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University of Rochester Director, Racial & Social Justice in Rochester, New York

Children's Institute
  • Applications due October 16, 2020

Strong External Candidate

Functional job description: Director of Racial and Social Justice, Family Engagement and Equity for Holistic Wellbeing

Children’s Institute (CI) seeks a clinical associate faculty to advance action, learning, and scholarship towards achieving equity in children’s holistic health and wellbeing. With a focus on racial and social justice, the Director will advance the application of theory and research in practice, applying critical race theory (CRT) tenets to advance program quality, family and lived experience-centeredness, cultural responsiveness, and child and youth outcomes including a focus on Communities of color. This faculty will direct initiatives and projects that keep racial and social justice and family engagement at the forefront of the Children’s Institute work to advance holistic wellbeing.

This Director will facilitate Children’s Institute’s growth as it transitions to an organization with optimized capacities and climate to advance racial and social justice and equity, for instance by integrating culturally responsive and cultural humility practices when engaging Black, indigenous and other persons of color families and communities across the Finger Lakes region. This position will work to strengthen CI’s internal and external processes to advance actions and goals linked to closing gaps in children’s outcomes tied to social determinants of health including racism and other forms of oppression, and to effectively serve children through family engagement and community systems.

This Director will work to grow evidence and practice informed by research, while cultivating supportive internal and external climates and staff competencies for advancing anti-racism, participatory approaches, peer learning, and shared risk-taking using CRT approaches. S/he/they will strive towards Children’s Institute having a community impact of increasing health and development equity in communities of color (generally and specifically) while addressing and healing from racism and racial bias on the personal, program, and policy levels so every child can thrive. The Director will support the mentorship and guidance that facilitates concrete directions towards being lived-experience inclusive (racially, socially) for instance, through professional development and learning – including with CI’s directors and through its strategic planning.

This faculty position will report to Children’s Institute’s Executive Director, and serve on the organization’s leadership team, contributing to work across all areas, including Programs and Services, Whole Child Connection, Center for Continuous Improvement and Research & Evaluation. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead and track planning and activities for Children’s Institute’s racial and social justice and equity initiatives (10%)

  • Increase support for CI’s cultural responsiveness and parent- and family-centeredness – e.g., through internal transformation of CIs organizational culture, staff practices and program responsiveness. For instance, the Director will facilitate growth via external and partner efforts (e.g., via consultation on culturally responsive practice, intervention development, leading community advisory councils, etc.) including by: a) increasing parent engagement in advancing children’s holistic wellbeing inclusive of social and emotional health, functioning and wellness, b) increasing community- and system change opportunities to advance prevention, resilience and restoration due to adverse childhood and trauma experiences including responding to children and parents of diasporas and to facilitate greater connection to indigenous and culturally-rooted healing modalities (e.g., by empowering BIPOC community members with research-based and effective tools and resources to own and improve continuously community-based processes of healing and narratives of wellbeing used in child-serving systems). (15%)

  • Support behavioral health capacity building and intervention within early learning, childcare and family settings involving young children – including case consultation of children’s needs (25%)
  • Facilitating exploration and integration of SEL and equity – e.g., how to align these in training, resources, and services. (20%)
  • Conceptualizing and coordinating parent and family centered programmatic work (15%)
  • Helping to refine and grow the Whole Child Connection’s K-12 consultation model, especially as it relates to integrating equity and anti-racism (15%)

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled