Connelly School of the Holy Child is seeking a Head of Diversity, who is committed to the mission and vision of the school and the Society of Holy Child Jesus.
Holy Child’s mission as one of the Network of Holy Child Schools calls us to sustain a diverse, inclusive school community. Beyond requiring academic excellence, our mission charges us to educate students who recognize the dignity of every person, who will work for justice, peace, and compassion, and who can make responsible choices in a complex world. We embrace cultural, socioeconomic, racial, ability, and religious diversity through a variety of programs.
This position will be a senior administrator and will help support the growth of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) at Holy Child and within our community.
Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, college preparatory school, committed to the intellectual, spiritual, artistic, physical, and social development of young women in grades 6 through 12. The school emphasizes academic challenge, joy of learning, and education of well-rounded women of faith and action.
Collaborate with all senior administrators of the school to ensure an inclusive environment across all departments.
Partner with Human Resources and Culture and department managers to advance DEIJ strategies, programs, and policies that will attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce and foster an environment of inclusion.
Work with the school leaders, department chairs, and teachers to provide methods of teaching and resources about diverse experiences, including, but not limited to: historically accurate teaching of BIPOC experiences; inclusion of BIPOC perspectives in all disciplines; development of resources, approaches, and best practices for allyship and support for all students.
Develop in-service and other professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
Develop and implement celebratory diversity and inclusion programming
Works closely with the Head of Curriculum and Instruction on trainings related to building culturally responsive classrooms.
Work closely with school counselors and the Student Life Office on developing and implementing intentional diversity and inclusion topics through assemblies, guest speakers, and advisory programs.
Lead the Student Diversity Committee, student clubs as they relate to diversity and the school’s affinity groups; support the Student Life Office to ensure all clubs and their activities are inclusive.
Coordinate annual participation in relevant conferences and workshops for students, faculty, and staff.
Work with the Dean of Student Life to develop and communicate protocols for reporting and addressing incidents of bias or harassment related to the student population.
Manage and run the DEIJ Steering Committee.
Coordinate efforts of the Board of Trustees, administration, alumnae, and parent groups to build a comprehensive DEIJ program for all members of the school community.
Commit to creating a culture of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect for all community members.
Actively support the mission and vision of the school; demonstrate an understanding and enthusiasm for secondary education, girls’ education, and Catholic education, as well as the Society of Holy Child Jesus.
Develop and oversee the DEIJ budget.
Work with the Communications Office to curate relevant and timely updates to the school’s DEIJ website; review and update diversity statement.
Has the ability to effectively write responsive communication to the community regarding diversity topics and events.
Work in collaboration with the Admissions Office and Student Life Office to recruit, welcome, support, and retain students of diverse backgrounds.
Lead diversity meetings.
Participate in continued diversity training to stay abreast of best practices.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree preferred
Minimum of five years of teaching and/or school administration experience
In-depth training in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice with a record of successful implementation of programs, preferably in a Catholic or independent secondary school
High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, fluency with school data/learning management systems
Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a collaborative environment
A passion for professional development, ongoing learning, and collaboration with multiple constituencies is essential
About Connelly School of the Holy Child
Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 6 through 12, in Potomac, Maryland.
Founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the School is a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools in the United States, and a part of the larger community of Holy Child schools.