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Associate Head of Community Engagement

California Assosiacion of Independent Schools

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted April 30, 2021.

Campbell Hall, an independent, Episcopal, K-12, all-gender day school in Studio City, California, seeks an Associate Head of Community Engagement to join the senior leadership team and steer the school’s diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice (DEIJ ) efforts.

Campbell Hall seeks a mission-driven leader with courage, tenacity, high emotional intelligence, and an appreciation for the complexity of an evolving institution fully committed to creating a more inclusive, equitable, and just school and community.

Reporting to The Rev.

Canon Julian Bull, Head of School, the Associate Head of Community Engagement will work in partnership with the Associate Head
for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives, and will be an integral member of an action-oriented, highly collaborative, and deliberative senior leadership team, engaging all constituencies.
Founded in 1944, Campbell Hall is a leading independent school.

It is poised to lead in DEIJ efforts in the school community, in Los Angeles, and at the national level.

From the school’s mission to nurture “decent, loving, and responsible human beings,” to the most recent strategic plan to “build and sustain an inclusive community,” including confronting systems of oppression and structural inequalities, Campbell Hall’s energized commitment rings powerfully.

The Associate Head of Community Engagement will expand current DEIJ efforts, such as inviting guest speakers and making presentations in chapel, teaching multicultural literacy, and supporting both affinity groups and social action organizations for parents and students.

The Associate Head of Community Engagement role is a tremendous opportunity to operate as a senior executive with the energy and efficacy to examine the school’s issues and opportunities both from the 20,000-foot strategic view and also at the tactical policy and classroom level.

Strategic priorities and opportunities for the Associate Head of Community Engagement include:

● Serve as a thought partner to the Head of School and Board of Directors

● Identify opportunities for institutional improvement related to DEIJ

● Provide vision and leadership to shape and implement investments, plans, and strategies aligned with the school’s goals and creating a welcoming environment for all

● Act as the lead storyteller for DEIJ work at Campbell Hall for the school and larger community

● Serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources

● Engage with appropriate stakeholders to develop, implement, operationalize, and measure the school’s strategic DEIJ plan, vision, and related goals

● Guide with a DEIJ lens to analyze and leverage data presently being collected for an upcoming DEIJ audit, to build trust, and to advise the full Administrative Team

● Design an institutional data collection, analysis, and reporting process to benchmark and promote accountability for DEIJ at Campbell Hall

● Maintain strategic relationships with the greater community, alumni, donors, and organizations focused on DEIJ

● Collaborate with senior leaders to integrate DEIJ best practices into hiring and retention practices

● Ensure a coordinated and cohesive institutional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion organizational excellence

● Serve as an advocate, mentor, and resource for constituents with concerns and issues related to DEIJ
The Position:
The Associate Head of Community Engagement is a critical thought partner to the Head of School and Board of Directors and supervises the DEIJ leadership team.

Working in tandem with the Associate Head for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives and partnering with Campbell Hall leadership and faculty across the school, the Associate Head of Community Engagement will inspire and drive Campbell Hall’s broader strategy for community engagement and DEIJ.

This includes influencing faculty recruiting, interviewing, engagement, evaluation and retention; admissions; internal and external communications; and student and staff policies (including conduct, grievance, performance, assessment, etc.).

This position oversees the DEIJ aspect in the school’s strategic plan, working with other school leaders to achieve and communicate the school’s strategic goals, success, and areas for growth regarding the school’s commitments to all identities, including and particularly those related to race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, level of ability, socioeconomic differences, and other under-represented and/or marginalized communities.

In addition, the Associate Head of Community Engagement will oversee curriculum review and development, including working with the chairs of human development, history, English, and all departments on curriculum and provide mentorship and support for faculty and staff to build cultural awareness of and sophistication in engaging with the identities mentioned above.

The Associate Head of Community Engagement is expected to interact regularly with the highest tiers of Campbell Hall leadership and to influence and help shape the DEIJ agenda of the Board of Directors.

The Associate Head of Community Engagement will be expected to:

● Participate in Campbell Hall Board meetings, Alumni board meetings, and the DEIJ and Public Partnership Committees of the Board

● Work directly with the Chairs of the DEIJ and Public Partnership Committees of the Board to set goals and agendas for those Committees

● Participate in other Board Committee meetings depending on professional background and/or as requested
In addition, the Associate Head of Community Engagement will:

● Ensure the development and communication of related school policies, standards, and procedures

● Create a through-line from division to division, a DEIJ scope-and-sequence, and continue scaffolding already occurring in the curriculum, teaching anti-bias, deepening and widening the curricular lens

● Engage the community in uncomfortable conversations when necessary, including with colleagues, and when difficult dialogue is needed to raise the level of trust for our alumni who are eager to be heard

● Increase DEIJ competencies while working in tandem with the senior leadership team, Board of Directors, and Head of School.

The Associate Head will help build institutional capacity in this work, understanding that work is already happening at the student level

● Inject DEIJ in all elements of school operation, demonstrating great initiative and helping put a DEIJ lens over how the school develops moving forward
Supervisory Responsibility
The Associate Head of Community Engagement leads the team that manages the school’s extensive DEIJ programming, including:

● Parent, student, and alumni affinity groups and clubs

● DEIJ-related parent town halls and student chapels

● DEIJ-related parent education events

● Campbell Hall Public Partnerships

● Professional development and training related to DEIJ
Qualities of the Associate Head of Community Engagement
The successful candidate is an innovative, strategic, and results-oriented leader with a broad vision for the role of DEIJ in achieving institutional excellence.

The Associate Head of Community Engagement is skilled at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across the school.

In addition, the successful candidate must have:

● Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior leaders, to achieve results

● Strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures, and politics within institutions that impact the implementation of effective diversity change efforts

● Demonstrated cultural awareness and ability to build trust and credibility, and to navigate a complex landscape

● Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing best practices of diversity and inclusion, and an excellent command of current diversity and inclusion concepts and issues in schools

● Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies focused on building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body

● Demonstrated success in partnering with faculty in curriculum and instructional development efforts that advance DEIJ

● Exceptional oral and written communication skills with experience in multiple communication modes, including social media, with the ability to articulate the importance of inclusion and diversity to the school and broader community

● Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to school culture, diversity, and inclusion

● History of effective leadership in a collaborative culture

● Demonstrated love of children with the recognition that often the students are ahead of the adults in their community

● An ability to leverage credibility by virtue of past and present work and an ability to convene a deep network

● A communications and marketing skill set to engage internally and also with the broader external community

● Graduate degree preferred

● Marketing or consulting background of great interest

● Academic foundation in Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Justice work
Procedure to Apply
Campbell Hall provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local l