The Bush School is dedicated to creating an environment that inspires creativity, innovative teaching, and adherence to the school’s history of progressive education.
The Bush School Mission - To spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities
o Critical, independent, and creative thinking
o Ethical judgment and action
o Intercultural fluency
o Local and global citizenship
The Bush School seeks a Director of Intercultural Affairs to lead its bold efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion. The Bush School, based in Seattle, Washington, is a joyful, inclusive, and dynamic learning community. It is a co-ed, progressive, inquiry-based, and student-centered K-12 school. The Director is a steward of intercultural affairs, student engagement, community outreach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work at The Bush School. The Director reports to Head of School L. Percy Abram, who is one of the leading voices of DEI in the independent school world. The Director will provide strategic leadership for diversity efforts within the school. Creating an inclusive community is central to the school’s mission, and the work of the Director impacts all aspects of the school, including student life, school climate, faculty and staff professional development, admissions, advancement, and community relations.
Strategic priorities/Opportunities for the Director of Intercultural Affairs:
Usher The Bush School’s already robust DEI efforts into a new phase through strategic visioning and implementation;
Build the institutional capacity among leadership, faculty and staff in this arena
Opportunity to collaborate with a diverse leadership team that is sophisticated and experienced in DEI work;
Build out DEI programming for students, faculty, and parents to advance intercultural learning;
Be an engaged, visible presence in the life of the school through advising, facilitating workshops for faculty and parents, and representing The Bush School in the broader Seattle community;
Create and steward the implementation of the school’s DEI Plan—establish benchmarks for measuring plan effectiveness, develop tactical steps for achieving benchmarks, collaborate with those directly responsible for achieving plan goals, and report results.
The next Director of Intercultural Affairs will be a seasoned DEI practitioner and strategic thinker who is excited about building greater ties within a dynamic community that is eager to deepen its knowledge and skills. In addition, the Director will be engaged, full-time, in the following duties:
Serve as a member of, and acting as the staff liaison for the Building Community and Engagement (BCE) Committee of the Board of Trustees;
Support the Head of School in achieving the goals in the annual work plan;
Create opportunities to promote, foster, and celebrate DEI at Bush among the school’s constituents – including, students, Trustees, faculty, staff, administrative group, parents, and alumni;
Attend meetings of the school’s Administrative Group and collaborate with the Administrative Group, faculty, staff and students to advance the initiatives of the Diversity Plan;
Collaborate with the division directors, Academic Dean, and Director of Human Resources in the recruitment and hiring of faculty and staff.
Collaborate with the Admissions Office in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students and families;
Develop and provide ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty to help them understand the critical nature of DEI in their pedagogical and curricular practice;
Serve as a liaison to student groups, including but not limited to, those designed to advance the work of DEI at The Bush School;
Partner with the Families Association to advance DEI work within the association.
Qualities of the next Director of Intercultural Affairs
As Bush seeks to develop intercultural fluency among its students, faculty, staff, parents and leadership, it also expects such a fluency in its next Director. This new member of The Bush School must be a model of careful listening, diplomacy, compassion, empathy, humor, and humility.
As Bush has evolved, this position needs a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of DEI issues and what it takes to advance an institution towards its aspirations. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability not only to generate ideas but also to put in the hard work to put those ideas into action. As part of the senior leadership team, the Director must display a high level of administrative, organizational, management, and interpersonal skills, all rooted in collaboration and integrity.
Founded in 1924 and approaching its centennial, The Bush School’s matriarch Helen Taylor Bush was inspired by John Dewey’s progressive educational philosophy. The School has since grown to become one of the finest K-12 progressive schools in the nation.
The Lower School involves each student in an environment of inquisitiveness and connectedness. At Bush, we believe that every time we consider a new idea, do something in a different way, or try something out of our comfort zone, we exercise the possibility to imagine. Every time we build, create, tinker, and muck around with materials, we open a window to that world of imagination.
At Bush, social, emotional, and academic growth is fostered through a curriculum that encourages skill-building. Through literacy, math, social studies, science, language, the arts, technology, and physical education, we teach critical and creative thinking, ethical judgment and action, intercultural fluency, and local and global citizenship.
Middle School at Bush builds on the foundation of joyful learning in the Lower School by challenging students to discover their strengths and to turn their ideas into reality. The Middle School program harnesses the growing capacity for critical thinking and self-awareness in young adolescents, meeting all students where they are and enabling them to find success in a progressive and demanding educational program.
In Bush’s Upper School, students are called upon to ask questions, test out big ideas, make mistakes, seek out mentors, and create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Students develop skills as independent thinkers and collaborative learners through a combination of high academic expectations and signature experiential programming. The Upper School prepares students exceptionally well for college and for life, inspiring involved, active citizens who want to make a difference in the world.
The Act of Empathy
Diversity becomes an experience through intercultural affairs at The Bush School. As a community, Bush is intercultural by nature, helping students achieve the foundation of being local and global citizens.
We believe that the intellectual, emotional, social, and psychological development of our students happens most effectively in a community that embraces and values diversity, whether based on cultural and ethnic background, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or creed, ability/disability, learning differences, age or generation, in addition to beliefs and values, and attitudes and opinions.
We believe that a community that welcomes, respects, and values different experiences, perspectives, and points of view establishes a platform for the development and exchange of new ideas, innovation, creativity, problem solving, improved decision making, and critical thinking, as well as a more dynamic educational and life experience.
Bush Terms, Defined:
Intercultural Fluency: The ability to interact across cultural lines with ease and compassion.
Local and Global Citizenship: Understanding the many communities that each of us is a part of—our grade, school, family, neighborhood, city, country, and world—and seeking to play a positive role in each community.
Enrollment - 677
Student Teacher Ratio 8:1
Student Diversity - 34% students of color
Faculty # - 84
Faculty diversity 19.8%
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and is one the fastest growing in the country. Home to Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks, Seattle’s thriving economy and growth have been attributed to these tech giants. Seattle’s rich cultural history and geographic beauty makes it an attractive destination and a place to call home.
Procedure to Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as one PDF attachment in one email:
Cover letter expressing interest in the position
Statement of educational philosophy and practice
Email to: Orpheus Crutchfield firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary Rose Fernandez email@example.com with the subject line: “The Bush School—Director of Intercultural Affairs.” All candidates must also complete a simple form through this link:
Applications due: November 22, 2019
Semifinalists interviews: January 6-10
Finalists interviews: Second & third week of January
Hiring announcement: January 28th
The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.