Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
At Menlo School, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, and inclusion reflect the major cornerstones of our community.
Menlo School is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced individual who is passionate about our mission to help students “become ethical, responsible, and engaged members of ever wider communities” and “develop a sense of commitment to purposes larger than themselves.” The Director of Community and Civic Engagement works to promote a culture of compassion, empathy, awareness, and caring in Menlo students.
The Director will be responsible for program development, implementation, services and activities, while building on existing efforts and plans that increase engagement and deepen existing relationships. The Director should be comfortable working with high school students, parents, and the Menlo Community at large in a team-driven environment.
Specifically, the Director will:
Strive to connect locally, creating relationships and developing and maintaining programs and events that provide reciprocal benefits for students and community partners.
Oversee and manage the M Term program that provides students with transformative learning experiences.
Oversee and champion Knight Vision, Menlo’s student-led community engagement club, that organizes monthly hands-on opportunities and educates the student body about social issues in interactive ways.
Sponsor and promote activities that foster and promote empathy, civic engagement, and compassion.
Teach one section in the Freshman Seminar Program on service and community engagement. Additional teaching in the candidate’s discipline is also a possibility.
Exceptional written/verbal communication abilities. Aptitude for public speaking is essential.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a demonstrated ability to work independently, lead multiple projects, prioritize and manage tasks and deadlines.
Ability to connect with and motivate students.
Exemplary professional attitude and demonstrated ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, and good judgment is required, as is the ability to interface effectively with a wide variety of people.
Bachelor’s degree in complementary field and a commitment to education and community improvement.
Minimum of 3 years’ management experience or equivalent.
Prior experience in community event organization and production.
Successful experience working with youth either in an education environment or volunteer organization.
Personal volunteer experience.
An exceptional work environment and caring community
Excellent professional development opportunities
Highly competitive salary
A comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families
Generous contributions to 403b retirement plan
Free lunch on campus when school is in session
On-campus child care center
Many other perks and benefits
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
The job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment, but there may be possible exposure to childhood diseases and illnesses
Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities with average interior dust with occasional exposure to outdoor elements
Exposure to a normal school environment that is usually quiet but sometimes noisy
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions
Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, manipulate art tools, speak, hear and read during the course of normal activities
Able to use computers and other tools
Able to move items weighing up to 10 pounds
Ability to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time
In-person attendance necessary to provide an effective level of performance during regular school hours