Special Assistant to the Head of School for Inclusive Communities
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
March 29, 2018
Full Time - Administration
The Special Assistant to the Head of School for Inclusive Communities will report directly to the Head of School and will be a participating member of the Leadership Team. This position is responsible for assessing and developing a unified approach for the establishment of an inclusive and potentially far-reaching community. This key role will be responsible for the transformative work to increase academic excellence by increasing equity, inclusiveness, and awareness.
The Special Assistant will work with various members of the Leadership Team (specifically, the Campus Directors, Director of Multicultural Services, Director of Global Education, Director of Student Support Services, Chief Operating/Financial Officer, Human Resources, and Director of Enrollment Management), Faculty, and Staff. This position will:
Partner with the Head of School on a regular basis, as she/he begins her tenure at BB&N focused on building an inclusive community.
Help create and implement a mission-aligned vision for community experience related to multiculturalism, equity, and inclusion to help keep BB&N current, relevant, and innovative.
Oversee the execution of a strategic plan to build an equitable & inclusive community.
Build strategies with Enrollment to continue attracting a student body that is racially, ethnically, and economically diverse.
Assess our abilities to retain a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse student body by: 1) developing supports and connections for students before they come to BB&N; 2) supporting and enhancing existing efforts to connect students once they are on campus; 3) ensuring students feel respected and accepted according to the multiple facets of their identities.
Serve as a resource, advisor, and leader for campus directors, faculty, administrators, coaches, and others to support their knowledge and programming for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Collaborate with existing staff to prioritize and further define the varied elements of our global education program, including curriculum work, affiliations/memberships, and developing meaningful, transformational international experiences for our students. Help faculty position our students for lifelong success within our increasingly complex global reality.
Assess how BB&N provides learning opportunities for students regarding the value of service and community, while exposing them to other realities and opportunities within our larger Boston/Cambridge community.
Further the work being done around attracting and hiring a diverse faculty and staff.
Help create a consistent plan, across all campuses, to retain and support a diverse faculty.
Build strong relationships between and among parents, faculty, and staff, fostering trust, rapport, and collegiality in the school culture.
Partner with the Leadership team to spearhead professional development and curricular initiatives that keep BB&N at the forefront of academic excellence through equity in Greater Boston and the independent school world.
Position BB&N as an educational leader and strong partner within the Greater Boston/Cambridge community.
Help sustain and enhance our welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community.
Weave the thread of community throughout all of the campuses.
After assessing the School’s needs and structures during the first part of the year, the Special Assistant will present a plan in early 2019 to the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees that directly addresses needs and priorities in both the short- and long-term. Tasks during the second part of the year will focus on the implementation of the agreed-upon plan. This position will engage with and be a resource for teachers, parent groups, and the Board of Trustees. The first priority will be to develop relationships within the BB&N community, and then eventually leverage outside resources to begin to build a strong foundation for our continued growth.
In this configuration, the Special Assistant to the Head of School for Inclusive Communities is a shorter-term position. Once a plan has been established and implementation has begun, there will be further discussion about this role long term, as it relates to our community’s ongoing commitment to inclusiveness.
Our ideal candidate will be deeply committed to social justice work and community development. BB&N’s Special Assistant to the Head of School for Inclusive Communities will have many of the following skills and qualifications:
A strategic thinker who stewards collaborative work and progress toward goals
Passion for community-based development and social justice
Ability to recognize local, regional, and national trends and act on them within a local community context
Significant experience with anti-racism/anti-oppression work; working analysis of racism and oppression and a demonstrated application of this analysis
Knowledgeable in research and successful strategies around increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion
Experience building strong collaborative teams and motivating others
Personable public speaker; strong communicator and spokesperson
Effective relationship builder, preferably with local, regional, and national connections
Deep cultural competence and immersion
At least 7-10 years of direct experience managing programs and people
Education or training in nonprofit management, community development, economic development, or a related field
Ideally, fluency or a working knowledge of a language other than English
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.