The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a member of the senior administration and reports directly to the Head of School. The Director works closely with teachers and administrative staff across the school. The Director will lead the implementation of the school’s diversity efforts including: faculty recruitment, development, and retention; student recruitment and retention; developing social justice/equity curriculum; faculty professional development; parent and Board education; diversity committee work; and student life.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide strategic leadership in the area of equity and diversity for the TPS community.
Develop and implement a diversity strategic plan, based upon the school's mission and strategic plan.
In collaboration with the Division Heads, improve recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
In partnership with the Program Team, evaluate, advise, and support the development of an inclusive, anti-bias and anti-racist curriculum across the divisions. Work with classroom teachers to
Serve as a resource for faculty with respect to curriculum design, professional development, and student support.
Work with the admission office to recruit, welcome, and retain students and families from diverse backgrounds; review and implement the mentoring program for new families.
Develop strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, Board, and parents.
Plan and execute diversity and equity focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, and families; and provide professional development workshops and programming for faculty and staff.
Act as a liaison between the school and local communities of color to serve these communities better and to support the school’s outreach and admission marketing and recruitment programs.
Work with the communications office to publicize diversity-related events, educational opportunities, workshops, etc. for students, faculty, families, and the local community.
Network with diversity coordinators at other independent schools; maintain relationships and actively build alliances with community organizations and local practitioners promoting our goals surrounding DEI, such as BLM Philly, BARWE, GPDC, etc.
Represent the school at local, regional, and national conferences and events.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in Education, or Equity and Inclusion, or related field.
5+ years of Teaching or Classroom integration experience in K-12 setting.
5+ years of Diversity Programming experience in K-12 setting preferred.
Knowledge of childhood development, including gender and racial identity development.
Proven success working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, written, and oral communication skills.
Detail oriented, resourceful, organized, professional, and deadline driven.
Strong work ethic, demonstrates integrity and discretion.
Strong listening, collaboration, and communication skills.
Technologically savvy. Resourceful use of networks and outside consultants.
Working knowledge of independent school operations preferred.
Knowledge & Skills Requirements:
Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles/best practices involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and leadership.
Knowledge of principles and methods for DEI curriculum and program development; teaching individuals and groups; and utilizing data to drive work and measure progress.
Must be flexible, resourceful, dependable, well-organized, friendly, emotionally mature, and professional. Must be able to work effectively with multiple supervisors and constituencies. Able to balance and prioritize work and multiple projects.
Must demonstrate ability to complete assigned project tasks on time and with minimal supervision.
Duties as needed
Work day may be extended as needed for workshops, admission, board, and other school events. This may include weekends and evenings.
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a philosophy of education statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philadelphia School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities. Carol Lerner, Director of Finance and Operations, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School's non-discrimination policies as the school's Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator.
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