Location: Atherton, California
Type: Full Time
Menlo School is dedicated to being an environment where people can be their authentic selves and share their own diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas. We are seeking a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging to lead our programs and serve as a conduit for the promotion of inclusive excellence. Reporting to the Head of School and a member of the School’s Senior Administrative Team, the successful candidate will be a thoughtful leader who is capable of both high-level strategic thinking as well as comfortable serving as visionary, advocate, educator, and internal consultant.The Director will be a champion for initiatives central to our success including Student Belonging, Family Support and Engagement, Admissions Outreach, Professional Development for parents, faculty and staff, and Student Academic Support.
This is a full-time, 12-month position, starting in July 2023.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented administrator who has a passion for working with students, faculty and staff and who will:
- Lead a broad array of constituents towards greater grace and understanding of each other in the service of an ever-improved sense of belonging for students,
- Understand the challenges faced by middle and upper school students in an academically selective institution and the ability to assist students from a wide array of backgrounds in navigating this environment,
- Deliver strategic equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives across the institution,
- Know and understand context related to gender, race, economic inequities, sexual identification and have the ability to conceptualize, create, and implement relevant curriculum, programs, advisement and opportunities for reflection and awareness in these areas on both an individual and institutional level,
- Use exceptional communication and facilitation skills to work with a wide variety of constituent groups to build consensus and increase programs,
- Lead and support a team of three high functioning leaders (Director of Student Belonging and Director and Assistant Directors of Family Support), the Board EDIB Committee and large group of EDIB volunteers to continually improve ourselves and our programs across the school,
- Work collaboratively with and gain support from a broad and diverse array of constituents, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and community members,
- Serve as an advocate for 10-12 Middle or Upper School students and teach an Upper School Elective offering or share in the teaching of the 9th grade identity curriculum,
- Analyze complex data and information, in terms of student admissions, matriculated students, and the overall community, and present it to the board and other constituents, and
- Lead with a mindset of inclusion in the pursuit of mutual understanding throughout all levels of the organization, while modeling key behaviors and characteristics such as: collaboration, integrity, empathy, teamwork, critical thinking, judgment, priority setting, and constructive behavior.
Required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience include but are not limited to:
- Minimum of 5 to 7 years of prior diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency work, and proven ability to apply these lenses to decisions in policy, communications, and outcomes in an educational institution.
- A bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree is preferred, ideally in any of the following fields: ethnic studies, intercultural studies, LGBTQ+ studies, counseling, higher education or an equivalent discipline.
- A well-developed sense of humor and a deep sense of purpose for the work of belonging for students.
- An exceptional work environment and caring community.
- Highly competitive salary.
- A comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their families, including generous contributions to a retirement plan. Learn more by going to https://www.menloschool.org/employment-benefits.php.
To be considered for this opportunity:
Please submit your resume and cover letter through our portal.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
At Menlo School, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging reflect the major cornerstones of our community.
Our equal opportunity employment policy:
Menlo School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants. We administer all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or domestic partnership status, disability, protected veteran status or military status, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law.
In the spirit of pay transparency we share the base salary range for this position: $160,000 - $190,000 per year. Base salary is exclusive of fringe benefits, retirement plan employer contributions or potential stipends (for eligible employees). Pay ranges at Menlo are reasonable estimates of what the School anticipates paying for a role but are not guaranteed. If hired at Menlo School, your final base salary will be determined by factors such as skills, education, experience, job level, part-time status and number of months of work per academic year. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity with our current employees as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the generous range mentioned above is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range is not typical for Menlo School in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.