Atlanta International School opened in 1985 as an independent, non-profit, secular school and is now one of the few schools in the US offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum to our three-year-olds up to Grade 12 (3K-12). The student body, numbering 1,220 is approximately 50% American and 50% international; the diverse faculty and staff come from over 35 different nations. More than 90 nationalities and 60 languages are represented in the AIS community. Atlanta International School is accredited by the Council of International Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)/ AdvancEd, the Mission Laïque Française (MLF), Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE) and is authorized to offer three of the four IB programs by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The Class of 2018 is made up of 97 students.
Our mission to develop “extraordinary individuals who will shape the 21st Century” has always been founded on our three pillars: rigorous IB curriculum, world-class language learning and an inclusive, multicultural community.
As we continue to evolve and expand on our pillars, we recommit to our students’ development of a global mindset. We design experiences that enable our learners to become adaptable, capable thinkers who demonstrate perseverance and resilience; we create an environment that provides ample opportunities for collaborative creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We are intentionally developing the most inclusive community we can possibly create. The Head of Equity and Inclusion (HEI) is a strategically significant new leadership team level position at Atlanta International School. The mandate of this position is to advance the school’s commitment to an open, inclusive community, which provides equitable opportunities and wellbeing to all.Directly Reports to
: The HeadmasterAdministrative Level:
This position is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of the school and will collaborate closely with the SLT, Principals, and Curriculum Coordinators. The HEI chairs the school’s Equity and Inclusion Task Force, is a member of the Primary and Secondary Leadership and Student Support Teams (as needed), in addition to attending IB Subject Group and Grade Level Planning Teams as relevant and necessary. The HEI will work with the Board Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Parent Organization leadership in further developing the social and cultural competencies of the adult community.Guiding Principles:
- Supports and advances the mission, vision and strategic plan of the school
- Supports student learning and achievement through cooperative effort and best practices
- Supports and promotes the goals of the IB programs and continuum at AIS
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Community and Inclusion
The Head of Equity and Inclusion is primarily charged with developing the action plans and projects resulting from the strategic plan that will advance the school’s priorities around our community and inclusion work.
Strategic Goal: Advance our commitment to an open, inclusive community, which provides equitable opportunities and wellbeing to all.
- Build ownership and alignment around AIS comprehensive definition of inclusivity so that it is shared and understood by all.
- Implement tools to measure progress and determine actions to advance inclusivity and intercultural competency.
- Increase all teachers’ effectiveness in providing inclusive learning.
Curriculum and Instruction
The HEI will collaborate with IB Program Coordinators, Principals, Counselors, Group Leaders, Grade Level Leaders and individual faculty to further develop IB courses and IB curricula that include the study of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nation and nationhood, class, religion and their intersections. The HEI will actively research new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about identity, social difference, and inequality, and will train AIS Faculty in how to incorporate these into their classrooms and IB Programs. The HEI will work with faculty and administrators to integrate this work into our co-curricular programs, athletics, community events and activities.
The HEI will also support the leadership and faculty in the realization of two additional strategic goals:
- World Languages and Culture—expand our leadership in language learning and intercultural competency to prepare our learners to effectively shape the global future.
- Learning for Action and Impact—enhance our 3K-12 educational programs to help our learners to develop into world-ready change leaders
Recruiting, Networking, Hiring and Admissions
The Head of Equity and Inclusion will assist the Headmaster, Leadership Team and Human Resource Director in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff. Specifically, the HEI will attend relevant conferences; will network with prospective candidates; will support the management of an ongoing database of prospects with HR, and will maintain regular contact with potential candidates.
The Head of Equity and Inclusion will work with the Head of Admissions and Admissions Team to increase the number of diverse applicants.
Leadership and Education
The Head of Equity and Inclusion will work with principals, counselors, and faculty to develop student leadership in matters related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. Specifically, the HEI will coordinate yearly on-campus equity education programs for students and will facilitate student attendance at local, regional, and national conferences related to equity and social justice education. They will work with the principals and middle leaders to coordinate the student groups. Examples include; the Upper School student affinity group leadership, the Middle School student council and a primary school mentoring program.
Adult Education and Professional Development
The Head of Equity and Inclusion will work with the SLT, Board Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and PO Leadership in further developing the social and cultural competencies of our adult community. They will develop on-campus workshops focused on teaching faculty and staff how to work with all students most effectively and will facilitate and ensure faculty professional growth in understanding the role of social and cultural factors in both teaching and learning. The HEI will also organize speakers and/or present workshops for the board of trustees members as well as the parent and wider community to build a knowledge base and alignment around issues of equity, inclusion and social justice.
Metro Atlanta, Regional, National and International Profile
The Head of Equity and Inclusion will communicate AIS’ institutional vision around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice to publicize the school's efforts in these areas. They will form relationships with their counterparts at local independent school and universities. In addition, the HEI will make presentations at Metro Atlanta, regional, national and international conferences; will offer workshops; and will publish articles that share AIS’ stories: successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
Requirements and Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree. A master's degree and/or equivalent years of experience is also required. Teaching and/or training experience is essential, with three to five years preferred; experience as a supervisor and skill as an evaluator of others' performance is also preferred. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership ability with adults, both individually and in groups and demonstrated skills in intercultural competency. They will have demonstrated a passionate commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice goals in a school, NGO or university setting. They will also be personally committed to professional growth and to receiving and acting on constructive feedback. An ability to be an empathic listener is essential.
The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, public speaker, and workshop leader; one who is able to lead, but also facilitate collaborative practice from within a team.
The HEI will often have to facilitate difficult conversations and demonstrate skills in conflict resolution and mediation.
References should attest to the applicant's ability to function in a leadership role; superb oral and written communication skills; comfort with and enthusiasm for students aged 3 through 18; and capacity to work with others in a fast-paced, high-functioning, collaborative, and innovative educational setting.
Our ideal candidate will be collaborative, resilient, flexible, diplomatic, confident, patient, and possessed of a sense of humor and professional presence.
Remuneration: This is a Senior Administrator position and the applicant will be placed on Senior Leadership Team’s salary scale. The package will be competitive and commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate.
Particulars of the Search
Atlanta International School is conducting a local, national and international search for this position.
All candidates who wish to apply for the position must establish a professional file with firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate the application process and ensure that credentials are provided in a uniform and consistent manner. Please complete a cover letter of application, include your curriculum vitae/resume and statement of educational philosophy and other supporting documents.
Names, addresses and day-time telephone numbers of at least three referees AIS may contact must be given; these must include direct supervisors or the person in the position of chief responsibility for the evaluation of the applicant‘s performance. AIS reserves the right to contact the writers of any open letters of recommendation for confidential statements.
All finalist candidates will be required to submit to rigorous reference and background checks as required by Federal and State Law and as recommended by, local and national agencies and the International Task Force on Child Protection.
All applications and inquiries should be directed to:
The Director of Human Resources
Subject title: Head of Equity and Inclusion
Atlanta International School
2890 North Fulton Drive NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Applications will be accepted from the time of posting and the application period will close on March 1, 2018. AIS reserves the right to close the search at any time, should a successful candidate be identified earlier in the process.