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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Rolling Hills Preparatory School

Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Director of DEI) to begin July 2022 or sooner.

About our Schools:

Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHP), Renaissance (Ren), and REACH Schools, a blend of three great schools in one vibrant school community, is a model unique in the independent school world. The schools are able to help students meet their potential as learners, innovators and global citizens. Students are drawn from a diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social background.

The RHP, Ren and REACH schools’ community are a place where all learners are celebrated and supported. Ren and REACH are both designed to support students with learning differences. RHP is known for being “an academic powerhouse with a soul,” believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.

Located in San Pedro, nestled between horse farms and the harbor, this 31-acre campus is home to students and faculty that are passionate about inclusion, come from diverse

Position Description:

The Director of DEI will be an experienced and collaborative leader who will help lead the effort to make our schools a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. They will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team and will work closely with this team on issues that impact the life of the school, our students, parents and community at large. They will help build a shared vision of the ways we hope to grow as a school around issues of diversity, equity and belonging, and will nurture relationships throughout the school community to ensure understanding and support of this vision.

Responsibilities and Duties

An overarching responsibility is to act as a thought partner for the Head of Schools and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to create and implement a mission-aligned vision for community and educational experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain and further develop cultural competency skills in our students in pursuit of creating a more  diverse and equitable community where all students feel that they belong
  • Collaborate with the Director of Counseling and Wellness and the school counseling team to ensure the well-being, safety and belonging of students on campus
  • Ensure that the school’s curriculum and instruction delivers culturally aware and anti-racist content and culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Act as a resource for faculty and staff in providing academic, emotional and social support for students/families of diverse backgrounds
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Partner with division heads to facilitate department chair meetings
  • Assess and design, in partnership with the division heads and with a specific eye on equity and inclusion, academic policies that allow students to flourish
  • Works with the division heads to evaluate and develop schoolwide curriculum and programs that explicitly teach concepts related to identity development, diversity, equity inclusion and justice
    • Support faculty in developing culturally responsive instructional practices that create equitable and inclusive classroom communities and a sense of belonging for all students
    • Provide training in culturally relevant pedagogy and the creation of democratic, culturally responsive classrooms
  •  Oversee all programming related to DEI, including affinity groups
  • Assess and design, in partnership with the division heads, academic and behavioral policies that support diverse students and create an inclusive learning and social environment
  • Coordinate programs for educating our community (faculty, staff, students, parents) about issues related to diversity
  • Plan, develop, and market diversity and inclusion-focused education programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, families and alumni
    • Lead or support DEI-related committees for faculty/staff, students, or other community members, including defining the purpose and scope of any committee
    • Support and/or oversee the activities of parent, student, and faculty/staff groups whose purpose and goals are related to DEI issues
    • Act as liaison to various DEI-related groups in the school, and respond to DEI-related issues among the student body as they arise
  • Design regular and ongoing professional development experiences in partnership with the Assistant Head of Schools and division heads,  including new faculty orientation
  • Work the Communication Coordinator to publicize diversity-related events, education opportunities, workshops, etc. for students, faculty, and parents
  • Supervise faculty/staff within the school’s three divisions
  • Coordinate the student affinity clubs in all three divisions
  • Collaborate with the division heads and department chairs to facilitate the design, mapping, development and evaluation of an innovative, research-based, and developmentally appropriate 1-12 program that explicitly teaches concepts related to identity development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, all with an eye on divisional transitions and student performance data
  • Coach department chairs and faculty to employ culturally responsive instructional practices that create equitable and inclusive classroom communities and an uplifting and affirming learning experience for all students
  • Various duties, including teaching, serving as an advisor, supporting admission outreach, and taking on other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Head of Schools

Administration

  • Work with the Enrollment Management Office to recruit, welcome and retain students from diverse backgrounds
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure that recruitment and onboarding faculty  and staff supports the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community
  • Serve as a resource on diversity and inclusion best practices for faculty and staff
  •  Assist in mentoring, and retaining faculty and staff who reflect and support a diverse and belonging school community and from diverse backgrounds
  • Drive and implement new initiatives, advise on, and oversee the faculty and staff professional development efforts related to diversity, equity, and belonging
  • Overseeing data collection and analysis, as well as assessment and evaluation of institutional progress on strategic priorities as they relate to DEIB

Community

  • Participate in the life of the schools by attending assemblies, games, concerts, galas, and other school events
  • Provide the full RHP/REN/REACH community with information and insight into curricular and community work around diversity, equity, and belonging instruction and community programs
  • Develop policies and programs that deliver equity and foster inclusivity for all members of the community
  • Serve as a resource and leader for the community with matters of diversity, equity, belonging, and multicultural practices and communication
  • Act as a liaison between the school and the wide variety of communities within the greater Los Angeles area in support of the schools’ continued effort to learn from, partner with, and (when needed) support these diverse communities

Skills and Experience

  • Leads through a passion to serve, a commitment to mission and force of intellect rather than by virtue of office and position
  • Collaboration with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders
    Proactive person who motivates and inspires others with their energy and enthusiasm, collaborative approach and focus on results
  • Ability to think and act strategically and to advance multiple strategic and operational priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, i.e., parents, students, community organizations, faculty/staff, and alumni
  • Ability to work as a change agent within an academic environment, to seek consensus, and to design processes that are transparent, clear, and efficient
  • Ability to thoughtfully manage the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to diversity issues in schools
  • Experience providing strategic direction on developing relationships with underestimated communities, communities of color, and LGBTQ families
  • Experience as a proven problem-solver, critical thinker and change agent, adapting to new situations and challenges with determination and positive approaches
  • Deep understanding of human development, including a particularly strong understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of early-adolescents, adolescents, and adults
  • Strong communication skills in person, in writing, by phone and through other electronic means (such as Zoom)
  • Individual integrity, initiative, self-awareness, commitment to personal and professional growth, ability to receive and apply feedback
  • Model a growth mindset and continuous learning, and believe in the capacity for adult growth

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of three years of administrative experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion work at the middle or high school level (DEI Certification or Master’s Degree desirable)
  • Participation in in-depth training in diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, allowing one to work effectively with colleagues and constituents, solve problems and represent RHP/REN/REACH in the broader community
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and leading workshops
  • Demonstrate capacity for data-driven decision making
  • A systems orientation to program development grounded in proven practices
  • Strong organizational skills needed to interface with several academic and non-academic departments
  • Ability to work collegially with multiple constituencies
  • A progressive and innovative mindset
  • A sense of humor
  • Knowledge of independent schools is preferred

Other Considerations

  • Position start date is July 1, 2022
  • Applications are being screened as they come in with interviews happening on a rolling basis.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Regularly works in standard office conditions and climate
  • Regularly uses close and distance vision, including working at a computer screen for extended periods of time
  • Frequently required to move around the office; works at a desk for extended periods of time; occasionally moves around campus
  • Ability to occasionally move items weighing up to 30 lbs. across the office or campus
  • Works in a highly stressful environment, effectively dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts with stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions
  • Ability to regularly work flexible hours to support the Head of Schools with emergent and urgent items and to meet deadlines; position will require some non-traditional work hours, including occasional nights and weekends

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability/handicap, or religion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the school’s employment opportunities.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, your resume, a one page DEI philosophy, and three current professional references to: Yolanda Holguin, Director of HR [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to yholguin@rollinghillsprep.org

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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