The Branson School
Title: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reports to: Head of School
Schedule: Full-Time; Full-Year Employee
Exempt Status: Exempt
The Branson School is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school with 320 students in grades 9 – 12 in Ross, California.
Branson School Mission Statement: Branson develops students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy.
Branson School Diversity Mission Statement:Branson believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. We aspire to have every member of the Branson community feel a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, under the direction of the Head of School, will develop and oversee the collaborative implementation of the school’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using the school’s mission and core values as a guide, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will operate with a social justice, student-centered mindset and work to foster a deep sense of belonging among all members of the Branson community. The Director of DEI will work to create and maintain an equity framework throughout the curricular and co-curricular program for students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and families.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must have successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities, or have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to strengthening engagement of a diverse community and skill in communicating with a diverse population. This person will work to build a sense of shared values and serve as an educational leader demonstrating the ability to plan, organize, and communicate about a broad range of projects and programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Critical features of this job are described below. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
- Research, implement, and promote DEI best practice across all school constituencies and lead implementation of DEI strand of Branson Strategic Plan
- Chair the Employee Diversity Committee and its initiatives
- Attend weekly Administrative Cabinet meetings
- Develop and execute DEI programs and events across stakeholder groups: faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni
- Identify practices that work well, construct new systems where needed, and formalize collaborative feedback loops to proactively assess and address DEI issues at the school
- Play a lead role in the hiring process by helping to diversify hiring pipeline, provide culturally responsive interview training, and serving as a representative/consultant on all key hires.
- Sit on Board of Trustees Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
- Remain on the leading edge of DEI work by attending relevant professional development and maintaining active participation in both regional and national diversity organizations
- Work with Head of School and Director of Studies to establish required DEI professional development for all school personnel
- Work with Director of Communications to ensure that all school correspondence is equitable across stakeholder groups (e.g. non-english language speakers, gender non-binary individuals)
- Network with equity leaders at other independent schools as well as off-campus cultural resource organizations.
- Represent the school at local, regional, and national multicultural events as determined in conjunction with the head of school.
- Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the head of school
- Establish systems such that resources are equitably provided so that all students can participate fully in all aspects of our program
- Identify needs and provide support to historically underrepresented students and families
- In collaboration with Dean of Student Life and Inclusion, plan and execute DEI assembly programming (e.g. heritage month celebrations, MLK Assembly, etc).
- Schedule and coordinate logistics for any student events or initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion (e.g. Families of Color events, Gospel Night, student affinity groups)
- Plan and coordinate student participation in Student Diversity Leadership Conference, White Privilege Conference, and/or other relevant student diversity leadership programming
- Support and develop student diversity leadership.
- Work with the admission office to recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds
- Review and implement the mentoring program for new families in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life on an annual basis.
- Work with Director of Studies and department chairs to create, evaluate, and support the development of an inclusive and culturally responsive curriculum across all departments
- Lead professional development for school personnel
- Plan and lead DEI professional development for all school employees
- Teach a class or be an advisor
- Act as a liaison between the school, local communities of color, and other underrepresented groups to serve these populations better and to support the school’s outreach and admissions marketing and recruitment programs.
Common Qualification Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred
- Five or more years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership.
- Unflagging commitment to building a school culture rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion
- The desire to be involved in all aspects of life at an independent school
- Proven capacity to build rapport across diverse stakeholder groups
- Training and experience working with historically marginalized groups
- Project management skills in implementing complex programs, supervising personnel, and handling a budget
- Demonstrated capacity to operate in fast paced, varied work environment that includes high volume responsibility and atypical or unpredictable hours and tasks
- Outstanding organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal skills
- Strong work ethic, high level of integrity, and ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and tact
- Technologically savvy
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Branson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers and interns, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. Branson prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to:
Director of Human Resources
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