The Director of Equity and Community Initiatives is a full-time position reporting to the Director of K-12 Academics in the Head’s Office and works closely with the senior administrative team in support of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the whole school community. The Director must have a capacity for teamwork and for developing sensitive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents; have the ability to manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to diversity issues in schools; be a self-starter with strong communications skills; and have a deep concern and compassion for people.
Based upon the school’s mission and long-range plan, provide strategic leadership in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school community.
Lead diversity, equity, and inclusion outreach programs.
Support strategic initiatives of the school including, but not limited to, transportation needs, website design, and handbook language.
Ensure that activities, communications, and programs reflect our mission as a diverse community.
Support faculty and staff recruitment efforts, including partnering on Potomac’s Diversity Hiring Fair.
Coordinate and facilitate all aspects of student involvement in regional and national conferences related to diversity, equity, and social justice.
Design and oversee special programs to meet the needs of students and their families in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Partner with program coordinators on programs for students of color and provide ongoing support for students and families in our community.
Be available for faculty in relation to curricular innovation and design and/or student support.
Support and develop student diversity leadership, including the identification, design, and integration with current leadership training programs.
Determine measures of success and initiate interventions as appropriate.
Provide ongoing, regular programming for students and faculty in the area of community building and inclusion.
Act as a resource on diversity issues for faculty and staff in their work with students and in their development of curriculum and programs.
Act as a liaison between the school and the various communities of color in the locale in support of the school’s continued effort to serve these communities better and to support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs.
Coordinate the teamwork for developing sensitive working relationships with students, faculty and staff and parents and for managing the personal, political and institutional dynamics related to diversity issues in the school.
Participates in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops.
Design and oversee professional development in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Be fully immersed in the school community, to include teaching and/or coaching duties.
Act as a member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion executive committee.
Engage in school events as necessary and appropriate.
Support the school and its leadership.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of five years’ experience in a diversity practitioner role.
Strategic-thinking skills and proven experience designing and implementing innovative, effective, and sustainable diversity and inclusion programs in school settings.
Training in nationally recognized diversity and inclusion workshop(s) or seminar(s) preferred.
Significant training and experience promoting anti-bias/social justice work with students, parents, and educators.
Organized, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously under varying deadlines.
Ability to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within The Potomac School Community.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community.
Ability to identify and solve problems, effectively and efficiently, after considering a broad range of internal, external and regulatory factors.
Excellent communication skills required (both orally and in writing), maintaining open channels and exemplifying strong customer service skills.
Ability to maintain sensitive information in the strictest of confidence, exercising absolute discretion and professionalism.
In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued. To express interest in this role, please click here.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.