The Chief Diversity Officer works with the lay leadership, volunteers, faculty, staff, and administration to ensure that THE CHAPEL SCHOOL’S programs, practices, and learning community support the ongoing development of a diverse and inclusive environment for students, employees, and families.
Having responsibilities as a member of faculty and staff will place the Chief Diversity Officer regularly with students and provide the Director direct insight into student culture. Having responsibilities as an administrator will place the Director within discussions of and planning for all aspects of THE CHAPEL SCHOOL hiring practices, academic programming, professional development, etc. and bring attention to the intent to make THE CHAPEL SCHOOL ever more diverse and its community ever more inclusive.
The position is a part-time, salaried, 10-month per year position; The expectation is that the Chief Diversity Officer will work 15-20 hours per week onsite and via distance. The Chief Diversity Officer reports directly to both the Senior Pastor and to the Principal.
EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with administration and faculty to ensure THE CHAPEL SCHOOL provides an exceptional academic program within a diverse, inclusive environment;
Serve as primary contact for any concerns regarding discrimination, harassment, or school climate related issues.
Initially and Regularly Review the Code of Conduct, specifically addressing its provisions concerning racial and ethnic discrimination.
Initially and Regularly notify The Chapel School Community of the Code of Conduct specifically referencing its provisions concerning racial and ethnic discrimination.
Create and oversee the Complaint Procedure in issues of discrimination and harassment.
Initially and Regularly notify The Chapel School Community of Complaint procedure in issues
of discrimination and harassment.
Serve as leader of the review of complaints and take corrective action to resolve such complaint in accordance with the code of conduct and applicable law.
Serve as advisor to the administration of the creation and implementation of staff diversification plan that would seek to recruit and hire teachers that would diversify the existing faculty at various grade levels and specify how the hires ensure students see a diverse range of races and ethnicities among the teaching faculty, based in part upon the students’ movement through various school classrooms.
Cultural Competency Committee Expectations
Serve as ad-hoc member of all the Cultural Competence Committees, and work with the Administration, faculty and staff, lay leaders and volunteers to ensure the work of the committee is active, is strategic, and reflects the broad, diverse community of THE CHAPEL SCHOOL;
Assist the Cultural Competence Committee as it develops, expands and implements age-appropriate strategies that encourage and reinforce positive student behavior. This plan shall involve without limitation: classroom management and behavioral support for staff, rewarding positive behavior, and support for struggling students.
Staff and Student Cultural Competence Training Expectations
Be a resource to the Principal, the Diversity Consultant and other administrators to provide training in culturally relevant equity pedagogy and to help teachers create culturally responsive classrooms;
Collaborate with the Principal, the Diversity Consultant and other administrators the development of small-scale and large-scale projects to enhance THE CHAPEL SCHOOL community in inclusive, equitable fashions for students, families, and employees; and,
Be active, visible, and engaged with all aspects of THE CHAPEL SCHOOL community and classroom routines.
Keep evidence and statistical records of the above activities.
Experience with cultural competence in a school setting and Master's Degree preferred.
About The Chapel School
The Chapel School (TCS) has been serving a wonderfully diverse community of families in Westchester and the Bronx since 1947, including students from Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, White Plains and Yonkers. Our goal is to provide academic challenge and excellence, as well as character education and opportunities for social, emotional and spiritual growth in the safest and most nurturing environment. TCS students experience a state-of-the-art curriculum complete with the integration of the latest technology, but TCS teachers maintain a balance between what is most current and tested, proven teaching methods.
TCS's smaller class sizes allow for differentiation and individualized attention; and, our close-knit, familiar feel enables students to easily and comfortably get involved in our many extracurricular programs. For example, one of the leads in the Spring Musical may be a star basketball player who plays trumpet in the 3rd Year Band. Or, a top golfer might be a Soprano in the Chamber Choir and participate in our Service Learning and Chess Clubs.
Our students, teachers and parents/guardians use words like "love", "family" and "...community" when asked to describe TCS, and we firmly believe that it is our shared love of the children and our shared value of critical home-school partnerships that creates that feeling.
Our students know that they are loved and important and we see that in the way that they hop out of their vehicles in the morning smiling and ready to get to work. Ultimately, we aspire for each child to take ownership and pride in glorifying God with their efforts and accomplishments, developing from today's learners to tomorrow's leaders.
The Chapel School is a proud arm of the ministry of Village Lutheran Church (www.vlc-ny.org), where our shared mission is "To Know, Live and Share the Love of Christ". We are also a Professional Development School, partnering with Concordia College's Education Department in a Concord of Excellence!