Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, CA - Full time


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Position Overview:

The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Summit Public Schools will lead the implementation of a DEI plan at Summit Public Schools, working with faculty from across the organization. Sitting on the Talent Team, this position will report directly to the Senior Director of Talent, have a dotted-line reporting structure to the Chief of Staff, and will work closely with the Leadership Team at Summit Public Schools.

Do you have a passion for and experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion work? Are you highly motivated to positively impact the lives of students by improving K-12 public education? Do you have excellent project management and relationship-building skills? We are looking for a self-starter who isn't afraid to take initiative, dive deeply into a new role, and build systems to accelerate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization.

The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be responsible for project management of a DEI Implementation Plan, which will include, but is not limited to:

  • Establish framework for affinity groups based on identities and shared backgrounds focused on creating a dedicated space for processing experiences. Support, monitor, and coordinate these groups.
  • Develop vision, plan, training and resources to support faculty in establishing additional affinity groups at the region, school, or team-level.
  • Establish and lead working groups, open to all faculty, to co-drive and monitor DEI priorities.
  • In partnership with Leadership Team, school leaders, working groups, and other stakeholders across the organization:
    • Define training strategy, timeline and adult-facing curriculum for ongoing cultural responsiveness training, including:
    • Developing and/or acquiring training content and resources according to curriculum
    • Planning org-ride rollout of curriculum
    • Delivering training content
    • Develop internal and public-facing DEI statement and share and promote via multiple mediums
    • Develop supporting materials and talking points, org-wide communications, and other support for series of org-wide conversations to build collective understanding of Summit’s core beliefs on DEI and hold space for ongoing discussions
    • Working with Summit’s Analytics team, turn ideas related to measurable DEI goals at org-wide and school levels into dashboards. Work with school leaders to do the same
    • Monitor and track progress towards goals in organizational priority dashboard
  • Serve as strategic partner in Talent Team to:
    • Examine time off policies, school calendars and physical spaces to consider whether shifts, changes, or additions are merited to enhance inclusivity
    • Develop and embed DEI competencies in credentialing competencies, look-fors and job descriptions
    • Develop and deliver ongoing cultural responsiveness trainings for faculty
    • Diversify recruitment pools by identifying candidate sources with significant representation from focus identities and cultivating relationships
    • Update interview and selection tools with a lens for cultural responsiveness
    • Implement process for connecting candidates with faculty members who share their backgrounds and can speak to their experiences at Summit
    • Gather data to understand faculty retention challenges and develop associated retention strategy
  • Stay current with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion research and best practices


  • Excellent communicator and relationship-builder with high emotional intelligence
  • Culturally competent, and able to reflect and operate in diverse situations and across lines of difference
  • Experience simultaneously leading multiple complex projects with stakeholders at varying levels.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, develop and collaborate with a diverse group of leaders, teachers, staff members, and community members.
  • Experience creating and executing long-term plans and projects, and using data to drive decisions
  • Deep commitment to continuous improvement and ability to work effectively within a rapidly iterating, entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-starter ready to craft this new role
  • Required: experience driving diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at organization of complexity
  • Preferred: Talent experience and/or experience working in education context
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Belief that all kids can succeed

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Summit Public Schools

Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 3,000 students. 

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