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Chief Equity Officer

Non Profit Organization

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted December 14, 2021.

Bank Street is a leader in education, a pioneer in improving the quality of classroom practice, and a national advocate for children and their families.

Since its beginnings in 1916, Bank Street has been at the forefront of understanding how children learn and grow.

From early childhood centers and schools to hospitals and museums, Bank Street has built a national reputation on the simple fact that their graduates know how to do the work that is right for children.

Today, Bank Street exists as a dynamic, multifaceted organization comprised of three divisions, each pulling a unique lever in service to their shared mission:

• Bank Street Graduate School of Education 
– here, students are trained in a model that combines the study of human development, learning theory, and sustained clinical placement to promote significant development as teachers, child-life educators, and school leaders prior to graduation.

In addition, there are two research centers in the Graduate School, complementing the research and scholarship of the faculty.

• Bank Streets Childrens Programs 
– Bank Street School for Children, Family Center, Bank Street Head Start, and Liberty LEADS—foster childrens development in the broadest sense by providing diverse opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth.

• Bank Street Education Center 
– The Center further supports and influences positive outcomes for children every day through professional development programs, research projects, and systems transformations working with educators, intermediary organizations, and government officials at the district, state, and federal levels.


Reporting to the College President and serving on the Presidents Cabinet functioning as chief advisor, the Chief Equity Officer (CEqO) will focus on deepening Bank Streets ongoing efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for all faculty, staff, students, and the broader Bank Street community.

The CEqO will collaborate closely with leaders in developing and implementing operational, employment, and academic initiatives to advance diversity and promote an inclusive culture for all members of the community.

The CEqO will partner with key stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and design an infrastructure that supports the development and execution of the continuous evaluation of campus climate to assess progress and make recommendations leading to more impactful and cohesive outcomes.

The CEqO will manage Program and Data Manager and oversee the Office of Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Serve as the Colleges equity strategist responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives and learning within and across all Bank Street divisions;

• Create a sense of true partnership working with each division leader to develop robust diversity plans and establishing clear metrics and milestones that align with their teams needs;

• Collaborate planning and assessing diversity and inclusion initiatives while leveraging existing employee, faculty, and student engagement data to establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the climate of diversity and inclusion;

• Stay abreast of best practices and establish common language and definitions to ensure a collective and cohesive understanding of equity work across the divisions and beyond;

• Partner with Chief Human Resources Officer in the creation of programs and processes that create a sense of belonging and connection for all employees and improve the recruitment and retention cycles;

• Apply an equity lens to broader policies at Bank Street to ensure they reflect a strong and clear commitment to a highly inclusive culture;

• Promote and foster a better understanding of the complexity of issues involved in creating and maintaining a more inclusive and diverse community based on contemporary research and successful practices within higher education;

• Provide strategic direction for training initiatives in collaboration with affinity group facilitators on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness through in-person and virtual engagement opportunities;

• Design and implement professional development opportunities for all employees with a deep commitment to elevating marginalized communities to foster a climate of equity and inclusion;

• Provide subject matter expertise and a record of proven leadership involving a cultural change in an organization around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI);

• Provides strategic oversight and direction to the Office of Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

• Requires a minimum of a BA/BS in social work, psychology, business, education or related field. Masters Degree preferred.

• A minimum of five years of experience leading efforts in the area of diversity/inclusion with evidence of increasing responsibility;

• Demonstration of in-depth, contemporary knowledge on issues of access, inclusion, diversity, and equity in a complex organizational setting;

• Demonstrated ability to influence, build community and consensus, and develop effective programs related to diversity and inclusion;

• A record of leading and /or facilitating the effective implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in an educational setting;

• Demonstrated record of successfully working collaboratively in a team environment with senior leaders of the organization;

• Demonstrated record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to achieve measurable results;

• Effective conflict resolution skills and the ability to find mutually acceptable solutions to difficult problems;

• Must have active listening skills along with sophisticated relational ability to connect with others across intersectional differences;

• Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing diversity, inclusion and intercultural competency, educational awareness, and high-impact programs.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications.

As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the above qualifications match your experience.