Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Thayer Academy is an Independent day school, founded in 1877 in Braintree, MA, serving students in the 5-12 grades. Thayer Academy's mission is to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good. In its hiring practices, Thayer Academy seeks candidates who come from a broad range of backgrounds and can contribute to a more diverse community, who love working with young people, who thrive when engaged in multiple arenas of the school’s life, and who welcome professional growth.



The Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, in tandem with the Director of DEI, will work collaboratively with faculty and staff, Division Heads and Department Heads to further the goals of the DEI office including implementation of The Strategic Plan for Racial Equity and Justice.  This person will be a community builder and program leader who develops strong relationships with students and faculty and other constituents to foster a sense of belonging and create a supportive and inclusive environment at Thayer Academy. 


Duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • Assist in planning, developing, and implementing diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for faculty, staff, students, and families
  • Support and develop programs and initiatives to ensure systemic and structural support for students, faculty, staff, and families regarding belonging, access, and inclusion; such as facilitating US/MS Diversity Day programming, organizing and leading affinity groups for students and faculty, and serving on faculty committees
  • Assist Alumni Relations in the community building and development of identity-based alumni networks to support students more broadly
  • Collect and track relevant data associated with DEI initiatives
  • Chaperone regional and national events such as the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Middle School AISNE Students of Color Conference
  • Will attend professional development opportunities and remain current with diversity and inclusion issues that may affect the school
  • Will teach and coach in either MS/US 

Strong candidates will have: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree preferred
  • A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices and incorporate a global perspective into teaching and learning
  • Experience attending DEI trainings, and leading DEI initiatives (in a school setting preferred)  
  • Experience in and/or understanding of independent schools preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability in moving between multiple tasks/projects
  • High organization and time management skills
  • Experience and skills in computer technology, database, website management, spreadsheets, video conferencing, and other computer programs
  • Self-starter and independent worker with strong and creative problem-solving skills as well as a keen attention to detail


Candidates interested in this position should submit a cover letter and resume to Jenn Welch, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (

Position start date: July 1, 2021.

Thayer Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy complies with and adheres to all state and federal anti-discrimination laws with respect to its employment practices. Thayer Academy does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability, or any other category protected under state or federal law. This policy extends to recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, assignment, working conditions, promotions, transfers, termination, re-employment, education, tuition assistance, employee treatment, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment-related decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.