Director, Equity (Student Services)
SFU Student Services’ mission is to, “foster transformative student experiences by collaboratively anticipating, facilitating, and providing services, programs, and environments that support learning and success of SFU students.” In our work, we acknowledge post-secondary institutions as sites of settler colonialism and other forms of systemic oppression. Student Services is engaged in the ongoing work of identifying and dismantling systems of oppression and discrimination and we are committed to change by learning, unlearning and taking action. For more information regarding the people of Student Services and our collective work with, and for, students can be found here: http://www.sfu.ca/students/avp.html.
This new leadership role will have the opportunity to establish & oversee Student Services’ Equity unit and staff team, with support from colleagues from across the service. This new team will work collaboratively to develop & deliver identity-based support programs and services for equity-deserving student populations. The Equity unit will also coordinate with colleagues from across the university to develop & deliver EDI-related co-curricular educational opportunities for students, including topics of power, privilege and interlocking systems of oppression, which may include settler colonialism, racism & white supremacy, transphobia, heterosexism, classism, Islamophobia, ableism, and ageism.
The Director role will provide advice and guidance to Student Services senior leadership, including the Vice Provost, Students & International, and will work in partnership with leaders, staff and students to develop an equity plan for Student Services, in alignment with institutional priorities as defined by the Vice President, People, Equity and Inclusion portfolio. This plan will include the revision of student-facing policies, procedures, and practices at the service and department-level, in order to work towards more equitable and socially just environments for students at SFU.
Masters’ degree in Education, or a relevant discipline and seven years of related work experience in post-secondary, not-for-profit, community organization, or other educational environment, including five years of management-level experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, experience working with equity-seeking students and/or youth and navigating and building relationships and leading social transformation within challenging and political environments. Preference will be given to a candidate who has demonstrated a record of excellence in ethical engagement with members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity.
+ Knowledge of Student Affairs and Services and/or Student Enrollment practices in Canada.
+ Knowledge of, and respect for, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples’ cultural identities and values.
+ Knowledge of trauma-informed, intersectional, and anti-oppressive practices as they relate to post-secondary education, including issues of gender identity, sexuality, race, age, class, family status, disability, Indigeneity, immigration status, language, religion, and national and ethnic origins, socio-economic status.
+ Excellent coaching, leadership, team management, and supervisory skills.
+ Strong ability to interact and build capacity among colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, worldviews, and in different project settings.
Strong ability to identify and analyze institutional barriers to equitable participation.
+ Ability to demonstrate a strong sense of humility and integrity.
+ Ability to effectively lead and collaborate within a matrixed environment, including cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.
+ Knowledge of relevant BC legislation, including: Accessible BC Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and BC’s Human Rights Code.
We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including:
+ First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
+ members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
+ persons who identify as women; and
+ persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Applicants are welcome to self-identify in their cover letter if they so choose.
Applicants seeking accommodation can reach out to SFU’s Wellness & Recovery team