Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Position: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Supervisor: Head of School
Classification: Exempt
Full Time Equivalency: 1.0

Purpose:  The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating the progress of equity and inclusion initiatives throughout the school’s curriculum, instruction and community. The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion acts as a resource, guide and strategic planner, helping the school to be a community that values a diversity of people, perspectives, and ideas.  The Director nurtures relationships with students, teachers and parents to ensure understanding, support and implementation of the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Sheridan.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Professional Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, based upon the school’s Diversity Vision Statement
  • Identify, develop, and support curricula, programs, and activities for students, faculty/staff, and parents informed by the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Act as a coach and a resource on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion for faculty, staff, and administrators in their work with students and in their development of curriculum and programs
  • Act as a resource for faculty and staff in providing academic, emotional, and social support in guiding work intended to foster diversity,  equity and inclusion
  • Guide data gathering and analysis that will be used to guide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Guide programs for educating the school community (faculty, staff, students, parents) around issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Guide student programs and activities whose purposes and goals are related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Partner with Admissions team to share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at each step of  the admissions process
  • Develop and maintain outreach to a regional network of individuals and organizations whose knowledge and support of issues of diversity, equity and inclusion benefit the school and its program 
  • Develop and curate materials that provide faculty, staff, students, and parents with relevant and timely information about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Serve as an Administrator and as a member on the Administrative Team 
  • Serve as Advisor to a group of students 
  • Attend Board of Trustee meetings and sit on Diversity/Education Committee to provide strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion (including organizing training in this realm)
  • Compliance with Sheridan policies/procedures as stated in the Employee Handbook
  • Participation in community events outside of regular school hours, including Back to School Night, admission open houses, etc., as assigned
  • Completion of additional responsibilities in support of the school community, as assigned
  • Participation in regular goal-setting, reflection and professional growth opportunities
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the overall school program

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA required; MA in related area preferred
  • Expertise in current trends and thinking concerning diversity, equity and inclusion in a school setting
  • Experience leading and facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and projects
  • Experience working with young people and adults, ideally in a school setting
  • Strong interest in furthering the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Sheridan 
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others to create positive change
  • Capacity to counsel and mentor administrators, faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to develop programs and initiatives
  • Detail-oriented with highly effective written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Strong facilitation skills and comfort in speaking with K-8 grade students and adults in small and large groups
  • Capacity for teamwork and for developing working relationships with students, faculty and staff, parents and trustees
  • Ability to manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to diversity, equity and inclusion issues in schools
  • Demonstrate a deep empathic concern and compassion for people