Thames Valley District School Board

A career-defining opportunity for a collaborative, knowledgeable champion of human rights who is prepared to act as a driving force for the promotion and protection of human rights across the Thames Valley District School Board, while participating in ensuring that the Board continues to “build each student’s tomorrow, every day”.

About the Board

Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), the fourth largest public board of education in Ontario, is a unique district shared across Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties and the City of London. With some of the best greenspace and landscape that the province has to offer, our region is diverse, accessible and affordable, and our rural, urban and suburban population includes families who have been here for generations, as well as many who have recently arrived. As an organization with an operating budget in excess of $1 billion and a student-first growth mindset, we have more than 11,000 teachers, principals and support staff serving the needs of 80,000 students in our 132 elementary and 29 secondary schools, toward a goal of improving student achievement and well-being.

About the Role

Human Rights is a mission-critical function within a diverse school board like ours, making the Human Rights Equity Advisor a key player in our success. Reporting to the Diversity and Equity Coordinator, you will support the promotion and protection of human rights within the TVDSB by receiving, processing, analyzing, investigating, and participating in the early resolution of human rights-related concerns or complaints from students, families, staff and community members.

Maintaining a high level of independence and impartiality within the organization, you will engage with students, families, community and staff on human rights-related matters, provide mentoring and support to employees, and develop and deliver human rights-based training and professional development. Both analytically and strategically minded, you will also identify, analyze, and report on potential systemic human rights and equity issues indicated by resolution efforts related to individual complaints.

As a Human Rights Specialist, you will be expected to conduct intakes, develop/draft investigative plans for human rights-related complaints, gather evidence, conduct interviews and write reports. Such tasks will call into play your demonstrated understanding of facilitation, mediation, negotiation and other alternate dispute resolution techniques, restorative practices and culturally responsive dispute resolution strategies and approaches, as well as workplace harassment (Human Rights Code-based) investigations. Equally important, you bring an understanding of anti-colonial, anti-racist and anti-oppression principles and practices, gained through lived experience and/or professional experience.

About the Candidate

With a university degree in law, human rights or an equity-related discipline, humanities, social sciences or equivalent, and a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience, preferably including experience in a large public sector organization, you have the solid foundation this pivotal role demands. An equivalent combination of education and experience, including lived experience, may be considered.

Through such a background, you have developed a comprehensive knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Preferably, this is complemented by an understanding of the Anti-Racism Act, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the Education Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (as it relates to Code-based harassment).

This mandate is an interesting and rewarding career opportunity for an effective communicator – orally and in writing – who is an analytical and critical thinker, and can research and identify reliable sources of information, and resolve disputes while maintaining steady composure and strict confidentiality. Your excellent interpersonal skills will prove invaluable as you work with both unionized and non-unionized employee groups, both independently and as part of a team.

Given the nature and scope of this position, you will need to have a valid Class G driver’s licence and access to a personal vehicle in order to undertake occasional travel to schools, events and professional learning activities.

To apply to this vital human rights role in public education, submit your application to Phelps at, specifying the job title in the subject line of your-mail. Application deadline: June 30th, 2022.

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