The Director of Diversity and Inclusion is a senior administrative position which reports directly to the Head of School and includes membership on the Senior Administrative Team. The Director will lead the development and implementation of a culturally responsive and culturally competent anti-bias curriculum across all four divisions of the school. The Director will support NCCS cultural competency through professional development programming for all faculty and staff, community education programming for families, and serve as the Board liaison for strategic NCCS Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Strategic development and implementation, in partnership with Division Heads, of a culturally responsive, developmentally appropriate anti-bias curriculum
-Development and oversight of a recruitment and retention strategy for under-represented students, families, faculty and staff
-Development and implementation of community programming that engages students, families, faculty, staff and trustees in the areas of diversity and inclusion related conversations
-Support of student centered Diversity and Inclusion leadership development across all four divisions
-Partnership with NCCS Horizons Student Enrichment Program to build reciprocal partnership relationship and diversity and inclusion alignment between the two entities
The successful candidate will have broad school or other relevant experience and a proven record of success in leading similar efforts at other institutions or organizations. This person will be conversant with a range of models for teaching cultural competency and will be prepared to coach the community in developing the best model for New Canaan Country School in accordance with industry best practices.
-Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs
-Exceptional communication skills across diverse constituent groups
-Strong interpersonal skills and a sincere, open manner
-Commitment to lifelong learning
-Ability to navigate complex systems with humor and confidence
-Capacity to think strategically and manage multiple stakeholders with diplomacy
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package, generous professional development support, a limited amount of faculty housing and a limited amount of tuition remission for children of faculty and staff.
About New Canaan Country School
New Canaan Country School is a private, independent day school serving children from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 9. Located just west of the village of New Canaan, NCCS serves families from many surrounding towns. Founded in 1916, the school has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and continuous self-evaluation. The result is a dynamic school environment in which elementary and middle school children from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties thrive. Throughout its history, NCCS has emphasized the value of childhood and the role of hands-on experience in learning. Teachers blend an outstanding academic program with an appreciation for patience, simplicity, and the power of imagination. The long-standing tradition of parent support and involvement continues to be a vital element of the School. The character and accomplishments of alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the school’s approach. Country School is fully enrolled and fosters the socioeconomic diversity of its student body through a generous financial aid program. It has a well-earned reputation as an outst...anding day school, sending its graduates to many of the most selective secondary schools in the nation.
The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.