Friends School of Baltimore has an opening for a full-time Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) to begin August 9, 2021. Our school believes that all community members are responsible for actively and deeply engaging with the multiple dimensions of diversity. The Assistant Director of DEI will work alongside the Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and the eight DEI Coordinators to support and execute a comprehensive early childhood, beginning at 6 weeks old, through grade 12 program that works toward building on the current strengths of the School’s inclusion and equity efforts. The importance we place in this position derives from our belief that an outstanding 21st Century education can only take place within an inclusive school setting characterized by both demographic diversity and a shared valuing, appreciation, and embrace of difference in all its forms. As a Quaker school, we have an explicit and enduring mandate to seek greater equity and justice within and beyond our community.
Required: Undergraduate Degree (Social Science, Psychology, African Diaspora History, Education, or related field)
Preferred: Master’s Degree
About Friends School of Baltimore
Friends School is a Quaker, all gender, college preparatory school, Pre-K through Grade 12, in Baltimore City, enrolling approximately 900 students, 37% of whom identify as children of color. We are guided by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We strive for our community to reflect the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of our city.
Friends School faculty members teach by example, blending intellectual exploration, enthusiasm, and joy. Every day in their classrooms, they challenge and encourage students to think deeply, to question, and to seek truth, while instilling in each of them a strong sense of social responsibility, a willingness to embrace challenges, and an awareness of their potential as individuals.
Friends School teachers are expected to model and foster the habits of mind we believe are essential to an outstanding education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience. We seek faculty members whose teaching styles and experiences demonstrate:
A record of successful collaboration with colleagues
A commitment to lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development
The infusion of technology to enhance student learning
The teaching of research and information literacy skills
The use of a diversity of assessment techniques that provoke students' critical thinking
Teaching and learning experiences that enhance students' communication skills
Experience with and openness to interdisciplinary teaching
A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices and incorporate a global perspective into teaching and learning
Support the mission and ongoing strategic planning work of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Partner with the DEI Director and DEI Coordinators to further develop and implement culturally responsive and anti bias training for all faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, the Parents’ Association, and other school groups.
Share expertise with faculty, staff, students and families on DEI topics through workshops, programs, and events to raise awareness/responsiveness and advance the school’s DEI goals and initiatives for structural and cultural change.
Attend All-School Professional Days, DEI Team Meetings, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meetings, and faculty meetings, as appropriate.
Co-teach the Diversity Practitioners’ elective for Upper School students with the DEI Director (number of sections dependent on student sign up, will be no more than two) and teach one section of Community & Identity Forum (pass/fail course)
Assist with student support services on an individual and programmatic basis, as needed; Will serve as the point person to help oversee the journey of B.E.S.T. students.
Partner with the DEI Director and DEI Coordinators to facilitate affinity and support groups for faculty, staff, students, and family/caregivers
Partner with the Director of DEI and DEI Coordinators to facilitate the Racial Justice training program for all employees.
Serve as a resource and sounding-board on issues of inclusion and difference for all members of the school community.
This role is new to FSB and will evolve based on the Assistant Director of DEI’s professional goals and the needs of the school.
Friends School of Baltimore seeks an individual who is able to foster sustained and challenging conversation and action on topics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, familial structure, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, etc. Quaker communities have a long and proud tradition of embracing the tension of complex subjects like these in order to bring about greater understanding and more effective action. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral expression skills, a comfort with exploration and ambiguity, a compassionate heart, and a curious and open mind. The ability to develop and oversee multiple programs simultaneously is essential.
Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to understand and incorporate Quaker Principles and Quaker education into their work
Competitive salary and generous benefits are offered.
Candidates with experience in independent, public, charter, or parochial schools are encouraged to apply.
Friends School of Baltimore actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world's diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends School of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups who might enrich and diversify the school community are strongly encouraged to apply.