Georgetown Day School, a progressive PK–12 school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice, seeks a Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Founded in 1945 as the first racially and religiously integrated school in Washington, GDS continues to place the cultivation and healthy experience of a diverse student body, faculty, and Board at the very heart of its mission. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physical ability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style.
Primarily reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Equity and Social Impact, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion is an important leader in our community. This position involves serving as a resource, working individually and with groups of students, administrators, faculty, staff and parents to continue to cultivate an inclusive and culturally responsive school culture. Integral to the position are consistent reflection and assessment and the ability to guide and shape our efforts as the work in these areas continues to grow and evolve.
We seek a leader with creativity and courage, empathy and thoughtfulness, strength and wisdom, who can envision institutional change at the policy, cultural, interpersonal and individual levels.
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will:
Partner with the Administrative Team to lead programmatic initiatives in the work of social justice and keep GDS at the forefront of academic excellence grounded in the richness of diversity of perspectives and lived experiences and innovative learning.
Be an active, visible and engaged presence within the overall life of the School.
Oversees and sets direction for committees and affinity groups that have responsibility for carrying out diversity, equity, and inclusion work, while also convening the All-School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the Student Affinity Group Leadership Council.
Collaborate with teachers, department chairs, and division directors and student support personnel in ongoing efforts to embed diversity and issues of equity and social justice in the school’s curriculum, pedagogy, and student life.
Use leadership to assist in sustaining a welcoming and inclusive diverse community, building strong relationships with parents, students, faculty/staff, and alumni.
Serve as a mentor and advocate for faculty and staff and design and deliver strong and effective professional development opportunities for all.
Qualifications and Characteristics Sought:
· Ability to develop and implement short and long-term Diversity Strategic Goals and further track meaningful and measurable outcomes
· Experience as a teacher and teacher-leader with deep knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, and child and adolescent development
· Demonstrated experience with the development of community partnerships that offer opportunities for innovative and experiential collaboration
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership
· A skillful educational leader whose strategic thinking, lived experiences, and passion have meaningfully and positively guided diverse and inclusive communities
· Strong presence and an ability to inspire open, productive, and challenging conversations centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion
· Knowledgeable in research, data acquisition and analysis, and successful implementation of strategies currently shaping DEI work in schools
· A highly adept and efficient decision maker and skilled communicator who seeks broad input and is known for transparency and collaboration
· Demonstrated success on carrying out strategic goals and initiatives and in leading teams
· Program development experience from conception to delivery of ideas
Personal Qualities and Professional Requirements
· Master’s degree preferred, preferably in education or educational administration, or a related field.
· Diversity and inclusion leadership experience and related professional background within a school setting is essential.
· Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building.
· Excellent leadership abilities, interpersonal and collaborative skills, speaking and writing skills, strong listening skills, organizational skills, and the ability to follow through required.
· A detailed thinker with the ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and ambitious environment with minimal supervision.
· A role model with high character and impeccable integrity
· A natural sense of humor and dedicated lifelong learner in the fields of Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to email@example.com. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
Georgetown Day School offers an educational program that fosters a love of learning while providing serious instruction in the academic disciplines, the arts, and physical education and athletics. Over the past 67 years, GDS has grown from a school of seven families to a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade school with more than 1,000 students and a faculty of 165 on two separate five-acre campu...ses in Washington, DC.
Georgetown Day School honors the integrity and worth of each individual within a diverse school community. GDS is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and foster strength of character and concern for others. From the earliest grades, we encourage our students to wonder, to inquire, and to be self-reliant, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.