Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Devoted to intellectual inquiry, a collaborative spirit of learning, and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, The Park School of Baltimore is a community founded on positive expectations of our students and respect for individual differences.
We cultivate children’s innate curiosity by nurturing their interests and engaging them as active participants in their own education.
We support young people in becoming confident questioners and responsible citizens of the world.
~The Park School Mission
The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 845 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.
The Park School of Baltimore seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a full time, K-12 senior administrative position which promotes the school’s longstanding commitment to ensuring that all students, families, and employees feel valued and supported at Park. Working with other administrators and faculty, the Director is responsible for identifying and assessing areas of specific need, for building capacity to address those areas through strong partnerships and shared responsibility, and for implementing actions needed to build and sustain an inclusive, welcoming community. We seek a community builder who can assist Park in realizing the democratic vision implicit in its founding as a progressive institution and reaffirmed by the school’s most recent Strategic Plan.
Responsibilities may include
- Helping to develop and communicate the school’s long and short-term goals for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- With the Head of School and other senior administrators, leading the school’s efforts to fulfill those goals.
- Serving as the school’s primary liaison to the Board of Trustees’ DEI committee.
- Leading and supervising all DEI school team members.
- Working with division principals to coordinate programming and initiatives across all three divisions, including but not limited to affinity groups, assemblies and speakers, and curricular initiatives.
- Working directly with the Parents’ Association, helping to coordinate DEI initiatives among the parent body.
- If appropriate, co-facilitating the parents of color affinity group(s)
- Being an accessible, visible and effective resource for students and employees with regard to all DEI matters.
- Counseling and supporting students and families on issues related to identity development.
- Leading or coordinating professional development work for faculty and staff related to supporting the school’s DEI and anti-bias objectives.
- Supporting faculty/staff affinity groups.
- Staying current in the field and maintaining relationships with other schools and community organizations engaged in DEI work.
- Assisting senior leadership in cultivating, attracting, supporting, and retaining a diverse faculty and staff.
- Experience working with students in diversity work and demonstrated ability to establish trust and rapport.
- Experience initiating open discussions around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with students, faculty and staff, and families.
- Ability to balance advocacy needed to promote change with diplomacy required to engender broad community support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
- Deep grounding in theory and best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
- Ability to manage and address conflict.
- Strong listening and facilitation skills.
- A growth mindset.
- Restorative justice training preferred.
- Teaching and curriculum development experience preferred.
- Leadership experience and strong organizational skills.
Salary and Benefits
Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools.
For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
- Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program: This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods.
- Tuition Remission: Under current policy, faculty and staff who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including faculty children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)
Due to the large volume of incoming resumes, we cannot accept phone calls. Send a letter of interest, personal statement, and résumé. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.
Priscilla Morales, Associate Head of School
The Park School
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
The Park School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of any employee’s duties.