplace harassment case law and policy research including to inform dispute resolution and investigative analyses, policy interpretation and development, and strategic interventions and remain current and up to date with new developments in human rights legislation, case law and policies;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis to monitor, evaluate and assess human rights and workplace harassment-related initiatives, trends and outcomes; develop human rights organizational change targets and indicators, and interpret research results, identifying key human rights issues for further study;
  • Prepare large and complex reports and develop and present briefing notes, findings and recommendations for the Board, including senior officials;
  • Lead and support consultative processes (including committee meetings, conferences, and large scale stakeholder events) and liaise with external stakeholders and internal management, staff, unions and associations on human rights and workplace harassment prevention-related policies, programs, strategies and organizational change initiatives and reforms;
  • Provide expert interpretation, advice, and guidance to Senior Executives, management, staff, parents, students, and community members on all matters related to compliance with Human Rights and Workplace Harassment Prevention Policies and Procedures and applicable legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Occupational Health and Safety Act and other equity issues;
  • Identify, develop, and administer human rights organizational, behavioural and attitudinal change initiatives aimed at advancing human rights understanding and realization;
  • Develop practical human rights tools and assessment instruments designed to build human rights capacity and monitor, support and advance human rights organizational change;
  • Develop, implement and inform communications strategies and statements to promote and advance human rights and workplace harassment prevention;
  • Liaise with Employee Services and TDSB Legal Counsel to address complaints, grievances and other proceedings;
  • Recommend internal practices and protocols for handling issues arising and complaints;
  • Provide leadership in fostering equity and inclusiveness in the development and implementation of programs and services; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • University degree in a related field (e.g. Human Rights/Equity, Social Sciences, Public Administration) with four years of progressively responsible related human rights experience in policy development and leading human rights organizational change within a large unionized public sector environment or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Strong, advanced technical knowledge of human rights and workplace harassment prevention, legislation, policy and case law, including at the international and domestic level;
  • Knowledge of policy development and analysis to lead the development of policy, and experience drafting policy statements and guidelines;
  • Ability to interpret and apply knowledge of the Human Rights Code, OHSA, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and related regulations, policies and legislation in complex settings and situations;
  • Strong knowledge of adult education and learning techniques including expertise in instructional design, implementation and evaluation principles, theories and methods;
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and evaluation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare concise, comprehensive reports, develop and deliver presentations, training and workshops, correspondence and communication materials;
  • Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Strong project management and leadership skills to coordinate a wide range projects, events and initiatives
  • Knowledge of best practices in the field of organizational behavior and systems theory;
  • Proven ability in promoting equitable practices which value inclusiveness and diversity;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues affecting marginalized groups and working with diverse communities in an anti-oppressive/anti-racist, culturally relevant and responsive manner;
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with sensitive and confidential information;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication with the ability to communicate effectively and build rapport with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience managing, cultivating and maintaining stakeholder relationships; and
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, electronic presentation and learning technology(e.g. Adobe Flash, Adobe Presenter, Acrobat Connect, Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Adobe Presenter case management software, internet, etc).

Special Requirements:

  • Requires some travel across TDSB

Location: 5050 Yonge Street (wheelchair accessible)

Work Year: 12 months

Work Hours: 35 hours per week

Please note:
Applications must be submitted:

  1. in résumé form with a covering letter to: application.submission@tdsb.on.ca
  2. with competition # SCH II-21-0294NTE in the subject line
  3. Apply no later than 12:00 noon on December 10, 2021.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will not be acknowledged in writing.

We strive to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known in advance, during the application process.

Note: All Toronto District School Board Employees are required to be fully vaccinated in accordance with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Procedure for Employees, Trustees and Other Individuals (PR734).

For new employees joining the Board, prior to the first day of work they must be fully vaccinated (subject to TDSB-approved exemptions) and show proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.