The Blake School seeks to hire a PK-12 Department Chair for Equity and Instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Offering strategic leadership in curriculum and instruction, project management, and individual coaching around diversity, equity and inclusion, the chair plays a critical role in supporting Blake’s ongoing commitment to pluralism.
Strong candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of teaching and learning across a variety of grade levels, familiarity with the theory and practice of intercultural competence, and experience collaborating with faculty to develop curriculum and evolve instruction in support of student identity development.
The PK-12 Department Chair for Equity and Instruction will report directly to the Director of the Office and Equity and Community Engagement and meet regularly with the Associate Head of School. The chair will also teach up to two semesters each year depending on the needs of the school.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity and lived experience that strengthens our community and empowers students to engage across differences. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.
Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
Curricular and Programmatic Leadership
Promote educational, instructional and curricular leadership in the areas of equity, intercultural competence and identity development
Collaborate closely with PK-12 Department Chairs and Division Directors to create professional development and instructional coaching opportunities for faculty
Serve on the Academic Affairs Committee, participating in administrative decision?making and the work of building consensus on diversity, equity and inclusion issues to support the best interest of Blake students
Teach and facilitate lessons and units related to positive identity development and intercultural competence across all grade levels and divisions
Build community and collegiality by being a reliable and accessible presence across campuses and divisions
Envision and support professional development for all faculty so that each teacher can effectively implement a wide range of best-practice interculturally competent instructional and assessment strategies
Initiate ongoing conversations about the role of intercultural competence in teaching and learning across all content areas
Institutional & Community Partnerships
Collaborate with the Office of Equity and Community Engagement to lead, facilitate and support individual and school wide efforts that foster a more equitable, inclusive and engaged community
Develop and maintain connections with relevant programs, institutions and thought leaders in the Twin Cities and beyond
Substantial teaching experience; teaching in multiple content areas and/or divisions preferred
Preference for advanced degree or work toward an advanced degree in a relevant field
Superb interpersonal and communication skills
Logistical and organizational acumen, reflecting the needs of a multi-campus, three-division school
Knowledge of and commitment to learning about best practices in DEI and curriculum and instruction
Demonstrated ability to coach adults
Demonstrated skill in project management
Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.
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