The Director Of Community and Inclusion (DCI) is the member of the senior administrative team who leads the school’s strategic efforts to build and strengthen a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant community, a central tenet of the school’s mission. The DCI partners with all school constituencies -- students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and trustees – to support the school’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff, to design and implement a transformative cultural competency curriculum and program for students and faculty PreK-12, and to foster an inclusive community that values and celebrates all members.
A twelve month employee, the DCI serves on the Academic Committee, chairs the Faculty-Staff Committee on Equity and Inclusion, co-chairs the Board of Trustees Committee on Equity & Inclusion, sits on the Administrative Council, and reports to the Head of School. The DCI teaches one academic class and serves as an advisor. The Director manages and works closely with a team of Diversity Coordinators representing each of the three divisions. The position begins in the summer of 2018.
Key Administrative Responsibilities
Lead strategic planning initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
Act as a resource for the administration and Board of Trustees in integrating multicultural skills and habits of heart and mind into their leadership and stewardship of the school
Partner with the admissions team to increase the diversity of the student applicant pool and yield students and families from historically underrepresented backgrounds
Work with colleagues in administration to attract and retain faculty and staff candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
Research and share new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices to support efforts to inject the academic program with lessons students need to thrive in a multicultural, interconnected world
Work directly with students and also empower faculty members to offer students lessons in cultural competency outside of the core curriculum
Develop and oversee diversity-related professional development for faculty and staff, on and off campus
Advise faculty on problems of practice and common classroom challenges in teaching about identity, social difference, and inequality
Serve as a resource for students, particularly those seeking guidance and support around issues of identity, community, and equity
Work with colleagues in the administration on student life issues and potential disciplinary matters involving identity, equity, and inclusion
Support all families, particularly those new to independent schools and/or who are traditionally underrepresented in our school
Coordinate all-school events and parent activities related to inclusion and multiculturalism
Partner with the alumni office to strengthen connections with alumni who value inclusion work and may want to get involved in the life of the school
The ideal candidate will have:
an advanced degree, master’s or higher
at least 7 years teaching experience
at least 5 years leading institutional efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion
experience working in an independent school
a demonstrated ability to lead a group to consensus and work collegially with multiple constituencies
excellent communication skills, written and oral
excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
a love of working with young people and an appreciation for the life of a school
About Greens Farms Academy
Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12 co-educational day school of 715 students in the Greens Farms section of Westport, CT, an hour drive north from New York City and a half-hour drive southwest from New Haven. We are a suburban school close to major transportation and a five-minute walk from the Greens Farms Metro North train station.
The school’s commitment to building and nurturing an inclusive community is core to Greens Farms Academy’s mission: “GFA engages students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally minded community to prepare them for a life of purpose.” As part of this commitment, GFA believes that: a diverse faculty, staff, and student body benefits and enriches all members of our community – not just those who are traditionally underrepresented in schools like ours – and is critical to meeting our educational aim of preparing students for their futures; our curriculum and co-curricular program needs to teach our students the habits, skills, and attitudes they will need to live and thrive in a multicultural and interconnected world; and our community must be a place where all voices are heard, respected, and valued – a home for everybody at GFA.
The school has made diversity and inclusion a major priority. Over the past several years, the school has: instituted a Board of Trustee level committee focused on equity and inclusion; reimagined and reinvigorated the faculty staff diversity committee; significantly increased the diversity of the faculty; designed curriculum in all divisions focused on cultural competencies and incorporating Teaching Tolerance standards; grown the budget devoted to diversity initiatives; expanded the range of off-campus opportunities for students to explore issues of identity and social justice; and partnered with Dr. Derrick Gay on a multi-year initiative focused, inter alia, on professional development for faculty. Poised to embark on a new strategic planning exercise, diversity, equity and inclusion will be at the heart of that enterprise.