Charles R. Drew Charter School
Over Drew Charter School’s twenty-year history, the school has grown to serve grades PreK-12 with nearly 1,900 students in a “cradle-to-college” pipeline, including two onsite early learning partners. Drew implements a rigorous and supportive educational continuum, which includes tailored Response to Intervention (RTI) support, a rigorous STEAM/Project-Based Learning (PBL) instructional model, and a robust College and Career Readiness program. Every element has been thoughtfully designed to ensure all students succeed and to eliminate opportunity gaps and inequities in educational outcomes for our diverse population of students. More than just a school, Drew is at the heart of a community-wide commitment to launching all students on a pathway to health, impact, and prosperity.
Drew Board of Directors Commitment to Equity Statement
As part of our steadfast efforts to ensure equitable outcomes for ALL Drew Charter School students, we, the Board of Directors, individually and collectively, make an explicit commitment to identify, acknowledge, and dismantle policies and practices that reinforce systemic racism, and to educate and equip ALL of our students with the ability and opportunity to be leaders in the continuous work of creating a true, beloved community.
The Director of Culture and Equity will work with members of Drew leadership in setting the vision and functions for Drew’s equity journey and organizational culture and participate actively in developing and implementing organizational strategy. This person will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion initiatives that support Drew’s mission, values, and strategic plans. S/he will engage all members of the Drew staff, Drew community, and other external stakeholders to build and sustain a welcoming and inclusive culture at all academies of Charles R. Drew Charter School. The candidate will demonstrate diplomacy and strategy in developing and maintaining relationships, have strong and effective interpersonal, communication, and management skills, and actively engage Drew staff in strategy, design, and decision making. While being passionate about equity, the person in this position will assess potential barriers and help develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Additionally, this position will design training initiatives to increase awareness, access, and support of equity and inclusion values. This position reports to the Head of School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and implement proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that support the creation of an inclusive and respectful school, through channels such as assessment, education and training, support and advocacy, and compliance steps and measures. Engage all members of the Drew community – including, but not limited to, staff, students, administrators, and other external stakeholders – in developing and implementing these initiatives. Collaborate with various levels of Drew leadership in developing and implementing these initiatives. Maintain strong relationships with Drew leadership.
- Focus on the relationship between Drew and the Villages of East Lake with an intention to maintain the integrity of the charter commitment and make sure that Drew’s focus on equity clearly identifies the Villages as the school’s first commitment.
- Develop and implement school-wide training and event initiatives for all parts of the Drew community – including, but not limited to, staff, students, administrators, residents of the Villages of East Lake, and other external stakeholders when applicable – to promote cultural understanding and intelligence and assist in creating a climate of equity and inclusion across the school. Collaborate with other relevant school departments in developing and implementing these initiatives.
- Provide investigation, mediation, and conflict resolution services in areas related to diversity and inclusion as requested or appropriate.
- Keep informed of changes and developments in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including in legislative and legal areas. Keep relevant school stakeholders informed of changes and developments.
- Represent the school in regional and local associations, civic clubs, non-profit organizations, and other organizations as requested or appropriate.
- Gather, research, and analyze data for use in statistical calculations and reporting in order to assess initiatives, support the school’s strategic initiatives, and meet any federal and state requirements. Collaborate with relevant school officials such as principals, Director of Data, Research, and Analytics and Director of Human Resources in carrying out these duties.
- Participate in and provide guidance regarding the school’s initiatives related to admission and retention of priority student groups as per Drew’s Charter.
- Work across academies with Drew leadership to improve student culture, character, and restorative practice work; assist academy leaders, counselors, and school social worker in creating a systemic expectation where students behave with kindness and responsibility
- Participate in and provide guidance regarding the school’s initiatives related to the diversity of candidates in the hiring and screening processes for faculty and staff positions. Work with Human Resources and other departments (as requested or appropriate) to develop strategies and initiatives that increase the breadth and depth of diversity in the school’s applicant pools, as well as the school’s effectiveness in retaining a diverse workforce.
- Other duties as relevant to the responsibilities of the position or as assigned by Head of School or Head of School’s designee.
- Competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
- Ability to balance strategic thinking with tactical implementation to achieve results; ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex initiatives and projects serving various audiences.
- Discretion, good judgment and ability to handle confidential information appropriately and with tact.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
- Demonstrated leadership, initiative, energy, and sound judgment.
- Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; excellent, persuasive, and clear writing skills.
- Strong presentation and public speaking skills; thorough and detail oriented.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
- Strong project management and implementation skills; Ability to effectively manage projects and balance multiple priorities while maintaining a positive outlook and working effectively in a collaborative environment.
- Ability to use initiative to organize and follow through with complex tasks to meet deadlines.
- Resourceful and creative in work-related matters.
- Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate them.
Qualifications & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree
- 7+ years of experience in field
- Knowledge of best practices in diversity and inclusion, including unconscious bias and comfort in facilitating discussions around topics of race, social justice, and equity
- Relevant experience in the area of employee relations and organizational development, preferred
- Expertise in developing and facilitating adult learning/training
- Experience managing and facilitating organizational change efforts
- Ability to obtain a Clearance certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
- Salary Range: $77,730 – $105,196
- Work Days: 242 (Annual)
- Drew Charter School offers our full-time staff members a broad, generous benefits package.
How to Apply
Please apply on our website: https://www.drewcharterschool.org/who-we-are/human-resources/career-opportunities