Walker School
Marietta, GA
www.thewalkerschool.org
Grades PK - 12 with 869 students

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POSITION 
Walker's first Core Value emphasizes the infinite worth and dignity of the individual and this guides all we do at Walker. Responsible for strategic leadership in helping The Walker School fulfill its Mission and Core Values, the Director of Diversity and Belonging's primary work will be focused on securing a sense of inclusion and belonging for every student. As importantly, the Director of Diversity and Belonging will work with teachers and administrators in each division to develop age-appropriate cultural competency skills in order to prepare all students for success in school, life, and effective citizenship.  The Director will also serve as a resource for students, administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and the Board of Trustees.  The Director of Diversity and Belonging will report to the Head of School.
 
The primary focus of the Director's work with faculty and staff will be to train and develop the capacity to identify inequities and chart action steps for meaningful equity, inclusion, and belonging. The position combines with other school responsibilities, follows a 12-month academic calendar, and is exempt from overtime consideration. Specifically, this role includes managing an advisory group and leading other academic and extracurricular activities as appropriate given the candidate’s background. Regular clock hours extend beyond the normal school day and often vary unpredictably according to community needs.  
 
While Walker started as an elementary school connected to the Episcopal Church, for the last forty years Walker has been the area's only non-religiously affiliated Preschool through a 12th-grade independent school. As a result, Walker's student body is one of the most diverse in the metro Atlanta independent school community, and we welcome families from a multitude of backgrounds, perspectives, ethnicities, and beliefs. Walker is a beautiful microcosm of the world in which our students will live and work as adults.
 
QUALIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
As a senior administrator, the Director of Diversity and Belonging is charged with strategic leadership to ensure a welcoming and inclusive campus for all Walker community members. The candidate will possess an awareness of how complex factors impact education, including socioeconomic differences, race, sexual orientation, learning disabilities, social-emotional needs, etc. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to fostering understanding and effective communication in a school climate where differences in identity and culture are valued and supported. This educator will be willing and able to speak authentically about the imperative for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging in schools, recognize how identity impacts our work, and communicate authentically and collaboratively with colleagues, students, and families. The candidate will have a high degree of emotional intelligence, strong communication, interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES
  • Provide insight about the overall campus climate (with specific emphasis on the student and family experiences) and advisement regarding the potential implications for these groups as it relates to the School’s mission and institutional policies and practices.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, serving as a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Provide internal and external support to constituent groups, particularly underrepresented groups and affinity groups.
  • Problem-solve with administrators, teachers, students, and parents, dealing with issues in a collaborative and sensitive manner, building unity around diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and concerns.
  • Leverage pedagogical content knowledge of multicultural and social justice education and culturally responsive teaching to craft meaningful learning experiences for students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Partner with the admissions and communications teams to attract and engage underrepresented and culturally diverse families in the life of the School.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Human Resources and other administrators to develop programming in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, professionals, and parents in The Walker School community.
  • Monitor and review school communications to ensure they reflect the Walker community culture and diverse needs.
  • Champion multicultural programming across all academic divisions via collaborative partnerships with the Primary, Lower, Middle, and Upper School Diversity and Inclusion Committees and Division Heads. This includes multicultural training and other activities which foster productive dialogues among students and others in the School community.
  • Provide appropriate advisement and leadership to structure timely responses to student-involved incidents of bias.
  • Work with the Director of Human Resources to assist with the hiring and retention of faculty/staff and help ensure equity and fairness throughout the hiring process for all candidates.
  • Plan and implement community-wide or division-specific events to bring students and families together to foster a sense of belonging and community.
  • Partner with the Director of Development to ensure that friend-raising and fundraising efforts are inclusive. 
CORE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Master’s degree in education, social work, or related field preferred.
  • Five to seven years of classroom teaching experience with demonstrated incorporation of culturally responsive practices.
  • Participation with in-depth training in diversity, equity, and inclusion at nationally recognized seminars and workshops.
  • Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in implementing effective and sustainable educational, cultural, and social programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion in a k-12 independent school setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership highlighted by a willingness to listen first and foremost, the ability to problem-solve, build consensus and work in collaborative partnerships across all constituent groups.
  • Exceptional organizational skills tempered with flexibility and adaptability
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
The Walker School is metro Atlanta’s top Pre-K (3)-12th-grade school open to all faiths, and our commitment to diversity provides a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to navigate successfully an ever-changing world. At the Walker School, the infinite worth and dignity of each student define our approach to learning. With an average class size of 15 students, each child is known, challenged, supported, and encouraged to explore. The Walker School is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all professional staff at Walker. Our core value of the infinite worth and dignity of the individual undergirds our mission as faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.
 
SALARY and BENEFITS:  The Walker School’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

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