The Director of Diversity reports directly to the head of school. S/he works closely with academic and administrative staff and faculty. The Director will lead implementation of the school’s diversity efforts, including in faculty recruitment, development, and retention; student recruitment and retention; curriculum; and student life. A significant project for the new Director will be the development and supervision of a small, rigorous multiyear summer program to attract students from underprivileged backgrounds to prepare them for Commonwealth. The Director will teach two classes, as well.
The Director of Diversity will:
Provide strategic leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Implement a diversity strategic plan, based upon the school's mission and long-range plan, including the development of a summer program.
In collaboration with the head of school and Director of Faculty, improve effectiveness and success in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.
With the Director of Studies and faculty, evaluate, advise on, and support development of a curriculum that is inclusive of the voices and histories of diverse communities.
Serve as a resource for faculty with respect to curriculum design and student support.
Work with the admission office to recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds; and review and implement the mentoring program for new families.
Develop sensitive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Act as liaison to and develop strong relationships with the various diversity and inclusion-related groups in the school, and respond to diversity- and equity-related issues among the student body as they arise.
Support and develop student diversity leadership.
Plan, develop, and market diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, and families; and professional development workshops and programming for faculty and staff.
Act as a liaison between the school and local communities of color to serve these communities better and to support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs.
Work with the communications office to publicize diversity-related events, educational opportunities, workshops, etc. for students, faculty, families, and the local community.
Network with diversity coordinators at other independent schools as well as off-campus cultural resource organizations.
Represent the school at local, regional, and national diversity events as determined in conjunction with the head of school.
Pursue professional development opportunities; attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with diversity and inclusion issues that may affect the school.
Promote best practices with respect to diversity issues.
Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree as well as substantial training or experience in counseling and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds in privileged educational settings, and in working within schools to encourage discussion about culture and values and to support growth.
Candidates also should have teaching experience and/or an advanced degree in a subject so as to be able to teach accelerated high school classes.