The Director of Equity and Inclusivity has direct responsibility to lead the implementation of the school’s diversity, inclusivity, multicultural, and equity efforts, including supporting faculty recruitment, development and retention; community outreach; curriculum review; and events related to community life. The position will work to broaden the understanding of diversity and ensure the school is accountable to its commitment to inclusivity as it seeks to embrace, welcome and support every member.
The Director of Equity and Inclusivity reports to the Head of School and is a member of Graland’s administrative and instructional teams. Qualified candidates must bring broad institutional experience and intellect necessary to motivate and lead a diverse body of professionals, parents and students.
The following list is not comprehensive of all tasks of the position, but serves as a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities.
Serve as member of administrative and instructional teams.
Provide strategic leadership on all issues of diversity, inclusivity, multiculturalism and equity.
Implement new efforts and bring growth to the program, as described in the strategic plan and in line with the mission and philosophy of the school.
Assist the Director of Curriculum and Instruction with discussions and implementation of diversity initiatives.
Plan, attend and facilitate workshops for faculty/staff and students as it relates to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
Participate in the hiring of faculty.
Collaborate with the admission department as it pertains to community outreach and the attraction and retention of families from diverse backgrounds.
Collaborate with the Head of School to facilitate the work of the School Climate Advisory Committee (SCAC).
Oversee the parent affinity groups program, including the creation of new groups.
Supervise student inclusivity and diversity clubs throughout the school.
Advocate for students of diverse backgrounds, ensuring all families feel welcome and have the necessary support at Graland.
Work with parent and alumni associations to assist their committees on matters related to diversity.
Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications and team members as it relates to community and diversity initiatives.
Serve as the liaison for NAIS, ACIS, and other relevant groups as it pertains to diversity initiatives for the school regionally and nationally. Connect the school with the surrounding community and community members.
Track, document and report on diversity, equity, multicultural and inclusivity efforts and initiatives.
Explore and investigate current trends in equity and inclusivity to discover the most successful practices.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The next Director of Equity and Inclusivity at Graland Country Day will be:
An experienced educator and administrator;
An excellent communicator;
Well-versed in the best practices of diversity, inclusivity; multiculturalism, and equity work;
Someone whose educational vision is aligned with the Graland mission and philosophy;
Someone who brings expertise and a forward looking philosophy regarding diversity, inclusivity; multiculturalism, and equity practices;
Solid academic credentials.
Be a collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who…
Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
Provides a safe environment for students.
Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
As needed offers support during after-hours.
Likes to work with people and create solutions.
History of the Position
Graland originally created a part-time diversity coordinator position in 2011. Some notable accomplishments in the past six years include:
Launching an affinity group program that meets the organic needs of the parent community; currently there are 13 groups meeting regularly.
Administering the AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) survey in 2014 to gain a pulse on our progress and to inform future initiatives.
Developing the School Climate Advisory Committee that collaborates directly with the Head of School to enhance the school community.
Garnering Graland participation in CIRCLE/STAMP conferences in Denver to ensure students, parents, teachers, and administrators are empowered to make change on local campuses.
Supporting the Graland SEED program (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity); this year, there are 15 faculty members meeting monthly for personal and professional growth.
Developing the Graland Inclusivity Forum and Taskforce (GIFT) in cooperation with the parent association to bring awareness to diversity issues within education.
Implementing a diversity professional development commitment that encourages every faculty and staff member to participate in diversity training at least once every three years.
Advising the Board on the updated Diversity and Inclusivity Philosophy and Policy.
Serving as a leader in the diversity network at the Association of Colorado Independent Schools to affect regional change.
Graland Country Day School is a dynamic learning community having a commitment to academics, athletics, the arts, diversity, service learning, and community responsibility for children from pre kindergarten through the 8th grade. The school balances strong traditions with a progressive orientation for student learning. Teachers at Graland are highly valued as educators and challenged to model life...-long learning as they grow both professionally and personally. Over 50% of faculty hold advanced degrees and many have been at Graland for 10 or more years. The school strongly encourages and supports a wide variety of professional development opportunities for its faculty.
Graland is centrally located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, near the Cherry Creek district and three miles from the center of Denver – allowing for a quality of life that combines living in an urban environment with the ability to pursue a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountain region