Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion

Position Purpose

The assistant director of equity and Inclusion is an essential member of the office of equity and Inclusion team and contributes to the goal of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable PEA community while under the direction of the director of equity and inclusion. They will assist the director in managing existing programs, trainings, and activities offered through the office in addition to developing new opportunities that align with the goals of the office. The assistant director of equity and Inclusion will provide unequivocal support for the trustee Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Will provide advanced, complex, and varied leadership in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and events to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategic objectives as it relates to the academy’s mission. Programs and events include but not limited to: Exeter Diversity Institute, Real Talk: Honest Conversations with Colleagues, and MLK Day programming
  • Work with the town of Exeter and surrounding communities to develop strategies and implement action plans for greater inclusivity. These collaborations include but are not limited to: Exeter Racial Unity Team and public school open meetings about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Makes recommendations to the director for department policies, practices, and programs that support DEI initiatives
  • Develops and facilitates awareness and skill building training session with faculty, staff, and students
  • Collaborates with the director of equity and inclusion and the office of multicultural affairs team to develop trimester and yearly goals
  • Provides leadership and support for employees and students to identify best practices that reflect the school’s commitment to be an antiracist institution
  • Lives on campus and is invested in the success and retention of students and adults who have been historically underrepresented at PEA
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy and to exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting the community.

Applicant is expected to solve problems and address issues that may require immediate attention or crisis management.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with PEA administrative and academic offices, students, faculty, parents and staff.

External contacts could include federal & state agencies, alumni, consultants, Exeter community leaders, legal counsel, peer institutions, etc.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Fields such as Diversity Studies, Social Justice, Student Development, Counseling, Organizational Development, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts desirable.


  • Demonstrated understanding of key precepts in diversity and inclusion including critical race theory, feminism, queer theory, privilege, protected classes, microaggressions, cognitive empathy, cultural competence, and nonviolent communications, antiracist education etc.
  • 2 years’ experience/volunteerism in diversity, equity, or inclusion activities. Work with student clubs or affinity groups is preferred.
  • A track record of successfully facilitating one-on-one and group conversations related to diversity, identity, inclusion, and/or equity
  • Demonstrated experience working with or mentoring diverse, underrepresented, marginalized, and/or first-generation student and adult populations. Sound judgement, awareness, and sensitivity to the interests and concerns of these populations.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboratively working with students, faculty, staff and administrators and other campus offices to support and expand cultural competence.
  • Experience in or willingness to deliver presentations to diverse audiences
  • Experience with and understanding of contemporary adolescent/student development issues, trends, and best practices.
  • Facility with the utilization of technology, marketing, or social media to promote objectives preferred.
  • Must possess a record of service that identifies concern for the safety and well-being of others.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with Academy administrators, students, and faculty.
  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending trainings, courses, or conferences, as needed or required.
  • Orientation toward solutions using substantial creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, negotiation, and diplomacy.
  • Dedication to continuous improvement and excellence.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train, or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Proven strong presentation skills and presence.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions and maintain a professional demeanor and restraint, even during stressful situations.
Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Ability to sit in a seated position for extended periods of time.
  2. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  3. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  4. Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
  5. Ability to see with or without accommmodation.
  6. Ability to use a computer monitor with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
  7. Ability to hear with or without accommodation.
  1. Ability to lift and transport up to 10lbs without assistance.

Additional Requirements

  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years)
  2. Clean driving record (reviewed annually)
  3. Required to live on campus

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