BRITISH COLUMBIA TEACHERS’ FEDERATION
Founded in 1917, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is a union of professionals representing over 49,000 public school teachers in the province of BC. As an organization, we are dedicated to advancing learning conditions for students concurrently with advocating for BC’s public school teachers and the teaching profession. We are also deeply committed to democratic decision-making and supporting the engagement of the teachers who make up our member base. Equally, we act on our belief in social justice in schools and the broader community, and actively support our members in striving to achieve equity, inclusion, and a more just society for their students today and into the future.
Reporting to the Assistant Executive Director, this position will be responsible for leading the BCTF Antiracism and Anti-Oppression Office. The successful candidate will be tasked to develop the further work of this office, including a comprehensive plan to further BCTF priorities in this area and develop these initiatives to ensure they remain member-led and participatory. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in building upon the Federation’s 100+ year history towards building an equitable and inclusive union where the structures, processes, and culture provide access, agency, and a sense of belonging to all BCTF members.
Some of your key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- developing and co-ordinating a plan for leadership, information, opportunities, and liaison on equity matters throughout the BCTF
- focusing on the structural review, in a member-driven and participatory manner, of existing Federation policy and procedure to identify areas for growth and change to further promote a culture of belonging
- developing, co-ordinating, and promoting opportunities, both formal and informal, towards effecting cultural and systemic change
- participating in online gatherings, issue sessions, task forces, ad hoc committees, think tanks, and panels, as well as support options and guidance for BIPOC and other equity-seeking members teaching in a dominant system
- conducting formal development of reports and stewardship of actions arising from governance bodies, as well as ongoing support to the Executive Committee, local leadership, and cross-divisional staff and management
- evaluating initiatives, monitoring patterns and trends, producing reports for governance bodies, as well as working in collaboration with the Human Resources Director on employment-related issues, investigations, hiring practices, and/or policy
- co-ordinating, developing, and leading learning opportunities, coaching, and discussions on topics including anti-oppression, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, anti-racism, upstander intervention, supporting and affirming trans and non-binary staff and members, and disability inclusion
- supporting the Executive Director to ensure that best practices are applied across the organization, identifying and developing strategies, policies, and/or procedures to improve, address, or correct structural and systemic barriers to equity for greater participation of marginalized members
- engaging in special projects and other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
In order to qualify for this role, you will need at least 5 years of relevant experience in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated history in the EDI, antiracism and/or anti-oppression arenas, preferably within a unionized setting. You have an understanding of how to lead and support organizational change, empower people, navigate a political landscape, and manage conflict in an organization with a large, complex, and/or member-driven organization structure. A bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in a related field is an asset, however, education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience.
As our ideal candidate, you possess exceptional communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build trusting, respectful relationships with a wide range of colleagues, partners, and members. In addition, you have the leadership, critical listening/thinking, and team-building skills required to effectively manage a small team and motivate others. You have a track record of challenging and influencing peers to approach all work with an equity lens, a true passion for the topic through research, and knowledge of best practices for organizations regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression. Previous experience managing with a trauma-informed approach is preferred, but more importantly is an openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints and an ability to engage tough questions in a thoughtful manner.
In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a highly competitive salary. You will also be entitled to excellent benefits including:
- extended health and dental
- long-term disability
- life Insurance
- Teachers’ Pension Plan
- Professional Development
- 7 weeks of vacation per year
- flexible work hours
- generous professional development allowance
- ·on-site parking
- a supportive team environment.
Please submit your application not later than May 26, 2022, via the link JPE0009-2022-01 Director, Antiracism and Anti-Oppression Office.
The BCTF has an affirmative action policy and is committed to diversity among its members and staff. We invite and encourage applications from people that self-identify as a member of an equity-seeking group, which includes female, trans* (trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, two-spirit, transwoman, transman), visible minority or racialized people, Aboriginal (Indigenous) people, people with a disability, or lesbian, gay, or bisexual.