Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA
Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Assistant Director of DEI) to join a warm and welcoming boarding school community. The Assistant Director of DEI is responsible for assisting with developing inspiring DEI programming to ensure the School maintains its position as a leader and innovator in equity and belonging in arts education. This position also serves as a faculty member teaching two sections per year.
In collaboration with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Director of DEI), this position serves as a community resource on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice initiatives. The Assistant Director helps Walnut Hill maintain strong lines of communication by creating opportunities for cross-cultural dialog and understanding. Working with the Director of DEI, this position advances best practice standards that lead to a more equitable, restorative, inclusive, anti-biased, and anti-racist School environment.
The ideal candidate has the ability to thoughtfully navigate the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to DEI conversations. This individual is committed to fostering a collaborative and restorative educational and collegial environment, focusing on inclusion and belonging, and has a genuine interest and enthusiasm for working with high school age art students.
This is a full-time, 12-month, position reporting to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Innovation & Leadership
- Assist with developing inspiring DEI programming to ensure the School maintains its position as a leader and innovator as an arts institution;
- Build and maintain a culture of restoration at Walnut Hill, including fostering a commitment to anti-racist work;
- Meet regularly with the Director of DEI about day-to-day and ongoing programming;
- Oversee the affinity group program, facilitate identity-based spaces, and serve as a group leader;
- Serve as a member of the Diversity Committee and Diversity Events Subcommittee;
- As appropriate, serve as a connection with external partners such as The Natick Freedom Team, The Natick Cultural District, as well as external communities regionally and nationally;
- Assist with the design and facilitation of SEED and other professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, students and families;
- Serve as a resource for arts and academic heads and faculty in development of curricula, and pedagogical materials.
- Assist in the annual selection and registration process for community members attending diversity and inclusion conferences;
- In collaboration with the Director of DEI, serve as a partner on website, social media, and communication efforts;
- Collaborate with other administrators to recruit, welcome, and retain students, faculty, staff and administrators from diverse backgrounds;
- Assist the Director of DEI with collaborating with Development Office and in fostering relationships with alumni of color; and
- Perform other administrative or educational duties as assigned.
- Teach two sections per year based on skills and background, as determined in consultation with School Administration; utilize best practices in teaching within the applicable discipline;
- Prepare lessons and develop curriculum that reflects the diverse educational and cultural backgrounds of the student body; teach, lead, and guide students and promote an open and safe classroom space;
- Foster a skills-centered, student-centered learning environment; work with students outside of classroom time as needed; and
- Utilize technology and other educational tools to support student learning.
Community Involvement & Engagement
- Attend, plan, and participate in communal programs outside the classroom including but not limited to, assemblies, guest speakers, and special programs; model and encourage appropriate behavior and monitor students during events and programming; plan, chaperone, and participate in field trips and outside activities;
- Attend student performances, art openings, and art events throughout the year; support and engage richly in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances;
- Serve as a club advisor or the equivalent or chaperone events and provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office.
Collaboration, Professional Development, and Training
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment for students and employees to support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
- Pursue professional development opportunities in and out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection.
Skills & Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
- 2+ years experience in equity, inclusion, and belonging focused work in an educational setting preferred;
- Wide repertoire of teaching skills including developing in-person and online curriculum;
- Certified SEED facilitator and/or a willingness to obtain certification;
- Certified Restorative Justice background and/or a willingness to obtain certification;
- Possess a working knowledge of key diversity-related terms, topics, and dynamics of difference, as well as experience promoting multicultural understanding;
- A commitment to cultivating an anti-racist and restorative justice mindset within themselves and others;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively facilitate and engage in difficult conversations regarding race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age and other identifiers;
- An empathic and collaborative leadership style; ability to work with broad constituencies in an approachable and diplomatic manner;
- High integrity and the ability to handle sensitive information with a high degree of discretion;
- Experience with, or interest in, working with international students and families;
- High level of organization; strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication, presentation, and project management skills;
- Strong technology skills and proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office suite;
- Ability to work with a wide range of people – students, parents, faculty/staff, and outside community members;
- Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills; ability to work effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
- COVID-19 vaccination & booster or valid exemption required; and
- A “teacher at heart” with a particular passion for equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice education.
Physical demands include dexterity for office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.
Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. Adults at Walnut Hill participate in school events, support students in their arts, embrace the immersive, residential mission of the school, and support other employees in a warm and caring community of high expectations.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.