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The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a major leadership position in a school committed to creating a genuine culture and community in which inclusion, belonging, equity, and cultural competency are at the center of our work. This position reaches across all levels, departments, and programs of our PK-12 school and reports to the Head of School. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will work in partnership with the Head of School, the School’s Leadership Team, the DEI Committee of the Board, The Center for Professional Growth and Learning, and various constituent groups to provide counsel, perspective, and training, while serving as a trusted thought partner across the community on all things diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Director of DEI will focus on both the long- and short-term creation, implementation, management, and assessment of policies, programs, and training that promote, enhance, and intentionally foster cultural competency, understanding, and empathy. The Director of DEI will be asked to build the capacity of our community to appreciate and respect the beauty that all diversity brings and to actively engage our community in conversations, discussions, and activities that increase, support, and challenge our understanding and knowledge of DEI issues and practice. The Director of DEI will be expected to partner with all school constituents to establish, lead, and inspire the strategic direction and vision of the Galloway School’s DEI aspirations and efforts. The Director of DEI will be expected to work with and lead a talented community of professionals and a curious and committed student body, and to partner with both internal and external leaders and stakeholders to ensure that the Galloway School’s DEI efforts reﬂect the values of Galloway. The ideal candidate will enthusiastically envision and engage in new possibilities while strengthening what is already being done. They must also be willing and able to recognize how identity impacts our community and communicate authentically and collaboratively with colleagues, students, and families about the importance and necessity of and for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging at Galloway.
The Director of DEI must be a team player who possesses a collaborative nature, positive energy, a high degree of emotional intelligence, exceptional organizational skills tempered with ﬂexibility and adaptability, and sense of humor; is a consensus builder; and has the presence and expertise to engage with the entire school community. The Director of DEI must also have excellent communication and technology skills, including outstanding writing and public speaking skills, and possess a deep commitment to building trust and bridges as no culturally competent and inclusive community is created by accident. While not a job requirement, our hope is that the Director of DEI will also use their considerable skills, expertise, and knowledge to positively inﬂuence the local and national educational landscape. Ideal candidates should have a minimum of seven years of administrative, supervisory, and/or culturally responsive teaching experience in the ﬁeld of K-12, higher ed, or educational nonproﬁt including at least three years of direct DEI related experience. They should also possess exceptional organizational skills tempered with ﬂexibility and adaptability. While an advanced degree is not required for this position, it is preferred. However, the ability to do the job well is the most important credential.
This role might be for you if you are…
- A believer in and champion for the beauty that all types of diversity and perspectives bring to a community and a staunch supporter that differences in identity and culture should and will be valued and celebrated
- An empathetic leader with integrity and character with demonstrated success in diversity leadership, working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees with a record of accomplishment in implementing effective and sustainable educational, cultural, and social programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion
- A team player who is effective in a highly accessible and visible leadership role and a colleague who ﬁnds joy and fun in the work while leaning into kindness and understanding, even when the work is difﬁcult or complex
- A strategic creative thinker and problem solver who can develop and maintain congruence in our DEI programs through the collection of data and regular evaluation and assessment of programming
- A thought leader who can provide direction & vision while fostering faculty and staff growth and accountability in areas of DEI
- A master communicator with knowledge and expertise in conﬂict resolution and ability to manage discomfort and tension with a demonstrated ability to effectively facilitate and engage in difﬁcult conversations
- A self-starter, opportunity-seeker, and collaborator who is a calculated risk-taker and a solutions-minded team player who is not paralyzed by the challenges, opportunities, or decision-making associated with DEI issues
- A community builder who understands how to navigate change with sensitivity and respects and listens to ideas in order to create community
- A lifelong learner committed to improvement and reﬂection, personally and professionally