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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3996134
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 5, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Interim Director for Equity and Excellence

District Wide







The Director for Equity and Excellence reports to the Superintendent, and builds capacity of schools and departments to develop and consistently implement equitable practices across the district.  Somerville Public Schools (SPS) defines equity as providing the opportunities, support, environment, setting high expectations, and resources that every student needs to achieve educational success, feel valued, and contribute to a thriving community. 




  • Supervises the District Equity Coach  
  • Supports and advises school principals, assistant principals, and other supervisors with the practices and issues of equity; 
  • Crafts, in coordination with school Instructional Leadership Teams and Director of Educator Development, professional development to train staff about equity in schools and classrooms; 
  • Conducts necessary research to ensure district curriculum and policies are culturally competent and relevant; 
  • Contributes to the work of the District Instructional Leadership Team
  • Creates and maintains equity dashboard; and oversees the implementation of the dashboard to be used as a toolkit and lever for professional development by administrators and schools;
  • Partners with central office departments to co-craft equity training system-wide;
  • Confers with equity experts to ensure that the initiatives, policies, and practices of the district are grounded in research; creates initiatives, policies, and practices around equity; 
  • Provides for the continuing review and improvement of existing curricula and the preparation of new curricula, such as antibias and cultural proficiency curricula, as needed; 
  • Plans and conducts in-service education for personnel and other staff members;
  • Coaches new teachers on district equity education practices and policies;
  • Seeks to promote a culture of equity by working with principals, district leaders, and teachers to seek further study and professional growth in the areas of equity; 
  • Partners with families and community organizations to engage in dialogue about equity and equity-based solutions to achieve excellence in schools; 
  • Interprets program to staff, School Committee, and general public; 
  • Prepares and administers the equity department budget;
  • Assumes responsibility for the ordering, inventorying, and distribution of all equity instructional materials; 
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of the program and prepares necessary district, state, and federal reports, if required;
  • Consults with the Office of Student Services and the Superintendent  of Schools regarding student/staff incidents involving bias and discrimination; 
  • Attends relevant school, district, and professional meetings as necessary;
  • Creates and maintains district-wide equity updates on public facing dashboard
  • Hires, Coaches, and Supervises school-based Equity Specialists
  • Plans and facilitates monthly Equity Specialist Meetings
  • Supports Equity Specialists in managing School Equity Teams
  • Support the creation of and oversee Student Advisory Board
  • Lead district and school responses to crises moments involving equity
  • Performs such other tasks and assumes such other responsibilities as administration may from time to time assign.



  • Master degree in education leadership or related field preferred. 
  • Administration license required.   
  • Experience in instructional leadership, school leadership, and district-level coaching strongly preferred.



  • Deep understanding in the advancement of cultural proficiency, equity, diversity, and inclusion in schools and school districts; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve with a wide variety of constituents, including students, teachers, families, administrators, and community partners;
  • Experience leading community engagement and community organizing efforts;
  • Deep knowledge in the creation of, implementation of, and adherence to federal, state, and district policy;
  • Experience leading system-wide and school-wide improvement initiatives;
  • Demonstrated facilitative leadership and problem solving;
  • Ability to successfully create and manage stakeholder relationships;

Position Reports to:  Superintendent of Schools or designee


The Somerville Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, home status, marital/civil union status, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, place of birth, national origin, ancestry, cultural identity, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.



  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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