Duke School, an independent preschool through eighth grade project-based school, seeks a Director of Equity and Justice. The director will be a member of the school’s senior administrative team (The Leadership Team) and ensure that Duke School, as envisioned by its strategic plan, is a model of equity and justice for all of its stakeholders. The director is a highly visible presence within the school community, engaging individually and collectively with students, faculty, staff, parents and the greater external community. The director will have the ability to listen intently to a variety of constituent groups, synthesize information, make decisions, share information broadly in order to build consensus and support for action. Acting as a resource to students, families, employees and trustees, the Director of Equity and Justice, with the support and engagement of all school leaders, would lead the initiative to complete Duke School’s transformation to an inclusive and culturally responsive school.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Equity and Justice major responsibilities include the following:
The Director of Equity and Justice, working in conjunction with the division directors, will strategize on working to ensure our diverse populations feel valued and valuable. As part of the charge, the director will audit the school’s equity environment and make suggestions to address any systemic or unconscious bias that affects students. The director will create and nurture avenues that encourage diverse students voices to be heard by both diverse and non-diverse students.
The Director of Equity and Justice will work collaboratively with all members of The Leadership Team to ensure that diverse employees feel valued and valuable. As part of the charge, the director will audit the school’s equity environment and assist in developing and implementing plans to address any systemic or unconscious bias that affects employees. The director will create, and nurture avenues so diverse employees’ voices are heard. The director will be a resource for diverse and non-diverse staff as they grapple with difficult issues surrounding diversity. The director will aid the division directors and Curriculum Director in identifying, recruiting and hiring diverse faculty.
The Director of Equity and Justice will work collaboratively with the Academic Team to implement an integrated and comprehensive equity and justice curriculum that celebrates and values all the world’s diversity. Furthermore, the director will work with the Academic Team to ensure that teachers are employing best practice pedagogies that will include all our students.
The Director of Equity and Justice will work with parents, particularly diverse families, to ensure that they are feeling valued and valuable. The director will audit the school’s equity environment and make suggestions on how to improve diverse parents’ Duke School experience. In addition, the director in collaboration with the Development Office will act as a sounding board for diverse parents. The director will work with parent volunteers in developing programs focused on increasing the demand for diversity in our families.
The Director of Equity and Justice will work collaboratively with the Director of Admissions to identify, recruit, enroll and retain diverse families.
Functional Structure Initiatives
The Director of Equity and Justice will develop and recommend to the Head of School an organizational structure to ensure that equity and justice is not only the work of the director. The structure will include the explicit roles of members of The Leadership Team and recommend roles for other employees that will support and strengthen the director’s work.
The ideal candidate will have work experience in independent schools. The candidate will demonstrate a history of establishing, implementing and communicating a vision and strategic plan associated with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and expertise in leading relevant professional development. In addition, this individual will possess strong relational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong communication skills with the ability to listen compassionately, nurture dialogue, and solve problems.
Able to develop strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, Board of Trustees and the larger community.
Able to guide, mentor, and lead others.
Able to provide professional support and guidance to a team of professionals.
Able to think strategically, manage multiple projects, and use time effectively.
Able to interpret and manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to diversity in schools.
Knowledge of and appreciation for the history of diversity issues in our region, country, and world.
A thoughtful practitioner of this work, the ideal candidate will have 5+ years of leadership in a diverse organizational setting, with demonstrable experience building programs and nurturing community. Experience teaching, training, or building educational programming highly valued. Experience working with students preferred.
Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, three references, and a short statement about your philosophy of equity and justice to Kristi Martin, assistant to the head of school, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Duke School
Duke School, located in Durham, N.C., offers an exceptional project-based learning environment in which it seeks to develop high levels of analytical and critical thinking skills among all of its students. This engaging process is fully integrated with explicit instruction in the workshop based academic disciplines of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and world languages. This engaging, unique, yet rigorous approach to educating K-8th students is implemented by a collaborative team of two teachers in each classroom at every grade level.
The program is further enriched by additional opportunities in Spanish, the fine arts, and physical education. The lower school at DS is comprised of a preschool for 3-4 year olds, kindergarten, and grades 1-4, with each grade enrolling approximately 45 students. The majority of students are drawn from the communities of Durham and Chapel Hill. Compensation and benefits are competitive with the local public school system.