Director of Equity and Community Engagement, Whitfield School
Whitfield School seeks a Director of Equity and Community Engagement to provide leadership to develop a school culture that celebrates our community’s diversity and challenges us to practice the inclusion of all constituencies as a core value of the school. The director will assist the Head of School with targeted hiring and retention efforts and the Director of Admissions with student recruitment strategies.
The successful applicant for this position will have leadership experience in community-building efforts, excellent interpersonal communication (verbal and written), analytical and organizational skills. Additionally, the candidate will have a genuine appreciation of adolescents and the ability to work collaboratively with a team of dedicated professionals. This position requires vision, energy, enthusiasm, proven people and managerial skills, a sense of humor, and experience working with students, parents, faculty and staff. Experience in an educational institution and an understanding of mission-driven enterprises are helpful.
The Director of Equity and Community Engagement will be expected to have a genuine understanding and appreciation of all facets of the academic program, and will participate in the daily life of the school. Responsibilities may include teaching, coaching assignments, committee work, and/or other routine duties.
Provide strategic leadership in the area of Equity and Inclusion.
Collaborate with the Head of School and administrative team to promote best practices with respect to equity issues,that are consistent with the School's culture and values.
Work closely with the Admissions office to recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
Plan, develop, and promote diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, and families.
Serve as a resource for faculty and administrative team with respect to student support.
Support and develop student diversity leadership.
Support the work of the faculty and staff in their development of cultural competence.
Complete an annual report of Equity and Inclusion activities and impact.
Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks successfully
Demonstrated experience leading groups, workshops, and facilitated environments of students, faculty and staff
Demonstration of familiarity student development theory as well as widely accepted identity theories
Experience working in a collaborative environment in both programmatic and strategic initiatives
Current knowledge of laws and trends in Independent Schools that impact student learning and student development
Ability to relate to students from a diversity of cultural backgrounds, using a high degree of judgment, persuasiveness and confidentiality
Ability to work flexible hours and respond to crisis situations in a timely and appropriate manner
A minimum of two years of educational or social work experience