Department/Unit: Internal Audit Services
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number: S054-24
Employee Group: DPMG
Position Type: Regular, On-Going
Employment Type: Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Provisional Statement :
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.

About Dalhousie University:
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary:
Internal Audit Service (IAS) is a monitoring function within Dalhousie with no direct operational responsibility or authority over any activities audited. Internal Audit is accountable to the Finance, Audit, Investment and Risk Committee of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. Reporting to the Director, Internal Audit Services, the Investigator is a specialist role with extensive expertise in post-secondary and unionized workplace investigations. They will conduct independent investigations on behalf of Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES) in matters involving reports under the university’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination, Sexualized Violence Policy and Personal Harassment Policy (employees).

Key Responsibilities:
Investigate Reports submitted under the university’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination, Sexualized Violence Policy and Personal Harassment Policy, that are referred for investigation, which may be complex, sensitive and highly visible, in accordance with legal requirements and administrative principles and processes, using a survivor-centric and trauma-informed approach.
Perform duties as related to a timely, and fair process of investigation, including but not limited to developing an investigation plan to guide the steps of the process; determine what allegations or relevant facts are in dispute; identify potential sources of evidence; collect evidence from all appropriate sources [e.g., digital evidence, documentation]; conduct party and witness interviews.
Prepare a final investigation report, setting out the allegations, evidence, assessments of credibility where applicable, relevant procedural matters, findings, consistent with current legislative requirements, policy provisions, and best practice. Forward findings to the appropriate university personnel as required by policy.
Investigate and/or support concerns received via ConfidenceLine.
Maintain complete records of all investigation activities and compile an annual report on investigation activates.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Required Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in a related discipline, such as human rights, human resources, juris doctor, with three to five years’ experience conducting investigations within large, complex, unionized organization into human rights discrimination, sexualized violence, and workplace harassment and bullying. (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
A strong knowledge base in the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Accessibility Act and related policies and guidelines.
In-depth knowledge and demonstrated awareness of emerging human rights related issues including sexualized violence, unconscious bias, cultural competency, systemic racism, marginalization, power dynamics and their role in complaints resolution.
Knowledge and competency in conducting trauma-informed investigations.
Exceptional interviewing skills as demonstrated by one’s ability to be professional, compassionate, and empathetic.
Ability to react quickly to changing situations, manage multiple priorities, meet tight timelines, and prioritize issues, carrying a sustained caseload.

Experience within a post-secondary education setting.
Experience working with survivors of sexualized violence from a trauma informed lens.
Training and/or education in law.

Job Competencies:
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

– Self-Awareness & Professionalism
– Respect & Inclusion
– Adaptability
– Knowledge & Thinking Skills
– Relationship Building

Additional Information:
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration:
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

Diversity Statement:
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 03/04/2024