What is still possible? Amidst a most atypical year - a year of metaphorical and concrete loss, of tremendous racial injustice - this is the guiding question Pike has held at its center. These crises, of health and justice, have challenged us to find new ways to best live our mission and vision. Our teachers are at the heart of Pike and have been innovative beyond imagination. They have redesigned lessons and assessments to build connection, inspire curiosity, and sustain growth while six feet apart, masked, or via screens. Our motto, Non Sibi Solum, Not for Oneself Alone, has called each of us to adjust our individual lives for our collective well being. Guided by new policies, our shared sacrifices have helped our community stay healthy and our campus open five days a week, every week thus far. Yet, even in the midst of worldwide disruption, we continue to stretch ourselves to envision a brighter future. As a new school year, a new strategic plan, and a healthier world await us, we believe we are on the cusp of this brighter future, a world more worthy of our children. If you are also looking ahead - inquisitive, hopeful, and eager, would you like to help create the future with us?
Working at Pike means immersing yourself in a student-centered culture and a compassionate, diverse community. Opportunities for strategic thinking, innovation and learning are plentiful. If you’re passionate, motivated, and can’t help but dream about what’s possible for all children – we invite you to take a closer look at Pike. The Pike School, an independent elementary school in Andover, MA, serves approximately 450 students in grades pre-kindergarten through nine. Learn more about our commitment to possibility and apply here.
Director of Equity and Justice
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Head welcomes a thought partner to join a dynamic, motivated administrative team eager to dig into strategic conversations to accelerate change. The larger school community is similarly positioned, enthusiastic, and eager to embrace a leader with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the classroom and the boardroom. Pike is ready to take the next step, guided and inspired by a skilled DEIJ practitioner with a heart for young children and those who teach them. This leader will sustain and strengthen current DEIJ initiatives and develop innovative school-wide programs that foster an inclusive school climate, cultivate increased cross-cultural competencies and culturally responsive teaching, and empower all members of the community to promote social justice. This leader is also responsible for partnering with the Board of Trustees towards our larger vision of justice-driven and anti-racism education. With years of internal and external
training (e.g. AISNE, NAIS), the Board is values-aligned, committed, and primed to continue learning and growing with this new leader. As Pike moves towards its next strategic planning process, this leader will be instrumental in guiding the DEIJ goals which will be identified. This leader is eager to design the future of equity and justice-driven education and committed to enhancing Pike’s leadership among independent schools nationwide as well as their own thought leadership within their profession.
Strategic Leadership and Outreach
Partner with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to design and realize Pike’s vision for an equitable and justice-driven school community; ensure and build broad-based strategic DEIJ work across all areas of the school
In conjunction with the Head of School and administrative team, provide strategic leadership on development, implementation, and assessment of school-wide DEIJ strategy and accountability; lead visioning on upcoming strategic planning processes for DEIJ goals and align stakeholders in this shared vision
Assess Pike’s climate and culture and collaborate with administrative team to implement solutions that address disparities in experience
Represent Pike’s vision at local, regional and national conferences related to equity and social justice education
Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Development, and Retention
In partnership with the Head of School and Division Heads, assist in recruiting, hiring, and supporting faculty and staff ensuring that the adults in our community reflect and support a diverse, equitable, inclusive and justice-driven school community
Plan and execute on new and existing organizational-wide DEIJ initiatives, professional development sessions, policies, and systems to foster diversity, equity, inclusivity, and justice across the community
Create, implement, and oversee, in conjunction with Division Heads and other employee supervisors, appropriate accountability structures for employees in relationship to their DEIJ goals, PD, and practices
Serve as a resource for faculty and staff around DEIJ issues; facilitate faculty and staff attendance at local, regional, and national conferences related to equity, inclusion, and social justice education
Students and Families
Collaborate with Division Heads, counselor, and faculty to develop student leadership around diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice through development and support of on-campus programming for students, including affinity groups and mentoring programs
Design and facilitate community dialogues around topics of equity and justice with Pike’s Family School Partnership in order to enhance the understanding of equity and justice issues in our community and beyond; serve as a resource for students and families around DEIJ issues
Partners with the Director of External Affairs to aid the development and implementation of a marketing and branding strategy that aligns with the school’s diversity efforts and ensures that the messaging from the school is inclusive and anti-biased; work with the Office of External Affairs to help identify, recruit, and retain a diverse student body
Curriculum and Program
Partner with Division Heads, Department Heads, and teachers to develop and support an inclusive curriculum that highlights the content, concepts, and skills that students need related to diversity, justice, and cross-cultural competency, founded in a knowledge of child development and identity development for students in Pre-K-9
Collaborate with the Division Heads, Department Heads, and teachers to ensure the school’s curriculum reflects the wide range of diverse viewpoints, experiences, and cultures of the Pike community as well as national and global communities
In conjunction with the Head of School, lead Pike’s strategic, operational, and programmatic initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging
Desired Qualities and Qualifications
Personal and professional commitment to equity and social justice with extensive training and knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice specifically in school communities; fluency in DEIJ best practices
A passion for working with young children (Pre-K-9) and those who raise and teach them; strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in implementation of DEIJ programs and developing a DEIJ-driven culture in school settings
Ability to function autonomously with discernment in a highly visible position
High emotional intelligence and sensitivity to organizational dynamics; exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with inspiration and clarity and build trust across a wide range of audiences
An orientation toward action, and experience effecting change through work at both the strategic and relational levels
A big picture, future-oriented thinker with evidence of continued, post-collegiate learning and growth
Interested candidates should apply via our website at https://www.pikeschool.org/about/employment and submit a resume and a cover letter, which addresses how your experience meets the expectations of the position as stated above.
About The Pike School
The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, is an independent day school of 440 students in grades Pre-kindergarten through Grade Nine. The Pike School community represents culturally and socio-economically diverse families from 38 communities. Pike seeks candidates who possess skills in multicultural teaching and leadership practices and a dedication to working in a diverse community. Candidates must also have demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and lifelong learning, as well as an expertise in best practices in elementary education.