La Jolla Country Day School is seeking a full-time transformational leader to become the organization’s first-ever director of diversity, equity, and culture starting in July 2021 (with a possibility for an earlier start date in spring 2021). This position represents an opportunity to deepen LJCDS’s commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion practices and policies for our faculty, staff, students and families.
The director of diversity, equity, and culture will ensure that LJCDS is a world-class organization in terms of (1) recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse group of employees and students; and (2) educating students whom later graduate with a rich appreciation and respect for diversity and a deep commitment to the vital work of equity, inclusion, justice, and anti-oppression. This individual reports to the head of school and serves on the senior leadership team.
What you will do…
Lead Organizational Change in DEI:
Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of DEI programs as well as organizational needs and make recommendations for revisions and improvement to the programs, initiatives, and strategies as required to reinforce an inclusive community
Lead and execute the School’s strategic, operational and programmatic initiatives related to DEI in collaboration with stakeholders across the organization
Serve as the staff liaison on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the board of trustees
Promote an effective culture, centered around LJCDS values, that cultivates a learning environment, develops competencies and professional skills
Review LJCDS policies and practices related to employment, discipline, inclusive language, etc., to eliminate any inequities and work with administrators to hold students and faculty accountable to equitable policies
Lead the implementation of restorative practices and interventions to foster a culture of restorative justice and healing
Assume a leadership role for building and fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, anti-oppression, anti-discrimination, restoration, reconciliation, and accessibility in our community
Review and design curriculum and school celebrations/events/speakers/etc., to ensure that all LJCDS students think deeply about the benefits of diversity and the importance of working to make the world a more inclusive, equitable place
Be involved in the hiring process of prospective employees to ensure that (1) LJCDS enjoys the benefits of a diverse workforce, and (2) faculty and staff have the ability and will to model and teach an anti-oppressive approach to all job responsibilities and use inclusive language.
Be involved in the student recruitment, admission and retention process to ensure that LJCDS enjoys the benefits of a diverse student body while safeguarding our students and faculty of color.
Work in partnership with the office of service-learning and the Center for Excellence in Citizenship to strengthen relationships with greater San Diego community organizations that serve underrepresented populations
Collaborate with regional DEI directors to promote joint efforts in student programming
Support the various DEI-related groups on campus, e.g., student affinity/alliance groups, student heritage clubs, parent heritage groups, with an eye toward creating new groups where there is a desire and need
Partner with the marketing and communication team on effective internal and external communications surrounding the school’s DEI initiatives and progress and ensure DEI perspectives are advanced through various communication channels
Lead the expansion of our DEI team with a vision for institutional growth
Oversee, organize and facilitate the work of DEI coordinators in all three divisions
Engage in professional development to remain current in advancing theory and practice in antiracism and anti-oppression work in education
Guide members of the school community to make culturally competent decisions that best reflect the school’s mission, promise and core values
Embrace a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment for faculty, students and staff while working toward cultural change
Master’s Degree preferred
5-7 years of experience in the categories listed below. An appropriate combination of leadership, education, training, coursework, and experience may qualify a candidate.
Strategic planning and an ability to gather and utilize data and adjust accordingly
Creating and facilitating leadership workshops and professional development sessions related to DEI
Creating and adapting curriculum to ensure it aligns with standards of DEI
Working with and conversing with youth (Grades PreK–12) in a school setting surrounding issues of DEI
Work as a restorative justice practitioner
Highly collaborative leader with demonstrated ability to lead and inspire people from a multitude of backgrounds and perspectives
A spirit of creativity and innovation
A transparent approach coupled with the tact and communication skills necessary to build and sustain diverse relationships with internal and external constituencies
A charismatic and credible public presence coupled with a graceful demeanor under pressure
A willingness to be visible within the La Jolla Country Day community at school events, around the campus, in classrooms, and in the lives of its people
A personality that engages others in the LJCDS community and its vision for the future
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) and Google Apps for Education Suite, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered for this opportunity, please submit the following:
Your current CV/resume
A cover letter detailing your qualifications for this role and your interest in joining our community
A portfolio of your recent work in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.