Village Community School, a K-8, co-educational school located in the West Village of New York City, seeks a dynamic Director of Diversity & Inclusion to provide strategic leadership for the School’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. The DoD&I will collaborate with other administrators spanning all areas of school life including: student life and support services, parent relations, faculty and staff recruitment, onboarding and professional development, and admissions. The DoD&I will also be responsible for the design, development and coordination of programs that will enhance appreciation for and understanding of diversity and the inclusive values of the School. The DoD&I will serve as a key resource for faculty/staff, parents, administrators and students seeking more information about diversity related issues. The DoD&I reports to the Head of School, is a member of Deans & Directors, Admin and the Educational Leadership Team, and works closely with academic and administrative staff throughout the School.
The Director must be an outstanding communicator and deep listener who appreciates and understands diverse perspectives, values intellectual exchange and respectful disagreement, embraces the VCS Mission and Diversity Statements, and has a demonstrated ability to create and thrive in diverse, inclusive communities. The ideal candidate will have highly-developed collaboration skills and a kind and caring disposition; the stamina and resilience to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment; a willingness to embrace complexity and the principles of servant leadership; and the flexibility and joyfulness that are required to serve in a K through grade 8 institution. Experience teaching and/or training groups is strongly preferred, as is extensive training in equity literacy, multicultural education, or another area of inquiry relevant to the position. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership ability with adults, both individually and in groups, and a personal commitment to professional growth and to receiving and acting on constructive feedback. Our ideal candidate will be collaborative, resilient, flexible, diplomatic, confident, patient, and possessed of a sense of humor and professional presence.
This full-time, 12-month position begins July 2019. Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Denise Frazier, Assistant Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jessica Romero, Dean of Faculty, at email@example.com.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Promote best practices with respect to diversity issues.
Provide strategic leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Develop and implement a long-range diversity plan, based upon the VCS Mission and Strategic Plan.
In collaboration with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty, improve effectiveness and success in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.
With the Educational Leadership Team and faculty members, evaluate, advise on, and support development of inclusive and multicultural curriculum and pedagogy across the divisions.
Support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs. Work with the admissions office to recruit, welcome, and retain families from diverse backgrounds.
Develop strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Act as liaison to and develop strong relationships with the various diversity and inclusion-related groups in the school, and respond to diversity- and equity-related issues among the student body as they arise.
Work with the Senior Administration and faculty with respect to student support and develop student diversity leadership.
Plan, develop, and market diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, and families; and professional development workshops and programming for faculty and staff.
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 as well as off-campus cultural resource organizations.
Represent the school at local, regional, and national multicultural events as determined in conjunction with the Head of School.
Pursue professional development opportunities; attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with diversity and inclusion issues that may affect the school.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
Additional Qualification Preferences:
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity
Project management skills in implementing complex programs, supervising personnel, and handling a budget
Proven success working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders
Commitment to diversity and a strong interest in planning multicultural programming
Experience as a supervisor and skill as an evaluator of others’ performance
Successful track record managing cross-discipline teams
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a multitude of tasks by volume, urgency, etc.
Detail oriented and resourceful
Tactful and discreet
High energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
Availability to attend disparate evening and weekend events