Reporting to the Head of school and as a member of the Academic Leadership Team, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership as well as advice and counsel for the school’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding communicator with highly-developed collaboration skills and a deep appreciation for the SCH mission.
Together with the Head of School and with the Divisional Diversity Coordinators develops and implements a long-range diversity and inclusion plan based upon the SCH mission.
Collaborates with the Head of School and the Administration to provide vision, leadership, strategic planning and calendaring for diversity and inclusion initiatives that align with the school’s mission and values.
Together with the Division Heads and the faculty evaluates, advises on, and supports the development of inclusive and multicultural curriculum and pedagogy across the divisions.
Collaborates with Division Heads to provide leadership for the Divisional Diversity Coordinators.
Teaches up to two courses. May also advise a group of students.
Plans, develops, and implements diversity and inclusion-focused PK-12 developmentally appropriate education programs and events for faculty, staff, students, and families.
Attends and escorts students to workshops and conferences away from school.
Develops strong working relationships with students, families, faculty, and staff.
Collaborates with academic leadership and faculty on student support.
Works with the admissions team to recruit, welcome, and retain families from diverse backgrounds.
Partners with the Human Resources Department in its efforts to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
Acts as a liaison to and develops strong relationships with the various diversity and inclusion related groups in the school, and responds to diversity and equity related issues among the student body as they arise.
Develops partnerships between SCH and local community groups, schools, and other organizations to build relationships and promote SCH.
Works with the communications office to publicize diversity-related events and educational opportunities for students, families, and employees.
Represents the school at local, regional, and national multicultural events as determined in conjunction with the Head of School.
Pursues professional development opportunities in order to remain current with diversity and inclusion issues that may affect the school. Shares with members of the faculty learnings and resources as appropriate.
Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.
An established record of progressively responsible experience in relevant areas of school leadership. Experience in an independent school preferred.
PK-12 teaching experience preferred.
Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity.
Experience designing and administering community-building, multicultural, diversity, and inclusion programs and curricula in schools across various grade levels.
Demonstrated mature judgment and discretion; demonstrated confidentiality and composure in all situations involving students, families, and colleagues.
Proven record of success in working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders.
Ability to lead/support organizational development, leadership development, and program implementation
Demonstrated commitment to respect a broad range of views and to building mutual understanding, trust, and shared commitment over time.
Outstanding writing and public speaking skills with the ability to establish personal and professional credibility with all internal and external constituencies.
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish effective relationships and to facilitate communication and collaboration among colleagues, students, parents and external constituencies as required.
Specific training in nationally recognized program(s) for diversity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs.
Demonstrated knowledge of current research, trends, and practice in community, diversity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs, preferably for independent schools.
Strongly preferred but not required: prior experience as Director of Diversity and Inclusion in an independent school.
Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
SCH Academy is an inclusive community on a mission to inspire unbounded curiosity and independent thought in every one of our students. In a unique educational environment that extends well beyond campus, we nurture students’ knowledge of themselves and the world, expanding their full academic and personal potential while preparing them to lead lives characterized by thoughtfulness, integrity, and a quest to effect positive change.