Riverdale Country School (RCS) has an opening for a full-time Assistant Director of Community Engagement to begin July 1, 2021. Our school believes that all community members are responsible for actively and deeply engaging with the multiple dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. At RCS we define DEIB as the foundational core of community building that supports the school’s mission. It focuses on these identifiers: ability, age, belief systems, gender, family structure, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. We use the social justice framework and standards from Learning for Justice to provide a roadmap for how we think about our work as an institution. This work is composed of two key branches: Community Engagement and Institutional Equity (IE).
The Assistant Director of Community Engagement will work alongside the Hill Director of DEIB and the members of the Department of DEIB to design and execute community building programming; adult affinity programs; and community of learning opportunities for upper school students at Riverdale. It is possible that some of the duties will shift over time based on the needs of the school. Additionally, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement participates enthusiastically in the life of the school through teaching, advising, and/or other meaningful interactions with students in the Middle and Upper Schools.
Establish positive working relationships with community stakeholders
Be collaborative and proactive
Work toward building and maintaining positive morale within the community
Plan and facilitate school community events and celebrations (see below)
Organize and schedule adult affinity spaces specific to the Hill campus
Collaborate with the members of the Department of DEIB on the Hill and River campus to support and align efforts related to Community Engagement
Develop scope and sequence for US student learning related to DEIB in the advisor program
Design and teach US electives related to topics of DEIB
Undergraduate Degree and 3+ years of classroom teaching experience
Desire to ensure that classrooms and other spaces promote critical discourse and a learning environment that empowers members of marginalized groups, in particular BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students and faculty/staff
Demonstrated commitment to the leadership development of middle and high school students, anti-bias education, and social justice
A proven ability to collaborate and work successfully with multiple constituents to deliver and improve programs and initiatives
Strong project management skills
Ability to work independently, one-on-one, and collaboratively
Attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills for a wide variety of audiences
Professional Development and Benefits:
Professional development related to leadership
Professional development related to diversity and equity practices
Monetary stipend to pursue professional development outside of RCS
Hill Community Engagement events:
Welcome Back BBQ (Sept-full school)
Ally Week (Oct)
Native American Heritage Month (Nov)
Community Connection, Winter DEIB Banquet (Jan-full school)
Holi celebration* (April)
Why We Gather? Celebrating the RCS Affinity Program, Spring DEIB Banquet (May-full school)
LGBTQIA+ BBQ (May-full school)
Friday at the movies *remote*
To apply, please use the Job Openings tab under Careers on our website.
Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the Hiring Committee and Director of DEIB. Selected candidates will be interviewed for the position. The Hiring Committee will recommend a candidate to the Hill Administrative Team. The final decision will be based on the letter of interest, interview, the candidate’s work experience, and a performance task.
About Riverdale Country School
Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.
Riverdale seeks to reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) is the foundational core of the anti-racist, anti-bias, and transformational work that Riverdale is doing to help students, faculty/staff, families, and alumni feel seen, heard, and valued. The school enrolls about 1,200 students who collectively reside in 104 different zip codes. Approximately 42% of our student body are students of color.
We seek to employ people who engage in all aspects of work with a student-centered approach, an open mind, passion, and a willingness to support the greater community. At Riverdale we recognize that the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is iterative and requires a consistent commitment. Ideal candidates display that commitment in their work and in their approach to teaching and learning.
As the world faces the immense challen...ge of the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverdale Country School continues to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of its community members. Individuals are required to wear masks at all times except when eating and our strict adherence to physical distancing guidelines means that we limit the number of students in our classrooms. We currently provide free ongoing COVID-19 testing for all employees and also require students to be tested regularly. We are fortunate to have a sprawling campus with ample outdoor space and have upgraded the air filtration systems in our buildings. These elements have allowed us to maintain a rich learning experience for students during this difficult time.
Riverdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital or partnership status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, disability, active military or veteran status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other basis protected by applicable law.