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Senior Director-Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Location: Canada
Empl./Engagement Status: Permanent Full Time
Empl./Engagement Duration: Permanent
Closing Date: Posted Until Filled

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Do you want to make a difference?


Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Senior Director-Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.


Reporting to the Chief People Officer in this newly created role, you will lead, support, advise and mobilize action plans related to diversity, inclusion and belonging at the Canadian Red Cross. You will help the organization maintain a culture where all people feel welcome and valued and ensure we are representative of the people we serve.


An experienced and credible voice in the areas of diversity, inclusion, antiracism, equity,  and belonging, you will be instrumental in furthering the organization’s commitment to build a culture that values diversity of experience and actively seeks to dismantle  systemic issues that have resulted in underrepresentation at all levels, including senior leadership. You will develop and execute plans and strategies. You will examine policy, practice and current barriers preventing change in the building of an organizational culture that promotes diversity and inclusion and belonging of personnel, especially from underrepresented and marginalized groups at all levels of the organization including Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQIA2S+, women and persons with disabilities.


About the Canadian Red Cross (CRC):


You will be working on things like:

  • Work with Executive leadership to evolve and lead the execution of CRC’s gender, inclusion and diversity strategy, interacting with and influencing organizational decision makers, offering relevant resources to build relationships and credibility both internally and externally.

  • Work collaboratively with organizational leaders to develop and implement innovative solutions to strengthen diversity, inclusion, and cultural proficiencies across the organization. Act as a thought leader, subject matter expert, change agent and influencer in cultivating a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace that fosters belonging and supports the wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and clients.

  • Engage with Learning & Development to develop and incorporate D&I into regular webinars, education sessions, learning paths for all employees and volunteers with emphasis on people managers and leaders. Collaborate with our Gender Equality & Social Inclusion team and our Indigenous Relations team to ensure, diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in our programs and services to clients and communities.

  • Build our D&I strategies in partnership with talent management and talent acquisition to brand CRC as a destination for diverse talent with inclusive practices that invite and foster belonging and wellbeing for all. 

  • Facilitate and report on the work of the Pan-Canadian Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and working groups and provide support and guidance to similar groups that will develop within program or geographic teams.

  • Work with leaders, managers and supervisors at all levels to review, revise and influence policies and processes that support an inclusive work environment.

  • Identify and network with external influencers, organizations, and subject matter specialists, including within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, that we can learn from and engage with in order to continuously improve our D&I initiatives.

  • Work with People Analytics colleagues to craft and implement metrics, dashboards, monitoring and reporting systems that will aide in benchmarking our progress in our D&I strategies. This includes reporting to the federal government, as required for Employment Equity compliance.

  • Work with the CEO and the Chief People Officer to provide regular reporting to the Board of Directors and the organization.

  • Be an integral part of a transformational People Services leadership team and broader organizational leadership team.

We are looking for somebody with:

  • The minimum qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant discipline or through formal training and lived experiences.

  • A strong belief in diversity and inclusivity as strategic differentiators, a passion for improving well-being through belonging, and the courage to navigate discomfort in order to achieve meaningful change.

  • A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated leadership experience in developing, implementing, and advancing diversity, inclusion and belonging strategies in a complex national organization.

  • Proven experience developing and managing D&I teams and working collaboratively across departments to inform and implement the strategy.

  • Experience developing metrics, and using data to underscore strategy development, to make key decisions, and present data to senior leadership where necessary.

  • Commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

  • Experience in the voluntary or humanitarian sector a strong asset.

  • Bilingual (English/French) a strong asset.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to influence up, down and across a complex organization, establishing rapport and credibility while building strong relationships

  • A skilled communicator able to present the strategy to both internal and external audiences, ensure clarity in messaging, and encourage action

  • Foundational knowledge of Canadian federal, provincial and territorial employment laws and our obligations under those laws

  • Creative, influential and innovative, with the capability to motivate change

  • Strong budgeting, analysis and project management skills

What we offer:

  • Competitive pay and benefits package

  • Employees Extended Healthcare and Dental plans

  • Registered Retirement Pension Plan (RPP)

  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP): All employees are entitled to open a RRSP account through voluntary payroll deduction the first of the month following three months of continuous employment

  • Modern and flexible working environment that promotes diversity and allows telecommuting.

Working conditions:

  • Contributes to a healthy and safe working environment.

  • Ability to work non-traditional and longer hours often on short notice, especially during times of emergency response.

  • Occasional domestic travel may be required.


The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.


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