Washington International School
Washington, DC
www.wis.edu
Grades PreK - 12 with 900 students

 
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Director of IDI (International-mindedness, Diversity, and Inclusion)
Reports to:  Head of School

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of IDI will provide strategic leadership to sustain and strengthen current diversity initiatives and to develop innovative practices and programs in the areas of international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion. This administrative leader will oversee the integrative, collaborative implementation of the School’s IDI goals, including curricular, co-curricular, and community programs for students, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni, and parents/guardians. The Director of IDI will report to the Head of School and will be a member of WIS’s senior leadership team.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Carry out the School’s strategic goals for IDI.
  • Contribute to a climate of respect and understanding amongst faculty and staff, students, and parents.
  • Establish programs and initiatives that promote community-wide awareness of issues related to international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Assess community needs, and, working with members of the senior leadership team, promote values aligned with international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Establish innovative, student-centered advising and mentoring programs to promote the success of all students.
  • Develop and support student leadership related to international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • In conjunction with the Associate Head of School, coordinate on-campus professional development programs for all three divisions.
  • Coordinate with the Directors of Teaching and Learning and department chairs to further faculty participation in professional development training in international-mindedness inclusive practices, curriculum development, and co-curricular practice.
  • Serve as a resource for faculty to cultivate multicultural skills and best practice strategies within their curriculum and classrooms.
  • Promote, advise upon, and support curriculum development aimed at fostering critical thinking about cultural differences and relational perspectives.
  • Research new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion, and support WIS’s faculty in incorporating these practices into their classrooms.
  • Facilitate student attendance at local, regional, and national conferences pertinent to international-mindedness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with the principals to coordinate student affinity group leadership.
  • Partner with the assistant principals of each division to develop diversity in student program offerings and widen student leadership opportunities in cross-cultural communication.
  • Mentor, support, and help retain faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds to achieve workplace inclusion.
  • Together with the Director of Human Resources and Head of School, support and inform hiring needs and participate in the interview process and campus visits for prospective members of the faculty.
  • Together with the Director of Admissions, support the recruitment of students of color and other underrepresented populations and further increase access to all aspects of school life.
  • In partnership with the Head of School, assist with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain an international-minded, diverse, and inclusive school community.
  • Partner with the Advancement Office to extend outreach to alumni.
  • In partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications, send regular IDI updates to the WIS community about upcoming events and updates on IDI initiatives.
  • Work with other independent schools and relevant organizations outside the school that are committed to this work.
  • Advise and participate on the IDI Task Force of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as a general resource to the community for matters of international-mindedness, diversity and inclusion practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • Masters degree preferred
  • Minimum of three (3) years of service as a member of an international-minded, diversity, and/or inclusion council, committee, or board in an educational environment is preferred
  • A minimum of five (5) years teaching or administrative experience, preferably in an independent school environment
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills and ability
  • Demonstrates leadership and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrates patience and a collaborative and professional demeanor with colleagues, students, and parents
  • Experience facilitating courageous conversations with and between community members
  • Experience coordinating programs and projects across multiple academic and non-academic departments with strong organizational skills
  • Experience facilitating adult learning in culturally responsive practices
  • Proficiency in more than one language is preferred
     

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