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Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Toronto, Ontario,CANADA

Competition Number

Deadline Date for Submissions
March 5, 2024

Toronto (hybrid of 3 days week/office)  

Contract Type
Regular Full-Time


$97,312 - $134,949

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an accomplished Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility to develop and implement strategies and lead special projects aligned to corporate objectives; while advising across the organization on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) and anti-racism under the direction of the CEO.

Key Responsibilities

Provide expert advice in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of organizational EDIA and anti-racism strategies and frameworks. 

Leads the design, development and sustainment of core and legislated EDIA and anti-racism training and education programs and initiatives to advance the organization’s awareness and understanding. 

Act as a subject matter expert on EDIA projects, human rights, anti-racism and anti-oppression to staff, leadership, and board.  

Oversee and coordinate ongoing implementation and reporting of OAC’s multi-year accessibility plans and relevant accessibility requirements. 

Act as an advisor for Human Resources department and people managers in the development and implementation of appropriate actions for accommodation, incidents of discrimination and other employment considerations consistent with legislation, OAC policies and EDIA best practices.  

Act with high confidentiality, tact and judgment while advising CEO and senior management on sensitive matters that pertain to organizational culture, reputation, employee relations and complaints. 

Lead special projects with strategic EDIA and/or anti-racism considerations as assigned or approved by the CEO.  

Coordinate, attend as participant, spokesperson, or primary resource, or lead internal and external committees and meetings about EDIA.  

Identify and negotiate opportunities and build strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Key Qualifications

Minimum seven (7) years of professional experience in arts & culture, not-for-profit, or government sectors in a role with the scope and responsibilities for advising, developing, leading and executing strategy and initiatives. 

Two (2) years’ minimum experience leading EDIA and anti-racism initiatives 

An undergraduate degree in any field, or a combination of relevant education, training and experience.  

Experience leading projects on behalf of or for equity deserving communities, and/or communities facing racism and discrimination, a significant asset.  

Experience developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies, project management, managing relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, and addressing stakeholder concerns.  

Experience designing and developing strategies, programs, and action plans and leading and supporting the profession learning of adult learners, with a focus on EDIA an asset.  

Project management professional designation is considered an asset.  

In-depth knowledge of relevant EDIA and anti-racism legislation, principles, and best-practices. 

Knowledge of public relations and public policy an asset.  

Knowledge of Ontario’s arts community and issues facing the community, and the application of EDIA and anti-racism in the arts is preferred. 

Strategic thinking, complex problem-solving skills and excellent analytical ability are essential to assess and reframe challenges and issues when providing a high-level advice and recommendations to senior leadership.  
Strong collaboration and teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to lead and participate in consultative decision making that enables diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve OAC goals.  ​
Strong leadership and change management skills to inspire, engage, motivate, and develop staff. 
Strong organizational, time and project management skills to manage and prioritize multiple initiatives and projects concurrently and deliver desired results in a timely fashion. 
Excellent influential business writing and verbal and written communication skills in English. 
French language skills and / or language skills from Ontario Indigenous communities and / or language skills from one or more non-official language diasporas in Ontario an asset. 
Proficient in using current technologies, software and programs required to succeed on the job, such as Microsoft 365 Suite 


OAC recognizes that interested individuals may not meet all of the above qualifications and possess other relevant education, and professional and lived experience that would make them the right candidate. Applicants are invited to share this with us in their cover letter.  

OAC is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce. Applications from all interested individuals are welcome and individuals from equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply and indicate this in your application. OAC values a diversity of perspectives, ideas and lived experiences as an asset in serving Ontario’s arts community.   


Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered):  


Mail: Ontario Arts Council, Human Resources Office, 121 Bloor Street      

               East, 7th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3M5  

Online: Ontario Arts Council - Jobs for Individuals 

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.  
Please contact Human Resources at if you are unable to apply on-line and/or require accommodations during the recruitment process due to a disability.  

Salary Range: $97000 - $134000

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