Georgetown Day School, a progressive PK–12 school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice, seeks a Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Founded in 1945 as the first racially and religiously integrated school in Washington, GDS continues to place the cultivation and healthy experience of a diverse student body, faculty, and Board at the very heart of its mission. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physical ability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style.
Primarily reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Equity and Social Impact, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion is an important leader in our community. Acting as a resource and partner, the Director works individually and collectively with students, administrators, faculty, staff, and parents to nurture and strengthen an inclusive and culturally responsive school culture.
In short, we seek a leader with the creativity, courage, empathy, and wisdom to build on the very good work already being done, envision what is possible and necessary, and implement change at the institutional, interpersonal and individual levels.
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion Will:
Partner with the administration and faculty to keep GDS at the forefront of providing an outstanding academic program grounded in the belief that diversity is not ancillary to a great education but the ground from which it grows.
Be an active, visible and engaged presence within the overall life of the School.
Oversee and set direction for committees and affinity groups that have responsibility for carrying out diversity, equity, and inclusion work, including the All-School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the Student Affinity Group Leadership Council.
Collaborate with teachers, department chairs, division directors and student support personnel in ongoing efforts to ensure that all students are seen, known, and supported for who they are, the strengths they carry into the classroom, and their particular academic needs.
Collaborate with the Assistant Head for Curriculum and Instruction to provide essential training in culturally relevant equity pedagogy and the creation of democratic, culturally responsive classrooms.
Serve as a mentor and advocate for faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Support and lead the faculty for the existing sixth and ninth grade seminars devoted to issues of social justice, identity, and inclusion. Constructively think through possibilities for programmatic expansion and growth beyond these grade levels in the coming years.
Qualifications and Characteristics Sought:
Ability to develop and implement short and long-term Diversity Strategic Goals with meaningful and measurable outcomes
Experience as a teacher and teacher-leader with deep knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, and child and adolescent development
Demonstrated experience developing community partnerships that offer opportunities for innovative and experiential collaboration
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership
Demonstrated and significant experience stewarding an inclusive, culturally responsive school community
An ability to inspire open, productive, and challenging conversations centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion
Strong familiarity with current research, data acquisition and analysis, and successful implementation of strategies currently shaping DEI work in schools
Ability to seek consensus and design processes that are transparent, clear, and efficient
Proven success carrying out strategic goals and initiatives and in leading teams
Personal Qualities and Professional Requirements
Master’s degree preferred, preferably in education or educational administration, or a related field
Diversity and inclusion leadership experience and related professional background within a school setting is essential
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building
Excellent leadership abilities, interpersonal and collaborative skills, speaking and writing skills, strong listening skills, organizational skills, and the ability to simultaneously engage in and manage multiple priorities
The ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and ambitious environment with minimal supervision
Dedicated lifelong learner with personal and professional integrity and the capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance
A sense of humor
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.