Lawrenceville School — Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-0008
Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
Appointment: 07/01/20

The Lawrenceville School, a day and boarding school of 814 students (grades 9-12 and post-graduate), located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, seeks to hire its inaugural full-time, senior-level administrator in diversity and inclusion—the Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement—to commence July 1, 2020. This exciting position calls for a collaborative, entrepreneurial, strategic, and experienced educational leader to co-create the vision and provide the direction for fostering an inclusive campus community and culture. This position will be a member of the Senior Staff and will report directly to the Head Master.

The desire for an inaugural Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement was born out of the work of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), which was created as part of the School’s response to a series of incidents on campus in the spring of 2018. This included an online debate about student activism that generated frustration and pain within the Lawrenceville community. In some ways, the events of that time and the School’s response served as a bellwether moment. It became an opportunity for the community to see clearly that students and employees of color feel that they are not always sufficiently heard or supported at Lawrenceville.

As the first Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, the opportunity and challenge will be inhabiting a new and highly aspirational, yet not fully defined position. Given the work of school leadership and the DEI Task Force, however, the most immediate priorities for the Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will focus on leading and supporting DEI efforts for the School’s adult community.

The Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will be charged with providing cohesive and meaningful professional development and growth for an adult community with around-the-clock schedule and with widely varied levels of interest/knowledge. Thoughtfully and supportively meeting members of the community where they are and integrating the work into the systems and programs of the community will be a priority.

While the Lawrenceville student body has become increasingly diverse, faculty and staff diversity has increased at a slower pace. The Dean of Faculty and Director of Human Resources have made significant efforts and strides in broadening recruitment and establishing resources to support the lives of those who work at Lawrenceville. The Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will partner closely to support and grow these efforts.

DESIRED QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to embrace the ambiguity and opportunities for this inaugural position and to work collaboratively with others to shape and define the role.
  • The entrepreneurial ability to identify needs, take initiative, and engage partners in strategic change.
  • Knowledge of best practices in equity and inclusion work and demonstrated experience in presenting and leading such work.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strategy and effecting significant change.
  • Ability to co-create, articulate, and move toward a bold vision while thoughtfully pacing change and engaging a wide range of stakeholders collaboratively and empathetically.
  • An organizational anthropologist—someone who has an appreciation for cultural appraisal as a way to assess community needs.
  • Ability to appreciate Lawrenceville’s 200+ year history and sense of tradition, while helping it grow, innovate, and become the School it aspires to be in the 21st century.
  • An ability to articulate and appreciate the nuances of intersectional identities within a school community that became co-educational just 30 years ago.
  • A deeply held commitment to and passion for equity and inclusion on behalf of faculty, staff, students, families, and alumni—all community members.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience with working with high achieving, diverse, and dynamic high school students.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for boarding school communities.
  • Highly effective communication skills: inclination to listen to understand, clear and compelling written and verbal skills.
  • An empathic, self-assured, and strong leadership style with ability to work with broad constituencies in an approachable, optimistic, and diplomatic manner.
  • Strong character and impeccable integrity.
  • Visionary—strategic and insightful—with the ability to frame and implement plans.
  • A systems-thinker with excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and great follow-through, who can guide the school toward institutional equity and inclusion with a flow chart, not an organizational chart.
  • An inclusive, transparent, and trusted decision-maker.
  • An educator at heart and in practice.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

The full position description can be found at https://www.carneysandoe.com/assets/Lawrenceville-DEI-11.29.pdf

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position
  • A current résumé
  • A one-page statement of educational or leadership philosophy and practice;
  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)

Please do not contact the school directly. Interested candidates who meet the qualifications for the position posted should submit relevant documents to:

Lawrence Alexander
Search Consultant, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
lawrence.alexander@carneysandoe.com

Jennifer Wong Christensen
Search Consultant, Higher Education Admission & Enrollment
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
jennifer.christensen@carneysandoe.com

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