The Director of Diversity & Inclusion is an important member of Westover School’s Rasin Center for Global Justice. The ideal candidate will provide strategic leadership for Westover School in all areas of diversity and inclusion. They/She/He will serve as a member of the Community Life Committee, will function in various capacities with students, faculty and staff, and serve as a motivational force to inspire, direct, and assist the school community in all matters of diversity. This position reports to the Director of the Rasin Center for Global Justice and consults often with the senior administrative team of the School, including the Head of School.
The Director of Diversity will:
Develop and implement a diversity strategic plan, based upon the school's mission and long-range plan:
- Seek out and promote educational workshops and conferences that will empower faculty and students to successfully navigate issues of diversity.
- Provide diversity-themed professional development opportunities within the school community.
- Work with the Dean of Academics, department heads, and faculty and to assist in the development, implementation, and continual assessment of a sustainable, inclusive, cross-cultural curriculum.
- Serve as club advisor for WALSA (Westover’s African-American and Latina Student Association) club and Spectrum (LGBT+ and ally support group)
Be an active participant in all areas of administration in which diversity is a crucial component:
- Work closely with the Alumnae and Development Office to incorporate the alumnae “voice” in the diversity initiatives of the school.
- Work closely with the Admissions Office in the development of increasingly effective methods for recruiting, welcoming, and retaining students of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to social, political, religious, sexual, and ethnic identities.
- In collaboration with the Rasin Center for Global Justice, Assistant Head of School, and Head of School, improve effectiveness and success in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.
- Act as a liaison between the school and local minority communities to serve these communities better and to support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs.
- Work with the Communications Office to publicize diversity-related events, educational opportunities, workshops, etc. for students, faculty, families, and the local community.
- Network with diversity coordinators at other independent schools as well as off-campus cultural resource organizations.
- Represent the school at local, regional, and national multicultural events as determined in conjunction with the Rasin Center and senior administration.
- Pursue professional development opportunities, and attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with diversity and inclusion issues that may affect the school.
- Provide consistent support for families and students of diverse backgrounds.
- Act as liaison to and develop strong relationships with the various diversity and inclusion-related groups in the school, and respond to diversity- and equity-related issues among the student body as they arise.
- Take tangible and consistent measures to ensure that our school’s environment is welcoming and safe for all.
- Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by Director of the Rasin Center.
Westover School is an all-girls' boarding and day school, grades 9-12. We are committed to providing a college preparatory education in a small community atmosphere that emphasizes student-adult interaction. Our faculty have been chosen not only for their scholarship but also because they are people who share several fundamental moral concerns: a belief in passing on to young women their own enthusiasm for learning, a sense of beauty, a compassion for others, and a commitment to educating students of diverse backgrounds. Westover, through program and faculty, endeavors to develop in each student the confidence and strength to shape her own life - to become the best that she can be.
Westover School is located in Middlebury, CT; 45 minutes from New Haven, 1 1/2 hours from New York City, and 2 hours from Boston.
Westover School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Project management skills in implementing complex programs and handling a budget
- Proven success working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders
- Commitment to diversity and a strong interest in planning multicultural programming
- Successful track record managing cross-discipline teams
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a multitude of tasks by volume, urgency, etc.
- Detail oriented and resourceful
- Strong work ethic and high level of integrity
- Tactful and discreet
- Technologically savvy
- High energy and enthusiastic about working in a collaborative academic atmosphere
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