Apply to support the Acceleration Consortium EDI efforts!


Job Posting: AC EDI Action Plan Co-Creation Facilitator

Interested applicants should send a resume and a brief covering letter to:

About the Acceleration Consortium

The Acceleration Consortium (AC) at the University of Toronto, funded by a major institutional research grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), is a multidisciplinary institutional initiative to accelerate the discovery of new molecules and materials and to develop applications for a wide range of industries. The AC includes the University of British Columbia and the University Health Network as academic partners, in addition to government and private sector partners.

The AC’s activities are overseen by a Board of Directors, chaired by the Vice-President,Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives, with committees providing leadership on scientific strategy, commercialization and partnerships, Indigenous research, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Managerial and administrative support is provided a team of AC staff and by staff within the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Compensation:$30/hour, plus vacation pay

Term of Employment: January 2024 – April 2024, with the possibility of extension

Core Responsibilities:

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are core principles of the CFREF program. All CFREF-funded initiatives must develop a bold and innovative EDI Action Plan, to be submitted to the federal sponsor (Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat) for peer review by July 5, 2024.

The Action Plan must identify specific, measurable actions to remove systemic barriers and must be informed by co-creation with members of under-represented groups, including individuals who are racialized; individuals who are African, Caribbean and Black; Indigenous Peoples; persons with disabilities; women; and individuals from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

The AC is seeking a co-creation facilitator to lead co-creation activities and engage with communities about their experiences to inform the development of the EDI ActionPlan. Other duties necessary to support the successful delivery of the EDI Action Plan by the July 5 deadline may also be required.

The co-creation facilitator will:

  • Lead the design, planning, and implementation of co-creation sessions and activities, including the collection, analysis, and management of qualitative data in alignment with data collection and reporting standards of the University of Toronto
  • Work collaboratively with the AC’s EDI & Belonging Committee to manage the implementation, evaluation, and reporting of progress and outcomes of relevant key activities
  • Prepare reports and presentations to inform decision-making of the AC EDI& Belonging Committee
  • Complete other tasks as required to support the development of the EDI Action Plan

This role reports to the University's Associate Vice-President, Research, who also serves as Chair of the AC’s EDI & Belonging Committee. The work of the co-creation facilitator will also be supported by staff in the AC and the Research Services Office.



  • Minimum Master’s degree required
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in the collection of qualitative data with research participants, including individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to synthesize, interpret, and analyze qualitative data
  • Ability to summarize and present findings
  • Ability to co-develop and lead equitable, inclusive, and accessible co-creation activities
  • Understanding of ethical research principles and practices to mitigate harms
  • Understanding of issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in the higher education environment
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to achieve high-quality outcomes in a complex organization
  • Knowledge of privacy considerations and a commitment to protect the confidentiality of all participants
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding, and respect for diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and reconciliation
  • Knowledge of intersectional approaches to data collection and analysis
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and inclusive manner, fostering equitable experiences and a respectful environment
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Self-motivated and able to meet deadlines


  • Experience working with granting agencies, e.g. proposal writing/editing

Technical Resource Requirements: You will need access to a computer, microphone, and the Internet.  A webcam is an asset.

Hours: Must be available for up to 20 hours per week. Availability: Monday–Friday between the hours of 9:00am and5:00pm.

Location:Remote work will be possible, but must be available to conduct activities in person, as required.

How to apply?

Interested applicants should send a resume and a brief covering letter to:

Application deadline: Jan 15th, 2024 – applications considered on a rolling intake,

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.


Acceleration Consortium

This piece was written by a member of the AC team

No items found.