Harvard-Westlake School is a leading independent, all gender college preparatory day school consisting of two campuses, located in Los Angeles, California with approximately 1,600 students enrolled in grades seven through twelve.
Our school community is seeking an Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Admission Counselor. In this new role, we are seeking applicants who care deeply about students and are eager to join the efforts to build and sustain our vibrant school community. Sharing time between the Office of DEI and the Office of Admission, the person in this role will play an important part in furthering the school’s mission in our day to day work with current and prospective families as it relates to broadening representation and fostering an equal sense of belonging.
Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
Primary Responsibilities for the Admission Counselor (50%) include, but are not limited to:
Serving as one of Harvard-Westlake’s strongest advocates and ambassadors, promoting the School to various constituents. Articulates the School’s mission in advancing the School to families, elementary schools, outreach programs, and other professional organizations.
Planning and executing events along with the rest of the Admission team including the Admission Family Visiting Days, Parent/Guardian Coffees, ISEE test administration, Roundtable for Prospective Families of Color, evening events for prospective parents, off-campus outreach efforts, supporting the Student Ambassador Program, and other activities that bring families and visitors to campus.
Supporting and leading institutional outreach to new schools, underrepresented communities, assists in our work with community-based organizations and educational enrichment programs. This includes organizing and hosting visits to Harvard-Westlake for programs, attending school fairs, and making presentations on site at schools.
Speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish with bilingual proficiency as we seek to broaden access and excellence at Harvard-Westlake. Serving as the primary contact during the admission process for Spanish speaking prospective families.
Interviewing approximately 60-70 prospective students and families annually
Evaluating applications for admission, and potentially serving as a full voting member of the Admission Committee.
Collaborating to determine trends, analyzing data, and planning programs as they relate to demographic realities of Los Angeles in introducing Harvard-Westlake to communities unfamiliar with the School.
Primary Responsibilities for the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (50%) include, but are not limited to:
Developing, overseeing, and executing a vision for HW DEI communications (social media, website, newsletter).
Leading HW’s new Student Diversity Summer Conference.
Coordinating with the Parents’ Activities Liaison regarding Parent Affinity Groups.
Coordinating with Faculty/Staff Affinity Group leaders.
Liaising with HW Parents’ DEI Committee and HW Alumni DEI Council and Affinity Groups.
Serving as a resource to all constituents, including students, faculty, staff, and parents
Supporting and advancing school wide initiatives in the areas of admission, athletics, curriculum, hiring and retention, special programs, etc.
Serving as a member of the HW Diversity Council.
Working closely with the other members of the HW DEI Team to execute the vision and goals of the Office of DEI.
Completing other duties as assigned by the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or the Senior Leadership Team.
This position is a full-time role, starting in July 2021 for the 2021-22 school year.
Bilingual written and oral proficiency in English and Spanish
Experience working in school admissions; diversity, equity, and inclusion; student advocacy; and/or community outreach is a plus.
Experience and expertise with teaching students and classroom management is a plus.
Flexibility and capability of working well within a department and within smaller team settings.
Previous knowledge of, or experience with, Los Angeles-based primary and secondary educational environments, and community-based organizations is preferred.
Possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Exhibit ability to convey concepts and ideas in a clear and concise manner to students and adults.
Be enthusiastic about becoming part of our vibrant school community, interacting with prospective and current families, students, and colleagues inside and outside of the classroom.
Discretion and a sensitivity to confidential matters.
Ability to work after hours, weekends, and admission- or DEI-related events outside of the school day.
Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite (word, excel, outlook)