Sep 09, 2019

Chief Equity Officer

  • Noble Network of Charter Schools
  • Chicago, IL, USA
Full-time Executive Leadership Education

Job Description

Be Noble. Be the Chief Equity Officer at Noble.

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. 99% of Noble students are accepted into college and almost 90% choose to enroll, resulting in over 6,200 Noble alumni who have received or are currently pursuing a 4-year college degree.

Who We're Seeking

The Chief Equity Officer is a new role at Noble who will oversee the team responsible for the strategic design, development, management, and communication of key diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI)-related policies, programs, and partnerships at Noble. The Chief Equity Officer’s leadership will help hold Noble accountable to fostering an environment wherein students, staff, and the broader community can live into Noble’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Chief Equity Officer will serve on the senior leadership team at Noble and report directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities include:

1. Student engagement and support

  • Design and support systems to better integrate student voice in Noble’s ongoing work and vision
  • Ensure instruction and curriculum content reflects diverse perspectives and experiences, via internal audits and key partnerships with best-in-class providers
  • Identify and develop plans to address the most acute and persistent gaps faced by students 

2. Staff engagement and support 

  • Design and develop a multi-year DEI training plan (e.g., trauma, Chicago history, bias) for staff, leveraging key partnerships and internal experts to deliver trainings
  • Develop systems to monitor current recruitment, selection and hiring processes with an equity lens and refine, as necessary (e.g., screening thresholds, interview questions, unspoken norms)
  • Promote policies aimed at eliminating gaps in opportunities for advancement and promotion 
  • Provide leadership, sponsorship and direction to network-wide identity-based affinity groups

3. Community engagement and support

  • Design strategy for better engaging the perspectives of families to inform ongoing DEI efforts and decision-making
  • Design and develop a communication plan to ensure that all families have access to information/events
  • Design plan to cultivate strong relationships with diverse, values-aligned local businesses

4. Accountability and Communication

  • Hire and manage a team focused on DEI-related policies, practices, and partnerships
  • Develop DEI dashboard to track key DEI metrics across the network
  • Regularly communicate key findings from DEI efforts and outcomes with staff and key stakeholders 

Candidate Qualifications

  • Unwavering commitment to Noble's mission of preparing students for college success
  • Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to manage teams in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate with a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; ability to research, analyze, develop and implement best practices
  • A passion and deep experience supporting and leading diversity and inclusion programs
  • Knowledge of education and school operations is preferable, but not required

Compensation

Noble provides competitive salaries depending on candidate qualifications. We also provide health, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k contributions, and vacation/sick leave.

Statement of Non Discrimination

At Noble, our mission is to be a catalyst for educational equity in the city of Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. We know that we only fulfill this mission if we are the best place for a diverse mix of driven, reflective, and innovative educators to come, stay, and do their best work nurturing college-ready students. That is why Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.


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