Chief Equity and Diversity Officer (CEDO)

Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri
Reports to: Superintendent of Schools
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: Exempt
Social Security Contribution: Eligible
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits Package; Commensurate with Experience

Purpose Statement
Springfield Public Schools located in Springfield, Missouri, is currently seeking applications for the position of Chief Equity and Diversity Officer. Springfield Public Schools recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion are educational, civic, and economic imperatives and are foundational to achieving academic excellence. The CEDO serves as a strong and vocal champion for equity, diversity and inclusion across all programs associated with the school district. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformational thought leader, who has demonstrated experience and influence in achieving positive change in an academic setting in the areas of diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, community partnerships, economic development, and educational and employment equity.

Springfield Public Schools is Missouri’s largest public school district and has built a reputation of academic excellence based on the outstanding performance of our students and schools. Approximately 25,000 students attend 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, and a variety of alternative education and choice programs.

The CEDO reports to the Superintendent of Schools and works in close collaboration with district executive leaders, stakeholder groups within the district, and with external partners to shape, promote and implement the strategic plan. The CEDO will promote a culture of inclusion and embracing differences in support of the district’s strategic efforts to build a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, families, employees and the community. The CEDO will guide efforts to define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. The position works to deliver the district’s mission by providing direction and coordinating leadership to promote equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the school system through a cross-disciplinary approach.

Essential Functions
⋅ Lead the implementation of the identified strategies for equity, diversity and inclusion, including reviewing the progress made to date and developing and implementing subsequent phases of system-wide strategic work.
⋅Develop, implement and monitor programs and processes that promote and sustain equity, diversity and inclusion.
⋅ Develop and implement strategies to monitor and evaluate districtwide progress toward eliminating the achievement disparities among students of all racial and economic groups.
Every Learner – Every Day
⋅ Coordinate internal and external resources, funds and outreach to community partners to help support equity, diversity and inclusion work.
⋅ Collaborate with district committees and key stakeholders to develop and sustain classroom practices that maintain high performance and eliminate the inequities associated with student achievement of under resourced and/or underrepresented student populations.
⋅ Collaborate with the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to integrate diversity and equity into institutional employment and workplace practices, including in part, refinement of recruitment and hiring processes to increase diversity within the teaching and leadership workforce. Assist the CHRO with processes by which the District investigates concerns and complaints in areas of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation.
⋅ Collaborate with the Deputy Superintendent of Academics (DSA) and other executive leaders and directors to ensure curriculum is equitable, unbiased and reflective of diversity.
⋅ Collaborate with the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) in support of districtwide communication that reflects a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
⋅ Design and coordinate ongoing professional development in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice for teachers and leaders.
⋅ Provide assistance, coaching and consultation to individuals, employees and groups regarding equity and cultural consciousness/competence.
⋅ Solicit feedback and support efforts of parent and community groups advocating for traditionally underserved and/or under resourced students.
⋅ Support student-based equity initiatives at individual school sites.
⋅ Remain current with the scholarship, pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings of equity education and cultural consciousness/competence, as well as efforts taking place at the local, state, and national levels.
⋅ Supervise, grow, and evaluate team members under their direct supervision.
⋅ Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Leadership Team.
⋅ Other duties as assigned.

Other Functions
⋅ Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements (Minimum Qualifications)
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform intermediate math; review and interpret technical information, write technical materials and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: pertinent laws, codes, policies and/or regulations; personnel processes; program planning and development; school budgeting, policies and audit procedures;
concepts of grammar and punctuation; principles of public and fund accounting and budgeting.

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment including using a variety of software applications; planning and managing projects; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.

ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings and/or events; routinely gather, collate and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with diverse individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of types of job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines, and problem solving with equipment is moderate to significant. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: developing and maintaining positive relationships; setting high expectations for self and others; setting and monitoring progress toward goals; utilizing and offering effective feedback to continuously improve; collaborating and communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders; applying critical thinking/problem solving to improve work processes; adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups and individuals; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; and working with detailed information/data.

Employee Punctuality and Appearance
In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Springfield Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.

Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational guidelines to achieve unit objectives; directing and leading other employees within a work unit; and utilizing resources from other work units as needed to perform the job’s functions.

Terms of Employment
This position is treated as full-time exempt certified position. The terms of employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Missouri public school and Board of Education policy, as those laws and policies may change from time to time.

⋅ Experience in a leadership role developing and monitoring initiatives around diversity, racial equity, inclusion or related work.
⋅ Relevant experience in a school district, government, or non-profit organization in an urban setting preferred.
⋅ Proven track record of success leading a large complex organization and a broad range of stakeholders to achieve goals.
⋅ Experience guiding the analysis of data and data-based inquiry to drive improvement in practice.
⋅ Experience coordinating and delivering professional development for a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Master’s Degree or higher in Education, Public Policy, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business or a related field from an accredited college or university; or commensurate experience in lieu of a degree.

Miscellaneous Requirements
Background clearance, the results of which must be satisfactory to the District, is required.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements
The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, some climbing and balancing, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 90% sitting, 5% walking and 5% standing.
The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Contact: Penney Rector, CHRO
Springfield Public Schools
1359 E. St. Louis
Springfield, MO 65802

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