Director of Indigenous Initiatives and EDI Programs


POSITION TITLE: Director of Indigenous Initiatives and EDI Programs
DEPARTMENT: Faculty of Law
CLOSING DATE: April 28, 2021

Reporting to the Assistant Dean JD and Graduate Studies, and working closely across the Faculty with key stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff, the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Programs (“the Director”) will lead the Faculty’s Indigenous initiatives and equity, diversity, and inclusion programs to support the Faculty’s plan for increasing Indigenous and equity-seeking group representation. The Director will create and deliver long-term strategies to foster a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment including cultural supports needed to thrive in the Faculty and broader legal profession.

The incumbent is responsible for the direction and supervision of staff, as well as the support of student groups, who, together with the Director, will create and maintain a welcoming environment in which equity seeking individuals can seek information and support to further their academic and social goals. Advocacy on behalf of equity seeking and racialized students, on campus and in the community, is an essential role of the Director

This position may require the incumbent to travel, primarily within Ontario but occasionally out of province, and will require work in the evenings and/or weekends.


Indigenous Initiatives
Develop, implement, and oversee strategies to ensure a supportive cultural environment for Indigenous students at the Faculty of Law.
Provide leadership in applying the recommendations of the TRC and the TRC’s Task Force Report while developing and implementing initiatives in support of recruitment, retention, and support of Indigenous students.
Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and student initiatives to enhance awareness of Indigenous culture, laws, and traditions.
Provide guidance and expertise to faculty members who are in the process of Indigenization of their respective curricula, including the possibility of “on the land” teaching/learning opportunities.
Represent the Faculty of Law on university committees and with units addressing Indigenous issues.
Develop and foster relationships with Indigenous governance bodies throughout the province of Ontario.
Build strong internal and external partnerships, and, where appropriate, lead the Faculty’s development of partnerships and good relationships with Indigenous communities, especially Indigenous communities that neighbour Queen’s or which are located within the local region, but also with communities that are more distant from the Kingston region.
Represent Queen’s Faculty of Law as a member of the National Advocates for Indigenous Law Students.
Provide varied levels of support to Indigenous law conferences, Indigenous law workshops, and other events as required.

Indigenous Initiatives: Student Support
Develop and implement a comprehensive and multi-faceted outreach and recruitment strategy to broaden and deepen the pool of Indigenous applicants to the Faculty of Law.
Provide cultural and academic expertise to current Indigenous students at the Faculty of Law.
Develop proposals for programs designed to enrich the academic and non-academic experience of Indigenous law students, including clinical programs, courses, internships, exchanges, mentorship opportunities, alumni networks, job shadowing, conferences, journals, volunteer opportunities, etc.
Collaborate with the Indigenous Student Faculty Advisor; Assistant Dean, J.D. and Graduate Programs; and other staff, to identify priorities and common issues regarding student well-being, and develop proactive, holistic solutions.
Develop a partnership with the Career Development Office staff to connect Indigenous students with employers, including but not limited to those practising in the area of Aboriginal Law, and help Career Development staff and employers meet Indigenous students’ needs.
Oversee the planning and coordination of cultural activities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
Foster strong relationships with internal organizations at Queen’s University, including Four Directions and other Indigenous support staff and organizations.
Develop and foster relationships with secondary school boards, undergraduate programs, professional programs, and local and Northern communities to raise the Faculty of Law’s profile and facilitate outreach to targeted groups of Indigenous students.
Work with Indigenous communities and organizations to develop effective processes for attracting Indigenous youth to the study of law.
Provide consultation to the Admissions and Recruitment team, with particular emphasis on developing and implementing initiatives to increase Indigenous student applications, offers, and acceptances.
Work with alumni and communication teams to keep alumni informed about and involved in the Faculty’s Indigenous initiatives and connect them with students as mentors.

EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Programs
Advise the Dean and senior leadership team on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives designed to ensure a safe, supportive, fair and equitable learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff.
Collaborate with senior leadership on the implementation of the Faculty’s Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025, with a specific focus on leading the implementation of strategies related to EDI objectives, and reporting on key performance indicators and other metrics.
With support from dedicated resources, lead EDI program development and implementation in accordance with the principles and recommendations in the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) and Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Task Force Extending the Rafters Report (2017), and the Queen’s Declaration of Commitment to Address Systemic Racism (12 August 2021).
Design, implement, and champion change management tools to maximize engagement and buy-in and build organizational commitment to EDI initiatives. Evaluate the Faculty’s existing culture and readiness for change as part of the change management process.
Develop and foster strong strategic relationships internally at the university and with external organizations and institutions including government agencies, alumni networks, law firms, legal aid clinics, public interest organizations, the Law Society of Ontario, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Indigenous Bar Association, etc.
Undertake other duties as required to advance the goals of the Faculty’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenous initiatives.

Human Resource Management
Plan, prioritize and manage the work of employees and assists student groups, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identify the need for staff resources, participate on staffing committees, and make effective recommendations regarding employee selection.
Manage employee performance by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
Assess staff training and development needs, and ensure that employees receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance.
Investigate, address and resolve employee/labour relations issues, including making decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters.

A JD or an LLB from a Canadian university.
Must identify as Indigenous and, ideally, will have a meaningful connection to an Indigenous community.
Knowledge of law school culture and curriculum, the legal profession, and university administration.
Extensive knowledge of Canada’s Indigenous cultures, communities, customs, practices, and communication styles.
Leadership experience, preferably within an Indigenous community.
Proven ability to work effectively and independently within a socio-culturally diverse environment.
Direct in-depth knowledge of the racialized community and equity seeking groups in Canada, including their histories, traditions, knowledge systems and contemporary issues.
Knowledge of one of Ontario’s Indigenous languages considered an asset.
Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening.
Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Awareness of and sensitivity to issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.
Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail, project management, time management, and the ability to set and balance evolving priorities.
A leader with sound professional judgement and the ability to foster strong community support.
Ability to analyze complex situations and determine appropriate course of action to reach a resolution, using advanced analytical, problem solving, and consensus building skills.
Ability to work independently to initiate, plan and organize tasks and initiatives to meet short and long-term goals.
Ability to analyze data and write comprehensive statistical reports.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking ability. Able to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to understand and communicate effectively with members of Indigenous and other communities.
Ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and creatively in small and large groups.
Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to develop and use networks to build rapport and seek or provide help.
Willingness to continue to enhance skills.
The ability to provide service in a manner that responds pro-actively to the needs and expectations of others.
Able to demonstrate tact and discretion, maturity and good judgement, and the ability to deal with sensitive issues in a professional manner.
Effective computer skills and experience with a range of office technologies.

Makes recommendations and develops implementation strategies to create and continuously improve programs to meet the Faculty of Law’s strategic goals. Establish project plans and identify actions required to achieve completion.
Determines when and how to consult with a variety of stakeholders to develop strategic priorities, programming, initiatives and policies.
Decisions regarding best strategies to approaching and educating the university community with respect to student issues.
Decide on the content and format of reports to provide analytical information about initiatives and activities and to evaluate their success.
Collaborate with the Assistant Dean JD and Graduate Studies to identify, target, and build connections with potential partners at colleges and universities to support the transitional access initiative.
Determine the development, format, and content of strategic communication materials and support the Director of Marketing and Communications with execution.
Makes decisions regarding budgetary planning and expenditures.
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.
Decide when to refer a matter to the Assistant Dean or another member of the Faculty’s senior administration.
Evaluate job candidates and make effective recommendations on suitable hires.
Make decisions and/or effective recommendations regarding transfers and promotions.
Evaluate employee performance and decide on appropriate training or coaching to address lack of proficiency in carrying out responsibilities, or remedial action for staff disciplinary situations.
Assess investigation outcomes of grievances and make effective recommendations on appropriate course of action or next steps on grievances.
Make effective recommendations on level of discipline up to discharge and probationary termination.


Job Location: 
POINT (-89.2476823 48.3808951)
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 16:30