Greene Street Friends School is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader with strong administrative experience and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
About the School
Greene Street Friends School is a renowned and cutting-edge organization where you can make a real impact in the lives of children. The School’s commitment to equity makes it unique in the City of Philadelphia. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a vital role because, even in a school that has operated for 165 years, our mission mandates that “we must be the change that we want to see.” If our mission resonates with you, then this could be the greatest job you’ve ever had. The School has a current enrollment of 314 students, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade and employs 65 dedicated faculty and staff.
Since the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s, Greene Street Friends has been one of the most diverse independent schools in the City of Philadelphia, its graduates attending the top public magnet and independent high schools. Fifteen years ago, the School founded a powerful life skills curriculum that provides students with tools to manage their social-emotional lives. More recently, through leadership of faculty, staff, parents and caregivers, the school has experienced tremendous growth in its programming around diversity, equity, and inclusion, notably in the area of racial literacy. These commitments and progress dictate a new strategy and build-out be implemented to sustainably advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Greene Street Friends. The Director of DEI, a new position, will own these challenges. Make no mistake, this will be hard work and a true test of your leadership and administrative acumen to pull it together. But the rewards are plentiful! Learn more about the School’s mission here
The School seeks candidates who resonate strongly with the school’s mission, philosophy, and precepts; effective communication skills and a track record of being a community-builder across different constituencies; and deep grounding in theory and best practices in equity, anti-racist and belongingness work with the depth of experience both to facilitate critical conversations that support staff and faculty and student growth and to realize institutional change. The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to utilize data to understand organizational needs, assess institutional strengths and growth areas, and create strategies based on both qualitative and quantitative assessments.
About the Position
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate and engage with all constituencies of the School. The School leadership believes that everyone must be a partner in this work. The DEI Director is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, reports to the GSFS Head of School and is uniquely positioned to advance the School during a time of growth and innovation.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide guidance, leadership, and opportunities for professional development to faculty in developing the DEI scope and sequence for all grades and integrating it with the beliefs and practices of Quaker education. The Director of DEI will serve as a resource to faculty and staff when managing student life in this area.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be a thought partner and collaborator with administrative leadership in assessing each department, contributing to its operation where needed, and setting annual goals for advancing DEI in administrative areas.
The Director of DEI will engage, advise, and collaborate with the Board of Trustees to review and advance its policies, procedures, and practices in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate with the Parents and Caregivers Association (PCA), the Parents and Caregivers Association for Advancing Racial Equity in Our School (PCA CARES), and other groups within the School.
Requirements for Candidates:
Knowledge and best practices in DEI work and demonstrated experience in presenting and leading in schools, preferably Pre-K - 8th
Resourceful, with the ability to identify needs, take initiative, and engage constituents in strategic change
Ability to envision, co-author, and move toward an antiracist school while thoughtfully pacing change and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders collaboratively and empathetically
Flexibility, diplomacy, resilience, and humor
Compensation: Competitive compensation based upon experience
The position begins July 1, 2021. Applicants may email resumes and cover letters to
Dr. Edward W. Marshall
Head of School
Greene Street Friends School is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to create and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
About Greene Street Friends School
Founded in 1855, Greene Street Friends School has operated continuously in central Germantown section of Philadelphia. The school’s curriculum emphasizes Quaker values, academic strength, and cultural competence. Greene Street graduates attend the top private and public magnet high schools, the largest percentage attending Central High School. Since the mid-1960’s the school has implemented a mission-based business model that prioritizes financial accessibility, with an enrollment of 45% - 55% students of color. Over the past twenty years, the school has doubled both in enrollment and campus size. Current enrollment is 320 students on a campus of three acres. The annual budget is $5M, no debt.