Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 is a five-time US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and serves a large diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Students are of diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages and bring as assets their diversity of thought, beliefs, goals, and needs to the learning environment. Stevenson is at the center of the Professional Learning Community movement and seeks student-centered, innovative, forward-thinking, reflective practitioners to help achieve the school’s mission of Success for Every Student.
The Director of Equity, Race, and Diversity Initiatives (EDI) position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. This individual will serve as a member of the school’s leadership team and is responsible for leading the school’s efforts to develop and provide technical assistance in the implementation of EDI initiatives throughout the district in order to promote an inclusive school climate, integrate equity-based inclusive teaching and learning strategies, foster healthy youth development, and engage students collectively with explicit EDI instruction.
Stevenson looks to employ a highly motivated and visionary leader that is prepared to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to continue to develop and build the future of EDI in our school communities. The Director of EDI initiatives will think creatively, strategically, and innovatively to develop strategies and practices that integrate EDI support structures, protocols and instructional knowledge at the classroom level. The Director of EDI will lead the professional development of EDI at Stevenson and work in partnership with education leaders inside and outside SHS, including sender schools, EDI national organizations, and community resources. As a key leader in EDI implementation, the Director of EDI will ensure resources, professional learning, and policies are designed to support student growth and achievement, teacher professional development, and school-wide climate improvement for the diverse population at SHS.
The qualified candidate will hold an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an Administrative endorsement (strongly preferred) and hold a Master’s degree in the field(s) of psychology, education, school counseling, social work or related field. A minimum of three years of experience at a leadership level at a school, district or state organization with experience establishing and strategizing around systemic change.
The qualified candidate will have experience working with the social & emotional learning needs of students in school based settings from diverse populations; exploring theories of educational improvement, youth development & adult learning, and planning, coordinating & delivering professional development and training for teachers. The candidate will effectively collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including faculty, staff, parents, students and the larger school community and utilize facilitation methodologies which incorporate data-driven strategies for change.
The qualified candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills; a working knowledge current research, practice and theoretical knowledge; strong interpersonal skills; strong presentation skills; commitment to self-reflection and ongoing professional development; the ability to create positive and trusting working relationships and handle multiple tasks and priorities, sensitive information and simultaneous projects.
The mission of Adlai E. Stevenson High School is "Success for Every Student". We are one of the leading secondary schools in the State of Illinois. Stevenson is a five-time winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award and is the cradle of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) movement. Five hundred staff and over 4,500 students enjoy the school's start-of-the-art campus located in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of Chicago. Approximately 98% of Stevenson's graduates pursue post-secondary education.