The Director of Peace and Social Justice embodies Dr. Montessori’s vision of peace, equity and social justice in our world where all members are able to flourish. A member of the Senior Team, the Director evaluates, develops, implements and assesses policies and programs that promote diversity (representation of individuals from varied backgrounds), inclusion (promoting a sense of belonging and connectedness) and equity (supporting individuals that allows them to flourish) within the AMS organization and membership. The Director is the primary architect of AMS’s Peace and Social Justice Strategy which informs strategic goals, policies, practices and programs. The Director is also responsible for developing professional learning opportunities internally and for AMS members in addition to sustaining efforts to support AMS constituents to create and foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments where all constituents are able to flourish. Finally, the Director serves as a thought partner to inform AMS practices while integrating social justice best practices and evidenced-based research to fuel new insights and organizational behaviors that promote peace and social justice.
Assists with the development of policies and programs to attract, retain and promote a diverse workforce for the internal constituents (AMS staff) and to inform external constituents (organizational members and partnerships) on best practices to cultivate school communities that are representative of the rich backgrounds of our communities and world.
Creates and implements systems for auditing the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion practices, policies, and procedures.
Works in partnership with Senior Leadership to create policies to support an inclusive internal work environment were all individuals are affirmed and validated, and with AMS constituents and members to support their creation of inclusive schools and organizations.
Coordinates and executes a comprehensive inclusion strategy, including plans for:
scalable delivery of affordable resources;
resources and programs to promote inclusive leadership skill building; and
launching global inclusive leadership training.
Develops training schedules to educate internal and external constituents on how to recognize, accommodate and appreciate individual differences and how these can be bridged back to assist in meeting organizational goals.
Coordinates the creation and/or purchase of e-learning diversity training materials and coordinates online training for AMS staff and creates strategy for making materials available to our external constituents (AMS members).
Regularly audits diversity training materials for updating and transitioning where appropriate into e-learning formats.
Develops metrics for measuring the effectiveness of institutional and organizational diversity initiatives implemented and prepares quarterly reports to senior management on the efficacy of the various initiatives.
Keeps current on diversity programs and developments by maintaining contact with others in the field (e.g., professional association and educational groups, and professional development efforts).
Global & Cultural Awareness
Leadership & Navigation
The Director of Peace and Social Justice communicates and collaborates regularly with the C-Suite staff regarding Diversity and Inclusion efforts and strategy and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Education and Learning Officer.
Some out-of-area and overnight travel should be expected.
Please note this job description is not designed to represent a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for effective execution of job. As with any Senior Admin position, duties, responsibilities and activities are fluid and a function of organizational needs.
AMS is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that is representative of the rich identities of our communities, country, and world. We are equally proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we actively seek applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. Moreover, AMS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor degree required, an advanced degree preferred in relevant peace, social justice, cultural competency, equity areas
At least 10 years of relevant experience in K-12 schools, ideally possessing knowledge of both independent and public education
Community building skill set and the capacity and interest to work with a broad spectrum of constituents to build cross-cultural competency
Experience designing meaningful DEI learning experiences; developing strategy, and leveraging data to create, assess, and implement DEI efforts
Deep passion and expertise in teaching and learning
Well-developed oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
Superior project management skills; multi-year strategy planning experience a plus
Experience operationalizing passion and vision into measurable results
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
Solution-focused mindset, with experience using creativity and innovation to solve complex problem
A strong understanding of current and future workplace trends, and implications for multi-generation work
Preferred Education and Experience
MA, Ed.D, or PhD
10+ years of experience in a leadership position. Experience working with national and/or global teams is preferred.