Director, Anti-Racism, Equity, & Social Accountability Job in Toronto for Unity Health Toronto |

Director, Anti-Racism, Equity, & Social Accountability

September 24 2020
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Accounting, Finance, Administration, Management, Bank, Insurance, Financial services, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Health, Medical, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology
Toronto, ON

The Director, Anti-Racism, Equity & Social Accountability is a member of Unity Health Toronto’s Senior Leadership Team responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and measurement the organization’s Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability Strategy.

The Director will provide leadership in support of organizational anti-racism, equity and social accountability efforts to promote an organizational culture that is inclusive as well as to promote representation of the community we serve in our employee population, especially in leadership positions. Critical within the context of these accountabilities, the incumbent to this role will lead a strategy to proactively identify and address racism and oppression – both interpersonal and systemic– throughout the organization.

Reporting primarily to the Vice President, Physician Quality and Director, Care Experience Institute, and secondarily to the Vice-President, People and Transformation, the Director, Anti-Racism, Equity & Social Accountability will fulfill their mandate by being a passionate, thoughtful subject-matter expert who has lived experience, combined with demonstrated ability to inspire people and lead complex change initiatives. The Director, Anti-Racism, Equity & Social Accountability will foster an open dialogue on matters of anti-racism, equity, and social accountability to ensure patients, families, residents, staff, students, physicians and community partners are represented, seen, and heard, and that their concerns are addressed. In the capacity of Director, Anti-Racism, Equity & Social Accountability the incumbent will be responsible for promoting change across the organization that will evolve the organizational culture in a manner that will make Unity Health Toronto a more inclusive and anti-oppressive space for its staff, learners and patients.

For successful fulfillment of the role accountabilities the incumbent would have significant lived experience as a person who identifies as Black, Indigenous or racialized. The experience required by this incumbent to be successful will include a keen understanding of how diversity, inclusion and cultural competency can contribute to developing a healthy, engaged, accessible and equitable workplace as well as demonstrated ability to achieve measurable objectives in this regard.


Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability Strategy

  • Co-chair Unity Health Toronto’s Council on Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability and provide leadership to support the shaping of its work and the ongoing evolution of its mandate. Partnering with the Council to support it to fulfill its accountabilities to help plan and oversee the Unity Health’s work on anti-racism, equity and social accountability.
  • Consult across the Unity Health Toronto Senior Leadership Team and the Council for Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability (CARESA) and with community partners and patient advisory groups to articulate a broad strategic vision for anti-racism, equity and social accountability for Unity Health Toronto;
  • In partnership with the Senior Director, Patient Experience and Community Engagement, support and enable meaningful partnership with under-served and under-represented groups in the design and delivery of health services that are culturally safe and responsive to best meet the needs of the patients that we currently serve, or hope to serve.
  • Develop and operationalize a multi-year Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability Strategy that supports the realization of the strategic vision and builds the foundation necessary for equity and social accountability practices and outcomes to become significant strategic differentiators for Unity Health Toronto in future years;
  • Recognizing the unique rights and experiences of our Indigenous, First Nations, Metis and Inuit employees, patients and community members work to ensure that Unity Health meaningfully engages with and is responsive to the recommendations of our Indigenous, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Community Advisory Panel within the context of Truth and Reconciliation;
  • In partnership with the President and CEO present the Strategy to the Board of Directors for endorsement and routinely provide progress reports demonstrating the organization’s achievement of the strategy;
  • Identify the need for, develop and implement policies and guidelines on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion that will bring best practices into the organization as well as ensure compliance with legislation such as Ontario Human Rights Code;
  • Provide consultation and coaching on matters related to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion to staff and physicians at Unity Health Toronto;
  • Work in partnership with other departments including redevelopment, human resources and patient experience to support the organization’s evaluation and activities to create an accessible environment and accessible services for all workplace parties and patients and visitors with disabilities in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Provide support to programs and departments within Unity Health Toronto to support them in understanding and achieving greater social accountability, meaning that we take our lead from the community and respond to the priority health and social needs as identified by those we serve;
  • Lead the development and implementation of Unity Health’s Anti-Racism Policy and Program including close linkages to the Human Rights policy, procedure and administration guidelines;
  • Supports mediation solutions and reconciliation services for teams that are impacted by incidents of harassment, discrimination or racism and where such initiatives can promote stronger collaboration and team effectiveness in the future;
  • Works in partnership with Corporate Health, Safety and Wellness to facilitate access to culturally responsive and trauma informed mental health supports and interventions for Black, Indigenous and racialized staff who have experienced racial discrimination or harassment;
  • Provide interpretation, analysis, advice and recommended action/strategies to Senior Leadership, Management and other internal stakeholders on the identification and removal of systemic barriers throughout the organization that create disadvantage;
  • Develop in partnership with other departments and programs educational programming related to harassment and discrimination to promote broad-based understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and to promote compliance through clear setting of expectations at all levels.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred areas of studies include social justice, education, sociology, social anthropology, public or business administration, human resources management, healthcare or other equivalent field required;
  • Five (5) years leadership experience with significant accountability for some or all of the following areas: organizational culture, equity, diversity practices and systems, social accountability, change management and human rights;
  • Three (3) years progressive experience in a health services or academic environment preferred;
  • Member of the BIPOC community with lived experience addressing complex equity, diversity and human rights issues;
  • Expert level knowledge of anti-oppression, equity, diversity and inclusion frameworks including the ability to proactively identify challenges and opportunities related to these areas of expertise to support future planning and strategy;
  • Advanced level understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code, with applied experience in a former work environment as a preference;
  • Familiarity with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the organizational obligations associated with this legislation;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with ability to gain cooperation and build trust as a means of influencing outcomes;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with and carry out the vision and direction of the Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability Strategy;

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