Location: Sandy Spring, Maryland
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Start Date: July 1, 2023
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
Summary: Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a full-time Director of Institutional Equity, Justice, and Belonging (IEJB). Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of IEJB is a member of the senior administrative team and will lead the design, implementation, and oversight of the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and programs to support belongingness for all members of the SSFS community. The Director of IEJB serves as the school wide resource for topics or concerns related to diversity, equity, justice, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency. This position starts July 1, 2023
- In conjunction with the Head of School, leads the school’s strategic, operational, and programmatic initiatives related to diversity, equity, justice, and belonging.
- Leads the Office of Institutional Equity, Justice, Belonging which is staffed with divisional and constituent coordinators.
- Partners with Division Heads, Department Heads, and teachers to develop and support an inclusive curriculum that highlights the content, concepts, and skills that students need related to diversity, justice, and cross-cultural competency, founded in a knowledge of child development and identity development for students in PS - 12th grade
- Leads and coordinates professional development for all faculty and staff regarding key skills and competencies related to equity, justice, and belonging
- Works with the Administrative Council to ensure the school’s policies, practices, and procedures align with our efforts to be inclusive, anti-biased, and non-discriminatory
- Supports the Assistant Director of IEJB in connecting with alumni/students from various backgrounds and supports their connection and engagement in the school’s diversity efforts
- Partners with the Parent Association, especially Intersect, to design and implement parent education and support programs
- Works with leadership team to implement strategies that align with the schools diversity efforts, provide training and improve effectiveness in recruiting/retaining a diverse student body and faculty/staff .
- Tracks our Diversity Audit progress, establishes strategic objectives and implements communication systems that will assess progress and effectiveness based on the recommendations and action items from the recent diversity audit as well as identify the need and format of potential future audits
- Bachelor's degree and work experience in relevant fields.
- Demonstrated success in diversity leadership working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, families, trustees
- Experience leading teams and facilitating workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency.
- 4 years of experience leading institutional efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion
- 2 years of teaching or other education-related experience
Please note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, including documentation of a booster shot given five months or more since you completed the final dose in the primary series.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.