Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Valor Collegiate Academies - Nashville, Tennessee - Full time

OVERVIEW

Founded in 2014, Valor Collegiate Academies is a top-performing, public charter school network in Nashville, Tennessee, serving students in Grades 5-12 across three schools. Our mission is to create a community where students of all backgrounds have equitable access to an education that prepares them to live inspired and purposeful lives. This mission is made possible through an innovative school model that balances rigorous academics and whole-child education in an intentionally diverse environment. Ranking as one of the highest performing schools in the state of Tennessee, everything Valor has achieved starts and ends with our team’s commitment to excellence.

We are seeking an exceptional and passionate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the 2022-23 school year to lead the development and implementation of our DEI strategy as experienced by scholars.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & FOCUS AREAS

The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s (DDEI) central responsibility is to:

  • Ignite the diverse voices of our scholars to be leaders in our continuous evolution,
  • Integrate quality DEI work throughout the scholar 5-12 experience, and continuously
  • Interrogate and evolve our scholar-facing systems to ensure Valor becomes more and more equitable and inclusive for all scholars.

Scholar Leadership and Education

The DDEI will develop scholar leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Precisely, they will:

  • Create, promote, advise, and support curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity, including studying race, gender, ethnicity, nation and nationhood, class, and religion, and their intersections.
  • Coordinate yearly on-campus and off-campus equity education programs for Middle and Upper School scholars; will facilitate scholars’ attendance at local, regional, and national conferences related to equity education.
  • Lead training and provide support to adult sponsors of affinity groups, identity-based clubs, etc., particularly developing scholar ownership, leadership, and voice.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Noble Purpose, Family Engagement Manager, and Culture Assistant Principals to identify opportunities for diverse connections.

First-Year Role Priorities

  • Draft DEI Curriculum for Grades 5-12 for the 2023-2024 school year
  • Create training for scholar Affinity Space Leaders
  • Collaborate with Family Engagement Manager to support engagement in family events
  • Collaborate with Cultures Assistant Principals to revise Scholar Base Camp DEI Curriculum
  • Collaborate with Director of Noble Purpose to draft opportunities for diverse connections for the high school scholars (college, vocational schools, military, etc)
  • Collaborate with Chief DEI Officer to revise the strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Maintain a weekly presence on each campus to create opportunities for authentic interaction with staff members

QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS

At Valor, we believe diversity is what makes us strong and we are committed to building a team of educators with diverse skills and experiences. We invite you to apply if you have:

  • Experience working with a diverse population of adults and children.
  • Demonstrated experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in an educational setting.
  • Experience in curriculum design in the areas of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.
  • Ability to work in a collegial, diverse, collaborative environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience with strategic thinking and leadership, including expertise in gathering and assessing a broad range of data and helping develop a shared agreement for key priorities and initiatives.
  • Acts ethically, with integrity, and is authentic and self-aware; adheres to Valor’s values, mission, and DEI principles.
  • Demonstrated strength in building trusting relationships with adults and children.
  • Ability to facilitate and engage in difficult conversations and coach others to do the same.

COMPENSATION

  • Valor’s compensation is competitive and based on years of relevant professional experience
  • Comprehensive retirement and healthcare benefits
  • Employee referral bonus program

BENEFITS

  • Paid parental leave
  • Access to an on-campus fitness facility
  • Private nursing room for new moms
  • Unlimited classroom supplies & school-issued laptops for all staff
  • PTO Sharing Program
  • On-going commitment to your development as an educator
  • Hybrid Pension & 401K program
  • Free access to MNPS Vanderbilt Clinic
  • Access to retirement counseling advisor
  • Access to mental health resources

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

Valor believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables students and staff to thrive. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We actively seek applications from people of all backgrounds to strengthen our community and the perspectives needed to thrive in a diverse world. 

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

Valor Collegiate Academies

Founded in 2014, Valor is a top-performing, public charter school network in Nashville, TN, serving students in Grades 5-12. Our mission is to create a community where students of all backgrounds have equitable access to an education that prepares them to live inspired and purposeful lives.
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