Abington Friends School is a Quaker, coeducational college-preparatory school serving students in preschool through grade 12. For more than three centuries, AFS has been recognized as a leader in Friends education, with a challenging curriculum balanced by a caring environment that places value on excellence and goodness, spirit and intellect. Within these dynamic tensions the School seeks to inspire hard work, commitment and joy in learning. Students are fully engaged in the classroom, in the arts, on the athletic fields, in community decision making and in the larger world. The work of the School is rooted in its core Quaker values, which include a profound respect for individuals and an emphasis on equality, simplicity, integrity and service to others. AFS has stood on its original campus in Jenkintown since 1697 and today, rich in racial, socioeconomic and ideological diversity, the School draws students from approximately 75 ZIP codes around the greater Philadelphia area, 100 percent of whom matriculate at four-year colleges and universities upon graduation.
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Abington Friends School is an administrative, all-school position that provides strategic leadership in the areas of inclusion, equity, cultural competence and curriculum in the school community. As a school, we affirm that our diversity as a community, richly engaged in the curriculum and in our collective discernment and decision-making, is integral to our educational excellence. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion role is vital to ensuring professional growth for faculty and staff and ensuring that all AFS students are affirmed, engaged and challenged to grow in this powerfully diverse environment. This position involves serving as a resource, working individually and with groups of students, administrators, faculty, staff and parents to continue to cultivate an inclusive school culture. Integral to the position are consistent reflection and assessment and the ability to guide and shape our efforts as the work in these areas continues to evolve. We hope that the Director of Diversity and Inclusion will build on and extend AFS’s national leadership in this work.
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will:
Provide strategic leadership in the areas of diversity and equity, based on the school’s mission, strategic plan and diversity vision statement.
Convene the All-School Diversity Council to plan the overall diversity and inclusion agenda for the school, discuss emergent issues and share information across the divisions of the School.
Collaborate with teachers, Department Chairs, and Division Directors and student support personnel in ongoing efforts to embed diversity and issues of equity and justice in the school’s curriculum, pedagogy, and student life.
With the Division Directors, guide and lead a robust agenda of ongoing professional learning in areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and identity development
Lead efforts to attract, support, grow and sustain a thriving, diverse professional community
Sustain and build upon the strong program of student leadership development, cultural competency and civic engagement in our Upper School, teach the 10th grade seminar in topics of diversity, equity and identity development and, with the Dean of Students, oversee the coordination and support of student activities in the Upper School, many of which are affinity and social action groups
Collaborate with our parent affinity group, the All-Voices Family Alliance, in their work to support parents and caregivers and provide programming to parents to advance our inclusion and cohesion as a school community of families.
This position is a 10-month administrative position, reporting directly to the Head of School as a member of the School’s Administrative Council.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references.
Abington Friends School is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.