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Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

With a purpose to protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), is the regulatory body for over 190,000 registered nurses (RNs), registered practical nurses (RPNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in Ontario. Since 1963, CNO has set the requirements for entry to practice, established standards of practice, ensured a high quality of care, and held nurses accountable for their conduct and practice. Located in downtown Toronto, with over 300 staff, CNO acts in accordance with legislation from the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Nursing Act of 1991.  The College seeks to appoint a Director of DEI to develop and provide strategic guidance and oversight to CNOs enterprise-wide DEI program.

CNO is seeking an outstanding leader to create and fulfil its strategic DEI plan. Working closely with CNO leaders and staff, external stakeholders and CNO’s Council, identify opportunities and work collaboratively to imbed practices related to DEI, anti-racism, anti-oppression and accommodation in policy and daily operations across the organization. The ideal candidate will have current awareness of relevant issues related to DEI. Demonstrated consultative and collaborative leadership skills including superb relationship building and stakeholder engagement skills, to effectively establish and maintain professional relationships and interact with all levels across the organization and external to CNO; ability to lead and influence others to achieve common goals including leveraging diverse activities to create a stronger impact. This role reports directly to the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. 

As the ideal candidate, you have a relevant post-secondary education in the social sciences combined with transferrable skills and knowledge gained from professional experience in a similar role. Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion may be demonstrated by a combination of lived experience, volunteer experience serving community-based organizations, and ongoing participation in continuing education programs. You are known as an accomplished leader in the community who models excellence, respect, and trust. Leveraging superior communication skills, you establish strong relationships with diverse stakeholder communities, and thrive in complex, changing environments, embracing challenges, and striving for growth.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. For more information, please contact Hanita Kargaran of Odgers Berndtson at Hanita.Kargaran@OdgersBerndtson.com. We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further consideration will be contacted.

CNO affirms its commitment to DEI by striving to be diverse, inclusive fair, equitable and accessible by addressing barriers and promoting dignity and respect for all.  

CNO is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and CNO throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.


Page last reviewed February 24, 2023