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Senior Advisor, Human Rights
Senior Advisor, Human Rights

Senior Advisor, Human Rights

Company : City of Brampton
Salary : $109,299–$122,962 a year
Location : Ontario

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Job Description:

Senior Advisor, Human Rights
DEPARTMENT: Office of the CAO
JOB STATUS & DURATION: Full Time Permanent
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hour workweek
LOCATION: Hybrid Model – when working onsite, you will report to the location of City Hall.
HIRING SALARY RANGE: $109,299.00 - $122,962.00 per annum
MAXIMUM OF SALARY RANGE: $136,624.00 per annum
JOB TYPE: Management and Administration
POSTING DATE: April 29, 2023
CLOSING DATE: May 12, 2023


Reporting to the Manager, Equity Office, the Senior Advisor, Human Rights leads complex and sensitive complaint investigations by impartially and objectively conducting interviews, gathering and analyzing evidence, assessing credibility and documenting and articulating findings and recommendations. The Senior Advisor provides expert advice and guidance on human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination policies, programs, and process. As the subject matter expert, the Senior Advisor provides advice to Human Resources and other business partners on the handling of formal Human Rights and workplace harassment/discrimination complaints. In addition to investigating and resolving complex workplace complaints, the Senior Advisor leads in collaboration with Human Resources and the Equity Office the full development and implementation of key human rights and workplace harassment/ discrimination initiatives and best practices to introduce a positive organizational culture that upholds human rights principles, and an environment free of workplace harassment/discrimination at the City.

Subject Matter Expert & Human Rights/Workplace Harassment/Discrimination Lead
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and program lead in all matters related to human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination within the City.
  • Provides expert and objective advice, guidance, and interpretation on human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination mandates, policies and programs to the Equity Office, Human Resources and other business partners and all levels of management.
  • Leads the resolution of complex employee workplace complaints (relating to human rights and workplace harassment/ discrimination) by conducting investigations, fact gathering, following formal documentation processes, and provides recommendations through formal investigative reports to the Manager, Equity Office and Director, Human Resources.
  • Partner and collaborate with the City’s legal counsel, include acting as a subject matter expert or witness on behalf of the City at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Hearings and/or Mediations as required.
  • Promotes early and timely resolution of disputes relating to human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination and ensures compliance with all relevant employment legislation and applicable City policies.
  • Conducts regular assessments of the process at all stages of all workplace investigations, from intake to resolution, and ensures consistency and accuracy in administration in collaboration with Human Resources.
  • Anticipates risk and employee related concerns, challenges, and trends and develops short to mid-term strategies to support recommended changes.
Program Development
  • Provides input and recommendations in the development and implementation of Corporate policies and programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and all other applicable requirements to in compliance with legislative and Corporate mandates
  • Proactively guides the development and implementation of requirements and relevant initiatives in human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination
  • Supports the development of key frameworks and workflows that ensure compliance to relevant legislation, policies, and programs; requires ability to set precedent and standards for workflow
  • Assesses and identifies organizational gaps in human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination knowledge, and develops internal training programs and methods to introduce effective dissemination of knowledge within the organization
  • Promotes human rights principles, and develops human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination workshops, training and communications strategies in collaboration with Legal Counsel, Equity Office, Human Resources and the Corporate Strategic Communications team
  • Establishes human rights, workplace harassment/discrimination program standards and introduces key measures for program assessment in consultation with the Manager, Equity Office, Human Resources and City’s Legal Counsel
  • Makes timely recommendations for policy, program, and process improvements in keeping with evolving market indicators and legislative requirements
  • Analyses and reviews existing Corporate framework, policies, programs, processes, and ingrained practices to provide fulsome recommendations as it relates to human rights to support and/or to inform the development of Corporate wide plans and initiatives
  • Determines business requirements for improving compliance and organizational results based on careful diagnosis, research, analysis and expertise.
Corporate Contribution & Continuous Improvement
  • Keeps informed of new developments in case law, legislative changes, and emerging trends as it relates to Human Rights to ensure Corporate policies and programs are current and compliant with all requirements and best practices
  • Maintains confidential statistics about formal Human Rights and workplace harassment/discrimination complaints and reports as requested, to the Manager of Equity and the Director Human Resources to monitor the effectiveness of policies, programs and processes.
  • Reviews, identifies and makes recommendations to address key risks, vulnerabilities, and inefficiencies in existing policy, programs, processes, workflows and standards to ensure corporate effectiveness and efficiency as it relates to Human Rights.
  • Anticipate, assess and evaluate internal and external factors and trends that affect the organization and continuously undertake research in human rights, equity and diversity to identify systemic barriers to be addressed
  • Ensures policy and program changes are aligned with corporate philosophy and long-term strategies as it relates to Human Rights, equity, and diversity and inclusion principles.
Organizational Relationships
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with departmental and divisional leaders, union partners, and all relevant internal and external stakeholders to advise, guide, and inform partners of human rights, workplace harassment/discrimination requirements and changes
  • Provides customer service excellence and ensures seamless information sharing
  • Partners and collaborates across departments and divisions to provide strategic advice and contribute key insights based on subject matter expertise for projects, processes, and guidelines
  • Provides daily advice, guidance, feedback and on-the-job training to peers and leaders
  • Analyse, prepares and provides briefing reports, updates and recommendations to leadership regarding interpretations of Human Rights and workplace harassment/discriminations, strategic change, new policy, programs, and processes
  • Enhances transparency and awareness of human rights and workplace harassment/discrimination programs and processes by maintaining continuous communication channels at all levels of the organization
  • Facilitates open information sharing and timely delivery of information to ensure awareness and critical/sensitive information
  • Contributes to the development and delivery of communication plans for Corporate initiatives, with consideration for all key stakeholders including but not limited to employees, leaders, Human Resources union partners, and Joint Health and Safety Committees.


  • Post-secondary education in Human Resources management, Human Rights, Law, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, or related.
  • 5-7 years of experience in a senior advisory role related to Human Rights Discrimination or Workplace Harassment complaints and violations including 2-5 years of experience conducting workplace investigations in a unionized environment
  • Significant experience and knowledge in investigations, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution for conflict resolution required
  • Significant experience leading the deployment of complex policies and projects related to human rights and/or workplace harassment/discrimination

  • Law Degree (LLB or JD) or graduate degree in Employee Relations an asset.
  • Expert knowledge of relevant legislation including Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, and industry best practice
  • Sensitivity to and awareness of various human rights issues and marginalized groups
  • Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise significant discretion and sensitivity; and to use consultative and relationship building skills with diverse client groups.
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and strong analytical skills to assess the relevance of evidence and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Highly developed communication, presentation and human relations skills with the ability to communicate persuasively and effectively at all organizational levels.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

** Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

Alternate formats will be provided upon request.

Our recruitment process may be completed with video conference technology.

As part of the corporation’s Modernizing Job Evaluation project, this position will undergo an evaluation which may result in a change to the rate of compensation. Any changes affecting this position will be communicated as information becomes available.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online by clicking the button above quoting reference #105373 by May 12, 2023 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement. A criminal record search will be required of the successful candidate to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

As part of the application process, applicants will be invited to complete a self-identification survey. The survey is voluntary. Participation in the survey will have no impact on hiring decisions. Should you wish to opt out of completing the survey, please select “prefer not to answer” as a response to each question. All information collected is confidential and will not be shared with the hiring manager. The surveys will be anonymized and will be kept separate from applicant or employee files, such that the individuals who completed the surveys will not be identifiable. The results of the survey will assist in the analysis of disaggregated metrics for organizational planning purposes and our commitment to advance and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. The City may use anonymized data to produce aggregate reports for internal or external use.

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