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Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Job Title: Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reports To: Head of School
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Faculty or Staff: Faculty
Full Year or Academic Year: Academic Year
Exempt or Non Exempt: Exempt

Job Purpose

Pomfret School is seeking to hire a Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This senior administrative position will serve on the senior leadership team and will report directly to the head of school. This individual will be tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of programs and policies aimed at making Pomfret a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school.

School Mission: Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in its students as it prepares them for college, and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.

Diversity Statement: At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously it is determined by race, gender, ethnicity, age, and appearance. On a more subtle level it includes socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. We are guided by research that indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, motivation, academic performance, and the ability to get along with others.

Position Statement

The Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will provide strategic and visionary leadership for Pomfret School’s efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While supporting the School’s mission and core values of integrity, growth, and community, the Dean will develop and lead initiatives that enhance Pomfret’s desire to be a welcoming place where everyone feels at home. The Dean will work closely with students, faculty, staff, trustees, and administrators to refine the Diversity Strategic Plan and ensure that the School remains committed to achieving the goals outlined in that plan. The Dean is a member of the senior administrative team and will report to the Head of School.

Responsibilities
  • In partnership with the Head of School and members of the senior leadership team, ensure that institutional decisions align with the core philosophies, principles, and values implicit in our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 
  • In partnership with the Head of School and members of the senior leadership team, develop and implement policies and practices that promote an inclusive community for students, parents, employees, and alumni.
  • In partnership with the Director of the Grauer Institute, the Dean of Academics, and members of the faculty, make certain that the School’s curriculum and instruction are broadly inclusive and culturally responsive, keeping with the Vision of the Pomfret Graduate.
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students, the student life team, and the leaders of the School’s student life curriculum called QUEST (Question, Understand, Engage, Share, and Transition), develop and implement programs that make it easy for all students — irrespective of race, identity, cultural affiliation, or background — to fully participate in, and benefit from, the Pomfret Experience.
  • In partnership with the Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education, work to address the needs of students of all faiths.
  • In partnership with the Head’s Group, the Human Resources Office, and the Diversity Hiring Task Force, work to attract and retain employees who represent the diversity of the world we live in. 
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students office, support international students.
  • Chair the Diversity Council.
  • Craft internal professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for employees and trustees.
  • Invite students, faculty, and staff to participate in training that enhances their understanding of and commitment to DEI initiatives.
  • Teach DEI programming to students in QUEST and through participation in Project: Pomfret and classwork.
  • Assist the admissions, communications, and advancement teams with their outreach and messaging efforts around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Direct the Virginia M. Eaton Multicultural Resource Center.
  • Serve as a resource on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, sharing best practices and relevant research with the community.
  • Spearhead the creation of affinity groups and support networks for students and adults.
  • Follow trends in the educational field related to DEI and attend appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Participate fully in school life by maintaining an active presence on campus and contributing to afternoon, evening, and weekend programming, as appropriate.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in an applicable field
  • Experience driving organizational change in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with at least three years in a position of proven leadership
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience is preferred
  • Commitment to supporting and enhancing a school culture rooted in community, growth, and integrity
  • Ability to communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and alumni, based on a highly developed sense of emotional intelligence, and a healthy respect for differing points of view
  • Excellent public speaking, facilitation, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated experience crafting and deploying a strategic plan
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams to accomplish shared goals
  • Strong ties to other leaders and organizations in the DEI community
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage time-sensitive projects
  • High ethical standards and an acute awareness of appropriate boundaries
  • Sensitivity and respect for the needs of an adolescent population
  • Commitment to the Pomfret School mission and its values

Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to hiring@pomfret.org.

Candidates should submit: 

  • A letter addressed to the search committee explaining their interest in the Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • A resume
  • The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three to five professional references
  • A completed application for employment at Pomfret School. A PDF copy of an application can be downloaded from the School's website (Careers page): https://www.pomfret.org/about-us/careers

Applications are due by December 1, 2019. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Associate Director of College Counseling

Job Title: Associate Director of College Counseling
Department: College Counseling
Reports To: Director of College Counseling
Part-Time / Full-Time: Full Time
 
Job Purpose 

The primary role of each of our two Associate Directors of College Counseling is to guide every year approximately one-third of the graduating class (about 40 students) to their best post-secondary match. Counselees are assigned to their counselor in November of their junior year.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties
  • Get to know each counselee’s background, interests, talents, and achievements
  • Respond to communication from students and families in a timely and effective manner
  • Assist counselees in their academic planning, i.e., course selection
  • Work with counselees to develop an appropriate list of prospective colleges and to request teacher recommendations
  • Review each counselee’s college applications as necessary
  • Advocate for each counselee as appropriate, primarily through a comprehensive written evaluation
  • Work with each counselee’s family as necessary to ensure financial aid documents are submitted properly and on time
  • Submit each counselee’s supporting documents on time to colleges
  • Lead a comprehensive parent communication and education plan
  • Learn about colleges and foster relationships with college admissions representatives primarily by visiting in person approximately 17 colleges per year; do some online research (e.g., virtual tours) of colleges 
  • Host college admissions representatives on our campus
  • Assist the director in planning and executing on-campus college counseling events for prospective and current students, and their families
  • Serve as a faculty member and perform relevant duties (coaching, dormitory duty, and/or teaching) as required by the School
  • Other duties as assigned pertaining to the success of the college counseling team
Position, Education/Certification, and Software Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Ideally five or more years of experience in a competitive college admissions office and/or counseling students at a secondary school
  • Familiarity with a broad range of colleges
  • Excellent organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Willingness to participate fully in the life of a vibrant boarding school community
  • Willingness to participate in professional organizations such as ACCIS, NACAC, and NEACAC

Nurse – Part Time

Nurse - RN, LPN 

Part Time Position: Weekends
Academic Year: September 1 – May 31

  • Connecticut RN licensure required
  • BLS certification required
  • Familiarity with electronic health record management
  • Possess a current physical exam, TB test and be free of communicable diseases, as required by CT state law.

To apply, send a completed application, resume, and cover letter to hr@pomfret.org or 

School Counselor – Part Time

Job Title: School Counselor
Department: Student Life
Part Time/Full Time: Part Time
Reports To: Director of Counseling Services
Schedule per week: 26 hours; 3-4 days
Faculty/Staff: Faculty
Full or Academic Year: Academic Year
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

Job Purpose:

Facilitate psychological/psychiatric treatment and support services for students by providing counseling services, crisis intervention, and mental health outreach to enhance the psychological and emotional welfare of students and the school community.

Essential Functions & Duties:

  • Provide individual support working in collaboration with members of the counseling team, faculty, Student Support Team, and families
  • Provide support services and assist in sustaining the current comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Provide needs assessment for students who are having behavioral, family, or interpersonal difficulty and/or are experiencing psychological symptoms. A needs assessment may involve:
    • Intervening in difficult interpersonal situations as requested by administration, parents, advisors or students
    • Identifying current life stressors and impairment
    • Establishing diagnosis (adjustment, mood, anxiety, eating, and/or psychotic disorders) and course illness
    • Participate in weekly Student Support Team meetings with key administrators, when appropriate
    • Serve as liaison with parents, faculty, advisor, and primary care clinician
  • Develop and coordinate treatment plans that may involve providing short-term weekly counseling on school-related difficulties, out-referral to local service provider(s), and/or require medical leave for intensive outpatient and/or inpatient treatment
  • Provide acute crisis assessment, intervention, and treatment on a 24-hour basis, including on-call duty
  • Maintain and keep current an active working relationship with local service providers including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and hospital emergency services
  • Coordinate substance evaluations according to School protocol
  • Assist in the development and implementation of formalized treatment protocols
  • Assist in the development of educational and preventative care programs on an as-needed basis
  • Adhere to all School policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook
  • Attend employee workshops and training as assigned
  • Continually meet or exceed Pomfret School’s Standards of Behavior, Character, and Engagement
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Position, Education/Certification and Software Requirements:

  • Possess knowledge of therapy techniques and strategies and the ability to connect with adolescents and effectively provide individual and group therapy
  • Masters or doctorate degree
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of FERPA and HIPAA laws and confidentiality

  • Clinical licensure in the state of Connecticut (LCSW/ LISW, LPC, PhD, or  Licensed Psychologist)
  • 3-5 years of clinical experience or experience in schools
  • Desire to work in residential academic community is essential
  • 26 hours over 3 or 4 days per week, academic year

To apply, send a completed application, resume, and cover letter to hr@pomfret.org or 

Mail To: 
Human Resources
P.O. Box 128
Pomfret, CT 06258

At Pomfret, we value diversity and always employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pomfret School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty, and staff.