Director of Belonging

St. Mary's Episcopal School
Memphis, TN United States

St. Mary’s Episcopal School seeks a full-time Director of Belonging beginning Fall 2021. 

Reporting to the Head of School and serving with senior administrators, the Director of Belonging will partner in school-wide efforts to support our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of our community.

A dynamic leader, skilled communicator, and collaborative manager and colleague, the successful candidate will have a strong affinity for St. Mary’s mission and values and will be eager to join a team that is committed to furthering belonging initiatives at the School.

The successful candidate will possess both skills and experience in the following areas:

  • A master’s degree is preferred, along with a minimum of three years of school administrative experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Participation in in-depth training in diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural practices at nationally recognized seminars and workshops.
  • Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in the implementation of programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion in school settings.
  • Experience with strategically collecting and utilizing data to set goals
  • Strong organizational skills to collaborate successfully with academic and non-academic departments.
  • Exceptional public speaking and writing skills. 
  • Ability to work collegially with multiple constituencies.
  • Capacity to enjoy working with faculty and young people in a school environment.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Serve on the Belonging Task Force of the school’s Board of Trustees.
  • Create and Chair the Belonging faculty and staff committee.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community.
  • Lead the school in the implementation of recommendations from the school’s recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. 
  • Hold the school accountable towards reaching stated DEI goals.
  • Assist in recruiting, hiring, mentoring, evaluating, and retaining faculty who reflect and/or support a diverse and inclusive school community.

Teaching & Learning:

  • In collaboration with each of the School’s Division Heads:
    • facilitate faculty participation in professional development training related to DEI, as well as inclusive practices, curriculum development, and co-curricular practices.
    • ensure curricular goals of inclusivity and cultural awareness
  • Serve as a general resource to the community for matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural practices.
  • Teach school elective courses as needed.
  • Support student leadership K-12.


  • In conjunction with the School Chaplain, oversee affinity and ally groups for students, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Coordinate events that highlight and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions, Philanthropy, and Business Offices to further increase and support student diversity and access to all aspects of school life.
  • Expand the involvement of parents from underrepresented groups.
  • Partner with the Philanthropy Office to extend outreach to graduates from underrepresented groups.
  • Serve as a resource to the school counselors regarding cross-cultural issues that emerge in their practices.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active; it requires standing and walking, including stairs.

The School

St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, is an independent college-preparatory school for girls two-years-old through grade 12. St. Mary’s equips each girl to be collaborative, creative, and courageous so that she will seize the opportunities in the changing world and thrive in her generation. St. Mary’s is committed to academic excellence, offering a classic liberal arts curriculum in conjunction with strong science and math programs. Students also enjoy a thriving performing and fine arts program, work with the latest technology, and participate in a multitude of extracurricular activities and community service opportunities. Founded in 1847, the school now employs over 170 faculty and staff members who serve 825 girls from 36 zip codes with a 22% ethnic and racial diversity. 

St. Mary’s is a destination school for educators, where members of our faculty and staff work in close collaboration with one another in a highly collegial atmosphere. As a community, we embrace professional development and use it as a tool to support a vibrant growth mindset. St. Mary’s offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including health insurance, a matching 403(b) plan, tuition remission, and more.

St. Mary’s does not discriminate in its hiring on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political opinion, marital status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law.

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Employment at St. Mary’s Episcopal School is contingent upon successful completion of a background, fingerprint, and reference check.

St. Mary’s does not discriminate in its hiring on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political opinion, marital status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law.

Contact Information

Download and complete an application. 

You may email your application to Emily Byrd at or by mail to the following address:

Albert Throckmorton

Head of School 

℅ Emily Byrd

St. Mary’s Episcopal School 

60 Perkins Extended 

Memphis, TN 3811