Call for Applications – Equity & Inclusion Officer on the Board of Directors

Capital Pride is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and, in particular, applications are encouraged from members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV/AIDS, older adults and seniors, francophones, immigrants and newcomers, women and gender diverse folx.

Commitment: 15 to 20 hours per month / 1 year or more


Do you have Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expertise and lived experience to lend to a 2SLGBTQ+ not-for-profit organization with a major impact? Can you help us take our organization to the next level while ensuring intersectional values are at the core of our strategic development? You may just be the ideal candidate to join the Executive Committee in the position of Equity & Inclusion Officer on the Board of Directors of Capital Pride!

Capital Pride (the Organization) brings together a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make the Capital Pride Summer Festival and WinterPride Festival happen each year, as well as other year-round events. The Board of Directors (the Board) provides the overall direction and management of the organization, including governance, policy, and financial oversight and accountability.

The mission of Capital Pride is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the National Capital Region – the unceded and unsurrendered traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people.


The Equity & Inclusion Officer (EIO) will be the lead in ensuring the Board and the Organization makes informed decisions pertaining to its strategic planning and policies in accordance with the intersectional values of progressive social justice, including the principles of anti-oppression, decolonization, anti-racism, trans affirmative feminism, and disability justice. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serve on the Executive Committee and attend all meetings
  • Attend monthly Board of Director meetings and Annual General Meeting
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for equity and inclusion, bringing best practices and ensuring legislative compliance, across all four activity pillars of the organization
  • Scan the larger environment to understand how issues of equity and inclusion impact Capital Pride’s work, including the needs and experiences of members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the National Capital Region
  • Assist with diversity analytics, including benchmarking, tracking metrics, analyzing and generating diversity reporting for various audiences to highlight trends and demonstrate impact of Board programs and initiatives
  • Support Board and Staff recruitment and retention, make recommendations to identify barriers to participation and provide recommendations to either eliminate or modify policies, practices and systems that hinder retention, development and advancement of under-represented groups

Required and Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will have experience developing diversity/equity/inclusion policies and implementing related programs in a not-for-profit or similarly sized organization. This means that the candidate will likely have:

  • Lived experience as a member of an equity-seeking group;
  • Demonstrated leadership in working with historically oppressed communities, experience influencing positive change in the field of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity, preferably within a comparable organizational structure;
  • Proven track record of success engaging with intersectional communities;
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit organizational governance and related laws and regulations;
  • Familiarity with the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities, including community organizations and groups;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and mediation skills;
  • Collaborative and team-oriented leadership style; and
  • Reside in the National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau).

No candidate’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold. However, an undergraduate degree/diploma in one of the following areas would be considered an asset: Human Rights/Equity, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Social Work.

Further to the above skills and experience, Capital Pride desires:

  • Previous experience serving on a board of directors;
  • Human resource management experience;
  • Experience with advocacy organizations; and
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines what motivates you to be involved, as well as the experience and skills you will bring to Capital Pride to [email protected]. The position will remain open until an ideal candidate is found.