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JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is responsible for leading efforts to develop and provide assistance in the implementation and support of USD116’s Equity Plan and Equity policies and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be a thought partner and collaborator with administrative leadership in assessing each department, contributing to its operation where needed, and setting annual goals for advancing DEI in administrative areas. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will engage, advise, and collaborate with administration and the Board of Education to review and advance its policies, procedures, and practices in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

The Director of DEI will be a pacesetter, leading the team in advancing equity in every aspect of school life. This individual will lead with heart and passion, guiding USD116 on the path to becoming a more inclusive school community that fosters a sense of belonging, understanding and learning. Importantly, the administration acknowledges that this work does not belong to one person. DEI work requires both a collaborative and collective effort. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Work closely with the Superintendent and Administrative Team to build systems that support inclusion and belonging of all social identities; 
  • Serve as district point person to the equity action plan and support progress monitoring efforts;
  • Develop, assist, support and monitor programs, procedures, policies and processes that promote and sustain equity, inclusiveness and diversity throughout the district; 
  • Collaborate with different departments to ensure equity is infused and remains at the forefront to disrupt inequities; 
  • Provide assistance and coaching to individuals and district groups regarding equity; 
  • Coordinate professional development in the areas of equity and social justice;
  • Remain current to the research and scholarship on the topic of equity, anti-bias, anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, social justice and related issues; 
  • Serve on the Equity Task Force, District Parent Teacher Advisory Committee, and other committees as determined to develop and assist in the implementation of equitable disciplinary practices; 
  • Collaborate with local community organizations to promote the district’s equity commitment; 
  • Collaborate on district communication to enhance anti-bias and anti-racism messages; 
  • Analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative data to develop and monitor metrics toward equity; 
  • Lead with intentionality and focus on relationship building and collaboration demonstrated by problem-solving; 
  • Robust communication and presentation skills to small and large group audiences and the Board of Education;
  • Collaborate with school leadership in the recruitment and retention of employees of color; 
  • Analyze data and make goals related to subgroup populations in discipline, talent, recruitment, staff retention and other areas;
  • Develop student leadership at the district and building levels in areas relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 
  • Serve as a positive change agent and disruptor of processes, practices, and policies that no longer serve the mission and intentions of a growing organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 
  • Attend and participate in local, regional, and national conferences and workshops related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 



  • Illinois Professional Educator License with a minimum of General Administrative or Principal Endorsement preferred
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of professional work experience as a DEI practitioner in a K-12 setting and leadership level at a school, district, state, or public organization experience in systemic change
  • Demonstrated experience, training, and the ability to manage school DEI initiatives
  • Experience in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and training preferred 
  • Knowledge about current trends related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are required
  • Professional image, actions, communications and working relationships are required at all times
  • Able to perform job duties at assigned work location on a regular and consistent basis


  • Skillset to lead and drive change, including influencing and inspiring others through relationship building
  • Ability to learn quickly, to pivot when needed and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Ability to effectively communicate with licensed and non-licensed staff at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while maintaining strong attention to details and deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in interactions with staff, the public, and parents/guardians 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to evaluate, set priorities, and meet deadlines while managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Highly proficient with Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 Months; Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated by the Superintendent of Schools

START DATE: July 1, 2021

NOTE: This is an administrative position and is not a position within the collective bargaining unit.


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