Title: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reports to: Head of School
Schedule: Full-Time; Full-Year Employee
Exempt Status: Exempt
The Branson School is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school with 320 students in grades 9 - 12 in Ross, California.
Branson School Mission Statement: Branson develops students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy.
Branson School Diversity Mission Statement: Branson believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. We aspire to have every member of the Branson community feel a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, under the direction of the Head of School, will develop and oversee the collaborative implementation of the school’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using the school’s mission and core values as a guide, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will operate with a social justice, student-centered mindset and work to foster a deep sense of belonging among all members of the Branson community. The Director of DEI will work to create and maintain an equity framework throughout the curricular and co-curricular program for students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and families.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must have successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities, or have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to strengthening engagement of a diverse community and skill in communicating with a diverse population. This person will work to build a sense of shared values and serve as an educational leader demonstrating the ability to plan, organize, and communicate about a broad range of projects and programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Critical features of this job are described below. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
Research, implement, and promote DEI best practice across all school constituencies and lead implementation of DEI strand of Branson Strategic Plan
Chair the Employee Diversity Committee and its initiatives
Attend weekly Administrative Cabinet meetings
Develop and execute DEI programs and events across stakeholder groups: faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni
Identify practices that work well, construct new systems where needed, and formalize collaborative feedback loops to proactively assess and address DEI issues at the school
Play a lead role in the hiring process by helping to diversify hiring pipeline, provide culturally responsive interview training, and serving as a representative/consultant on all key hires.
Sit on Board of Trustees Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
Remain on the leading edge of DEI work by attending relevant professional development and maintaining active participation in both regional and national diversity organizations
Work with Head of School and Director of Studies to establish required DEI professional development for all school personnel
Work with Director of Communications to ensure that all school correspondence is equitable across stakeholder groups (e.g. non-english language speakers, gender non-binary individuals)
Network with equity leaders at other independent schools as well as off-campus cultural resource organizations.
Represent the school at local, regional, and national multicultural events as determined in conjunction with the head of school.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the head of school
Establish systems such that resources are equitably provided so that all students can participate fully in all aspects of our program
Identify needs and provide support to historically underrepresented students and families
In collaboration with Dean of Student Life and Inclusion, plan and execute DEI assembly programming (e.g. heritage month celebrations, MLK Assembly, etc).
Schedule and coordinate logistics for any student events or initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion (e.g. Families of Color events, Gospel Night, student affinity groups)
Plan and coordinate student participation in Student Diversity Leadership Conference, White Privilege Conference, and/or other relevant student diversity leadership programming
Support and develop student diversity leadership.
Work with the admission office to recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds
Review and implement the mentoring program for new families in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life on an annual basis.
Work with Director of Studies and department chairs to create, evaluate, and support the development of an inclusive and culturally responsive curriculum across all departments
Lead professional development for school personnel
Plan and lead DEI professional development for all school employees
Teach a class or be an advisor
Act as a liaison between the school, local communities of color, and other underrepresented groups to serve these populations better and to support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs.
Five or more years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership.
Unflagging commitment to building a school culture rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion
The desire to be involved in all aspects of life at an independent school
Proven capacity to build rapport across diverse stakeholder groups
Training and experience working with historically marginalized groups
Project management skills in implementing complex programs, supervising personnel, and handling a budget
Demonstrated capacity to operate in fast paced, varied work environment that includes high volume responsibility and atypical or unpredictable hours and tasks
Outstanding organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal skills
Strong work ethic, high level of integrity, and ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and tact
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Branson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers and interns, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. Branson prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to: