Director of Diversity, Equity & Belonging
Tabor Academy, Marion, MA
About Tabor Academy
Tabor Academy has a rich history that dates back to 1876 when the school was founded by Elizabeth Taber. Mrs. Taber had a lofty vision for the institution, including building character of young people from across the country. Today, we honor that legacy and embrace an international and diverse student body. Our work is guided by our principles of life-long learning, personal responsibility, and care for others. Here, students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves as they prepare to step into the world as global leaders.
For nearly 150 years, Tabor Academy has served the Marion, Massachusetts community as a premier coeducation, college preparatory boarding and day school. As the School by the Sea, Tabor offers an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to live and learn for students grades 9-12. The school provides a wide breadth of academic offerings for students to explore their interests, understand their strengths, and develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Tabor graduates are leaders, adaptable, and exceptionally skilled at navigating the 21st century.
Summary of Key Responsibilities
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging is a senior administrative position, reporting directly to the Associate Head of School. This position will necessarily collaborate closely with the Head of School, school area directors and assistant directors, department heads, and the Board of Trustees. Specific responsibilities of the position will likely include, though are not limited to, the following:
Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging will advance Tabor toward the goals articulated in the Tabor 2021 DEI Strategic Plan to: reach more inclusive pedagogy, enhance student and faculty culture, improve access and affordability, and diversify the hiring of faculty and staff. Through a collaborative process with the Senior Leadership Team the director will ensure both the operational and aspirational aspects of Equity and Inclusion work are distributed and fulfilled.
Curriculum and Instruction
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging will promote, advise upon, and support curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity. Specifically, the director will collaborate directly with the Academic Office, departments, and individual faculty to develop curricula that might include, though not limited to, the study of race, gender, ethnicity, nation and nationhood, class, and religion and their intersections.
Recruiting, Networking, and Hiring
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging will assist in recruiting and hiring faculty of color. Specifically, the director will attend relevant conferences and build a network of prospective candidates. The director will also work closely with Tabor’s hiring committees toward the goal of achieving greater diversity in the faculty and staff.
Student Leadership and Education
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging will collaborate with the Student Life Office in the development of student leadership in matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, the director will coordinate yearly on-campus equity education programs; student attendance at local, regional, and national conferences related to equity education; and the facilitation of student affinity groups.
Adult Education and Professional Development
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, in partnership with the senior administrative team and faculty, will continue to review and refine the cultural competency expectations of the adult community. They will also develop on-campus adult workshops focused on exploring how to work with all students most effectively, promoting professional growth in understanding the role of social and cultural factors in both teaching and learning.
Regional and National Profile
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging will communicate Tabor’s institutional vision around diversity and elevate the school’s equity and inclusion efforts. Specifically, the director will act as a liaison between the school and local communities of color; present at regional and national conferences; offer workshops; and write articles that share Tabor’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned with current families, our alumni body, and prospective families.
In addition, the Director will generally teach one class and/or serve in the afternoon program one season or the equivalent. As a function of the campus housing provided, the director will be involved in our residential and weekend programming. The combination of these additional responsibilities is based on the School’s needs and the successful candidate’s experience.
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
Preferred: Experience in secondary or post-secondary instruction and/or residential oversight.
Electronic materials only, please. If interested, please send employment application, cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy to email@example.com with “Equity” in the Subject line.
Tabor Academy is eager to consider applications from people traditionally underrepresented in independent boarding school communities.
Tabor Academy is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community – and hiring and retention processes, more specifically – informed by the NAIS Principles of Good Practice – Equity and Justice. Additionally, across all areas of school life, we prioritize practices based on Mind Brain Education (MBE) research; the relational skills of active listening, empathic understanding, critical thinking, and genuine inquiry; and pursuits that actively seek out and invite in diverse perspectives. At Tabor Academy, students come from all over the United States and over 21 countries to be part of an engaging community. Our diverse and inclusive student body welcomes individuals from all races, religions, and economical backgrounds and fosters students becoming engaged and committed global citizens with a disposition to act in service to the common good.
Tabor Academy does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other Academy-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.