Duration: Full time: (10 months) School Year per contract (paid extra days if needed)
Reporting to: Principal
Schedule: Monday through Friday (plus scheduled events)
Hours: FT (7:50 am to 4:00 pm)
Mission: Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
St. Agnes Academy, in partnership with the Dominican Sisters of Houston, recognizes that diversity of thought, experience, identity, ability and background among faculty, staff and students is critical to our success as a religious educational institution. Diversity and inclusion is crucial to the Dominican Sisters’ mission of “transforming social structures that oppress the powerless” and to St. Agnes Academy’s call to “work for social justice and act with integrity and compassion.” We recognize that individuals experience the world differently based on their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability or other identity. We are committed as a Catholic institution to increasing the diversity within our community, that we may all better understand each other and grow together as a community dedicated to God.
The Director of Community Culture works to create a “community of respect” among students, parents, faculty and staff of St. Agnes Academy regardless of racial identity, socio-economic background, religious creed, or sexual orientation. Particular constituents served may include: students of color, non-native speakers of English, immigrant families, families seeking or receiving financial aid, and students of all faiths. The Director of Community Culture should have as a main goal the development of an inclusive environment, which welcomes and celebrates students in our community.
Faith, Community, and Dominican Charism
Ensure that the four pillars of a Dominican education (prayer, study, community, preaching) are developed and promoted among the school community.
Develop an active faith community and model Christian values.
Incorporate prayer and spiritual formation within the student, faculty/staff and parent communities.
Uphold and implement the Dominican charism and the Houston Dominican Sisters’ congregational goals.
The main responsibilities will include:
Student Culture and Programs:
Provide strategic leadership in areas of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.
Ensure that St. Agnes Academy’s commitment to diversity is evidenced in all areas of the school, including activities, interpersonal interactions, and curriculum offerings. Identify areas which could be a hindrance to the success of non-majority students.
Enhance the ways in which the entire school community supports under-represented groups and their families.
Proactively engage with constituents to ensure that students feel safe and supported.
Develop and chair a faculty/staff/student Diversity Council.
Support and develop student leadership in matters related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.
Plan, develop, and market diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students and families.
Assist various affinity groups in developing “Community Week(s)” (previously known as Diversity Week).
Serve as an advocate/mediator in student conflicts.
Consult with FSAC and Discipline Board as needed.
Recruitment and Retention of students and faculty/staff:
Work with Admissions Office to develop and implement innovative recruitment strategies to attract a larger number of diverse applicants.
Assist in on-boarding newly accepted non-majority families through welcome events and communicate regularly with parents and students to assess any concerns.
Consult as needed with the Financial Aid Office
Work with Dean of Faculty and Human Resource Department to implement strategies that attract a larger number of diverse candidates for employment.
Assist in on-boarding newly hired employees with regard to diversity and inclusion.
Provide support and programming for non-majority employees.
Work with Director of Alumnae Relations to develop and maintain relationships with non-majority alumnae and past parents to include in community programming.
Administrative and Teaching Responsibilities:
Teach at least two full year academic classes in your area of expertise or equivalent.
Participate on the Principal’s Team.
Work with the Academic Dean and Dean of Faculty to share results of research on new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about cultural competence, awareness, racial microaggressions, identity, social difference, and inequality; train teachers how to incorporate into their classrooms.
Work with the Director of Volunteer Programs to cultivate parent organizations for our underrepresented groups and serve as a liaison between these parent organizations and the St. Agnes community.
Research, identify and respond to the specific needs of St. Agnes Academy’s diverse communities: people of color, LGBTQ, economically disadvantaged, recent immigrants, etc.
Participate as required in areas such as public speaking on behalf of the school, class retreats, advising, workshops and conferences.
Work with the Director of Communication to ensure that St. Agnes Academy’s commitment to diversity is evidenced in all official documents, reports, and promotional materials.
Identify elements in St. Agnes Academy’s structure, policies, and attitudes which can be a hindrance to the success of non-majority community member.
Work with the admissions office to maintain current records of school diversity related efforts, statistics, policies and programs.
A knowledge of and commitment to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the missions of The Dominican Sisters of Houston and St. Agnes Academy
A Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred
A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a related field, and classroom teaching experience
Demonstrated ability to engage others in difficult conversations and manage conflict
High degree of comfort working with a wide variety of competing constituents
Engaging and approachable
Highly organized and self-directed
Strong writing and public speaking skills
Completion of Safe Haven training
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional/educational environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Physical Demands: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at desk area, communicate via phone/face to face, manually input data into a computer, walk to different office areas, reach with hands and arms, and lifting a minimum of 25 lbs.
About St. Agnes Academy
Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
St. Agnes Academy was founded in 1905 by Mother Pauline Gannon, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas. The Academy opened on February 11, 1906, at its former location at 3901 Fannin. It was in operation at that site until September 1963 when the present-day campus opened at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in Sharpstown. St. Agnes numbers more than 10,000 graduates, many of whom now have daughters, granddaughters, and even great-granddaughters who are Academy students or alumnae.
In 1917 St. Agnes was accredited by the University of Texas and the State Board of Education. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations: Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, The National Catholic Educational Association, The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and The College Board.