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Job reference: REQ04790
Fixed Term Contract (18 months)
Full Time (37 hours per week)
Hybrid working welcome

Canterbury (occasional travel to our Medway and Tunbridge Wells campuses).

Please note a full application including a covering letter detailing your experience alongside a CV is required for applications to be considered.  Please be advised applications made without providing a cover letter will not be accepted.

  • Do you dream of making a difference through your work in a world where everyone belongs?
  • Do you love sharing best practice, engaging and equipping others with the knowledge and skills to improve cultural awareness and wellbeing?
  • Are you innovative and enjoy designing learning and development initiatives which lead to positive outcomes?
  • Do you have experience managing projects or events which have had demonstrable impact on culture growth?
  • Do you value building warm connections with people from different backgrounds?
  •  If the answer is yes to the above, we’d be delighted if you would bring your warmth, skills and values to our Equity and Inclusion team at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Join us to accelerate our work in creating a positive, progressive and inclusive place for all our staff and students.

The Opportunity

We seek a full-time Equity and Inclusion Adviser – a new role in our growing Equity and Inclusion team. This is your chance to make our new institutional Equity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-2027 a vibrant reality and support this exciting early stage of building a truly inclusive learning environment for all.

This role is both hands-on and strategic. You will get to be creative and contribute ideas towards the big picture, while also doing meaningful work on the ground.

You will design and lead bespoke staff training sessions and workshops, create and run events and connect with people across the university and in the local community.

This includes working with and supporting our staff inclusion networks (independent staff groups that offer support and social events to members and advise the University on inclusive approaches). These currently include Staff Parents & Carers Network, CCCQ (LGBTQIA+ Staff Network), Global Majority Staff Network, Women’s Research Network, Disabled Staff Network, Women’s Network, ‘We Need to Talk about Class’ staff network, and the Neurodiversity network. You can read more about them here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/social-and-environmental-responsibilities/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/equality-networks

Who are we looking for?

As you will be leading and facilitating workshops and training, you’ll need the confidence to stand up in front of a room. Experience of giving presentations and of leading training online and in-person is therefore important. Experience of project management or event management would be valuable too. Evaluation skills are also important so that we can report on the impact of our initiatives to the wider community and evolve our approach proactively.

We also need a great communicator. On any day, the Equity and Inclusion Advisor might talk with senior university leaders, academics, professional services staff, students and people in the local community. This means the ability to build friendly relationships; working with integrity and supporting others is key and strong communication skills are essential.

We welcome someone with ideas, creativity, and a collaborative approach, so that when you are creating events (for example celebrating Black History or LGBTQIA+ History across the University), you approach it in an engaging way, working with others and thinking about what difference the event is wanting to make for the community.

We also need a team player who will support their immediate colleagues, who is proactive, project-disciplined, a solution-finder and importantly a critical friend, – your voice and opinions will be heard.

Finally, it would be great if you have worked in equity and inclusion before, but what matters most is that you align with our values and care about the work we do. Broad knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues would be a real strength, however a deep-rooted passion to help others, plus a drive to amplify the voices of underrepresented and hidden communities via championing diversity is a must. You will be fully supported as an integral member of the wider Inclusion, Development and Wellbeing team with a comprehensive induction plan.  We are excited to welcome a new colleague to our supportive, creative and friendly team.

Working at Canterbury Christ Church University

“You can thrive at your job here because you are given that trust. It is empowering. My manager puts people, their health and their family first. There is a great focus on wellbeing in our team”.

That is what a colleague in our Inclusion, Development and Wellbeing team said about working here – and this will be the team you join! Working at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a supportive working environment, friendly colleagues, flexible working, occupational pension scheme and use of facilities like the fitness centre and library. Perhaps the biggest attraction though is the opportunity to make a real difference, in a place where people are passionate about transforming lives, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building sustainable futures.

Our main campus sits in the world-famous Cathedral city of Canterbury and is a stunning mix of historic and modern buildings.

How to apply

Start date for applications:                  07/02/2024
Closing date for applications:             03/03/2024
Interviews are to be held:                   W/C 11th March  

Please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button below.  Applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Please ensure you include contact details of two employment referees in your application, one of which must be your current/ most recent line manager.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact our friendly Recruitment Team at hr.recruitment@canterbury.ac.uk, quoting reference number REQ04790. Please don’t use this email for your application though, click on the Apply button below.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to talk through the role or ask questions before applying, please feel free to contact Jon Opaye-Tetteh, Head of Equity and Inclusion (jo412@canterbury.ac.uk). Strictly no agencies, thank you.

You can also find more information by reading the job description, using the attachment links above.

Prior consideration will be given to applicants in the University’s redeployment pool. No agencies please.

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes fresh perspectives and new voices. We want you to bring the real you to work and we are committed to building a genuinely inclusive working environment where everyone is welcomed and where everyone can have a true sense of belonging. Our spirit of community will help us to eliminate discrimination and will enable us all to thrive in a culture that is underpinned by fairness and justice.

We therefore seek people to join us who will proactively support and shape this aim and contribute in their own unique way. If this is you, then we are waiting to hear from you.

We are looking forward to hearing from you – good luck!

To apply for this job please visit staffspace.canterbury.ac.uk.