The Dean of Lower School Students and Equity and Inclusion supports the growth and success of 200 Kindergarten - 5th grade students by fostering positive relationships and effective communications among students, teachers, staff and families. In partnership with the members of the K - 8 Program Team, the Dean will ensure a student-centered, progressive program that helps our students think creatively, learn deeply, act compassionately and live fully. Working with the Head of School and serving on the Senior Administrative Team, the Dean will lead and develop policies and programs that deliver equity and foster inclusivity for all members of the community.
Ensure the care and quality of our progressive model of education for Lower School students and teachers and families
Promote a safe and positive learning environment by effectively building relationships and maintaining established norms of student behavior
Team with teachers, learning specialists and parents to coordinate learning support for students when necessary
Direct all internal and external communications and meetings for LS students, parents and faculty
Partner with parents and teachers in support of common understanding and commitment to the optimal daily experience of each student and all students.
Manage the daily routines of the Lower School program.
Participate in the recruitment and selection of LS faculty and staff
Collaborate with the Program Team to ensure a cohesive Kindergarten through 8th grade program
In partnership with the Head of School and administrative team, lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain and further develop a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community
Create and implement a mission-aligned vision for community experiences related to multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
Support and collaborate with academic leadership to ensure that the school’s curriculum and instruction delivers culturally aware, anti-bias content and culturally responsive pedagogy
Support and collaborate with academic leadership to promote professional development efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism
Serve as a resource and leader for the community with matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural practices and communication
Act as a liaison for parent alliance groups (Diversity Justice Alliance, Gender Justice Alliance, Learning Support Alliance, Families with Children of Color affinity group))
Model encouragement and compassion for all members of the Park Day community, recognizing that each individual occupies a different location in his/her/their multicultural journey
Support LS admissions and enrollment in close collaboration with the Director of Admissions through leading tours and open houses, designing and facilitating assessment visits, serving on the lower school admissions committee, and managing retention efforts
Participate in a variety of school-wide community functions, some of which are in the evenings and/or on weekends
The successful candidate will:
Have a proven cultural competence and expertise in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice
Be an experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner
Possess the ability to contribute to strategic thinking and to lead major initiatives in keeping with Park Day School's commitment to a multicultural, inclusive community
Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject field or in a leadership area
Have a minimum of five years leadership experience within an elementary and middle school community
Demonstrated experience and expertise in working with elementary-aged students and their families
Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills
Have a command of knowledge in adolescent development
Demonstrate strong leadership and facilitative skills and a passion for people, teaching and learning
Additional Salary Information: Administrative salary and benefits are competitive and will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including employer-paid medical, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, and tuition remission. PDS is an equal opportunity employer.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.