Working within an anti-oppression framework, the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor will develop and implement programming designed to build community, support well-being and cultivate a sense of belonging for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ in order to create a safer, more accountable and supportive environment through which gender and sexuality are understood to intersect with multiple identifications (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, age, religion, nationality, ability, and other social identifications).
This position will report to the Director, Yellow House Centre for Student Equity & Inclusion and will have strong working relationships with the Human Rights & Equity Office, the LGBTQ2S+ Counsellor in Student Wellness Services and offices across the Division of Student Affairs to cultivate a campus environment where people of all gender and sexual identities can thrive.
The Advisor will lead the Centre’s role in the development, implementation and continuous improvement of programming designed to engage, support and uplift students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ outside of the classroom, employing a lens of student success that provides the skills and developmental supports to thrive well beyond graduation.
The Advisor will be a key communicator and developer of programming tailored for LGBTQ2S+ student success and well-being, with expertise in anti-oppression and gender and sexual orientation, and will utilize a variety of methods and resources to accomplish their work. In addition to overseeing the operational functions of this programming, the Advisor will work collaboratively to provide advice, referrals and developmental resources to students who identify as LGBTQ2S+.
The schedule for this position requires the incumbent to work occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends.
- Develops, implements and assesses programming designed to advance LGBTQ2S+ inclusion on Campus, with direction and support from the Director.
- Promotes an environment that welcomes, engages, listens to, and supports students through an inclusive approach that highlights empathy, intersectionality and the complexity of lived experience.
- Works to promote a sense of responsibility for inclusivity among members of the University community and plays a leading role in the development and delivery of tools to increase awareness of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) strategies, initiatives and resources.
- Acts as the Office’s contact for students, individuals and units seeking information and support related to LGBTQ2S+ student inclusion at Queen’s University.
- Develops familiarity and positive working relationships with constituents involved in the ongoing coordination of strategies led through the Yellow House to advance LGBTQ2S+ inclusion including student leaders, Student Affairs, Student Wellness Centre, Campus Security, Human Resources etc.
- Work closely with student leaders and relevant university stakeholders to assess and provide advice on LGBTQ2S+ student wellness, leadership, and academic support programs on campus. Acknowledges diverse ideas and interests to develop, implement, and evaluate services and programs organization wide.
- Collaborates with units across campus to develop and maintain a support and referral structure for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ to include university resources, academic support and opportunities, and community connections designed to ensure student health and well-being, belonging and success to cultivate a supportive and nurturing campus environment for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+. Makes appropriate referral to campus and community resources for students or groups/units seeking support/avenues of resolution regarding incidents of discrimination, challenges to wellbeing etc.
- Sit on committees, workgroups, councils and task forces on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs as required and approved to provide support as a subject matter expert on LGBTQ2S+ inclusion as it relates to student success.
- Provides work direction, and technical/functional guidance to staff. Schedules and assigns
- work, and oversees its completion. Coordinates and monitors work flow.
- Schedules and approves, or recommends the approval of, employees’ hours of work,
- overtime and absences. Monitors and oversees employee attendance.
- Participates in screening and interviewing job candidates, and providing input in
- to staff selection.
- Reviews assignments and provides feedback on work to employees. Provides input on work
- performance to management staff.
- Provides orientation and on-the-job training to employees in the unit. Provides coaching and feedback on work quality issues, providing related day-to-day supervision. Escalates unresolved performance and/or disciplinary matters to management.
- Other duties as required in support of the department.
- Must have lived experience as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with students with marginalized genders and sexualities, using intersectional and anti-oppression frameworks.
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, with demonstrated knowledge of an anti-oppression framework within the relevant discipline.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in an area relevant to the position, including experience leading related projects and initiatives within a multi-stakeholder environment.
- Knowledge of the needs and experiences of students who identify as LGBTQ2S+, with particular attention to the barriers associated with LGBTQ2S+ inclusion within post-secondary environments.
- Experience in counseling/advising/supporting students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ in a non-therapeutic context.
- Experience with design and delivery of programs, workshops and/or group facilitation.
- Knowledge of university programs and courses of study, and the general structure and operation of universities. Familiarity with university life and activities and knowledge of university policies and priorities would be considered an asset.
- Experience in dealing with difficult and confrontational situations.
- Leadership ability and supervisory experience.
- Extensive knowledge of student development, social justice and development theories
- Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening required.
- Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a diverse environment.
- Ability to apply an anti-oppression and intersectional approach to program development, including awareness of current issues faced by LGBTQ2S+ student communities.
- Proven ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to balance multiple interests and within a team context.
- Sound research and analytical skills.
- Excellent writing skills with a proven ability to deliver reports to inform various sectors of the community; experience in policy development.
- Demonstrated planning and project management skills and ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.
- Proficiency in IT software applications, including work processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.
- Strong communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent judgement, and problem solving skills.
- Make decisions regarding when to refer and to whom, both within and outside of Student Affairs.
- Distinguish between circumstances in which decisions can be made independently and those where consultation is warranted.
- Identify needs and provide recommendations regarding the development of specialized programs for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+.
- Establish day-to-day work plan as well as broader advising, support and outreach strategies.
- Identify services or functions that require improvement or determine when a new service should be offered and recommend appropriate solution. Participate in the implementation of modifications and introduction of new services as required.
- Set work priorities to meet competing demands.
- Determine priorities and make decisions about volunteers and student staff assignments.
- Use effective judgement to anticipate and respond to difficult situations.
- Assesses the suitability of job candidates and recommends the most appropriate person for hire.
- Determines priorities and makes decisions about staff utilization and the assignment of work to achieve optimum efficiencies and productivity.
- Assesses employees’ training needs and makes recommendations for internal or external training to attain proficiency.
- Monitors and assesses output and the quality of employees’ work, and recommends need for formal training or development plans to management and identifies possible staff performance and/or disciplinary issues.