Overview

The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Summit Public Schools will lead the implementation of a DEI plan at Summit Public Schools, working with faculty from across the organization. Sitting on the Talent Team, this position will report directly to the Senior Director of Talent, have a dotted-line reporting structure to the Chief of Staff, and will work closely with the Leadership Team at Summit Public Schools.

Do you have a passion for and experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion work? Are you highly motivated to positively impact the lives of students by improving K-12 public education? Do you have excellent project management and relationship-building skills? We are looking for a self-starter who isn't afraid to take initiative, dive deeply into a new role, and build systems to accelerate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization.

Who We Are

Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 3,000 students. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university. Through the Summit Learning Program, we have partnered with over 100 public schools in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and are providing over 20,000 students a truly personalized learning experience. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university.

Driven by our unwavering commitment to our core values, Summit works every day to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education. Summit seeks phenomenal individuals with the talents needed to transform children's lives, as well as those who are interested in working on the cutting edge of education. If you're excited by the prospect of transformative growth for yourself, as well as the students, schools, and communities we serve, Summit may be the place for you!

Responsibilities

The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be responsible for project management of a DEI Implementation Plan, which will include, but is not limited to:

  • Establish framework for affinity groups based on identities and shared backgrounds focused on creating a dedicated space for processing experiences. Support, monitor, and coordinate these groups.
  • Develop vision, plan, training and resources to support faculty in establishing additional affinity groups at the region, school, or team-level.
  • Establish and lead working groups, open to all faculty, to co-drive and monitor DEI priorities.
  • In partnership with Leadership Team, school leaders, working groups, and other stakeholders across the organization:
    • Define training strategy, timeline and adult-facing curriculum for ongoing cultural responsiveness training, including:
    • Developing and/or acquiring training content and resources according to curriculum
    • Planning org-ride rollout of curriculum
    • Delivering training content
    • Develop internal and public-facing DEI statement and share and promote via multiple mediums
    • Develop supporting materials and talking points, org-wide communications, and other support for series of org-wide conversations to build collective understanding of Summit’s core beliefs on DEI and hold space for ongoing discussions
    • Working with Summit’s Analytics team, turn ideas related to measurable DEI goals at org-wide and school levels into dashboards. Work with school leaders to do the same
    • Monitor and track progress towards goals in organizational priority dashboard
  • Serve as strategic partner in Talent Team to:
    • Examine time off policies, school calendars and physical spaces to consider whether shifts, changes, or additions are merited to enhance inclusivity
    • Develop and embed DEI competencies in credentialing competencies, look-fors and job descriptions
    • Develop and deliver ongoing cultural responsiveness trainings for faculty
    • Diversify recruitment pools by identifying candidate sources with significant representation from focus identities and cultivating relationships
    • Update interview and selection tools with a lens for cultural responsiveness
    • Implement process for connecting candidates with faculty members who share their backgrounds and can speak to their experiences at Summit
    • Gather data to understand faculty retention challenges and develop associated retention strategy
  • Stay current with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion research and best practices

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communicator and relationship-builder with high emotional intelligence
  • Culturally competent, and able to reflect and operate in diverse situations and across lines of difference
  • Experience simultaneously leading multiple complex projects with stakeholders at varying levels.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, develop and collaborate with a diverse group of leaders, teachers, staff members, and community members.
  • Experience creating and executing long-term plans and projects, and using data to drive decisions
  • Deep commitment to continuous improvement and ability to work effectively within a rapidly iterating, entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-starter ready to craft this new role
  • Required: experience driving diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at organization of complexity
  • Preferred: Talent experience and/or experience working in education context
  • Bachelors degree
  • Belief that all kids can succeed
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