The Rivers School, an independent coeducational day school located in Weston, MA, is currently recruiting for a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, starting in August, 2019. The position will be a full-time academic administrator position on a year-round contract.
Context: Rivers completed a Diversity Strategic Plan in 2013, which guided our diversity initiatives for the five years following its adoption by the Board of Trustees. As we’ve continued to refine the needs of our community, we’ve developed a new Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which is guiding an approach focused more heavily on equity and inclusion at Rivers and on our internal support and guidance for students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. Diversity, equity, and inclusion work is currently overseen by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, who works with coordinators of diversity programming in both the Upper and Middle Schools, as well as a committee of faculty and staff across both divisions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are supported by the Trustee Committee on Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Diversity. Rivers’ current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan will provide a strategic framework through which the director can build the school’s capacity for supporting and developing the inclusive culture we seek to be; we consider the document to be fluid and responsive to the needs of the community as they may change over time. As such, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be charged with keeping the mission and the work around diversity, equity, and inclusion fresh, relevant, and representative of best practices.
Responsibilities: The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will report to the head of school and will collaborate closely with the heads of the Middle and Upper Schools and other administrators, as well as with the director of the center for community and civic engagement, the director of service learning, department chairs, and faculty in both divisions. The director will be a member of the Senior Administrative Team, the Upper School Administrative Team, and the Curriculum Committee. Specific responsibilities of the position include the following:
Curriculum and Instruction
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will promote, advise upon, and support curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity and inclusive classroom practices. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Collaborate with both individual faculty members and departments to support (and in some cases, to develop) courses and curricula that include the study of race, gender, ethnicity, nation and nationhood, class, and religion and their intersections.
Research new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about identity, social difference, and inequality, and train Rivers teachers on incorporating these into their classrooms.
Recruiting, Networking, and Hiring
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will assist the division heads and the Upper School dean of faculty in recruiting and hiring faculty of color. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Attend relevant conferences and networking with prospective candidates
Manage an ongoing database of prospects and maintain regular contact with potential candidates.
Work closely with administrators and head of school on the goal of achieving greater diversity in Rivers’ faculty and staff.
Institute best practices in supporting and retaining faculty of color
Student Leadership and Education
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will develop student leadership in matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Coordinate yearly on-campus equity education programs for Middle and Upper school students
Facilitate student attendance at local, regional, and national conferences related to equity education
Oversee student clubs and organizations related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Coordinate the Upper School student affinity group leadership.
Adult Education and Professional Development
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will work with the division heads, the Upper School dean of faculty, and the department Chairs in further developing the social and cultural competencies of the adult community. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Chair the diversity working group internally (composed of faculty and staff)
Participate in the work of the Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Diversity Committee of the Board (composed of trustees)
Work with the Upper School dean of faculty and the head of the Middle School to develop on-campus workshops focused on teaching adults how to work with all students most effectively
Facilitate and ensure faculty professional growth in understanding the role of social and cultural factors in both teaching and learning
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be charged with leading the development of programming for school-wide and division-specific initiatives. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and collaborate on a cohesive longer-range plan for student programming on set events like our MLK Day celebration and Day of Consideration
Develop and collaborate on ad hoc programming in response to issues and situations happening in or outside of the school
Recruit speakers and presenters to work with smaller groups across campus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Regional and National Profile
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will communicate Rivers’ institutional vision around diversity and publicize the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Present at regional and national conferences
Offer workshops on the Rivers campus
Write print or on-line articles that share Rivers’ successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
Other responsibilities for the Director include teaching one or two classes in a specific discipline, advising a group of 6-8 students, and serving on committees and/or task forces as needed. The Director should be capable of making compelling public presentations to groups like the Trustees, the faculty and staff, and admissions visitors.
The successful applicant will have a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree or equivalent years of experience is also required. Teaching and/or training experience is essential, with three to five years of experience preferred. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership ability with adults, both individually and in groups; demonstrated commitment, in a school or university setting, to diversity and inclusion goals; demonstrated personal commitment to professional growth and to receiving and acting on constructive feedback; demonstrated connections to the life and growth of children in Middle through Upper School environments. References should attest to the applicant’s ability to function in a leadership role; superb oral and written communication skills; comfort with and enthusiasm for students aged 11 through 19; and capacity to work with others in a high-functioning, collaborative, and innovative educational setting. Our ideal candidate will be collaborative, resilient, flexible, diplomatic, confident, patient, and possessed of a sense of humor and professional presence.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and list of three professional references to Mr. Ned Parsons, Head of School care of Kristen Mensing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Materials should be sent no later than Monday, January 7, 2019.
The Rivers School is committed to equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or national or ethnic origin, genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
About The Rivers School
The Rivers School, an independent college-preparatory coed day school for 490 students in grades 6-12 located in Weston, MA. The school is approximately ten miles outside of Boston.