Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice
Blue Ridge School
Location: St. George, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Job Title: Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Reports to: Head of School
FLSA Status: Exempt
Start Date: August 2022
Blue Ridge School is a college-preparatory boarding high school for young men on a 750-acre campus lying along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 20 miles northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. The school is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit accredited with the Virginia Association for Independent Schools.
We are seeking a visionary, dynamic, empathetic, and collaborative leader to join our faculty as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). Reporting directly to the Head of School, and serving as a key member of the school’s leadership team, the primary goal of the DEIJ Director will be to help the school more fully realize the ideals put forward in its DEIJ statement which was drafted by faculty, alumni, and trustees, and formally adopted in September 2020.
Over the last two years, Blue Ridge School has engaged in a thoughtful process of self-review and reflection regarding topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Through guest speakers, committee work, and ongoing conversations with students, faculty, parents, trustees, and alumni, our community has crafted a shared vision of where we hope to go in the years ahead. Now that the vision is better defined, we seek a leader who will share responsibility for cultivating that vision and charting the path that will bring it to fruition.
While the Director of DEIJ will enjoy autonomy in their work, they will not feel isolated. Blue Ridge School’s commitment to DEIJ is community wide and does not fall on the shoulders of the DEIJ Director alone. Promoting and living out the values in the School’s DEIJ statement is every community member’s responsibility.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Craft and then execute a multi-year strategic plan that will bring Blue Ridge School into even stronger alignment with the values outlined in the DEIJ Statement.
Design, develop, and coordinate programs, including workshops for faculty and educational opportunities for students both curricular and co-curricular, that will enhance understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity and inclusion.
Collaborate and build strong partnerships with other school administrators spanning all areas of school life. These working relationships will help the school carry out all of its programs and its mission in a way that promotes equity, access, and inclusion.
Work closely with the Director of Human Resources and Dean of Faculty to ensure that the school’s hiring processes promote the recruitment and retention of a diverse candidate pool.
Work with the School’s academic leadership team to assess and make recommendations about equitable teaching practices in the classroom.
Work with the admissions and financial aid office to ensure that our practices are equitable and allow us to recruit and retain a diverse student body.
Partner with our business office to ensure that DEIJ work is a priority in annual budget cycles and will be responsible for preparing and managing their own annual budget.
A joyful willingness and ability to contribute to multiple areas of school life including several of the following: teaching several sections of a core academic subject, coaching or assisting with one of our athletic or co-curricular programs, serving as an advisor to a small group of students, and performing regular weeknight and weekend supervisory duties on campus. These are the standard duties of full-time faculty members at Blue Ridge School.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university required. DEIJ certifications and/or a master’s degree is preferred.
An exceptional writer and public speaker who can communicate powerfully with a range of school constituencies about the importance and value of building a community that embraces DEIJ. They will articulate a compelling vision of where our organization is headed, and how each of us has a role to play.
A skilled listener who is able to understand multiple perspectives and build bridges across lines of disagreement and difference while fostering respect and understanding among all involved.
The ability and skills necessary to facilitate challenging, but important conversations within our community while emphasizing respect and civility.
Highly organized with a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple, complex projects and initiatives simultaneously.
Demonstrated success in leading or contributing to a high functioning team that has delivered meaningful organizational change.
A team-oriented mindset. Someone who brings high energy, enthusiasm, and a collaborative spirit to their work.
A working knowledge of DEIJ best practices and principles in an educational setting.
Resilience, flexibility, and a sense of humor in the face of complex challenges.
Experience working in a school setting or with teenagers is preferred.
Candidates from diverse and under-represented backgrounds in independent schools are highly encouraged to apply.