Friends Seminary, a Quaker coeducational K-12 school in Manhattan, is seeking a Director of Service Learning, who will work closely with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in developing and implementing K-12 programming. Friends Seminary’s Center for Peace, Equity & Justice (CPEJ) supports student and faculty development of the core values of equality, diversity, and community engagement, which reflects Quaker testimonies and their accompanying legacy of activism. The Center brings together academic, social, and cultural programs that contribute to wider movements for social change. By connecting theory to real-world practice, the Center stresses learning through action, and equips students with global competencies that allow them to realize their human capacity to bring about the world that ought to be. Through its programs and course offerings, grounded in Quaker philosophy and practice, the Center seeks to connect ideas, resources, and people to advance social justice, build inclusive and sustainable communities, and foster lifelong commitments to public service.
The main responsibilities for this position will be the continued development of a thriving service learning program in the three divisions of the School. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with CPEJ staff on the design and logistical support of other Center initiatives. The candidate that fills this position will demonstrate a strong commitment to civic engagement and social justice through their own educational pursuits, volunteerism and/or professional work in the philanthropic sector. An ideal candidate will have experience in community organizing, youth development, an understanding of service learning pedagogy, and diversity and inclusion best practices. This Director will report to the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and will be part of a highly collaborative team that brings to life the School’s Quaker values.
Creating and implementing, with support from the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs:
monthly out-of-school service opportunities for US students.
a minimum of three family/alumni service events in coordination with Parents Association and Office of Institutional Advancement
annual 9th-grade F.L.I.N.G. event for parents and students
the All-School Day of Service
Teaching middle school social justice/service learning classes and working with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and the Director of Diversity & Inclusion in implementing this 5th-8th-grade goLEAD curriculum
Collaborating with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and the Director of Diversity & Inclusion in planning and implementing CPEJ initiatives such as the Learn & Serve events, Peace Week and Day of Concern
Archiving Center for Peace, Equity and Justice service photos and working with Communications on social media postings
Posting communications of service opportunities through the school’s online weekly newsletter, website dashboard, lobby monitors, and other platforms
Maintaining the Upper School database of student service records
Generating quarterly reports to advisors and US students on service records
Overseeing the students’ reflections on the service blog: Friends SHOUT
Coordinating the Service Committee weekly meetings and their agendas in consult with the student Service Clerks
Developing and maintaining relationships with the School’s nonprofit and community partners
Collaborating with CPEJ staff on professional development offerings for Friends faculty and staff
Providing support for teachers in the incorporation of service learning into their curricula
Contributing to an annual report on CPEJ work that of school’s volunteer hours and list of nonprofit partnerships to Dean of Co-Curricular Programs
Collaborating with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs on summer internship and volunteer opportunities
A grounded understanding of service learning fundamentals and instructional best practices
An expressed value for diversity, equity, and inclusion and a demonstration of cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions with others
A developed global consciousness and environmental sustainability awareness and engagement
Experience with youth development and social justice/human rights education
A demonstrated experience in community building and nonprofit partnership development
Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three references to email@example.com.
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Friends Seminary actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006