Director of Community, Equity, and Diversity - Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Spelman Johnson
  • Exeter, NH, United States
  • Mar 01, 2017
Full time Other

Job Description

Phillips Exeter Academy is a co-educational residential school serving 1,100 students in grades 9 through post-graduate during the academic year. During summers, the campus serves 800 summer school students and offers a robust program of professional development institutes and conferences. Founded in 1781 by John Phillips, Exeter has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world. A diverse global community of students from all walks of life find abundant opportunities for intellectual and personal growth as they move through their secondary education well-supported by approximately 650 highly committed and dedicated faculty and staff. Located near the coast in Southern New Hampshire, the Town of Exeter offers the charm of a small New England village replete with a rich array of nearby cultural, educational, and recreational resources, all within an hour’s drive of the cities of Boston, Massachusetts or Portland, Maine.

The Position

The Director of Community, Equity and Diversity (DCED) serves as a senior-level strategist on the Principal’s Staff, and partners with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various committees, and external constituencies. The DCED is responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, educational and employment opportunity, and cultural proficiency. The DCED proactively develops and implements plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate the Academy community to hold equity and inclusion as core values and fosters a climate that supports, encourages, and respects diversity. Using a collaborative approach, the DCED articulates the importance of, and educational relevance for, diversity, equity, and inclusion to the broader institutional mission. The DCED will shape a focused diversity, equity, and inclusion mission statement and vision, and will develop ongoing trainings and professional development opportunities across all campus populations that deepen community awareness, understanding, and respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Key components of the director’s responsibilities will be examining institutional practices and potential barriers of employee recruitment/hiring/promotion/retention, and student recruitment/ admission/retention, as well as coordinating the collection of institution-wide climate data. The director will utilize findings to effect change and advance the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and institutional strategic planning efforts. The DCED will also consult with individual departments as they develop curricula to advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion mission and support professional development to facilitate inclusive working, teaching, and learning practices. Additionally, the DCED will provide resources and expertise in addressing areas of nondiscrimination, access and equity; awareness of laws, regulations and policies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and procedural knowledge for responding to bias incidents in collaboration with general counsel.


An advanced degree (master’s, JD, or equivalent) and a progressive record of diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership, reflecting demonstrated understanding and success in advancing and navigating strategic and solution-oriented approaches to improving campus climate within an academic institution are required. Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the Director of Community, Equity, and Diversity include: excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills; strategic high-level thinking coupled with attention to detail; collaborative management style; ability to maintain confidentiality; evidence of awareness and sensitivity to the interests and concerns of marginalized populations; willingness to travel as needed; and an ability to facilitate change while serving the community with diplomacy and tact.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin March 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter must be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Phillips Exeter Academy – Director of Community, Equity, and Diversity

Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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The Academy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, genetic information, or physical or mental disabilities which do not prevent performance of essential job tasks.