About the Brearley School
Founded in 1884, Brearley’s mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on a larger purpose: a passionate exchange of ideas within the School’s walls that prepare girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to put their knowledge and habits of mind and character to meaningful use beyond. (Please view the School’s Mission Statement.)
A center of intellectual exuberance, the School offers an extraordinary program for girls from across and beyond New York City and attracts and develops a dynamic and committed faculty who, along with a talented staff, instill in students a love of learning, an ability to think critically and creatively, a deep curiosity about the world and a pioneering and generous spirit. We invite you to view Opening Doors, A Strategic Vision for Brearley, our plan for delivering on the full promise of a Brearley education. For an overview of this year’s equity and inclusion work, see our Roadmap to Equity.
Position and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Equity and Community Engagement serves as an important leader in the School’s ongoing work in equity and inclusion and service learning. S/he serves on the senior administrative team and is a highly visible presence within the school community, engaging individually and collectively with students, faculty and staff. The Director also liaises with the Parents’ Association—both its Community Life and Diversity Committee and Community Service Committee—and the Alumnae Board to build a more inclusive and responsive culture and strengthen the School’s connections to its surrounding communities.
A strategic thought leader with strong implementation skills, the Director is an experienced community organizer who understands how to leverage institutional resources to successfully achieve mission-related goals with respect to equity and community engagement. S/he
- leads the School’s Courageous Conversations under the guidance of the Pacific Educational Group
- designs and implements a K-12 program on identity and cultural competence and ongoing training and professional development opportunities across all constituencies to deepen community awareness, understanding and respect for diversity, equity and inclusion
- supports admissions and hiring
- conducts, with administrative colleagues, institutional research to assess school climate and benefits of new programming
- advises individual community members and student groups on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
- provides resources and expertise in addressing areas of nondiscrimination, access and equity; awareness of best practice related to diversity, equity and inclusion; and procedural knowledge for responding to bias incidents
- oversees the School’s Service Learning program
- supervises, along with the Dean of Students, the Student Life Coordinator and an administrative assistant