Executive Director of Equitable Learning Environments

POSTED ON 9/26/2021 CLOSED ON 10/24/2021
Atlanta Public Schools Hired Organization Address Atlanta, GA Full Time

Job Posting for Executive Director of Equitable Learning Environments at Atlanta Public Schools


Our Why

Atlanta Public Schools (APS), an organization of nearly 55,000 students, is unwaveringly committed to fostering a caring culture of equity, trust, and collaboration to support every student to graduate ready for college and prepared to succeed in career and life. This commitment begins in the creation of schools that are equitable and inclusive centers of learning, where caring teachers engage students in rigorous, culturally responsive experiences. Breathing life into the district’s vision for equity and social justice requires leadership from many stakeholders, including the Board of Education, central office staff, support team members, teachers, and leaders. Equity and social justice, in service to APS students and families, are at the heart of every action and every decision in the organization.

What We Do

The APS Center for Equity and Social Justice (APS CESJ) exists to advance equitable practices in our learning community. The APS CESJ collaborates with practitioners across the district in thought partnership and accountability, and supports ongoing implementation of equity-focused, evidence-based practices in service to our students. The APS CESJ examines current policies and practices; works to interrupt and eliminate inequitable practices and barriers to opportunity; and convenes with cross-functional groups of community stakeholders to create inclusive and just conditions for all students. The mission of the APS CESJ is to positively impact the lives of our learners and learning communities so that every single one of our students thrives—not by accident, but by design. The vision of the department is to inspire a renewed organizational culture and serve as a national model for intentionally, explicitly, and sustainably addressing challenges of equity in education.

What You’ll Do

As the Executive Director of Equitable Learning Environments, you will support APS practitioners at multiple levels of the organization through the implementation of key programmatic shifts designed to keep our district moving forward in an equitable, sustainable, and research-based fashion. The Executive Director of Equitable Learning Environments (EDELE) will collaborate with the Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer in the development, monitoring, managing, and presenting of the Equity and Social Justice Office’s strategic priorities, plans, and progress regarding closing the opportunity gap for APS’ African-American, Latinx, and other underrepresented student populations. The EDELE will also serve as a member of the Center for Equity & Social Justice’s Team participating in the creation and execution of the district's vision, mission, and strategic plan by fostering a healthy and functional culture, deepening capacity in our stakeholders, refining and enhancing our equity practices, and on strengthening our impact through social justice.

What You’ll Own

Program & Climate Assessment

  • Examine school-based and district practices to create programs, plans, and policies to address the inequities of marginalized students and families.
  • Lead a coalition of schools’ equity improvement efforts and provide support to schools regarding the district’s equity framework.
  • Support the Schools and Academics departments in reviewing, developing, and implementing innovative and adaptive educational programs that are responsive to students cultural, emotional and academic needs.
  • Partner with students and families in identifying barriers to success, exploring opportunities for growth, and developing plans for continued improvement.

Research & Professional Development

  • Design and facilitate high quality professional learning for stakeholder groups to promote cultural proficiency and competency and a climate of equity and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with experts to evaluate APS’s practices, stay current on Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy research and best practices in the education fields and beyond, and recommend relevant adaptation of APS activities and actions in accordance with that learning.
  • Provide training for certified and non-certified staff with regards to implicit bias and best practices regarding underserved and historically marginalized populations (e.g., racial equity, gender equity, LGBTQ equity, disability status, etc.).
  • Develop targeted strategies aimed at creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for the success of African American, Latinx, ESOL, LGBTQIA, SPED, & Gifted student populations.

Effective Team Management & Organizational Leadership

  • Supervise office personnel, provide assistance, conduct annual performance appraisals and make recommendations for appropriate employment actions.
  • Employ best practices in change management and organizational development for the purpose of supporting the culture of the agency to that of an Antiracist, Multicultural organization so that it is poised to achieve its equity goals.
  • Plan, guide, and advise the Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer on diversity, equity, and social justice issues; lead and engage the equity innovation team.
  • Cultivate district wide expertise to eliminate achievement and equity gaps; and develop proactive ways of building a more equitable school system.
  • Represent the district in regional and local associations, civic clubs, ethnic and nonprofit organizations and boards.
  • Deliver reports to the superintendent, board and internal/external stakeholders on the district’s progress related to assigned projects.

Implementation & Monitoring of DEI Practices

  • Collaborate with the Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer to manage the implementation of the district’s Equity Policy and Strategic Plan for the purpose of advancement toward the goals of eliminating the opportunity gaps.
  • Co-design, with appropriate staff, an access improvement framework for marginalized groups and report on progress related to the district’s Equity Policy and equity framework in partnership with organizational stakeholders.
  • Partner with the Schools and Academics team to ensure continuous learning and quality improvement regarding KPI’s, DEI metrics, and organizational culture and practice.
  • Support best practices and policies for African American, Latinx, ESOL student achievement by coordinating and overseeing the Black and Brown Excellence Initiative.
  • Monitor school-based progress toward our DEI vision and achievement of our DEI goals as well as the execution of strategies aligned with those goals; advise individuals and departments on appropriate action to be taken as it relates to the achievement thereof.

What You’ll Need to be Successful

Extraordinary Communication

  • Connecting purposefully, intentionally, and masterfully with others in various ways is clearly a strength in your repertoire of skills as an equity-minded education leader. You express yourself with clarity, respect, and awareness in conversations and interactions with others.
  • You are committed to transparency and authenticity in your communication with stakeholders at every level. You invite, include, and engage others in the spirit of equity and empowerment.
  • You live to engage with diverse staff, leadership, and constituents to promote trust, collaboration, and partnerships, both internal and external to the organization. You are courageous and successful at challenging and influencing peers to approach all work through the lens of equity.

Champion of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • You contribute with intention and purpose to organizational relationships by challenging assumptions, understanding alternative perspectives and beliefs, addressing inequities, and employing a variety of strategies to develop trust across the organization.
  • You foster, promote, and drive inclusion across the APS organization. Developing and implementing DEI performance indicators is an example of your fierce commitment to assessing and addressing the district’s equity practices.
  • Deep content knowledge of research on critical pedagogy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social justice pedagogical practices is an evident strength of yours. You are comfortable engaging peers in difficult and courageous conversations related to inequities around race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability status.

Fearless Resilience & Entrepreneurial Mindset

  • Your experience has equipped you with a willingness to speak your philosophical truth and share your organizational beliefs without hesitation. Your commitment to the vision and mission of the Center for Equity and Social Justice lives in your interactions in schools and in the APS community.
  • You are willing and able to run into the storm of difficult conversations and necessary conflict with the genuine belief that it is in this essential crucible that change happens and progress is made.
  • Ambiguity does not scare you in the least. Based on the needs of the students you serve, you embrace opportunities to create clarity in vision and make action your mission. You are a creator at heart and thrive when you can build collaboratively from the ground up.

Visionary & Strategic Change Leadership

  • You maintain a laser focus on data-driven results through your relentless pursuit of improvements in school leadership, instruction, and operations; you are driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Your adaptability allows you to excel in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Your propensity to lead innovative practice, engage in entrepreneurial thinking, and launch organizational design efforts is evident in everything you do. You thrive in leading organizational effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; and supporting those around you to support and advocate for APS’ vision and mission.

Guardian of Trust

  • As a leader, your words and actions are consistent. You demonstrate trust and respect for others no matter what. You refuse to respond to external pressure in a way that is in conflict with your ethics. You understand deeply that trust must be earned.
  • You possess an understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma and behavioral health on student learning outcomes. You strive to create conditions for every APS student to access necessary support, and to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically in a consistently inclusive environment.
  • You keep confidences, accept responsibility, maintain transparency, and lead by example. As the EDELE, your constant and consistent embodiment of this value means more to you than anything. Integrity and trust comprise the fulcrum upon which your success balances.

What You’ll Bring

  • 7 years of successful teaching experience, plus a minimum of 3 years of administrative experience as a central office leader, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator responsible for supervising and evaluating staff, or 3 years of experience as a leader or trainer in DEI work
  • Master’s degree with relevant experience is required, Doctorate or equivalent preferred
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certification at a Level 5 or higher in Educational Leadership or Instructional/Curriculum Leadership
  • Prior urban school district experience strongly preferred

How to Apply

Apply at the Alma Advisory Group's website.

What We Offer

Salary for this integral leadership position is competitive, and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package will be included in the ultimate offer for the identified sole finalist. We look forward to discussing details with you as the interview process progresses. Atlanta Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates. APS does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: From $110,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No

Work Location: One location

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