Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat called on our Sacred Heart communities to model respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. Therefore, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart joins other schools in the Sacred Heart Network who are called to live our daily lives promoting universal respect, in which each person is honored, loved and cared for, and where young women are educated to an understanding of and deep respect for diversity. We believe a diverse community challenges us to make God’s love visible in the world, improves our lives as we learn and grow together and affords each of us a deeper understanding of our collective humanity.
We expect all members of the Stuart community, being guided by a spirit of love, to accept individuals’ differences, which include, but are not limited to, ability, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We believe that all in our community should feel valued and respected, be able to share their knowledge and gifts and be given the opportunity to thrive as equal contributors in enriching life at Stuart.
All members of the Stuart administration, faculty and staff are expected to work together to create an educational environment where the Goals and Criteria of the Sacred Heart are lived and where all are committed to educate to:
A personal and active faith in God A deep respect for intellectual values A social awareness which impels to action The building of community as a Christian value Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
Line of Authority: The Director of Equity and Inclusion reports to the Head of School
General Purpose and Function: Stuart Country Day School seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to begin August 1, 2020. The Director will be a member of the School’s senior administrative leadership team and will provide focused, strategic leadership to sustain and strengthen current diversity initiatives and to develop mindful, innovative school-wide practices and programs in the areas of equity and inclusion. Founded in 1963, Stuart Country Day School is a close-knit community that benefits from a diverse community of approximately 400 students and 100 faculty and staff. Our community is distinguished by 51.2 % students of color and our commitment to the work of creating a welcoming, inclusive, and loving environment. Stuart Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or family composition.
Responsibilities of the Position Serve on the Leadership Team and Crisis Communications Team In partnership with the Head of School, Leadership Team, and Associate Leadership Team, lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain and further develop a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community In partnership with the Head of School, administrative team, and human resources department, assist in recruiting, hiring, mentoring and retaining faculty and professional staff, who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community. This includes attending hiring fairs and taking part in the hiring and orientation process for all members of the faculty and staff. In partnership with the Head of School and the Leadership team, coordinate the representative leadership of Stuart’s Diversity Committee, the Board of Trustees Formation to Mission and Diversity Committee and Stuart’s Parent Affinity Groups. Create and implement a mission-aligned vision for community experiences related to multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Support and collaborate with academic leadership and Curriculum Committee to ensure that the school’s curriculum delivers culturally aware and anti-bias content and culturally responsive pedagogy. Set standards for and oversee administrative, faculty and staff professional development efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. Including annual anti-racism programming for the entire community. Partner with the Head of School, and Leadership team to develop policies and programs that deliver equity and foster inclusivity for all members of the community Serve as a resource and leader for the community with matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural practices and communication, including working with Stuart’s Seeking Educational Equity in Diversity (SEED) leaders and chairing the Stuart Diversity Committee. Continue the development and support of affinity groups in the Upper School and spread to the Middle School and faculty. Model encouragement for all members of the school community recognizing that each individual occupies a different location in their multicultural journey Support the Admissions Office in recruitment efforts and practices to maintain a diverse and inclusive student body. Develop a way for members of the community to share concerns about equity or racism and help ensure appropriate response by those responsible.
A bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and minimum of five years of administrative experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion work at the elementary or secondary level. Participation in in-depth training in diversity, inclusion and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops Independent school experience Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in the implementation of effective and sustainable academic and affective programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion in school settings Community building skill set and the capacity and interest to work with a broad spectrum of learners to build cross-cultural competency in all constituencies — students, faculty, staff, trustees, and parents Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, allowing one to work effectively with colleagues, parents, and students Capacity to facilitate conversations, mediate conflicts and represent the school in the larger community Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and experience leading diversity and inclusion trainings and developing cross-cultural skills in others Strong organizational skills needed to interface with several academic and non-academic departments Ability to work collegially with multiple constituencies Capacity to enjoy working with colleagues and young people in a school environment A sense of humor and a growth mindset