Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

North Shore Country Day School (NSCDS), a vibrant junior kindergarten to 12th grade college preparatory school in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Illinois, seeks a Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement to begin July 1, 2020.  A complete job opportunity statement can be found HERE.
Celebrating its centennial, NSCDS is eager to welcome an experienced EDI practitioner to help the school build institutional capacity around equity issues. Reporting directly to the Head of School, Tom Flemma, the Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will be a critical member of the senior leadership team, facilitating the dialogue around the institution’s strategic plan on equity, diversity and inclusion, articulating that vision to the community, and engaging all members in that effort. The Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will have deep impact on all dimensions and constituencies of the school.

The Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement can expect direct access to and full support from the Head of School, Administrative Team and Board of Trustees, including the opportunity to build and energize partnerships with individuals and groups across the School community. 

Strategic Priorities/Opportunities for the Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement:

  • Help cultivate a school environment that fosters openness, engagement and understanding so that students at all levels are best able to interact with others in and out of their community.
  • Build institutional EDI understanding and capacity among faculty and staff, students, the Board of Trustees and the parent body. Develop constituents’ abilities for allyship and inspire community members to engage in fellowship.
  • Be an engaged, visible presence in the life of the school through work with students, faculty and parents, and representing North Shore in the broader Chicago-land community, as well as regionally and nationally.
  • Advance a vision for a JK-12 curricular framework that would fully integrate anti-bias and cross-cultural education into the North Shore curriculum.
  • Collaborate with an eager parent body to organize efforts, facilitate awareness education, build camaraderie and address concerns that arise.
  • Apply best practices to recruit and retain a diverse student body and their families, as well as a diverse faculty and staff, to strengthen an inclusive community.
Qualities of the next Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
The next Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will be a seasoned EDI practitioner and strategic-thinker who is excited about building deeper ties within a dynamic community that is eager to extend its knowledge and skills.  

The Director will work with all School constituencies to provide developmental opportunities around the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion and guide the community through the inevitable times of discomfort, fostering significant community growth. Students will bene t from an educator who can help the School and the balance between respecting culture and tradition, and creating a path towards a robust environment of cultural competency as it develops in the community.

The professional and parent communities at North Shore are eager to draw an inspiring leader who will activate multiple constituencies into partnership, and eventually institutional leadership throughout the school. Thus, we seek an agent for change who is passionate about the power of equity, diversity and inclusion and clear that neither a school nor the education it provides can truly be excellent without equity.
 
As the School evolves its thinking around EDI, the Director will need to be an adroit builder of culture and an effective partner in helping articulate the institution’s position on EDI. Clearly this means a thought-partner for the Head and the entire Administrative Team who can take a 360-degree view of the institution, contextualize priorities and capitalize on existing momentum through collaborative problem-solving. The Director must be approachable and thoughtful, and an effective relationship builder in order to help the entire community grow in understanding and competency.
 
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success fostering engagement in inclusion work by teachers, parents, and students across age groups, and an enthusiasm for working directly and regularly with all of these groups, including classroom roles as appropriate. 

Education, Experience & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of five years of teaching experience preferred
  • The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a range of diverse constituencies
  • A background in social-emotional learning
  • Work experience navigating EDI issues in a complex institution with a broad range of ages
  • Prior experience as an instructional coach, Dean, Assistant or Division Head at the primary, secondary or post-secondary level of interest
  • Experience supervising and evaluating teachers (and ideally administrators)
  • Proficiency with Google suite and Microsoft Office, and an interest in staying abreast of new education tech and applications to support teaching and learning
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sensitivity and the ability to take the work seriously, while finding the inherent humor in working with JK-12 students
 
Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as one PDF attachment in one email:

  • A cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and their interest in this specific role at North Shore Country Day School
  • A separate statement of educational philosophy
  • A current resume
  • A list of professional references with current institutional affiliations, titles and contact information
Email to Orpheus Crutchfield orpheus@strategenius.org and Mary Rose Fernandez maryrose@strategenius.org with the subject line: “NSCDS”
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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