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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racist Project Manager

Ascend Public Charter Schools
Brooklyn, NY 11212
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The diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist (DEIA) project manager is a professional with a proven track record of facilitating change across a large, networked organization. The project manager is responsible for delivering on the vision, goals, and strategy of Ascend's DEIA initiatives, in collaboration with Ascend's officer team, managing directors, school directors, and boards of education.

The DEIA project manager will lead the implementation of Ascend's DEIA strategy to increase organizational capacity for DEIA throughout the Ascend community in support of Ascend's mission. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has a vision for and is passionate about creating an organizational culture that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism; who wants to ensure students, families, and staff feel a sense of belonging; and who actively seeks to reverse societal inequities.

Why join Ascend Public Charter Schools?

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,500 students across 15 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy learning as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our team members by providing ongoing, best-of-class professional training and support. We encourage them to collaborate closely and push one another to achieve great outcomes.

You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.


The DEIA project manager will work beside the chief executive officer (CEO) and the officer team to launch a multi-year project plan to embed the DEIA values into all aspects of the Ascend community and our work. The DEIA project manager will:

  • synthesize the strategic recommendations of the Equity Steering Committee to develop a three-year workplan and implement a strategic roadmap with key stakeholders across the network, with the first task to build a clear year one plan;
  • map out the strategic workplans and associated change management required to embed DEIA into every aspect of Ascend work;
  • work with the talent, human resources, and schools teams to review hiring, promotion, and retention through a DEIA lens; and work with the curriculum team to ensure curriculum is responsive and accessible to all children;
  • coordinate and collaborate with DEIA working groups to advance ongoing initiatives;
  • develop and implement tools that support the visibility and clarity of DEIA working groups and of the organizational progress toward the vision and goals of Ascend;
  • collaborate with internal and external experts to develop the scope and sequence of DEIA-related training to provide a strong foundational working knowledge and to develop common language across the community; and manage the implementation of that training;
  • collaborate with the CEO and officer team to develop and implement a DEIA-focused communication plan that tells the story of our progression as a community committed to DEIA values;
  • assess effectiveness of DEIA-related initiatives, training, and communication.

Reporting Relationships and Team

The DEIA project manager will report directly to the chief executive officer and have dual accountability to the chief schools officer. Additionally, the project manager will collaborate closely with other members of the officer team as well as the managing directors, school leadership teams, teachers, board members, and families.


  • Bachelor's degree, with an advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex, enterprise wide projects; project management certification a plus
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of systems of oppression, equity, and inclusion, especially around issues of race
  • Ability to synthesize large bodies of information and transform it into coherent, time-bound workplans and communication
  • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven track record of working effectively with diverse individuals to drive decision-making and results
  • Ability to communicate and influence a diverse array of stakeholders from parents and community members to school directors and board of directors
  • Effective at demonstrating empathy, listening for understanding, and facilitating difficult conversations
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and ownership
  • Self-awareness, with an ability to treat members of the Ascend community with respect
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral)
  • Experience in Agile teams and proficiency with related software tools including, but not limited to, Zoho Projects, LiquidPlanner, Teamwork Projects, etc. a plus

Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identitiesopening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit www.ascendcharterschools.org/careers to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.



Posted: 2020-07-27 Expires: 2020-08-27

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