Anti-Racism Implementation Specialist

  • Holland Bloorview
  • Ontario
  • Nov 07, 2023
Full time Other

Job Description

Status: Regular full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Pay range: $33 - $42 / hour 

Please note, this is a HYBRID position (virtual & in-person). 

As part of the Holland Bloorview team, this role will help fulfill the hospital’s strategic plan and priorities, described in Holland Bloorview 2030. This includes creating the most meaningful and healthy futures for all children, youth and families. This will be achieved in an academic health sciences centre, with a focus on client and family-centered, high quality and safe care, and a commitment to research, teaching, and advancing best practices in pediatric rehabilitation. 

Reporting to the Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Anti-Racism (IDEAA), the Anti-Racism Implementation Specialist will bring broad knowledge and expertise around Anti-Racism concepts and practices, with high-functioning program implementation and evaluation experience. There will be strong focus on driving the hospital’s interventions to meaningfully confront anti-Black racism, as well as demonstrating a broad understanding of the intersections between racism and ableism. They will be responsible for both leading and consulting on program implementation, as well as consulting with various teams on their commitments within the hospital’s annual IDEAA work plan. The program implementation support will be focused on employees, clients and families, students and trainees, and volunteers alike.

The Anti-Racism Implementation Specialist is a collaborative, results oriented, creative and strategic thinker who can work with a wide range of people to support transformative change. Strong critical thinking, analytical and project leadership skills, IDEAA subject matter expertise, and previous experience partnering with equity-seeking communities e.g., Black, Indigenous and people of colour, 2SLGBTQI+, communities living in poverty, people with disabilities etc., and those living at various intersections across these and other groups, are essential to this role. The role has a mix of defined, specialized, routine and non-routine tasks and requires sound judgement, tact, and discretion in executing these responsibilities.

Important note: Holland Bloorview is strongly committed to equitable hiring practices and building a team that reflects the full spectrum of diverse communities we partner with. We welcome applications from Black, Indigenous and people of colour, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, people with disabilities, and others who live at the intersection of equity-seeking communities. Applications from Black and Indigenous and applicants are particularly encouraged for this role. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. 


Supports the Manager IDEAA with the planning, implementation, delivery and monitoring of anti-racism related initiatives

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders/divisions to support the design and delivery of anti-racism education, training and awareness-raising sessions and related program initiatives.
  • Consults with various teams on clinical and non-clinical program design, development and evaluation with a focus on anti-racism and addressing the social determinants of health (SDoH).
  • Liaise with subject matter experts in inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility and anti-racism especially around Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities, to collaboratively develop internal strategies to address organizational priorities.
  • Plans and implements assigned initiatives
  • Prepares routine communications, generates reports, and presents status updates to relevant hospital committees.
  • Prepares necessary resources and tools based on emerging and best practices, to support the successful implementation of anti-racism initiatives including education workshops and team consultations
  • Use a variety of delivery methods including, but not limited to, instructor-led learning (e.g., webinars, seminars, lectures, presentations, workshops, interactive labs) and self-directed learning (e.g., e-learning, readings, webcasts, simulations, job aids, user guides, activities). Related duties include processes and methods to set up a psychologically safe learning environment and providing learner feedback.
  • Evaluates initiatives and prepares reports to track progress
  • Manages projects, information and logistics of project deliverables, including the hospital’s annual Anti-Racism Learning Series



  • Masters degree preferred in relevant field or discipline (e.g., equity studies, human rights, sociology, social work, adult education, disability studies) or; equivalent combination of education and employment experience

Anti-Racism Expertise & Knowledge

  • Experience addressing racism and its intersections at all levels (e.g., interpersonal, structural etc.) and understand the traumatic impacts of racism on employee mental health and well-being in the workplace.
  • Experience analyzing, developing and implementing policies, programs and initiatives using Anti-Racist theories and principles, human rights and anti-oppression frameworks in healthcare.
  • Basic knowledge of relevant legislation e.g., Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Anti-Racism Act
  • Knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Findings from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Skills & Experience

  • Ability to lead advisory and consultation processes involving staff, external partners and community members, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Proven experience within or outside health care settings partnering with diverse multi-racial equity-seeking groups/ communities.
  • Minimum five (5) years of recent, in-depth work experience in project management, community development and/or strategic planning.
  • Comfort in collecting, interpreting and using data as part of design processes and decision-making

Project Management Expertise

  • Collaborates with team members to deliver on results and ensure project deliverables are met.
  • Experience providing project coordination, guidance and team support for implementation of multiple projects and initiatives.

Problem-Solving, Issues Management and Analytical Skills

  • Synthesize information addressing complex issues relating to strategic organizational initiatives.
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills in addition to research, analytical, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Consultation, Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills to support the development and implementation of key partnerships within the Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.
  • Superior written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders, including community leaders, senior staff, at all levels within the organization


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