Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s 810 students come from more than 30 states and 30 countries, with more than a quarter receiving assistance from a $10.5 million dollar financial aid budget. Across residential, academic, and co-curricular settings, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
Summary: As the first Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, the opportunity and challenge will be inhabiting a new and highly aspirational, yet not fully defined position. Given the work of school leadership and the DEI Task Force, however, the most immediate priorities for the Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will focus on leading and supporting DEI efforts for the School’s adult community.
Professional Development. The Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will be charged with providing cohesive and meaningful professional development and growth for an adult community with a round-the-clock schedule and with widely varied levels of interest/knowledge. Thoughtfully and supportively meeting members of the community where they are and integrating the work into the systems and programs of the community will be a priority.
Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Faculty and Staff. While the Lawrenceville student body has become increasingly diverse, faculty and staff diversity has increased at a slower pace. The Dean of Faculty and Director of Human Resources have made significant efforts and strides in broadening recruitment and establishing resources to support the lives of those who work at Lawrenceville. The Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will partner closely to support and grow these efforts.
Academic Program and Curriculum. At the core of learning at Lawrenceville is Harkness, embodied by conference tables where all have an equal voice—a literal and figurative place at the table—and the intent that learning is done best in a method of shared discovery. The Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will work with the academic leadership to examine and ensure that the program and curriculum live into Lawrenceville’s mission to “inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.”
Ability to embrace the ambiguity and opportunities for this inaugural position and to work collaboratively with others to shape and define the role.
The entrepreneurial ability to identify needs, take initiative, and engage partners in strategic change.
Knowledge of best practices in equity and inclusion work and demonstrated experience in presenting and leading such work.
Ability to co-create, articulate, and move toward a bold vision while thoughtfully pacing change and engaging a wide range of stakeholders collaboratively and empathetically.
An organizational anthropologist—someone who has an appreciation for cultural appraisal as a way to assess community needs.
Ability to appreciate Lawrenceville’s 200+ year history and sense of tradition, while helping it grow, innovate, and become the School it aspires to be in the 21st century.
An ability to articulate and appreciate the nuances of intersectional identities within a school community that became co-educational just 30 years ago.
A deeply held commitment to and passion for equity and inclusion on behalf of faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni—all community members.
To Apply Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
A cover letter expressing interest in this particular position;
A current resumé;
A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission);
Writing sample(s) (prompts to be provided upon expression of interest).
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Search Calendar Applications Due: December 31, 2019 (or as quickly as possible) Search Update: January 15, 2020 First Round Interviews: Late January Finalists’ Interviews on Campus: Mid-Late February
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.
About The Lawrenceville School
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 817 boarding and day students from grades nine through 12, who come from 30 states and 34 countries/territories. The school is located in central New Jersey in the town of Lawrenceville, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.