The Blake School seeks to hire an exceptional educator and leader as Director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (OECE). The OECE Director will help Blake continue to build a diverse and supportive educational community, teach its students the skills of civil discourse and civic engagement, and prepare students for lives as responsible world citizens. The Director will partner with the Head of School, the Associate Head of School, the Director of Equity and Instruction and other senior administrators to lead the school’s efforts in building intercultural competence among students, faculty, staff and administrators and to educate parents and guardians about the necessity of this work for educational excellence. The OECE Director will also create and expand mutually beneficial relationships with community service partners, local organizations, and schools across the Twin Cities, Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond. Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage productively with those who are different from them.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Develop with the Associate Head of School, division directors, and PK-12 department chairs programming and curricula that teach students civil discourse skills, motivate civic engagement and develop intercultural and global competence.
Collaborate with Head of School, the Associate Head of School, the Director of Equity and Instruction and other senior administrators to develop and implement a plan for establishing common language and shared metrics around pluralism; educating and empowering faculty and staff to implement pluralistic objectives in their area of work; and creating a common sense of purpose, expectation and action for all employees in enacting the school’s commitment to pluralism.
Collaborate on the design and delivery of professional development sequences on global and intercultural competence for administrators, faculty and staff.
Inspire, supervise and evaluate the Director of Service Learning; Executive Director of LearningWorks (LW); LGBTQIA+ Advocate; and faculty advisors of divisional affinity groups to continually evolve their programs to meet the needs of students; to stay abreast of and employ best practices; and to take their programs to the next level.
Collaborate intentionally with the Director of Global Programs and the Director of Equity and Instruction on strategy, programs, projects and curricula that develop intercultural and global competence.
Coordinate student involvement in local, regional and national conferences and events related to diversity, inclusion and pluralism.
Mediator, Communicator and Liaison
Develop relationships with parents and guardians by means of formal programming and informal networks, building broad partnerships rooted in the shared desire to improve the student experience within and beyond the classroom.
Collaborate with the Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance, Chief Advancement Officer, and Director of Strategic Communications to align institutional messages and materials with Blake’s pluralism efforts.
Collaborate with the Parent Association, Alumni Association and similar groups to educate the community about plans and priorities related to pluralism and to identify ways to partner within and across constituent groups around topics related to pluralism.
Consult with senior administrators working on community challenges related to equity and inclusion.
Embody the qualities of a bridge builder, a mediator and an educator.
Other Functions and Responsibilities:
Member of the Administrative Council, Academic Affairs group
Teach up to two semesters annually in the Middle School or Upper School
Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and pluralism-related efforts in an educational setting
Knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following academic areas or a similar field: gender studies; race and ethnic studies; cultural studies; religious studies
Knowledge of independent school culture, curriculum and practices
Teaching experience at middle school, high school and/or early college levels
Skills and Attributes:
Strategic, institutional thinker
Clear and effective oral and written communicator with a wide range of constituents
Superlative interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of educational and social backgrounds, and to demonstrate an authentic respect for each individual
Demonstrated capacity to inspire, lead and manage a team of adults
Deep commitment to working with students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academ...ic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.