Germantown Academy is located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. We seek a visionary, committed leader to inaugurate our new Director of Equity & Inclusion position, beginning July 2018. The Director of Equity and Inclusion reports directly to the Head of School. This is a 12-month position which offers a highly competitive salary and an excellent array of benefits, including an outstanding retirement plan, significant funding for professional development, and 100% tuition remission in grades K-12 for one or two admitted children of faculty and administrators.
The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, approximately 25% of which are students of color. Located on a beautiful campus of 126 acres, Germantown Academy is committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking, and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit. Please see our Diversity Commitment at: http://www.germantownacademy.net/about/diversity-statement.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment which is inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds.
In partnership with the Head of School, assist with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community;
Provide strategic leadership in implementation of recommendations from the school’s recent strategic plan and diversity climate assessment;
In partnership with administration and Diversity Task Force, oversee the implementation of the school’s equity and inclusion goals and action plan;
Coordinate, lead, and supervise the seven Diversity & Community Life Coordinators across our three divisions and the Director of Community Outreach;
Co-lead the school-wide Diversity Task Force;
Coordinate and lead school-wide Community Conversations related to matters of equity and inclusion;
Partner with the Head of School, Division Heads, and senior administrators in the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, evaluation, and retention of faculty, administrators, and staff who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community;
Partner with the Head of School, Division Heads, Board Chair, and senior administrators in the creation and implementation of professional development related to equity and inclusion for faculty, administrators, staff, and trustees;
Collaborate with divisional academic leaders in the review and revision of curriculum and co-curriculum to reflect best practices in multicultural education;
Develop excellent working relationships with students, administrators, faculty, staff, trustees, and parents;
Oversee and expand affinity groups for students, employees, and families across the school as well as ally group efforts;
Serve as a resource for faculty, administration, parents, and students on issues of student support;
Assist the admission office and three divisions as needed in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body;
Act as a liaison between the school and local communities to serve these communities better and to support the school’s outreach and admission recruitment programs;
Assist students and parents with the transition to our school and act as a mentor to families in need;
Work with Parents’ Committee to help expand involvement of parents from under-represented groups in the school’s parent organization;
Consult with student and faculty leaders involved with multicultural clubs or initiatives across the school;
Support and develop student diversity leadership, and help develop programs which enable all students to advocate for themselves and others;
Network with leaders at other independent schools and leaders around the country in multicultural curriculum, professional development, and diversity best practices;
Help plan and implement important community events related to diversity across the school year;
Manage diversity programming budgets carefully and effectively;
Serve on the school’s management team and other committees as requested;
Partner with the advancement office to extend outreach to graduates from under-represented groups;
Serve as a resource to the community for matters of diversity, inclusion, and multicultural practices.
Teach one or two classes (any division) or administrate in a secondary area of the school (e.g. admission, advancement, athletics, etc.) based on experience and expertise.
Qualifications & Qualities
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree(s) preferred
Minimum of five years of administrative experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership preferred
Participation in in-depth training in diversity, inclusion and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops
Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in implementation of programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion in school settings
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Outstanding interpersonal skills across a variety of constituencies (students, parents, trustees, faculty, community leaders, etc.)
Patience and humor
Superb organizational skills needed to interface with several academic and non-academic departments
A strong desire to collaborate with passionate educational leaders
Capacity to enjoy working with faculty and young people in a PreK-12 school environment
Knowledge of independent schools is preferred, but not required
To apply for the position, please assemble a portfolio including the following information:
detailed letter of interest
a contact list of at least 3 references, including at least one current supervisor
Portfolios may be submitted electronically or via regular mail. Applications received by December 1, 2017 will receive priority review, but all applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.