This position provides leadership and oversight of an ongoing, division-wide, multi-faceted initiative to address equity issues in all WJCC programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate division equity audit and needs assessment in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
- Co-lead Strategic Plan Goal 2 working groups to ensure progress in equity strategies prioritized in the strategic plan.
- Collaboratively develop formal presentations showing the work and progress of WJCC Strategic Plan Goal 2.
- Lead a Strategic Plan Goal 2 Action Team to implement practices to increase opportunities for staff to develop and use a culturally responsive teaching framework.
- Design, lead and collaborate with other departments to develop ongoing professional development that builds the capacity of instructional staff to use culturally responsive teaching, pedagogy and practices that support and enhance student learning.
- Provide and disseminate research and information on best practices to support equity and inclusion initiatives.
- Lead and serve as a resource to promote celebrations and recognition activities related to diversity and inclusion.
- In collaboration with division and school leadership and staff representatives (including teachers) develop a common language for equity practices and conversations.
- Identify and monitor metrics related to existing disparities including but not limited to discipline, enrollment in certain courses, graduation rates, dropout rates, and gifted identification.
- Review existing policies and practices through an equity lens and work with senior staff and the superintendent to recommend revisions for school board consideration.
- Support administrators in the promotion and organization of school-based student activities that increase cultural awareness.
- Collaborate with Human Resources, principals and department leaders to develop and implement new strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
- Lead network of school-based Multicultural Engagement Advocates to support programs that raise awareness of cultural diversity and inclusivity and promote culturally responsive teaching.
- Collaborate with the Department of Communications and Engagement and/or senior leadership to ensure equitable access, opportunity, information and resources for students, staff and families.
- Represent and serve as a liaison between the community and the school division to develop mutually beneficial partnerships to promote equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Create partnership opportunities that address school- specific needs to reduce disparities and bring additional resources to promote equity for all students.
- Respond to questions from schools and citizens about programs and services as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion; direct inquiries to appropriate individuals and processes.
- Develop monthly data and reports that highlight and support equity and inclusion initiatives to share with senior leadership.
- Produce an annual WJCC Equity and Inclusion Report and present outcomes to the school board and superintendent.
- Model the WJCC Strategic Plan Values: Individualism, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
- Master’s Degree in education or related field and an Administration and Supervision Prek-12 endorsement.
- Prior experience in managing equity programs preferred.
- Prior experience in a school administration/leadership position preferred.
- A minimum of five years classroom teaching or equivalent experience that demonstrates knowledge of culturally responsive teaching practices.
- Considerable knowledge of and familiarity with topics that address equity and cultural diversity.
- Ability to develop and maintain accurate records and databases, create formal presentations and provide in-depth analysis of pertinent data points and trends.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate the ability to interact with a wide diversity of groups within WJCC as well as the local community.
- Ability to work with diverse populations within the organization and the community; ability to manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and organizational dynamics related to equity issues with the division.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Central Office and school-based staff at all levels as well as senior staff, school board members, and community leaders.
- Demonstrated ability to model the values inherent in equity and diversity issues.
Performs duties under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Busy office environment with constant deadlines and frequent interruptions. High volume of work requiring establishment of priorities. Must have the ability to sit for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to enter data into a computer terminal; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in person and on the telephone; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds. Frequent travel within the school division is required. Early morning, evening and/or weekend work occasionally required.