Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational, college preparatory school, Pre-K through Grade 12, in Baltimore City, enrolling 803 students, 29% of whom identify as children of color. We are guided by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We strive to be a purposefully inclusive community that reflects the racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of our city and our region.
Educators at Friends are expected to model and foster the habits of mind we believe are essential to an outstanding education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience. We seek educators whose teaching styles and experiences demonstrate:
A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices and to incorporate a culturally responsive lens into teaching and learning.
A record of successful collaboration with colleagues, families, and students.
A commitment to lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development.
An ability to infuse technology to enhance student learning.
An openness to interdisciplinary teaching.
An appreciation for and understanding of the social and emotional development of students.
Flexibility, optimism, and a sense of humor.
Context and Philosophy
Friends School of Baltimore has an opening for the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice to begin in July 2018. Our school believes that all community members are responsible for actively and deeply engaging with the multiple dimensions of diversity, and the Director is charged with ensuring that the community is encouraged, stimulated, and supported in this pursuit. The importance we place in this position derives from our belief that an outstanding 21st Century education can only take place within an inclusive school setting characterized by both demographic diversity and a shared valuing, appreciation, and embrace of difference in all its forms. As a Quaker school, we have an explicit and enduring mandate to seek greater equity and justice within and beyond our community.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice:
Is a full-time administrative position, reporting to the Head of School, and is a member of the Senior Administrative Team.
Teaches the Diversity Practitioners class for Upper School students.
Oversees the Racial Awareness training program for all employees, through the Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Works in partnership with each divisional principal to develop and implement initiatives, professional development, and programming for students and faculty.
Oversees the implementation of the school’s Mission Fund and helps raise awareness of the needs and benefits of this fund in enhancing community life.
Is the school’s liaison to Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST).
Serves as a resource and sounding-board on issues of inclusion and difference for all members of the school community.
Works with the Director of Academics, teachers, and the school’s academic leadership to monitor and encourage the inclusion of diversity and social justice issues in the PK-12 curriculum.
Develops and implements the plan for ongoing cultural competency training for all faculty and staff at Friends School, as well as for the Board of Trustees, the Parents’ Association, and other school groups.
Works with students and adults to create opportunities for the discussion of social justice issues and to structure service learning opportunities that allow students to engage first-hand with these issues and the people affected by them.
Coordinates and facilitates affinity and support groups for parents and students, and assists in student support services on an individual and programmatic basis as needed.
Uses formal and informal interviews, surveys, and other tools with faculty, students, and parents to gauge the climate of diversity in the school. This research leads to the development of an area of particular focus for diversity-related programming each year.
Serves on the Admission Committee in each division as well as the school’s Financial Aid Committee.
Assists in the recruitment, hiring and retention of new faculty and staff, interviewing all candidates for full-time positions at the school, engaging in outreach with local universities, churches, schools, and businesses to expand hiring pools, and contributing to the new teachers’ mentoring program.
Serves as a co-clerk of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, and as a member of the Board’s Diversity Committee, working to implement and monitor the goals of the Board of Trustees’ Diversity Plan.
Works with the Parents’ Association and the Alumni Board to encourage diverse participation in parent and alumni activities.
Partners with the Admission Office to enhance recruitment of a diverse student body
Works with the Development Office to support the stewardship of scholarship programs.
We seek an individual who is able to foster sustained and challenging conversation and action on topics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, family composition, sexuality, socio-economic difference, and ability. Quaker communities have a long and proud tradition of embracing the tension of complex subjects like these in order to bring about greater understanding and more effective action. The measure of the Director’s success, therefore, will be the cultivation - rather than the elimination - of these tensions into honest, productive, and respectful discourse that flows across campus and into the greater community. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral expression skills, a comfort with exploration and ambiguity, a compassionate heart, and a curious and open mind. The ability to develop and oversee multiple programs simultaneously is essential.
Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to understand and incorporate Quaker Principles and Quaker education into their work
Competitive salary and generous benefits are offered.
Teaching experience and a Bachelor’s degree are required. An advanced degree is preferred.
Candidates are encouraged to visit www.friendsbalt.org to learn more about Friends School of Baltimore.
Friends School of Baltimore actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world's diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends School of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.
Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups who might enrich and diversify the school community are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should apply with their resume, cover letter, and supporting documents. A search committee will review candidate information and will contact those candidates they are interested in having a conversation with about the position.