Westtown School is currently seeking an experienced and innovative Dean of Diversity and Inclusion to lead and advance meaningful and intentional diversity, equity, and inclusion work that supports the school’s mission to be an antibias, antiracist community. Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the school’s Administrative Council, the Dean will act as a thought partner providing strategic leadership and oversight of the School’s ongoing DEI initiatives, programming, and ABAR work. As a compassionate leader, the Dean will build and nurture collaborative relationships throughout our community while serving as a school-wide resource regarding all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Westtown School is a Quaker independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers a challenging and diverse curriculum that emphasizes action-based education, critical thinking, collaboration, service, and social action. Committed to character innovation since 1799, Westtown inspires and prepares students to become stewards and leaders of a better world.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to being an anti-bias, anti-racism (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to and ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, which is evidenced in their personal and professional interactions, curriculum, and pedagogy.
In partnership with the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals, divisional Equity and Inclusion Coordinators and other key administrators, the Dean will:
Lead the development and implementation of ongoing programming that engages students, families, faculty, and staff in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion and related topics;
Provide oversight, direction, and support to the divisional Equity and Inclusion Coordinators,
Ensure that the school’s curriculum and instruction deliver culturally aware and anti-racism content and culturally responsive pedagogy that celebrates a diversity of identities and perspectives;
Collaborate with other key administrators on diversity, equity, and belonging related issues throughout the school;
In collaboration with the Dean of Students, lead and grow culturally competent and identity-based student programming;
Assist in recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining faculty and staff of historically marginalized identities, who reflect and support a diverse and inclusive school community;
Create, implement, and oversee the faculty and staff professional development efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Provide assessment and evaluation of institutional progress on strategic priorities as they relate to DEI and ABAR work;
Provide information and insight into curricular and community work around diversity, equity, and inclusion instruction and programming;
Serve as the Co-Clerk of the DEI Committee and DEI Advisory Board, overseeing the implementation of committee goals and initiatives;
Serve as the school liaison for the Families for Multicultural Community (FMC)
Provide support and resources to student, employee, and community member affinity groups;
Model encouragement and compassion for all members of the community, recognizing that each individual is in a unique place in their personal journey;
Pursue robust professional development in DEI work every year, including positive personal identity development and awareness of implicit bias and privilege;
Perform additional duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree and/or DEI Certification preferred, a Bachelor’s Degree is required.
A minimum of five years of relevant administrative experience leading DEI work at the K-12 level, preferably in an independent school setting
Ongoing participation in in-depth training in DEI and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops
Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in the implementation of effective and sustainable educational, cultural, and social DEI programs, preferably in an independent school setting
Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills, with a proven track record of working effectively with diverse colleagues and constituents
Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and workshop delivery
The capacity for facilitating effective collaboration and teamwork, and managing sensitive topics with respect while encouraging productive dialogue.
A demonstrated commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices
A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with all constituents throughout our diverse community
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.