Associate Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances

Full-Time

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Associate Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances Date Posted: 12/18/2023 Req ID: 35449 Faculty/Division: Office of the Governing Council Department: Appeals, Discipline & Faculty Grievances Campus : St. George (Downtown Toronto) Description: Working under the general direction of the Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances, the Associate Director is expected to operate with a high level of independence, and administers quasi-judicial functions related to academic appeals, academic and non-academic discipline and other hearing or appeal bodies, on a regular basis. The Associate Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances is a critical team member of the Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances (ADFG) Office in the Office of the Governing Council. The role has three main functions – quasi-judicial, governance and registrarial.

The ADFG Office is responsible for the management of the administration of the Governing Council’s quasi-judicial functions, including academic discipline, appeals under the Supportive Leaves Policy, non-academic discipline, academic appeals, grievances, tenure appeals, sexual harassment hearings and clinical academic hearings. The Office provides ongoing support to the following: Academic Appeals Committee, the University Tribunal, the Discipline Appeals Board, Code of Conduct Hearing Officers (including for hearings under the Sexual Violence Policy), the Chairs for the Supportive Leaves Policy appeals, the Advancement Review Panel, the Faculty Grievance Review Panel, the University Tenure Appeals Committee, the Academic Clinical Tribunal, the Clinical Faculty Grievance Review Panel, and other panels and committees as necessary. The Associate Director is the unit lead on all cases and projects related to student quasi-judicial processes and is expected to independently address all related issues without the need to involve the Director, unless the issues involve institutional risk or reputation, the media, the need for political acuity or require consultation with the President, Secretary or Chair of the Governing Council. The incumbent is required to have a legal background and maintain currency in knowledge of the law, even though the advice they provide is non-legal in nature.

The Associate Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances is a primary contact for Divisions, faculty and staff, and students for Academic Appeals, Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, and Code of Student Conduct cases. The incumbent also provides information and resources to faculty, staff, and especially students on the policies, procedures and practices on the above boards and committees. The incumbent provides a high level of confidential support and advice to the Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances and collaborates with the Director in defining and achieving goals and objectives for the ADFG portfolio to maintain and improve administrative processes and procedures. The incumbent is responsible for special projects, including creating new tools and supports for panels of the quasi-judicial processes.

The incumbent is also responsible for complex case management, including issues that are unique, novel, which involve difficult procedural issues, people who are abusive of the process and situations where there are no rules in place. This involves providing a high level of advice to chairs and/or the Director. This advice could pertain to strategy, policies, University case law, procedures and processes. The incumbent works in a complex environment that requires a high degree of sensitivity, responsiveness and a need to maintain absolute confidentiality and neutrality.

The incumbent interacts closely with a wide range of senior members of the University, including committee chairs and panel members, governors, academic administrators, internal and external legal counsel, faculty and staff, as well as students and other community members. The incumbent provides a high level of support and advice to the University’s domestic tribunals. These tribunals are arms length and neutral and therefore the incumbent needs to withstand undue influence in the exercise of their duties, in order to safeguard and preserve the neutrality of the office and that of the domestic tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies. Qualifications Required: I.

EDUCATION: LL.B (J.D.) required. Call to the Law Society of Ontario bar (or equivalent). II. EXPERIENCE: 10 years of related experience in legal, administrative law, quasi-judicial administration, as well as some experience practicing law as a lawyer in a law firm, public organization or government office; Knowledge of University’s quasi-judicial administration; Experience with database management and scheduling programs; Experience in drafting, interpreting and evaluating policies, processes and procedures.

Extensive experience with complex case management and providing interpretive, governance and strategic advice. Project Management experience. Experience working as a neutral or in a neutral office is an asset. Registrarial and governance administration experience is preferred.

III. SKILLS: Strong computer skills; Proven strong oral and written communication skills including experience in drafting reports and legal drafting; Extensive experience with the University and knowledge of university policies and procedures and an understanding of the university’s organizational structure, including its governance. IV. OTHER: Strong organizational and time management skills; Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills; Ability to work with a high degree of independence and in a team environment; High degree of initiative, discretion, professionalism and tact; ability to work under pressure; Ability to influence those over whom there is no direct authority; Well-developed judgment, decision-making skills and the utmost adherence to confidentiality.

Able to work cooperatively and collegially. Knowledge of leading-edge programs, projects and policies associated with quasi-judicial bodies is an asset. NOTE: This role is currently eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, pursuant to University policies and guidelines, including but not limited to the University of Toronto’s Alternative Work Arrangements Guideline. Closing Date: 01/22/2024,11:59PM ET Employee Group: Salaried Appointment Type : Budget – Continuing Schedule: Full-Time Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 — Hiring Zone: $116,047 – $135,389 — Broadband Salary Range: $116,047 – $193,412 Job Category: Legal .buttontext00b26598368a4abe a{ border: 1px solid transparent; } .buttontext00b26598368a4abe a:focus{ border: 1px dashed #25355a !important; outline: none !important; } All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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