Summary The Director of Equity and Inclusion will serve as a Senior Team administrator and report to the Head of School. Working with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School, the Director will partner with faculty and staff, administrators, students, and parents to lead Fessenden’s efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent school. As the School’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion, this leader will have a unique opportunity to impact and shape the community. Strong candidates will have at least five years of independent school experience including leadership with diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.
Serve as a member of the School’s Senior Administrative Team and Administrative Council
In conjunction with the Head and Assistant Head, provide direction for the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
Strengthen communication and relationships between students, faculty and staff, and families from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds and the School
Establish and track metrics measuring diversity, equity, and inclusion at Fessenden
Assist the Admissions Office in identifying and enrolling boys from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds
Assist administrators in identifying and hiring faculty and staff from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds
Identify opportunities within the School’s program (academics, arts, athletics, residential, personal development) and policies to better serve an increasingly diverse student and adult population
Support the School’s mission: The Fessenden School cultivates each boy’s talents and develops in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
Work to support and advocate for students individually and collectively as they navigate identity development in their daily lives at Fessenden
Organize and lead affinity and multicultural awareness groups
With fellow administrators, develop and implement cultural competency programs for all students
Teach, advise, and coach as appropriate
Faculty and Staff Responsibilities
With Assistant Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning, provide leadership for the School’s ongoing professional development efforts
Serve as a source of support for all faculty and staff, particularly those from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds
Develop and help lead faculty and staff affinity groups, SEED, and additional adult education and support groups related to inclusion and cultural competency
Aid the transition of families from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds and support their positive experiences at Fessenden
Work with Akin (for parents of boys of African descent) and FAME (Fessenden Alliance for Multicultural Education) to organize and lead parent affinity groups
Partner with the Parents Association to support cultural competency programming and events for all parents
Five years of independent school experience
Warmth, enthusiasm, and a love for elementary and middle school education
Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in implementation of programs in diversity, equity and inclusion in school settings
Integrity, a strong work ethic, and demonstrated leadership ability
Capacity to listen, lead, and grow as a senior administrator
Excellent communication, writing proficiency, and organization skills
Participation in in-depth training in diversity, inclusion and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops
Strong organizational skills and an ability to work collegially with multiple constituencies
Frequent talking, listening, walking, sitting and standing
Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks and function in a fast-paced working environment
The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
The Fessenden School encourages applications from candidates with diverse or minority backgrounds.
The Fessenden School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Lindy Gruen, Director of Administrative and Strategic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone calls, please) by Friday, January 17, 2020.
About The Fessenden School
The Fessenden School
250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
The Fessenden School (525 students, Pre-K through 9th Grade) located ten miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest all boys, junior boarding school in the country.
The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy's talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
For more than 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated learning.