The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Education and Training

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Research Office at Mount Saint Vincent University invites applications for the position of Consultant - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Research.

Classification: 7 Months Term Contract Position- Part-time (15-20 hours/week)
Salary Range: $35.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay
Start Date: ASAP

Application Process: Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on August 14, 2020.

What you'll do


The Mount Saint Vincent University Research Office is seeking an EDI-A in Research Consultant to support the Research Office in its mission to embrace best practices in EDI-A in research and develop an action plan to address barriers to EDI-A in research at MSVU. Reporting to the Acting Associate Vice-President Research, the EDI-A in Research Consultant is responsible for identifying barriers and developing an action plan that promotes equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in research and strengthens MSVU's capacity to support equity-seeking groups. The EDI-A in Research Consultant will ensure that EDI-A principles and practices are aligned across MSVU's research community and will support planning and implementation of EDI-A related programs and services in alignment with the Interim Strategic Research Plan (2019-2021). This position involves:

  • Documenting the different experiences that exist within MSVU's research community and how anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion are discussed and addressed;
  • Making recommendations for improvement in our policies and practices so that they are aligned with best practices and MSVU's strategic vision and mission, overall and in research;
  • Developing an EDI Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program and the general research community at MSVU, and a strategy for implementation.
  • Engaging with various EDI-A related committees/units on campus, to support a common goal of improved EDI-A best practices.

What you'll need


We are particularly interested in applicants with the following knowledge and experiences:

  • Subject matter expertise in the practice of diversity and inclusion, bringing a demonstrated track record and are tied into a diversity resource network.
  • Focused on results: able to create workable action plans with clear targets and measurements that demonstrate success;
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills: articulate, clear, confident and collaborative and able to relate to people in all walks of life;
  • Relationship building: adept at working across departments and functions, convening, influencing and engaging busy colleagues and their teams;
  • Organizationally savvy: understand and can work effectively within the unique culture of higher education, including knowledge of the nuances of research within an academic institution;
  • Highly collaborative: enjoys working with others and is adept at identifying partners and influencing organizational champions to further your cause;
  • Brings relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on numerous aspects of diversity and inclusion;
  • Possesses a Master's degree in a related field.

MSVU is currently operating in a virtual campus and the Consultant will be expected to work from home with possible occasional campus visits.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Building Relationships Excellent communication skills Result Oriented Highly collaborative Excellent Facilitation Skills Organizationally Savvy

A little bit about us

Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us.