Stevens Cooperative School is seeking a Director of Equity and Student Services. The Director of Equity and Student Services is responsible for managing the policies, procedures, budgets, and overall evolution of the activities, programs, and concerns related to equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives; service learning; and day and overnight trips (collectively referred to as “areas of focus” or “designated areas”) in alignment with our school mission. The Director of Equity and Student Services is a 12-month position and reports to the Head of School.
Serves as a member of the Leadership Team and the Academic Team.
Is an Academic Team member bridge between the campuses in aligning and forwarding initiatives, events, programs and curriculum related to the designated areas of focus.
Works with the Academic Team and faculty in the development, articulation and implementation of curriculum, programs, materials and assessment of the assigned focal areas that are consistent with the ability and developmental stages of the students.
Communicates effectively with faculty, students, administration, and when appropriate the board of trustees.
Works closely with the Academic Team to oversee budget areas related to equity, diversity and inclusion work, service learning initiatives, as well as day and overnight trips.
Oversees and contributes to the creation of coherent overall school programmatic or committee offerings that enhance these areas of focus.
Keeps current with educational research and facilitates faculty meetings which deal with school matters and the exchange of ideas related to the areas of focus.
Has regular meetings with the Head of School to provide updates about progress in the designated areas and to provide thought leadership for strategic direction of DEI work.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
Mentors and works collaboratively with Equity Coordinator to support the school’s constituents and programs.
Works collaboratively and strategically with the chair(s) of the Board Diversity Committee to forward the school’s commitment and practices in alignment with the diversity statement.
Coordinates various equity initiatives and events and conducts evaluation and data collection of these.
Oversees the implementation and analysis of any community surveys related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Attends relevant events and equity committee meetings that promote our commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.
Oversees faculty/staff, student and family affinity groups and their continued evolution.
Works with the Director of Marketing and Communications to help articulate the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Is accessible to faculty and staff to support them in their curricular endeavors related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Regularly reviews how our diversity, equity and inclusion work aligns with and supports our school’s diversity statement.
Researches and provides articles of interest to the Director of Marketing and Communications (for Events and Reminder) and to the Head of School, to share out with the community.
Develops metrics to effectively evaluate the progress and success of the program.
Expands professional development training for faculty and staff to promote inclusive classrooms and instill a commitment to diversity of thought and lived experiences.
Serves as a resource to support faculty, staff, students, and families when situations arise that require diversity and equity support.
Works with NJ Seeds families and students in the areas of onboarding, student life, and the High School Placement process.
Works with admissions office as needed and attends diversity fairs to recruit families.
Participates in faculty/staff/administrative recruitment, support, and retention processes to further promote a diverse and inclusive school community.
Looks for ways to integrate service learning into curriculum, programs, and trips.
Works with the academic team and faculty to help develop and implement service learning initiatives.
Maintains a close rapport with other schools to find opportunities for collaboration and to gain a broader understanding of potential service learning initiatives.
Accumulates a running list of potential and current organizations that can serve as partners in building service learning opportunities.
Works with teachers and students to develop community awareness of the importance of service learning as well as new service learning opportunities.
Coordinates and evaluates service learning project planning and implementation.
Oversees planning and execution of MLK Day of Service and Springsgiving.
Plans and books all parts of the 3rd-8th grade overnight trips.
Oversees the 8th grade Kipling Exchange
Coordinates and keeps track of the day trips with the Academic Team.
Collects feedback about the successes and challenges of trips and presents this information to the academic team and Head of School.
Makes recommendations to the Head of School regarding any changes to overnight trips.
Works with the Academic Team to create and propose the next fiscal year’s trips portion of the academic budget.
The Director of Equity and Student Services possesses a commitment to building a sense of belonging within a community. He/She/They has demonstrated the ability to manage and deliver change through influence rather than authority. The ideal candidate has:
High EQ; skilled at reading group dynamics and individual interactions
The ability to establish a trustworthy rapport, build relationships, and work collaboratively with all constituents of the Stevens community
The ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality
Strong and proactive communication skills
Desire to collaborate, establish, and build systems and processes as a team member
A sense of humor
A growth mindset coupled with optimism and a sense of possibility
A detailed-oriented approach to work and outstanding communication skills including writing, listening, and public speaking
Ability to effectively facilitate
Skill in delivering and receiving feedback
Flexibility, energy, patience, and adaptability
Experience facilitating affinity groups
Collaborative capacity to plan with colleagues of diverse backgrounds on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Strong organizational and time management skills
An appreciation of the nature of school change and works well with all constituents on thoughtful approaches to shepherd new ideas, practices, or policies
Professional disposition, including discretion, good judgment, and integrity
Kindness and support toward others, and makes decisions that reflect the best interests of the school
We seek a dynamic person who inspires students and faculty and who works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues.
Bachelor's degree and teaching certificate or credential required, and a minimum of five years professional experience as a lead teacher or other equivalent experience.
Advanced degree or advanced studies preferred.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Proficiency with the google suite.
About Stevens Cooperative School
Stevens Cooperative School is a private (independent) school for two-year-olds through 8th grade with campuses in Hoboken and Newport, Jersey City, NJ. Founded in 1949, Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the school has grown into a full nursery, elementary and middle school, with more than 430 students. The school’s model for education fosters creativity and depth of thinking where the student voice can flourish. Stevens is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The Stevens community consists of a diverse population of families representing a broad range of towns including Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Bayonne, West New York, Cliffside Park and other NJ locations and Manhattan.
For more information about Stevens, please visit www.stevenscoop.org.