Research Equity Advisor

@University of Waterloo in Teaching/Education
  • Post Date : January 5, 2023
  • Apply Before : February 2, 2023
  • Salary: $69,405.00 - $88,756.00 / Yearly
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  • Job ID 20001

Job Description

Working directly with the Senior Manager, Research Equity within the Research Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Research Unit in the Office of Research, the Research Equity Advisor, Research Equity is responsible for leading and sustaining the planning, implementation and evaluation of research equity projects and strategic initiatives across the VP, Research and International portfolio.


The Research Equity Advisor will deliver on multi-disciplinary projects and priorities, providing oversight for internal and external deliverables, reporting on milestones and key indicators. The Research Equity Advisor conducts background research, develops reports, evaluates results, and acts as a liaison on equity priorities with internal and external stakeholders. As such, the Research Equity Advisor will play a key role in ensuring the strategic priorities and objectives related to equity, diversity and inclusion in the VP, Research and International portfolio are aligned and met.

As part of its Impact Theme on Strengthening Sustainable and Diverse Communities, the University of Waterloo is committed to promoting and supporting Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Relations and a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity for all. The selection process for this particular position will follow the provisions for a special program as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in order to address the underrepresentation of individuals from equity-deserving groups. Improving the representation, participation, and engagement of equity-deserving groups within our community is a key objective of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025. As such, the ideal candidate will meet the articulated qualifications below and will identify as a member of a racialized community. Please include a statement if you self-identify as member of a racialized community in your cover letter. Please note that our recruitment system has limitations, the older versions of your resume/cover letter will be overridden, and therefore, if you are applying to more than one job simultaneously, your self-identity will be available to all hiring managers.


This role is contingent on funding.


This position is currently working in a hybrid model. Please reach out to the hiring manager Tamara Zur ( with any questions. 


External Application Deadline is Thursday February 2nd at 11:59PM. Please apply at:


Project Management

  • Create project plans, deliverables and milestones for monitoring equity-related projects
  • Advance and execute the strategic direction set by the Senior Manager and Director based on an understanding of best practices in equity issues, opportunities and requirements from funding agencies
  • Support the measurement and evaluation of project plans with a focus on the creation of an organizational dashboard for impact and effectiveness
  • Employ project management approaches to ensure that equity strategies, events and initiatives are effectively and efficiently managed, including monitoring of information, logistics and progress, and reporting on project deliverables
  • Liaise with and coordinate actions with stakeholders for strategic projects to ensure roles are clear and actions are executed effectively
  • Develop key communications, reports, presentations and other project documents as required
  • Monitors assigned project schedules and timelines and account for timely completion of objectives and key results
  • Identify and manage risks associated with projects that might jeopardize the success of the methods and/or outcomes

Research and Evaluation

  • Assess, recommend and develop new strategies, initiatives, events and training modules to improve EDI expertise among the Office of Research staff and Faculty
  • Develop a set of metrics to track and evaluate the effectiveness of equity initiatives and promote a culture of equity
  • Determine key indicators of success; manage internal and external reporting requirements
  • Collect and analyze equity related data to make evidence-based recommendations
  • Review EDI sections of research grants for alignment with sponsor guidelines/expectations
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the literature and the legal and legislative EDI frameworks and conduct related research

Engagement and Advice

  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders within the Office of Research and across the University, including the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Office and the faculties
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with relevant stakeholders and faculties/units on campus, including: The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Office, Faculty Association (including the FAUW Equity Committee), the Research, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, AccessAbility Services, Human Resources, Organizational and Human Development, and others as determined



  • Completion of an undergraduate degree and either a graduate degree or equivalent related experience which provides strong knowledge of a research environment
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience with strategic project management and proven ability to align work priorities and realize strategic goals
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a role related to the implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion and/or decolonization initiatives
  • Experience working with members of a senior leadership team on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in an academic research environment is an asset
  • Experience in collating and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and information to draft reports, provide briefing materials and recommendations to a range of audiences including senior leadership

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Manage multiple concurrent projects with different groups;
  • Lead meetings effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Take a proactive approach in service delivery; and
  • Communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and external partners
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the concepts of equity, human rights, inclusion, diversity and decolonization. Working knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and other relevant legislation
  • Exceptional communication (oral and written), interpersonal, relationship building, customer service, negotiation, consultation, presentation, analytical, leadership and organizational skills
  • Strong proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management and web design software is required
  • The Office of Research is seeking to prioritize candidates with lived experience, specifically those who identify as a member of a racialized community(ies). Please include a statement if you self-identify as member of a racialized community in your cover letter.


Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.

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