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Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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About New Canaan Country School

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New Canaan, CT

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Location:

New Canaan, Connecticut

Salary:

Open

Type:

Full Time - Administration

Category:

Diversity Coordinator

Preferred Education:

Masters

New Canaan Country School, a pre-K through grade nine coed day school located in New Canaan, CT, seeks a Director of Diversity & Inclusion who will partner with the school in its ongoing work to create an environment in which each member feels comfortable and accepted, and where differences and commonalities are appreciated in equal measure.

This position is a senior administrative position which reports directly to the Head of School and includes membership on the school’s senior administrative council. The Director will lead the effort toward the goal of developing culturally competent students and adults. Working in collaboration with departments across the school, s/he will establish consistent and comprehensive programming and services as well as partner with students, faculty & staff, parents and the board in support of these efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Provide strategic leadership toward final review, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the adopted Diversity & Inclusion Interim Strategic Plan.

In collaboration with the Division Heads, Heads of Departments and Grade Level Teachers, assess and support the development of a diversity and inclusion curriculum, both in content and delivery; ultimately, the school should establish a scope and sequence for incorporating cultural competency throughout grades pre-K through nine.

Participate in recruitment efforts to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse faculty and staff.

Develop and support a range of professional development experiences in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to meet the learning needs of faculty and staff.

Partner with the enrollment team to help source/identify, recruit and retain a diverse student body.

Provide ongoing programming that engages students, their families, faculty/staff and trustees in the area of diversity and inclusion and related topics.

Create, support and network with the various diversity and inclusion-related groups within the school’s internal and external communities.

Support and develop student diversity leadership.

Act as a resource for faculty and staff in providing academic, emotional and social support for students and families of diverse backgrounds.

Serve as a liaison to NCCS’s Horizons Student Enrichment Program and other regional social/educational programs.

Partner with the communications and marketing team to develop a messaging strategy and to develop engaging content to share across channels with internal and external audiences.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, and significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs. The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and a sincere, open manner. An entrepreneurial spirit, the capacity to think strategically and the ability to successfully navigate and lead diverse and non-diverse communities are vital attributes.

The successful candidate will have broad school or other relevant experience and a proven record of success in leading similar efforts at other institutions. Furthermore, this person will be conversant with a range of models for teaching cultural competency and will be prepared to guide this community in developing the best model for New Canaan Country School.

NOTES:

Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package, generous professional development support, a limited amount of faculty housing and a limited amount of tuition remission for children of faculty and staff.

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About New Canaan Country School

New Canaan Country School is a private, independent day school serving children from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 9. Located just west of the village of New Canaan, NCCS serves families from many surrounding towns. Founded in 1916, the school has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and continuous sel

f-evaluation. The result is a dynamic school environment in which elementary and middle school children from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties thrive. Throughout its history, NCCS has emphasized the value of childhood and the role of hands-on experience in learning. Teachers blend an outstanding academic program with an appreciation for patience, simplicity, and the power of imagination. The long-standing tradition of parent support and involvement continues to be a vital element of the School. The character and accomplishments of alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the school’s approach. Country School is fully enrolled and fosters the socioeconomic diversity of its student body through a generous financial aid program. It has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding day school, sending its graduates to many of the most selective secondary schools in the nation. THE MISSION The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.

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