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DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Los Angeles, CA
The mission of Chadwick school is to develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, co-educational day school that enrolls over 830 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities. A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of three schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education. In 2022, Chadwick will open its third campus in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Chadwick School’s non-discrimination statement states that the school “does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national or ethnic origin or ancestry in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and other after-school programs.” The core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion are widely shared and fostered daily in classrooms, during co-curricular activities, and through the camaraderie of this close-knit community.
This full-time position, to begin July 2021, is a senior administrative position. The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be a trusted advisor, collaborating and working closely with Chadwick’s Senior Leadership Team to enhance the student experience at Chadwick.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are integral to Chadwick’s world-class educational experience as they enhance our students’ knowledge, skills and the empathic orientation required to serve and lead in an interconnected world.
The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be responsible for developing and leading programs and strategies that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community as described in the Chadwick School Diversity Statement.
This position is responsible for the following:
Leading and coordinating Chadwick’s Equity Team throughout the school year as they provide K-12 programs, initiatives, and services (the Equity Team currently consists of six DEI coordinators who are assigned to particular focus areas such as divisional student support, parent liaison, alumni, curriculum, admission, policies and practices that match interest and need);
Serving as a member of the Senior Administration team which provides strategic guidance and leadership for overall school operations
STUDENT & FAMILY SUPPORT:
Being an accessible, visible and effective resource to students with regards to student diversity, equity and inclusion matters
Providing counsel and support to students and families within each school division on issues of identity development;
Chaperoning and providing counsel and support to students at national and regional events such as the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, SoCal People of Color in Independent Schools, and other diversity events/conferences as needed, including evenings and weekends;
Serving as a resource to families of color in each division of the school Village School (K-6), Middle School (7-8) and Upper School (9-12); Gathering and acting on feedback about the student experience; Providing families of color with support in navigating school systems and accessing appropriate resources (e.g. language translation, orientation & welcome events etc.)
PROGRAM PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION:
Developing, communicating and implementing a coherent, thoughtfully-aligned schedule of DEI programming (e.g. Guest Speakers, Annual Families of Color Barbecue and Gatherings, Annual Social Justice Day, DEI Banquet, Jubilee Concert, Parent Coffees, Community Times and Faculty Professional Development)
Providing guidance, support and advocacy for Upper School Affinity groups, the MS DEI Workshop, the Village Diversity Club, and the new Student Diversity Council and other groups aimed at furthering diversity and inclusiveness at the school (e.g. Heritage Club, WARE).
Developing and/or implementing the school’s strategic plan for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and identifying the resources required to do so;
Supporting the Board and Head of School in implementing the school’s strategic goals in support of diversity, equity and inclusion;
Updating existing programs and introducing new programs to create an inclusive culture amongst students, staff and faculty of all identities and backgrounds;
Routinely measuring and analyzing data about the student experience, and identifying areas of progress, targets for improvement and next steps to drive the attainment of diversity, equity and inclusion goals and providing transparency;
Ensuring compliance with applicable federal/state laws, policies and procedures
COMMUNITY GROWTH & EDUCATION:
Working with students, faculty, staff, parents and members of the Board of Trustees to increase understanding and application of Cultural Competence (one of six Chadwick School Core Competencies), and to increase understanding and application of inclusive and anti-racist practices;
Acting as a resource to evaluate, develop and diversify K-12 curricular offerings through a DEI lens;
Attending DEI-related workshops and events to keep abreast of best practices in the field and to deepen personal knowledge and capacity to lead;
Facilitating partnerships and attendance by members of the Chadwick community at key diversity and inclusion events and conferences, including the annual People of Color Conference & Student Diversity Leadership Conference;
Serving as a resource to teachers within each school division on matters of pedagogy, curriculum, and best practices for working with students and their families
Providing counsel, as appropriate, in curricular collaborations with our sister schools, Chadwick International in South Korea and Hanoi;
Attending weekly and monthly meetings with various constituencies requiring DEI input and support on divisional programming, student leadership opportunities, and student needs and concerns(e.g. Division Directors, Deans of Students, Student Diversity Council, Wellness Team, Curriculum Team)
Working closely with our Communications Team on community outreach and to co-develop both proactive and responsive communications throughout the year
RECRUITMENT & RETENTION:
Providing counsel and support to Admissions and Human Resources in the areas of recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty members.
Developing and implementing innovative strategies and programs to cultivate, attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce
PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS
An action-oriented, self-starter who takes initiative and is solutions-focused
Experience and training leading racial equity initiatives in education organizations
Strong leadership skills and success in working with multiple stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, parents and alumni
Student-centered, global, and innovative
Ability to both model and maintain positive motivation and momentum even in challenging circumstances
Proven success working flexibly as both an individual contributor and collaborative team member
Proven expertise in establishing, implementing and communicating vision and plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Experience in strategic planning, programming, event coordination and budget management
A commitment to staying abreast of best practices in inclusive and anti-racist practices
Previous work in student counseling and advising strongly preferred
Excellent interpersonal , written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
Preference given to candidates who lead and work with diverse age levels and abilities
Note: The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.