Menlo School is dedicated to being an environment where people can be their authentic selves and share their own diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas. We are seeking an accomplished, creative, and visionary leader to drive the ongoing, productive efforts, actions, and strategies that will bring Menlo School to the next level of Diversity and Inclusion for all constituents of the organization. The successful candidate will lead the diversity, equity, and inclusion program and serve as a conduit for promoting inclusive excellence. This director will be a thoughtful leader who is capable of both high-level strategic thinking as well as comfortable serving as an advocate, educator, and internal consultant.
The Diversity and Inclusion Director will report directly to the Head of School and will have a key position on the School’s Senior Administrative Team. This is a full-time, 12-month position with a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will start on July 1, 2018.
The work of the Equity and Inclusion Director will include being a key campus leader and champion for activities including Student Inclusiveness, Family Support and Engagement, Admissions Outreach, Professional Development for parents, faculty and staff, and Student Academic Support.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented administrator who has a passion for working with students and the ability to:
Understand the challenges faced by middle and upper school students in a highly selective institution and the ability to assist students in navigating this environment,
Identify student academic support, development and inclusion needs and serve as an advocate and champion of an inclusive learning environment for all students,
Deliver strategic equity and inclusion initiatives across a highly selective educational institution
Work collaboratively with and gain support from a broad and diverse array of constituents, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and community members,
Know and understand issues related to gender, race, economic inequities, sexual identification and have the ability to conceptualize, create, and implement relevant curriculum, programs, advisement and opportunities for reflection and awareness in this area,
Use exceptional communication and facilitation skills to work with a wide variety of constituent groups to build consensus and increase programs,
Analyze complex data and information, in terms of student admissions, matriculated students, and the overall community, and present it to the board and other constituents, and
Lead a mindset of inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization, while modeling key behaviors and characteristics such as: collaboration, integrity, empathy, teamwork, critical thinking, judgment, priority setting, and constructive behavior.
Requirements of the position
Menlo School requires a minimum of 5 to 7 years prior experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency and the proven ability to apply these lenses to decisions in policy, communications, and outcomes in an educational institution. An MA or PhD in Ethnic Studies, Intercultural Studies, LGBTQ studies, counseling, higher education or an equivalent discipline is significantly preferred.
In 500 words or less, please describe the contributions you have made to foster a culture of equity and inclusion in your work or the community where you live. Contributions may include past work experience, community service, mentoring activities or teaching experience as applicable. This may include information related to the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups and how you have helped to impact these groups through pedagogy. Candidates selected for interviews should be prepared to expand upon these contributions.