Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Specialist - Research Institute

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Specialist - Research Institute
Research Institute of the MUHC
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$64,664.60 - $84,065.80 /Year
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Do you want to work for a world-renowned research institute that pushes the boundaries of biomedical science and health research? Right here in Montreal! At the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), you can be part of an organization focused on scientific discovery and innovation in patient-centered medicine. Join us today and make a difference!

Job Description

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

Position summary
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is excited to announce a new role. We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative individual to serve as Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Human Resources and Environmental Health & Safety, the EDI Specialist will be a change-maker and build upon this new role in their collaborations with all members of our community, partners, stakeholders and external consultants. The EDI Specialist will be co-leading an EDI Working Group that will articulate and execute the RI-MUHC EDI Strategic Plan.

The RI-MUHC is committed to creating a workplace and research space of belonging and the Specialist will play a key role as catalyst in realizing this goal.

The Specialist will assist in identifying and overcoming barriers to the goals of achieving EDI best practices and support the researchers in integrating EDI principles in their research grant proposals.

The Specialist will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, maintaining and reporting EDI data for different purposes: 1) guiding, collaborating and supporting our EDI initiatives 2) ensuring compliance with the Federal Contractors Program and other federal and provincial government programs as required 3) measuring progress in the RI-MUHC’s journey

They will provide Institute-wide support to cultivate and champion an equitable, diverse and inclusive climate and culture through awareness, training, education and community of practice.

General Duties
• Using an intersectional lens, provide specialized guidance and expertise, advance strategic plan, priorities and policies related to EDI.
• Research and provide strategic advice to directors on best practices, gaps, and opportunities related to EDI and stakeholder engagement.
• Conduct in-depth analysis to ensure policies, programs, processes, research methodologies are equitable and inclusive, and mitigate bias against underrepresented groups.
• Establish EDI diagnostic, conduct surveys, collect data, and analyze and measure it in order to produce EDI dashboards. Create and maintain tools to measure impact and progress on EDI issues.
• Support the RI-MUHC’s hiring and promotion goals with a plan containing measures to attract and retain designated group employees. Ensure the application of a holistic recruitment and onboarding process and monitoring of EDI strategies, in collaboration with the HR Team.
• Support researchers in integrating EDI principles in their research grant proposals.
• Comply with legal reporting requirements and timelines.
• Facilitate, coordinate, and support highly visible awareness and educational events and activities to create a movement for EDI cultural competency.
• Represent the RI-MUHC at EDI conferences, meetings, working groups, etc.
• Partner with the people leaders to engage staff and community in activities related to promoting Institute-wide goals.
• Implement Institute-wide education to address and reduce implicit bias in workplace decision-making and communication.
• Support the RI-MUHC to create and promote a safer and more inclusive work and research space.
• Stay abreast of EDI trends and best practices.

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Education / Experience

• Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development or other relevant disciplines/equivalent experience. Master’s degree is an asset.
• Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience.
• Lived experience relevant to EDI.
• Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation and/or other relevant credentials would be an asset.
• Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing EDI strategic initiatives, measurement and reporting performance, with demonstrated record of success.
• Excellent project management, analytical, and research skills.
• Expertise in gathering data, translating analytics to develop insights, managing government reporting, telling stories, driving decisions and measuring impact across a diverse organization with many different stakeholders.
• Ability to promote organizational change through influence.
• Experience with conflict resolution.
• Sound judgement and discretion, respect of confidentiality.
• Ability to create safer spaces with a focus on inclusion.
• Oral and written communication skills (English & French).
• Ability to develop relationships and partnerships and to work collaboratively at all levels and areas within the organization.
• Computer literate (Microsoft Office), able to function effectively in a hybrid model (remote/face-to-face) using platforms such as MS Teams, Zoom, Webex, etc.

Additional information

Status : Full-time (35-hour workweek)
Pay Scale: Mid-point: $64,664.60 –Maximum: $84,065.80
Work Shift: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Work Site: 2155 Guy

Total Rewards:
• 4 weeks’ vacation
• Paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day
• 13 paid statutory holidays
• 12 paid sick days, including 3 personal days
• Group insurance plan (including Gender Affirmation benefit)
• RREGOP government pension plan (defined benefit)
• Professional development courses
• Flex work options and much more

This position requires adequate protection against COVID-19 in light of work site and as per the Government of Quebec decree # 1276-2021 dated September 24, 2021.

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre 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. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, research.talent@muhc.mcgill.ca.


To learn more about our benefits, please visit http://rimuhc.ca/en/compensation-and-benefits


NOTE: The masculine gender has been used for brevity and includes the feminine gender.

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