CHIEF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE OFFICER
Gilmour Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, college-preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition. The school’s mission is to develop students with the ability to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society. Consistent with the school’s Catholic and Holy Cross Mission and its strategic plan, the Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Officer provides strategic leadership in diversity, working to increase Gilmour Academy’s cultural competence and academic excellence. He/She addresses issues of diversity, works with students, employees, and community partners to improve support for students from culturally diverse and/or underrepresented communities, and coordinates programming to further advance the core value of inclusiveness and the themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) on campus. The Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Officer reports to the Head of School and works closely with the senior leadership team in dealing with diversity issues in the School. He/She serves all three divisions of the School-Lower, Middle, and Upper.
- Plans, develops, implements, directs, and evaluates the Academy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion function, creating strategies in support of the Mission and goals of the Academy.
- Serves as an advocate for underrepresented populations. Oversees and sets the direction for committees and affinity groups that have responsibility for carrying out diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and conducts regular assessments of program effectiveness.
- Serves as an active, visible, and engaged presence within the school environment. Collaborates with teachers, department chairs, division directors, and student support personnel in ongoing efforts to ensure that all students are seen, known, and supported for who they are, the strengths they carry into the classroom, and their particular academic needs.
- Advises Head of School/Leadership Team on issues of diversity and inclusion, working to increase the Academy’s cultural competency, student preparation, and academic excellence. Partners with front-line leaders throughout the organization to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and to engage students and faculty in these efforts.
- Works with Human Resources to develop an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices with regard to employee recruitment and retention strategies to promote and increase faculty/staff diversity.
- Works with the Admission Office to develop innovative recruitment and retention strategies to promote and increase student diversity. Responsibilities may include:
- greeting students as they come for their “Shadow Experience”
- working with the Counseling Department to welcome transfer students
- assisting with recruiting activities, including Open Houses and external school visits.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge of DEI and CST integration by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
- Provides leadership in creating a diverse and respectful learning and work environment through planning and delivering student and trainings, educational events, and cultural events rooted in the tenets of CST and Gilmour’s Holy Cross mission.
- Works with the Leadership team to coordinate, execute and evaluate one faculty Mission Integration Day each year to increase faculty and staff awareness of minority student issues and cultural, gender, ethnic, and/or racial topics.
- Collaborates with faculty to develop a broad understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Works with the Chief Academic Officer to provide faculty with essential training in culturally relevant pedagogy and creating democratic, culturally responsive classrooms. Coordinates co-curricular activities to support specific classes or academic departments.
- Identifies and develops public/private funding strategies that leverage diversity partnerships with state and federal grant opportunities. Leads the development of diversity portions of major inter-institutional and interdisciplinary federal grants. Develops a portfolio of funding opportunities proposals.
- Serves as a change agent to drive diversity and inclusion initiatives at a strategic level, providing expert advice, coaching, support, education, and consultancy to leaders and key stakeholders enabling them to implement key diversity and inclusion strategies.
REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership
- Master’s degree required.
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience leading a Diversity program in a similar environment required. Experience in an Independent or Catholic School setting is strongly favored.
- A minimum of five (5) years teaching or administrative experience, preferably in an independent or Catholic school environment
- Demonstrated diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership experience and related professional background within an educational setting.
- An ability to inspire mission-driven, open, productive, and challenging conversations that embrace CST and are centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Strong familiarity with current research, data acquisition and analysis, and successful implementation of strategies currently shaping DEI work in schools.
- Ability to develop and implement short- and long-term Diversity Strategic Goals with meaningful and measurable outcomes.
- Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building.
- Experience as a teacher-leader with knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, and child and adolescent development.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills, listening skills, and the ability to simultaneously engage in and manage multiple priorities.
- Ability to listen and debate, engaging others in decision making and creating a sense of teamwork
- Ability to inspire teams and bring out the best in people, recognizing where further training and education can be used to develop/strengthen the skills of team members.
- Experience developing community partnerships that offer opportunities for innovative and experiential collaboration for students.
- Ability to seek consensus and design processes that are transparent, clear, and efficient.
- Willingness to take on extra duties, positively contribute to school culture, collaborate with division leaders and peers, and engage families in student learning.
- Ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced and ambitious environment with minimal supervision.
- Mission-driven leadership and commitment to treating others with honesty, fairness, and respect, and prioritizing an ethical course of action, even in the face of opposition.
- Willingness to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
To apply for this job please visit www.gilmour.org.