Sacred Heart Schools - Sheridan Rd | Chicago, IL | Director of Equity and Inclusion
Title: Director of Equity and Inclusion Classification: Exempt
Status: Full-Time, 10 Month
Reports to: Head of Schools
Founded in Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries; including 25 schools in the United States and Canada. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in separate classrooms, but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of
The Schools are committed to the idea that differences in ability, learning style, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and family structure reflect the rich fabric of human experience and offer opportunities for learning and personal growth for the entire community. The Director of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is instrumental to this commitment.
In partnership with the Leadership Team, the DEI sets the strategy for the Schools’ commitment to its Statement on Equity and Inclusion as well as develops, directs, and evaluates the impact of strategies, policies, and practices related to equity and inclusion across the Schools. This includes assessing current policies and setting goals for progress; advancing equity and inclusion through strategic planning; making recommendations and implementing best practices; communicating with the community at all levels to understand and address the needs of equity and inclusion; and developing as well as facilitating training and other programs in support of equity and inclusion.
The DEI is a member of the Leadership Team and works closely with faculty, staff, students, parents, and board members in support of equity and inclusion efforts. The successful candidate will have broad school experience (particularly K-8) and a proven record of success in leading equity and inclusion efforts. Furthermore, this person will be conversant with a range of models for building cultural competence within the Schools and will be prepared to guide and coach the community in its equity and inclusion efforts.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provide strategic leadership and coaching towards the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the Schools’ Statement on Equity and Inclusion
- In partnership with the Leadership Team, develop, direct, and evaluate the impact of strategies, policies, and practices related to equity and inclusion across the Schools
- In collaboration with the academic team and faculty, assess and support the development of ongoing equity, inclusion, and justice curricula and programs, both in content and delivery, which engages students and their families
- Collaborate with Leadership team on curricula and programs for faculty and staff
- Develop metrics that allow the Schools to assess the current state of its policies and practices, benchmark for future progress, and create and implement school-wide assessment, goal setting, milestones, and plans for ongoing evaluation
- Collaborate with the Admissions Office to help identify, recruit, and retain a diverse student body
- Develop and support a range of professional development experiences in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to meet the learning needs of faculty and staff (includes topics of bias awareness, anti-racism, cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and other areas the DEI identifies)
- Collaborate with Human Resources and individual departments to align recruitment, development, and retention policies to attract, develop, motivate, and retain diverse faculty and staff
- Collaborate with the Alderman and other civic leaders to engage with the wider community around issues of justice, inclusion, and outreach; cultivate external partnerships that advance equity and inclusion strategies and support the Schools’ mission
- Work with all departments to evaluate and improve systems and day-to-day operations through an equity and inclusion lens
- Monitor best practices and trends as well as stay abreast of emerging equity and inclusion issues throughout the Schools and local communities
- Build deep relationships with students, families, faculty, and staff to foster an engaging and inclusive school culture of community, optimism, and collaborative problem solving, in the spirit of Sacred Heart Schools’ mission and Goals
- Serve as a resource and point person for existing and future student/employee affinity groups and resources, along with initiatives, events, and programs that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Be involved in local and Sacred Heart Network programming around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in educational settings
- Other duties as assigned
Qualities and Requirements:
Successful candidate is an energetic team player, committed to the Schools’ mission and Goals and Criteria, and exudes joy, initiative, flexibility, dependability, and the ability to work productively under multiple deadlines. Candidate must also possess:
- Bachelor’s degree required in education, educational administration, or a related field; master’s degree preferred
- 8+ years of experience focused on equity and inclusion within a school environment and a strong understanding of current research, data, and strategies shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion work in schools
- Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing, and assessing equity and inclusion; excellent leadership and program management abilities
- Completion and modeling of one’s own personal work, development, and self-awareness related to equity and inclusion
- Ability to articulate the importance of equity and inclusion, and implement best practices that affect organizational change
- Familiarity with and appreciation for independent, Catholic education and Catholic Social Teaching, and the ability to effectively communicate these values
- Demonstrated effectiveness at listening and responding with empathy in a diverse environment, building consensus and managing conflict
- Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills that inspire open and productive discourse; capacity to build trust and establish rapport as both a leader and colleague, comfort providing and receiving feedback
- Superb written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact and collaborate with a wide range of audiences on complex issues
- Strong organizational and time management skills, with comfort working independently and collaboratively
Apply directly at the School's website (www.shschicago.org) in the Career Opportunities section, submitting a cover letter and resume.
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.