The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools.
Under the leadership of the Chancellor, with day-to-day oversight by the Deputy Chancellor, Social Emotional Academic Development, the Chief, Equity and Diversity will promote a culture of inclusion and embracing differences as a strategic opportunity towards leading the District's efforts to build a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, families, employees, and community. The position has the responsibility for guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. The position defines the District's mission by providing direction and coordinating leadership for promoting equity through a cross disciplinary approach District-wide.
The Chief, Equity and Diversity will report to the Deputy Chancellor, Social Emotional Academic Development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Leads the District's efforts to implement, socialize, evaluate, and operationalize an Equity policy.
Plans, guides, and advises DCPS leaders on matters related to diversity and equity for students, parents, communities, and employees; and collaborates with DCPS management to create, implement, and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty, and staff.
Supervises the Empowering Males of Color Program and Reign and Empowering Young Women as Leaders Program; and works with the team to expand the programs’ reach to support increased achievement for all students of color in DCPS.
Builds and nurtures strategic partnerships with organizations and community stakeholders focused on uplifting achievement of diverse groups of students, e.g., Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Indigenous, LBGTQ, etc.
Collaborates with other academic leaders to support inclusion of equity work throughout core District processes related to the hiring and induction of educators, the training of staff, and community engagement (training may include online tools, diversity training, and ad-hoc presentations).
Builds relationships with other Districts, state organizations, and national efforts and agencies focused on equity-related issues and initiatives focused on improving outcomes for students furthest away from opportunity.
Promotes DCPS’ commitment to a climate of equity and inclusion through interaction with individuals and agencies inside and outside the District, including executive staff, supervisory staff, employees, students, public, community leaders from all ethno-cultural groups, civic and grassroots organizations, attorneys, political figures, and Federal, District, and local government enforcing authorities.
Represents and serves as the DCPS content expert on diversity-related matters.
Assists the District and schools in resolving educational and diversity issues affecting educators, students, parents, and the community.
Assists educators in creating culturally supportive learning environments that ensure high expectations for the academic achievement of all students.
Supports school administrators on equity-related issues for effective administration of all aspects of school programs; and works cross-functionally with members of the school support teams and leadership development teams.
Provides analysis of legislation and regulations related to equity and affirmative action.
Manages the department budget, including developing budget proposals, justifying expenses, and monitoring accounts.
Represents the District in regional and local associations, civic organizations, and ethnic and non-profit organizations' Boards.
Supervises, evaluates, and holds accountable the performance and professionalism of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees, and recommends transfers, reassignments, terminations, and disciplinary actions; and plans, coordinates, and arranges for appropriate training of assigned staff.
Bachelor's degree and ten to fifteen years of related work experience.
Master's degree strongly preferred.
Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
Demonstrated experience in successfully delivering large initiatives while utilizing project management methodologies, best practices, techniques, and tools.
An inspired visionary who can foster employee excitement and understanding.
Demonstrated track record of leading equity and diversity work for large organizations.
Strong understanding of cultural competency and cross-cultural dynamics that include race, equity, class, and perceptions around these topics.
Personal interest and commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and issues of equity.
Thorough understanding of organizational change management theories and practices.
Excellent interpersonal, analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
Superior and savvy meeting facilitation and training skills.
Case management related to offering coaching for departments and school leaders.
Experience in effectively resolving process blocks and conflicts.
All of us at DC Public Schools are dedicated to excellence at every level, and we demand it of ourselves just as much as we ask for it from employees, educators and students.
We are nearly 49,000 students committed to graduating from high school, prepared for college and work.
We are more than 4,000 teachers who hold high expectations for every student.
We are 109 principals building positive... school communities focused on academic achievement.
We are more than 2,900 classroom aides, social workers, counselors, custodians and other support staff providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for our students.
We are countless family and community members encouraging our children and demanding a high-quality education for them.
We are thousands of community organizations and volunteers who support our students and staff as they strive for excellence.
We are the residents and leaders of Washington, DC who know that a strong school system and high-achieving students are the backbone and the future of this city.
Together, we are committed to making DCPS a place where all students can receive a world-class education.