The Assistant Head for Equity, Inclusion, and Counseling is a critical position for the Westland community that is deeply invested in the work of honoring the whole child, supporting families, and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice at the institutional, cultural, interpersonal, and personal levels of our school community. The Assistant Head for Equity, Inclusion, and Counseling sits on the administrative team, co-chairs the Diversity Leadership Team Board Committee, attends Board meetings and Board retreats, and supports teachers, parents, and children. This position reports to the Head of School and collaborates often with Westland’s Assistant Head of School and Director of Admission, Westland’s learning specialists, and the teachers. The position begins July 1, 2019.
Westland School, located in Los Angeles the Santa Monica Mountains on Mulholland Drive, is a K-6 school with 130 students. Founded in 1949 on developmental and progressive principles, the school has a social studies core curriculum with specialist classes in the arts, science, woodworking, gardening, printing, dance, and a commitment to community involvement, environmental stewardship, diversity, equity and inclusivity. The tight-knit school community is noted for its vitally involved parents and its collaborative faculty and staff. The two-acre campus, which provides a natural setting with trees and gardens, stimulates learning and nurtures childhood.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Social Justice
Working with the Diversity Leadership Team co-chairs, lead and advance their task force initiatives and the two related strategic plan initiatives and priorities:
Goal One: Westland provides an inclusive, socioeconomically diverse, multicultural learning environment for students, families, and faculty, so that all community members are welcomed, valued, and included.
Goal Four: Westland identifies and implements initiatives and practices to recruit and retain racially and ethnically diverse students, families, and faculty.
Research and implements support programing for students and families
Refine, improve, and document equitable and innovative recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and retention processes.
Integrate equity literacy in every aspect of school life and at all levels of school functions, including policy-making decisions, administrative functions, curriculum development, and all support services.
Work closely with admission director on outreach, recruitment, retention, and support of underrepresented students and families.
Create and implement a Teacher Observation and Support Program around equity literacy, social justice, anti-bias curriculum.
Lead equity and inclusion-themed professional development and education for community.
Collaborate with the institution to articulate the importance and educational relevance of diversity, equity, and inclusivity as it informs Westland’s mission.
Serve as a champion for diversity on campus and beyond.
Counseling and Parent Support
Collaborate with parents and staff to support social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students.
Serve as onsite presence for students in times of critical response.
Work with head of school and learning specialists to coordinate referrals and follow-up with families.
Help to maintain records and all required documentation and services.
Develop and present educational programming for parents and staff.
Participate in all child study meetings.
Serve as institutional lead regarding research: collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and the strategic use of information for effective decision making and planning.
Support the Alumni Program through outreach and social media updates.
Embody Westland’s mission and progressive philosophy.
Support cross department collaboration within Westland’s lean and collaborative administrative structure.
In addition to the duties listed above, Westland School expects the following of each employee: adheres to Westland’s policies and procedures as documented in Employee Handbook; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; participates in Westland events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
Participation in the following meetings:
Weekly Administrative Team Meeting
Weekly Tuesday Staff Meetings
Child Study Meetings (6 first semester, 6 second semester)
Monthly Board Meetings
Monthly Diversity Leadership Team Meetings
Undergraduate and ideally master’s degree in counseling, education, and/or psycholo
About Westland School
Founded in 1949, Westland is a K-6 school with 130 students. Westland School is an institution committed to democracy and progressive education with a social studies integrated curriculum including specialist classes in the arts, science, woodworking, gardening, printing, and dance. We believe in a learning environment that is non-competitive, child-centered, and community-based, and that the most effective learning takes place with a diverse school community. A part of Westland’s core mission is equity, inclusivity, and a social justice anti-bias curriculum. Westland is located in Los Angeles on a two-acre nature-rich campus that inspires learning and honors childhood.