Special Projects Officer

  • Posted:Feb 16, 2024
  • Apply by:Apr 15, 2024
  • Job Type
  • Contract / Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

Date Posted: 02/16/2024
Req ID: 36024
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Office of Access and Outreach
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00056029


About us:

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:

The Office of Access and Outreach creates pathways for future learners and communitieswho face systemic barriers to connect with Temerty Faculty of Medicine educational opportunities, with the goal of increasing representation in our academic programs. We do this by centering the communities we work with within the development and implementation process of our programs. To do this work, we need to build authentic, transparent, trauma-informed relationships with community. Our work also supports Recommendation Eight in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine EDI Action plan, to expand pathway, recruitment, and retention programming for learners and faculty members across all academic programs.

As Special Projects Officer, you will play an integral role in the development of the Black Student Application Program (BSAP) and the Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP) across Temerty Medicine. Superior planning and consultation skills will be essential for this new role, as you work towards developing pathway committees for Research and Health Sciences and Rehab Sciences, and leading the implementation of BSAP and ISAP pathways in close collaboration with community partners and internal stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff. You will also develop a framework with the intent of sharing wise practices across academic areas to maintain and reinforce a culture of excellence.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Advising on best practices and strategies for effective change management
  • Developing and implementing community engagement strategies and plans
  • Researching, analyzing and recommending solutions to project challenges
  • Developing, revising and operationalizing business processes that support unit activities and objectives
  • Preparing detailed data analysis to support decision making regarding important administrative policy

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience advancing EDIIA projects and outreach programs
  • Professional experience in understanding of EDIIA issues in a higher education or a hospital environment, and proven experience navigating institutions to implement meaningful solutions
  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous, Black and equity-deserving populations
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including process development, implementation and evaluation
  • Experience developing project plans, reports, and communications and community engagement plans
  • Experiencing supporting committees and acting as an advisory resource
  • Experience leading workshops and seminars, and presenting to diverse audiences
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Office 365, including MS Teams and video conferencing platforms
  • Superior communication, interpersonal, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Strong oral presentation and facilitation skills
  • Critical thinker with solid research and analytical skills
  • Self-starter with proven experience managing multiple projects in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources and provide recommendations
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with executive level stakeholders
  • Effective tact, discretion and good judgement in dealing with highly confidential and sensitive situations

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Insightful
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful

This is a 2-year term position.

Closing Date: 03/06/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget - Term 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13 -- $83,150 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $106,336. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Dinuka Perera

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

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