Senior Equity Research Advisor (MT0727,COM3A,GR6)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Summary:

The Senior Equity Research Advisor serves as a senior level advisor responsible for guiding and supporting the implementation of McGill’s equity and diversity initiatives in research and innovation, with particular emphasis on the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan in relation to the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program as well as other federal research support programs such as (but limited to) Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC), Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), and the New Frontiers Research Fund (NFRF). While the positon reports to the Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies), the incumbent also works closely with the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VP-RI) for planning and operations of all tasks related to sponsored research.

The incumbent is responsible for guiding efforts to implement the University’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, as well as advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in a broader range of research and innovation activities. In this role, the incumbent works with key stakeholders across the University and affiliated hospitals to plan, direct and support key equity, diversity and inclusion objectives associated with the Action Plan and more broadly as determined by the Associate Provost and VP-RI Office in consultation with Faculty Associate Deans Research and other entities across the University, including Faculty-based equity initiatives.

The incumbent is an experienced professional, passionate about driving equity, diversity and inclusion, capable of developing and implementing a strategic EDI vision and of fostering a culture that enables all employees to carry out meaningful, impactful work at the highest possible level in an inclusive environment

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as senior advisor responsible for guiding efforts to implement the University’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, as well as to advance equity and diversity in the broader range of research and innovation activities
  • Work with key stakeholders across the University and affiliated hospitals, to secure collaboration, plans and directs the implementation of administrative innovations supportive of objectives and measurement strategies outlined in the Action Plan and other institutional strategies
  • Develop and maintain tools to inform stakeholders across the University and affiliated hospitals about equity actions and targets, specifically related to CRC nominations for administrators, faculty, staff and potential nominees.
  • In consultation with the Office of Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, provide information and support the development or equity plans, targets and processes towards implementation and concrete actions to meet targets. Participate in development of information sessions and workshops for researchers and for staff within the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic and the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation.
  • Encourage a collaborative environment in close partnership with our Faculties and affiliated hospitals to initiate local plans that will enhance equity, diversity and inclusion and align with central University strategies and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain a mentorship network for junior researchers at the University, with a view to ensuring that all researchers, regardless of the type of scholarship they pursue, their identity, or their background, are supported in their respective efforts to advance their research and scholarly activities.
  • Liaise with equity offices within the University to ensure consistent development and delivery of intersectional equity and diversity training to members of the broad university community involved in research activity. Specifically:
    • the Senior Employment Equity Advisor, Human Resources, and Facilities and Ancillary Services to develop guidelines and implement strategies to increase representation of and supports for persons with disabilities in research and innovation;
    • the Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives to support the development of strategies to increase representation of and supports for Indigenous peoples in research and innovation.
    • The Senior Equity and Inclusion Advisor, and the Equity Education Advisors (Anti-Oppression and Racism as well as Gender Equity and LGBTQ+) to increase representation of and supports for racialized persons, LGBTQ+ persons, and women in research and innovation
  • Develop a communication strategy that conveys through multiple media formats the University’s commitments, achievements, and duties in relation to EDI, both within and beyond the University.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends, at the provincial level, nationally and internationally, in promoting EDI in research and innovation and provide deep subject matter expertise related to an overall equity, diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Provide ongoing examination and monitoring of practices, policies, and programs to ensure that equitable and inclusive principles prevail within McGill’s research and innovation activities, both internally and externally funded
  • Provide guidance and input into local projects that aims to promote and enhance equity, e.g. at Departmental level or in Research Centres and Institutes. Advice on best practice and sharing of information across units in regards to equity, diversity, inclusion and excellence.
  • Prepare briefing and presentation material to Senior Administrator (e.g. Provost and VP-RI) on the status of equity, diversity, inclusion in research and innovation at McGill. As needed, participate in leadership meetings and prepare agendas and summaries for circulation
  • Develop and analyzes metrics for measuring progress and effectiveness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy and identify and implement diversity and inclusion benchmarking processes to measure progress against goals and the effectiveness of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying SKills and Abilities;

Minimum 5 years experience in a senior role, ideally in a Canadian university or funding agency. Experience in equity, diversity and inclusion work within a higher education environment; a focus on academic personnel is an asset. Commitment to improving equity at a research-intensive university; excellent interpersonal and consulting skills; the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders. Understanding of systemic issues and of the legal and legislative frameworks related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Strong awareness of current trends and literature regarding equity, diversity and inclusion. Experience working with members of a senior leadership team working on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders. Familiarity with the Quebec, Canadian, and international research funding landscape and demonstrated experience in relation to support of academic researchers and academic units in pursuit of sponsored research opportunities. Ability to assess needs, collaborate and deliver practical solutions that drive results. Analytical skills - direct experience in data collection, analysis and development of data sets related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; proficiency in both English and French is preferred. Ability to make presentations and develop/compose complex and sensitive documents targeted to multiple audiences. Demonstrated track record of taking initiative, team building and leadership capacity to bring together diverse stakeholders and develop efficient teams, leveraging individual strengths, and overcoming differing points of view. Excellent leadership skills and ability to lead and coach staff as well as to collaborate with and advise senior academic and administrative staff. Must be able to meet tight deadlines and demonstrate a high level of leadership and professionalism in working with a team of people to achieve specific outcomes. A high level of responsiveness and effectiveness in providing outstanding customer support are expected. Tactfulness and sensitivity in dealing with matters subject to confidentiality and privacy considerations.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

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The deadline to apply for this position is August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill applicants, covered by the McGill Non-Unionized, Non-Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures, must apply to a regular M and Excluded position within ten (10) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [at] or 514-398-3711.

Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Salary Range: 
(Grade 06) $59,900 - $79,900 (midpoint) - $103,900
Two (2) years
Reporting to: 
Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies)
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