State Date: July 1, 2021
Kingswood Oxford School, a 6-12 day school in West Hartford, CT, seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to be its next Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (“DEIB”). The next Director of DEIB will be able to build upon work that has been ongoing and will help to lead our community as we work to become a more inclusive school where every student and member of our community feels an authentic sense of belonging.
The Director of DEIB serves on the Senior Administrative Team and reports directly to the Head of School. As such, in addition to leading DEIB efforts, the Director partners with the administrative team to help fulfill the school's mission and advance the strategic plan. The Director works closely with the Division Heads, US Dean of Students, Associate Head of the Middle School, and Board Committee on Equity and Inclusion.
Strategic Priorities and Opportunities for Director of DEIB include:
- Engage the community in dialogue about how to authentically integrate NAIS' Principles of Good Practice regarding Equity and Justice into the life of the School.
- Collaborate with the KO Administrative Team and Board Committee on Equity and Inclusion to develop a shared vision and action plan to become a more inclusive community.
- Clearly communicate the school’s DEIB vision, goals, and approach to the community through in-person school events and workshops.
- Partner with the Heads of Upper and Middle Schools on recruitment strategy and process to attract and build an increasingly diverse faculty and staff.
- Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions staff to attract and welcome new families of color.
- Work with the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations to inform and engage donors and alumni about our DEIB goals.
- Serve as a resource for the Parent Association and Alumni Council to advance DEIB goals.
- Establish data-driven methods for accountability and measurement of DEIB goals and processes for continuous improvement.
Support Students, Faculty, Staff, Families:
- Collaborate with the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning to provide professional development opportunities that enhance teacher capacity and knowledge.
- Partner with Deans of Students and student leaders to equip students with tools for constructive dialogue around difficult issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Partner with the US and MS Deans of Students and Counselors to design and teach units in the VQV curriculum - a grade-level, co-curricular course that teaches social emotional health, cultural competency, and life skills to prepare students for success beyond KO.
- Serve and support student DEIB-related clubs and activities.
- Create educational and social opportunities for families including workshops, guest speakers, and affinity group spaces to increase parent involvement and connection to the school.
- Serve as lead contact and coordinator of participation in diversity conferences and events that match the School's mission, including SPHERE, WALKS, the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools, Strategenius, NEMNET and NAIS' Call to Action.
- Serve as an academic advisor, as needed.
The list above is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and like others member of the senior leadership team, the Director of DEIB, may, when necessary, be responsible for additional duties as assigned by the Head of School.
The role of the Director of DEIB is a 12 month position. The ideal candidate will have at minimum a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, with education and experience in DEIB programming who recognizes the opportunities and challenges of leading this work in independent schools.
- Is a person of integrity who is committed to the development and growth of the whole student.
- Is able to inspire and build trust among community members.
- Leads with empathy; is a team player who collaborates with school administrators and staff to support the mission of the school.
- Has strong communication skills, both as a speaker and a writer, and understands the importance of clear, timely, and consistent communication.
How to Apply:
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three to five references in a single PDF format with “Director of DEIB” in the subject line to: email@example.com
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Kingswood Oxford School provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, political belief or activity, status as a veteran, or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law.