Background: The Regional Diversity Roundtable
The Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) is a charitable not-for-profit and membership based organization that is committed to building inclusion and diversity competence that results in the institutionalization of equity in the core values, structures, workforces, policies and services of the public and human services sectors in Peel Region. For additional information, please visit www.regionaldiversityroundtable.org.
The Building DEI in Leadership project will develop the capacity of organizational leaders in the human services sector across 5 regions in the GTA to assess organizational policies, procedures, and programs from a DEI lens. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Partnership Grant, this training program will introduce organizational leaders to DEI principles, provide necessary tools to identify DEI issues within their organizations, develop action plans to address identified issues, sustain DEI work and implement a survey to assess the results of change. The project will also create a community of DEI champions among the organizational leaders participating in the program from the various regions.
Purpose of the RFP
RDR is seeking a curriculum developer or team of consultants to design 4 training modules that will serve as a comprehensive program for developing DEI capacity among organizational leaders in the human services sector. It is expected that organizational leaders in the program will form a foundational understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion as related to the human services sector and have developed a DEI lens to assess their organization’s structures using the tools provided.
The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Project Lead, RDR staff and project partners.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The final product will be a pilot-tested, user-friendly and innovative curriculum that will include a syllabus, instructional strategies and learner assessment strategies to equip instructors with all the needed materials to deliver the 4-module program. Each training module is expected to be 3 hours long. Three of the modules must include training on how to both implement and analyze results of existing RDR DEI tools, namely the Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), the organizational Action Plan and the Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS). All four modules must build on one another to form a comprehensive curriculum.
Key learning objectives for organizational leaders in the program include but are not limited to:
Module 1: Introductory Session
- Foundations of DEI principles and frameworks to develop a critical and shared understanding of DEI
- Importance and value of Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) in the process of organizational change and measurement of DEI indicators over time
- How to implement the SAT in organizations in order to establish baseline DEI measure
Module 2: Delivered after participants have implemented the SAT within their organizations
- How to analyze the results of their SAT in order to identify DEI strengths, weaknesses and gaps
- How to develop an action plan that leverages strengths, overcomes challenges and addresses gaps
- How to implement the action plan within their organizations
Module 3: Delivered 4 months after module 2
- Identify obstacles and solutions to implementing DEI action plan when faced by organizational challenges and resistance
- How to institutionalize DEI into their organizations’ agenda to ensure DEI is weaved into the fabric of the organization
- How to sustain interest in, commitment to and actions for DEI work in organizations
Module 4: Final session
- Importance and value of Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) for organizational change and measurement of DEI indicators over time from the perspective of employees
- How to implement the ESS and analyze its results
- How the SAT and ESS together measure changes and impact as implemented throughout this training program
The curriculum should:
- Incorporate DEI tools developed by RDR and its partners into the curriculum (SAT, Action Plan, ESS)
- Incorporate effective current practices and case studies
- Ensure that organizational leaders in the program are proficient in carrying out the SAT, action plan and ESS within their organizations alongside any other tools developed as part of the curriculum
- Integrate additional resources in multiple formats, i.e. online videos and printed materials such as templates, to enhance learning objectives
- Integrate online components to compliment in-class learning
- Be organized in an accessible manner and format for both instructors and participants
The project will be carried out over twelve months, March 2017 – March 2018. The curriculum will need to be developed in stages as some of the tools the modules will be using will be developed alongside the curriculum.
The deadlines for designing, revising and finalizing the modules are as follows:
- Module 1: one month after signing the contract (April)
- Module 2: two months after signing the contract (May)
- Module 3: six months after signing the contract (September)
- Module 4: eight months after signing the contract (November)
As the successful candidate you will demonstrate:
- Experience in curriculum development with some focus on research methods and analysis (administration and analysis of basic surveys and assessment tools)
- Demonstrated strong understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency, and anti-oppression principles and practice
- Experience and comfort working with network organizations and/or collaborations
- Effectiveness in adult education
- An understanding of the human services sector
- Familiarity with the human services sector in the Peel Region would be an asset
RDR is under no obligation under any circumstances, to accept or respond to any proposal or, to negotiate with any proponent. RDR is not bound to accept the lowest priced or any proposal based on any method of evaluation, or to negotiate with the proponent who submitted the same. RDR will not be obligated in any manner to any proponent whatsoever unless and until a written contract has been duly executed with a proponent in relation to a qualifying proposal.
The available funding for this project is $11,000 (including applicable taxes) over the course of 12 months. The funding will be disbursed in installments. The first installment will be paid upon the signing of the contract.
Please provide the following information in your application:
- CV, Resume, Team Profile (if applicable)
- Detailed proposal outlining work plan and proposed curriculum design methodology
- Detailed timelines and budget information
- 1 sample of similar and/or relevant work
- 3 recent references for similar and/or relevant projects
All submissions must be in electronic form; either PDF or Word format, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Proposal: MCI Curriculum Developer Consultant.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please submit your application by by March 19, 2017, midnight.
For all other enquiries please contact Program Manager Reem Attieh at email@example.com, 905-232-7371.