The Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion coordinates and directs district-wide initiatives and programs that promote instructional equity, create diverse and inclusive environments for employees and students to ensure equal opportunity for academic success across Arlington Public Schools. (APS).
Provides leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating the progress of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout the school’s curriculum, instruction and community.
Serves as a liaison with other community and governmental organizations to develop partnerships that support strategic initiatives to correct disproportional challenges impacting students and staff.
Coordinates the delivery of professional development opportunities for district personnel as it relates to the utilization of equitable instructional practices, programs, techniques for assessing and increasing student achievement.
Assists in developing multi-cultural strategies for instruction, participates in the implementation of these strategies, and assists administrators with evaluating the effectiveness of these initiatives to improve academic achievement and educational outcomes for historically marginalized student groups.
The Director will report to the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) and supervises the Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Coordinators (DEI Coordinators) assigned to schools.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor’s Degree (required), Master’s Degree (desired)in education, school administration, equity and inclusion, the arts/humanities, science, technology, mathematics, sociology, counseling or another field pertinent to the diversity and inclusion mission of APS, supplemented by at least four years of progressively responsible experience that includes three years of successful, full-time experience in a public school or accredited nonpublic school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia; or,
Demonstrated experience planning, implementing, and coordinating in Diversity, Equity and/or Inclusion with increasing levels of responsibility.
An equivalent combination of education, experience and training.
Experience working with students and families of diverse backgrounds is desirable.
(Preferred) A Postgraduate Professional License, a Pupil Personnel Services License, or a Collegiate Professional License issued by the Virginia State Board of Education, or eligibility for Virginia licensure.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Demonstrated experience and success in participating in and supporting organizational change processes, especially as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Knowledge of, and skilled in, managing programs, people, and resources in the effective advisement of students and their parents regarding learning, enrichment, and growth to facilitate improved academic achievement and expand horizons on the range of opportunities, including college. This includes knowledge of/skill in supervision at the first level of supervision, or ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge/skill, to supervise subordinates.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules, and policies governing curriculum and instruction standards and accountability.
Knowledge of the methodology, procedures and practices of the specialties required to deliver quality instructional support.
Knowledge in program evaluation and developing strategic plans.
Ability to provide consultative support to administrators and support staff to ensure that schools have equitable learning environments.
Ability to develop a district-wide culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are a strategic focus.
Ability to review, recommend and implement policies or standards that address challenges related to diversity, inclusion and instructional equity.
Ability to develop and implement effective strategies that address issues of student achievement disproportionality and instructional inequity.
Ability to interpret data, develop recommendations to address trends and challenges and convey findings to a wide audience.
Ability to interact with others across departments, agencies, and the community to forge relationships that foster collaboration.
Ability to monitor, direct, and coordinate several projects simultaneously under strict deadlines.
Knowledge of learning theory, learning styles, child development, counseling, and related matters to evaluate the assessment of and response to individual student needs in support of improved academic achievement.
Knowledge of key regulations, initiatives, guidelines and standards applying to equity and excellence, with emphasis on APS.
Knowledge of Virginia SOL, APS curricula, APS organization, instructional methods and related programmatic and operational matters as pertinent to minority learning and achievement. This includes knowledge of external student achievement support systems available to APS.
Knowledge of diversity-inclusion, with emphasis on diversity within APS as related to minority student academic achievement.
Skill in problem solving to select, organize and logically process relevant information (verbal, numerical or abstract) to solve a problem. This includes ability to recognize subtle aspects of problems, identify relevant information and make balanced recommendations and decisions. Examples include developing, enhancing, implementing, and evaluating APS-wide programs to enhance minoritized student achievement; advising on minoritized student achievement issues and responses based in part on expertise in the field; and supervising subordinate staff, including work planning, assignment and review, performance assessment, motivation, etc.
Skill in written communication to understand written information (including instructions, descriptions and ideas), and to express such information in writing so that others will understand and, at times, be convinced or persuaded.
Skill in oral communication to understand verbal information (including instructions, descriptions and ideas), and to express such information verbally so that others will understand and, at times, be convinced or persuaded. This includes the ability to encourage effective oral communication by others, such as direct reports and Equity Coordinators and Specialists assigned to schools, parents, and students.
Interpersonal skills to interact with contacts in a businesslike, customer service-oriented manner by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and working in harmony with directors, staff, students, and the public.
Skill in using a computer and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint, is required.
Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
Plans and supports complex projects across teams, such as supporting advocacy efforts with community engagement and schools, supporting culturally relevant practices and curriculum implementation, and implementing equitable hiring practices across all hiring portfolios.
Track milestones and deliverables for equity priorities.
Plans agendas for the equity teams and stakeholder groups that contribute to the goals for the years and are responsive to the current context.
Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy G-2.30, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.
Internal Number: P/E21-22.003
About Arlington Public Schools
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