Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Westchester Lower School - White Plains, NY



Director ofDiversity, Equity & Inclusion  


TheWindward School is currently seeking aDirector ofDiversity, Equity & Inclusion. This multicampusrolewith a home office in White Plains, NY willserve the schoolin an essential leadership roleas a strategic planner,resourceand advocate in the promotion of an inclusive school communitywhere every memberhas a strong sense of belonging. Given the importance of thisrole andits impact across all offices andconstituentsin the School,the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will report directly to the Head of School. TheDirector of DEI will work to build the framework of the overall DEI initiatives,including establishing goals and metrics to advance these efforts with deliberate intention. This role will bearesource to all departments as we strive to view all procedures and practices through an equity lens.  


Qualified candidates should not only have the experience and expertise listedbelowas well as: 


  • deep understanding of and a passion to support The Windward School’s mission, with a focus ona skillful understanding of the intersections between DEI andlanguage-basedlearning disabilities   
  • An open,affirmingand approachable attitude with regard to DEI work andefforts  
  • proven commitment to cultivating an inclusive and culturally competent school environmentwhere every member has a strong sense of belonging 
  • A readiness to embodyWindward’scorvaluesof commitment, growth, impact and community  


Duties and Responsibilities  

The Director of DEI will support students by: 

  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships in order to diversify and support our studentbody   
  • Serving on the Admissions and Tuition Assistance Committeesin order to support equitableaccessto ourSchool   
  • Servingon the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee and workingclosely with the Director of Language Arts and Instruction to ensure culturally responsive curriculum for allstudents   
  • Co-creating proactive DEI lessons with the Guidance Department on eachcampus  
  • Facilitating learning conversations when identity mistakes arise  


The Director of DEI will support families and alumni by: 

  • Workingwith the Windward Parents Association to help all Windward families understand the school’s commitment to DEIefforts 
  • Assisting the Advancement Department in supporting and networking with BIPOC alumni and LGBTQ+ alumni.  
  • Hosting regular diversity coffeesfor current families  


The Director of DEI will support faculty and staff by: 

  • Working with the Director of HR and Director of the Teacher Training Program to develop strategies for recruitment, hiring,training, andretaining a diverse faculty and staff bodycommitted to advancing DEI atWindward 
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships in order to diversify and support our faculty and staffbody   
  • Creating and leading DEI professional development (monthly SEED seminars, Friday Professional Development sessions, coordinating outside speakers, etc.) 
  • Facilitating learning conversations when identity mistakes or microagressions arise 


The Director of DEI will support strategic planning by: 

  • Establishingand meetingperiodic departmental DEI goals by collecting and analyzing relevant data 
  • Supervising the DEI Office (SEED co-facilitators and campus diversity advisors) and DivE In Committee (Board Members, faculty, staff, parents/guardians)   
  • Workingin partnership withany relevantDEI Consultants,in achievingDEI goals 
  • Meetingregularly withour Communications Department to ensure representative and equitablecommunitymessaging   


The list above is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and like any other member of the senior leadership team, theDirector of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will, when necessary,be responsible forother duties as assigned by the Head of School.  


Specific Requirements  

  • Bachelor’s degree required;graduate degree preferred 
  • A minimum of three years ofdemonstrated successas aDEIpractitioner, preferably in a school setting, or experience that is evidently equivalent and demonstrates the application of the standards and best practices of thefield  
  • Team player with the capacity fordevelopingaffirming and positive working relationships with Windward communitymembers  
  • A strategicapproach tosupporting institutionalchange   
  • Skillfulmanagement othe personal, political and institutional dynamics related toDEI  
  • Self-starter with stronginterpersonalcommunications skills and the ability to have courageousconversations  
  • Excellentpublic speaking andpresentationskills  
  • An attitude that fosters compassion, empathy and kindnessin oneself and others  

About Us  

The Windward Schoolis the preeminent school for the remediation of language-based learning disabilities for students in Grades 1-9. Through a multisensory, direct instruction curriculum,Windwardhelps students thrive academically, while enabling them to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills.   


The Windward School's vision is a worldwhere every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.   


Windward currently employs more than 450 faculty and staff membersacross four divisions and three campuses, giving employees a small, tight-knit community at their campus while feeling part of a larger organization. Two Westchester campusesare located inWhite Plains, NY, and the Manhattan campus is located on the Upper EastSide. Due to COVID, we have a temporary campus for our Manhattan Lower School on the Upper West Side. 


The Windward School also has two divisions that support its mission — The Windward Teaching Training Programand The Windward Institute. 

  • The renownedWindward Teacher Training Programrecruits, hires, trains, mentors, and retains teachers at The Windward School.   
  • The Windward Instituteoffers professional development to all educators, forms partnerships with research and educational institutions, and advocates for students with language-based learning disabilities. 


The Windward School truly transformsstudents' lives, and our faculty and staff all contribute daily to the School's mission.The friendly, hard-working, and collegial Windward community provides a supportive professional environment in which all members are encouraged to develop into outstanding educational professionals.   


Our Mission  

The School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to providing an excellent instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth, enables students to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to the mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current researchand alsoshares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community. 

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