Founded in 1786, Friends Seminary, the oldest continually operating coeducational, independent Quaker school in New York City, seeks a Specialist for Diversity, Equity and Belonging (DEB) to work with the School’s mission-based Center for Peace, Equity and Justice (CPEJ), under the supervision of the Director of DEB and the Director of CPEJ.
An entry-level position with potential to grow in leadership, the Specialist for DEB supports student and faculty development of diversity, equity and belonging, global competencies, as well as civic engagement, which reflects Quaker values and their accompanying legacy of activism. A unique department in the independent school world, the Center brings together academic, social, values-based and cultural programs that contribute to wider movements for social change. By connecting theory to real-world practice, the Center stresses learning through action and equips students with global competencies that allow them to realize their human capacity to bring about the world that ought to be. Through its programs and course offerings, grounded in Quaker philosophy and practice, the Center seeks to connect ideas, resources, and people to advance social justice, build inclusive and sustainable communities, and foster lifelong commitments to public service.
The main responsibilities for this full time, 10-month position will be to support the continued development of a growing and thriving diversity, equity and belonging program which engages students ranging from grades K-12. Additional responsibilities include teaching a Middle School social justice and service learning curriculum called goLEAD in collaboration with other members of the CPEJ team. The Specialist for DEB will collaborate with CPEJ staff on the design and logistical support of other Center initiatives, and under the direction of the Director of DEB, will manage student-facing DEB programs such as affinity groups and heritage month celebrations.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice and civic engagement through their own educational pursuits, community engagement, and/or professional work in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging. An ideal candidate will have experience in youth development and community organizing, as well as an understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy and diversity, equity and belonging best practices. They will have the desire to strengthen their DEB competencies and advance in this role. This position will report to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging and the Director of the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, and will be part of a highly collaborative team that brings to life the School’s Quaker values and commitment to social justice.
- Under the direction of the Director of DEB, creating and implementing:
- Weekly DEB programs such as affinity groups, lunchtime talks and evening panels addressing issues pertaining to diversity, equity and belonging
- Heritage month programming that aligns with the School’s philosophy around diversity, equity and belonging
- Writing communications for DEB weekly events for the School’s website and the CPEJ social media platforms
- Teaching one grade 4 project-based learning curriculum focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, teaching middle school social justice/service learning classes, and working with the Director of CPEJ and the Director of DEB in implementing the goLEAD curriculum for grades 5-8
- Collaborating with the CPEJ team in planning and implementing CPEJ initiatives such as the Learn & Serve events, Peace Week and Day of Concern
- Light administrative work such as managing the DEB calendars
- Grounded understanding and commitment to diversity, equity and belonging, and a demonstration of cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions with others
- Well developed global consciousness and environmental sustainability awareness and engagement
- Experience with youth development and social justice/human rights education
- Demonstrated experience in community building and nonprofit partnership development
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in a relevant field
- Experience working in schools preferred
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a field relevant to the work of CPEJ
The expected salary range for this position is $53,000 - $60,000 based upon experience.
Friends Seminary offers excellent benefits including paid time off, health, dental, vision, 403(b) with a School-paid match; wide-ranging opportunities for professional development, including tuition support and summer grants; and a talented and dedicated team of teaching colleagues and supportive administrators. Successful candidates will join a dynamic and forward-thinking teaching community of over 150 educators.
Anticipated Start Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
For this position, please submit the following:
- Completed Friends Seminary employment application
- Cover letter
- Contact information for three personal references
When submitting your materials, kindly be sure to reference your first and last name, the position for which you are applying, and where you heard about the position in the subject line. i.e. [last name], [first name] - CPEJ Specialist for DEB - Friends website. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application. No phone calls, please.
Friends Seminary reserves the right to require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as current and future health and safety guidelines are adopted by the School. All employees will be required to be tested for COVID-19 as the School deems necessary to protect our community and those around us.
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.