Laboratory Schools: Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Chicago, IL
Feb 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus

11420 Lab Schools Ed Programs

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) position, to begin July 2018, is a senior administrative position which reports both to the Director, Laboratory School and to the University of Chicago Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity. The Director of DEI is a member of the School's senior administrative team and leads the Schools' efforts to honor diversity, one of the core values articulated in the mission statement, by developing and implementing programming and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Working in collaboration with administrators across the Schools, the Director of DEI will establish consistent and comprehensive diversity programming and services, partnering with faculty, staff, students, parents and board members in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The successful candidate will have broad school or other relevant experience and a proven record of success in leading diversity efforts at other institutions. Furthermore, this person will be conversant with a range of models for building cultural competence within institutions and will be prepared to guide this community in developing the best model for the Laboratory Schools.

  • Provide strategic leadership toward final development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the adopted Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Framework.
  • In collaboration with academic administration and faculty assess and support the development of a diversity and inclusion program, both in content and delivery, providing ongoing programming that engages students, their families, faculty and staff in the area of diversity and inclusion and related topics.
  • Participate in recruitment efforts to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Develop and support a range of professional development experiences in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to meet the learning needs of faculty and staff.
  • Partner with the admissions team to help identify, recruit and retain a diverse student body.
  • Create, support and network with the various diversity and inclusion-related groups within the school's internal and external communities while utilizing University resources.
  • In coordination with academic leaders, support and develop student diversity leadership.
  • Partner with the University of Chicago on broader campus diversity initiatives.
  • Develop a messaging strategy and create engaging diversity-related content to share across channels with internal and external audiences.

  • Conversant with a range of models for developing cultural competence in institutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate and interact with diverse populations
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
  • Ability to be agile and flexible required.
  • Strong knowledge of subject matter required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Decision-making skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Computational skills required.
  • Creativity required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Ability to manage stressful situations required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
  • Capacity to think strategically
  • Ability to successfully navigate and lead diverse and non-diverse communities are vital attributes.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree required
  • Ph.D. degree desired

  • 10 years of experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion or equivalent required
  • Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing diversity programs
  • Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
  • Experience working in an independent school setting
  • Experience in data research and analysis

Technical knowledge or skills:
  • Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Philosophy related to diversity, equity, & inclusion work in schools
  • Professional references

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