The inaugural Director of Diversity and Inclusion will lead, guide and strategically develop the implementation of programs and events that promote inclusion and diversity within Cape Henry Collegiate (CHC). This person will create new programs and practices that enhance the sense of belonging and respect felt by all members of our community. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will provide strategic advice and counsel to the Head of School and will serve on the School Leadership Team. This leader will report directly to the Head of School.
The position requires a broad range of diversity, inclusion and project management experience. Competencies should include strong communication skills, active listening, empathy, strategic analysis and an ability to influence, motivate and inspire. This person must be able to excel as a decisive leader who can challenge people to identify their role in creating a more inclusive school community.
Position Duties (included, but are not limited to)
Develop school-wide diversity, equity and inclusion strategies in order to help the School fulfill its mission
Coordinate and support efforts to improve inclusion, diversity, and equity services and programs related to strategic planning, professional development and student learning by providing subject matter expertise and creating innovative solutions
Guide students in inclusion programming and help to coordinate student affinity work
Work with the Admissions Office to recruit, welcome and retain students from diverse backgrounds
Work with division heads and department chairs to ensure curriculum and programming reflect the diversity of our community and world
Provide support to parents of diverse backgrounds so that they feel welcome and included
Review current practices and policies, assessing and analyzing the extent to which they support or hinder CHC’s diversity and inclusion goals
Act as a liaison between the School and the larger community in order to increase outreach and partnership opportunities
Skills and Knowledge
Demonstrated diversity and inclusion program creation, launch and management
Ability to act as a change agent and to manage personal, political and institutional dynamics related to this essential work
Empathetic leader who desires to work with students and adults
Strong facilitation, coaching and presentation skills
Solid time management and project management skills
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree required
Master’s Degree or advanced training in diversity related fields preferred
At least 3 years of relevant diversity and inclusion work experience
Experience in K-12 setting or strong desire to work in a school
The School's mission is to know, value, and challenge each student. We commit to building a diverse and inclusive community. We seek to graduate independent thinkers and globally aware citizens.
Cape Henry Collegiate is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.
About Cape Henry Collegiate
Cape Henry Collegiate is a coeducational independent day school with an enrollment of over 950 located on a 30-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The School is noted for its meaningful honor code, strong academics, competitive athletic programs, commitment to the visual and performing arts, global education, and caring environment.