Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning


About the School

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
 
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.

Since the school’s founding, GDS has called eight different locations home. In the fall of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools were all joined on one extraordinary campus.


COVID-Related Job Requirements

Please be informed that, for all new applicants to job opportunities at GDS (and in schools and child care facilities in the District, whether in the public, public charter, independent, private, or parochial sectors), the District vaccination requirement against COVID-19 is in effect. If hired, individuals must be vaccinated before reporting for duty, unless they have been granted an exemption from such vaccination pursuant to, and are compliant with the requirements of, Section IV of the District's Order.

The Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning at Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., invites applications for a Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) to begin July 2022. The Director’s role is central to helping GDS continue its historic commitment to preparing students for lives of active engagement in which they make a positive social impact on the world around them. Primarily reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction, the Director of CEEL will design and implement a vision for a K-12 service-learning experiences that engage students actively to advocate for just and equitable creative and collaborative resource, working individually and with groups of students, administrators, faculty, staff, and parents to continue to expand upon a school culture of active and innovative participation beyond the classroom. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
  • Spark and inspire. Fuel the passion of students and staff to actively engage in programs that impact the GDS community and beyond. Use interpersonal skills and experiences to mobilize a range of stakeholders toward achieving a common goal.
     
  • Foster curiosity, empathy, and advocacy. Work with colleagues to cultivate a climate where every student commits to understanding and learning from the experiences of others, particularly those who do not have power or resources to advocate for themselves. Feel confident that this work is achieved by design through processes that preserve the dignity and humanity of each individual.
     
  • Organize and plan. Take initiative to create and evolve critical programs and partners with whom you will work to provide students with meaningful, mission-aligned experiences. Reliably advance projects in a timely, inclusive manner to provide optimal support for stakeholders. Pave the path for success by attending to details and anticipating critical needs.
     
  • Model excellence. Be a model of excellence through translating vision into effective program design and thoughtful, mission-aligned implementation. Work with passion, humility, and integrity as a representative of the CEEL office and school.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with leadership (principals, DEI office, Civic Lab, etc.) to articulate a clear vision for the future of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) within GDS’ programs.
     
  • Design and implement a strategic plan for CEEL aligned with the school’s short-and-long-term goals.
     
  • Innovate the current program to align PK-12 goals and activities with a CEEL vision across grade levels and disciplines in order to provide a greater meaningful impact on local, national, and international levels.
     
  • Supervise Community Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) Program Associate and work collaboratively with additional stakeholders to identify ways in which CEEL can be cemented within all divisions in developmentally appropriate ways.
     
  • Establish and manage CEEL, service learning and community-building opportunities at the local, national, and international levels.
     
  • Ensure integration of our school values – particularly of diversity, equity, and inclusion – within all CEEL activities.
     
  • Effectively manage a budget to support CEEL initiatives and identify possible ways of expanding the budget through grant writing and innovative programming.
     
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to faculty leading CEEL initiatives.
     
  • Utilize strong communication skills to build relationships with multiple constituents within our school that would further their commitment to this important work.
     
  • Provide faculty and staff with professional development opportunities, resources, and assistance in designing curriculum with CEEL elements and assist them in identifying ways to share these forward effectively with colleagues.
     
  • Accompany faculty and students on CEEL trips as appropriate/needed.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Possess extensive experience leading within service learning, social entrepreneurship, community engagement, or a related field.
     
  • Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse community of individuals.
     
  • Have a proven track record of successfully mobilizing stakeholders to achieve a common goal with specific, mission-aligned outcomes.
     
  • Be reflective professional who strives to continuously improve personally and professionally.
     
  • Demonstrate a highly developed level of self-awareness, cultural competency, and skill in advocating for others.
     
  • Work collaboratively with a balance of good humor and serious commitment to excellence.
     
  • Have experience in understanding the independent school life.
     
  • Lead with hearty, humility, authenticity, compassion, and integrity.
     
  • Demonstrate the ability to think through and attend to details of implementation as well as high-level vision and strategy.
     
  • Possess a strong presence and facility in public speaking.
     
  • Possess a positive and productive solutions-focused orientation when encountering complex challenges.

Application for all positions is done through our website using UKG. To apply and find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Please be informed that, for all new applicants to job opportunities at GDS (and in schools and child care facilities in the District, whether in the public, public charter, independent, private, or parochial sectors), the District vaccination requirement against COVID-19 is in effect. If hired, individuals must be vaccinated before reporting for duty, unless they have been granted an exemption from such vaccination pursuant to, and are compliant with the requirements of, Section IV of the District's Order. Read More.

How to Apply

Coronavirus Safety

  • Required face coverings
  • Physical distancing
  • PPE freely available including 
    • Cloth mask
    • Surgical mask
    • Face shield
    • Goggles
    • Stylus (for touching shared screens such as copiers or time clocks)
  • Classrooms and shared offices spaces equipped with sanitizer dispensers, microfiber cloths, and cleaning spray bottle
  • Signs throughout the building, including posters for every classroom with health and safety reminders
  • Additional HEPA filtration devices in all classrooms and shared office spaces
  • Required GDS-specific health and safety video training 
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for staff and students

See our Hopping into 2021-22 site for more information about our reopening plan.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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