Charles River School Since its founding more than 100 years ago, Charles River School students have learned to use both inquiry and creativity to build practical skills, discover new interests, and take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and the future. With a deep history and commitment to social justice, the school offers students in PreKindergarten through eighth-grade a global curriculum grounded in thematic, hands-on teaching and learning. CRS classes are small, learning is personalized, and teachers are accessible. The faculty and staff at Charles River School are exceptionally talented, diverse, active individuals concerned with the development and education of the whole child.
Position Summary Charles River School seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and inspiring educational leader to serve as its Director of Equity, Belonging, and Community Life starting July 2021. Serving as a member of the senior administrative leadership team, the successful candidate will be an experienced leader devoted to the school’s mission and programs. The Director works with the administration, faculty, students, families, and Trustees to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging are integrated throughout the life of the school, including but not limited to: structures, policies, practices, programs, and curriculum. The Director will lead across all levels of the school to develop, implement, and track progress of ongoing strategic and tactical initiatives that help dismantle inequities, promote justice, and enhance CRS’s inclusive environment. The Director will oversee and partner with a robust faculty DEI Committee to ensure a culture of belonging is nurtured and fostered throughout all aspects of the school, in and out of the classroom.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is one of the four major strategic initiatives set forth by the CRS Board of Trustees. Hiring for a full-time Director has been identified as essential in the school’s overall goals and strategic vision.
Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:
Collaborate with the Head of School and Trustees to develop broad-based strategic planning for DEI work across all facets of the school
Support the administration in the hiring process with outreach, recruitment, review, and onboarding of faculty and staff members
Actively engage with the admissions office in the outreach and recruitment of underrepresented students
Oversee and coordinate DEI professional development opportunities and training for faculty, staff, and trustees in addition to collaborating with the administrative team and faculty to create, evaluate, and thoughtfully implement culturally inclusive and anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy
Attend all Board of Trustees meetings and sit on the Board Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Oversee affinity and cultural groups for both students and parents
Oversee DEI programming for the school
Engage in the school community through weekly recess and lunch duties
Strong candidates will have:
A bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree preferred
Knowledge and experience in facilitating best practices specific to equity and inclusion
Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of DEI research and successful strategies for curriculum development
A minimum of 3-5 years of related student-centered experience and/or adult education facilitation
About Charles River School
Charles River School, located in Dover, Massachusetts, just west of Boston, provides a challenging and rewarding academic experience for children in PreKindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1911, the school’s mission is to create a community characterized by curiosity and exploration, as well as respect for self and others. In an intellectually and culturally rich environment of small classes, hands-on engagement, and personal attention from teachers and mentors, students learn critical thinking, analytical reasoning, cogent speaking and writing, and both logical and creative problem-solving skills. With a student enrollment of 180 drawn from 24 towns, Charles River School values diversity and works to maintain an inclusive community. The school program includes strong academics, arts and athletics.