Friends Seminary is an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786. The School is seeking a Director of Diversity and Inclusion to begin August 2021. The Director will be a member of the School’s senior administrative team and will serve in a strategic leadership role within the School’s administration, as a key practitioner in the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice (CPEJ), while also sustaining and strengthening current diversity initiatives and developing mindful, innovative school-wide programs that foster an inclusive school climate, cultivate multicultural competencies, and empower learners to promote social justice. This Director will report to the Head of the School on all matters related to policy and school-wide issues. This Director will also report to the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs, who is in charge of CPEJ regarding values-based programming and CPEJ-related work. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will be part of a team that brings to life Quaker values.
Qualifications for the Position
Candidates must have significant experience in diversity work, exhibit a global mindset, and an enthusiasm for the wide-ranging demands of the position. Specifically, the School is looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate:
Experience in strategic planning and developing diversity and inclusion initiatives in school settings
Experience with empirical and data-driven approaches to reaching goals related to DEI work and measuring institutional growth in this area
Awareness of current trends and literature regarding DEI work particularly in independent schools and beyond
Experience in promoting anti-bias work with students, parents, and educators and in facilitating dialogues, workshops, and courses
Experience in social justice curriculum development and implementation, as well as awareness of best practices in service-learning and civic engagement and global education
Advanced knowledge of critical pedagogies and critical social theories (e.g. social justice education, ethnic studies, feminist theory, queer studies, critical race theory, religious literacy)
An ability to provide guidance and support on DEI issues to the various constituencies of the School’s community
Effective conflict management skills and awareness of (or credentialed in) restorative practices
Ability to work collaboratively
Excellent interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and facility using technology
Familiarity with independent schools (appreciated but not required)
Understanding of the many identities that fall under the umbrella of “diversity,” and a commitment to support and advocacy of all
Friends Seminary believes it is everyone’s responsibility to serve as an advocate for underrepresented groups and to help foster an inclusive climate that promotes a more peaceful world through anti-bias practices and civic engagement. In partnership with the Head of School, the administrative team, and other members of the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, the Director will:
Serve as an essential participant in major institutional conversations and decision making that has significant implications for the School’s Diversity Mission
Consult with division heads, deans, counselors, and advisors to strengthen, develop, and implement both formal and informal systems that will support the overall experience of our diverse student population
Collaborate with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and CPEJ staff in designing and implementing initiatives and programs for all constituencies of the School
Serve on a teaching team for CPEJ-related courses
Facilitate the development and implementation of K-12 diversity programming that cultivates cultural competencies, and empowers learners to promote social justice;
Design, coordinate, and oversee the identity-based affinity and ally group program for students as well as employees
Serve as a resource for faculty around DEI issues within their curriculum and classrooms,
Provide guidance and support on DEI issues to members of the senior administrative team as well as other administrative staff
Assist in the School’s recruitment, admission, and hiring programs to increase and retain numbers of underrepresented groups within the community, an articulated goal in the current Strategic Plan
Serve as a resource for faculty and administrative staff in their professional growth and development, as it relates to DEI
Liaises with DEI committees of the Board, Parents Association, and the Alumni Council, as well as the relevant faculty and administrative staff committees
Actively participate in national, state, and local DEI organizations relevant to independent school life and develop relationships with other DEI professionals
Master’s or professional graduate degree preferred. Degree(s) in related subject matter highly valued.
Resume, Educational Philosophy, References
To Apply: Please email the required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the Director of Diversity & Inclusion position in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please. EOE
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. 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 Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006