Mission: We educate and empower girls to become women who transform the world. Infused with the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Notre Dame Preparatory School community strives to answer God’s call “…to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8)
Notre Dame Preparatory School Overview
Founded in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School is an independent, Catholic school for girls in grades 6-12. A vibrant learning community of 830 students, NDP is located on 60 wooded acres in Towson, Maryland.
Notre Dame Preparatory School is dedicated to the ideals of transformative education. Inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the school’s founding order, NDP’s dedicated, creative, and extraordinary faculty present an outstanding educational experience, simultaneously rooted in the liberal arts and relevant to today’s society. Through hands-on projects, experiential learning, and foundational coursework, NDP students think critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate clearly. Outside of the classroom, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences develop their confidence and leadership. The school’s spiritual and justice missions, rooted in the Gospel and inspired by the SSND charism of unity, anchors students as they seek to become loving, just, and wise young women ready to change the world for the better.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Notre Dame Preparatory School seeks a full-time, 12-month Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity to establish and lead the school’s inaugural Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. The Director will be a spiritually grounded person who sees the work of inclusivity through the Gospel lens. As a member of the Headmistress Council, the school’s senior administration, the Director partners with school leaders, faculty, staff, students, community life-related committees, and external constituencies, and will strive to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence throughout the NDP community. The Director will research and share educational advancements, inspiring our passionate faculty, staff, administrators, students, and parents to engage in best practices in keeping with our mission and vision and our approach to teaching and learning.
A visible, active leader, the Director will be principled, balanced, and strong-minded, with the instincts and ability to develop policy, common language, and practice in the area of multicultural education in a complex and vibrant school community. The ideal candidate will be an academic leader with excellent interpersonal skills and high energy, as well as a strong work ethic and a track record of starting and maintaining innovative programs designed to improve student experience and community understanding.
Diversity--Support the School’s efforts to build a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body
- recruiting students of color and students from various socioeconomic backgrounds
- recruiting diverse faculty and staff
- support and retention of students and faculty of color and students from various socioeconomic backgrounds
Inclusion--Support faculty, students, staff, and families in cultivating and sustaining an inclusive school environment in which all constituents feel a positive sense of belonging and connectedness.
- designing cultural competency learning opportunities for all constituent groups including culturally relevant pedagogy and inclusive curricula
- serving as a resource on diversity and inclusion issues for faculty and staff in their work with students and in their development of curricula and programs
- researching new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about identity, social difference, and inequality, and train faculty how to incorporate these into their classrooms
Equity--Review and develop inclusive and equitable institutional policies, practices, procedures, and programs as they pertain to all forms of identity.
- supporting education around conflict resolution among community constituents
- promoting, advising, and supporting curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity and equity
- developing student leadership in matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- acting as a resource for the Board of Trustees in integrating multicultural skills and habits of heart and mind into their stewardship of the school
- Master’s degree or higher preferred
- Meaningful classroom or training experience
- Significant experience in a leadership role in an academic institution, ideally including expertise in diversity and equity work, curricular program development, and faculty/staff development
- Proven ability to manage daily responsibilities while maintaining focus on strategic and long-term goals
- Team player and collaborative leader
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to connect with a broad range of constituencies
- A belief in the Mission, Vision, and Catholic values of Notre Dame Preparatory School
Please submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resumes to:
Executive Director of Academics
Notre Dame Preparatory School
815 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286
Priority review and consideration will be given to applicant materials submitted on or before March 1.