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The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory school for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. With an enrollment of more than 1,100 students, The Hockaday School is the nation’s largest prekindergarten through grade 12 independent girls’ school. Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, it was founded over a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Courtesy, Character, Scholarship, and Athletics. Hockaday’s faculty are recognized as leaders in their field and students in every grade benefit from outstanding faculty and access to unmatched resources. Families who choose Hockaday care deeply about providing their daughters with a comprehensive and rigorous education, both inside and outside the classroom. Hockaday’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the School.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director serves as an institutional leader and a member of the Leadership Team in a school committed to creating a genuine culture of inclusion and belonging. Primary responsibilities include creating, implementing, and managing programs intended to embrace all types of diversity, foster empathy, and establish a solid foundation of mutual respect among students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Additional responsibilities include serving as a safe and supportive community member, partnering with the division heads, identifying strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students, and developing professional development to enhance cultural understanding and competency within the community.
Develops and oversees a comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program at a school with more than 1100 students in grades PK - 12
Leads and champions a strategic vision and plan for sustaining a culture of genuine inclusion and community at Hockaday
Collaborates with the Leadership Team in the development and execution of the strategic vision at Hockaday
Establishes clearly defined success metrics for DEI initiatives and tracks progress over time
Works with Division Heads and the Assistant Head of School to ensure that Hockaday’s curriculum encourages rich classroom discussion about diversity, community, and responsibility
Partners with the Director of the Institute for Social Impact to create interrelated and interdisciplinary learning programs and opportunities for students in all divisions
Serves as a resource, coach, and partner for faculty and staff to cultivate cross-cultural competencies, encouraging best practices in the classroom and throughout campus
Acts as a resource and mentor for student affinity groups on campus, supporting and guiding their initiatives
Works to ensure that students in all divisions are thriving and receiving appropriate support
Collaborates with and guides a dedicated team of DEI liaisons in each division
Develops and curates professional development for faculty and staff
Works to develop special programs/events that encourage cultural competence, awareness, and appreciation
Serves as an ambassador of the School to cultivate relationships and secure partnerships with other schools and community organizations within the DFW area
Researches and implements best practices related to school DEI programs
Serves as a teacher and/or advisor depending on institutional needs
Responds in a timely fashion to needs within the community
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university required, Master’s degree or equivalent work in relevant field preferred
Demonstrated success in diversity leadership, working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees
A strong educational foundation in diversity, equity, and inclusion through formal education programs or through extensive professional development
Ability to teach, build trust, be strategic, and establish credibility
Interest and ability to work and collaborate with a wide variety of perspectives and viewpoints
Prior supervisory or curriculum-building experience preferred
Outstanding organizational skills
A strong listener and effective communicator, especially with students, faculty, and families
Must have the ability to work in a school environment through satisfactory completion of all legally required and School-required background and screening checks and verifications, including criminal and sex offender background checks
Participate in all requisite School training prior to the start of school and throughout the year.
Acknowledge receipt of the current Employee Handbook and abide by the rules, policies, and procedures. stated in the Handbook or otherwise by the School.
Abide by Hockaday’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.
Commit to the ideals expressed in Hockaday’s Tenets of Staff Excellence.