Job Description

Appointment for July 1, 2021

GULLIVER

Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in Coconut Grove, Gulliver was likened to the prestigious academies of the northeast and initially attracted families who wintered in Florida. In late 1953, Marian Krutulis purchased the school. A pioneer in education, Mrs. Krutulis envisioned Gulliver as grand home where both students and teachers would feel part of a caring, inspiring family of learners. Over the course of 25 years, she relocated the school to Coral Gables, built an upper school for high school students in Pinecrest and achieved ‘Blue Ribbon School of Excellence’ designation by the US Department of Education. 

In 2000, Gulliver became a non-profit. Today, Gulliver Preparatory School serves approximately 2,200 students in Grades PreK3 – 12 on four campuses. Despite its significant growth over the last 60 years, Gulliver still upholds Marian Krutulis’ vision to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and trains them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do. Gulliver encompasses 40 lush, tropical acres in Miami-Dade County, with four campuses all located within a three-mile radius. Originally envisioned as a “grand school home,” the warm, familial environment blends with updated, modern amenities. 

Small classes enable teachers to meet students’ individual needs, and expansive course offerings both nurture and challenge students. Opportunities to build upon foundational learning are abundant; students can choose from myriad signature programs, including engineering, biomedical sciences, international business, architecture, and marine sciences field studies, as well as honors, AP, IB courses. Gulliver prepares students with the skills and knowledge to become inspired leaders. Extracurricular activities are virtually limitless; community service organizations and interest groups thrive on all campuses; and Gulliver’s athletic program has achieved success at all levels of competition. In fact, Gulliver features more athletic teams, student activities and clubs than any other independent school in South Florida.

DIVERSITY PRINCIPLES

Gulliver demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by adhering to the following principles and beliefs:

  • We work actively to counter systemic disparities in status, privilege, and opportunity corresponding with factors including, but not exclusively limited to, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic status.
  • Through thoughtful exploration of social issues and how identity impacts each of our lives, we work to develop cultural literacy and an anti-bias identity among our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents.
  • We align our operational and pedagogical practices behind the idea that every student, irrespective of demographic background, can achieve educational excellence.
  • We work to minimize or eliminate any opportunity and achievement gaps across student demographic groups.
  • We teach content that intentionally includes representation from a broad cross-section of our community and the broader society.

 THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

  • Is a full-time administrative position (which we are creating and filling for the first time), reporting to the Head of School, and is a member of the Senior Administrative Team.
  • Oversees and supports the development and implementation of the plan for ongoing professional development and cultural competency training for all community constituents, including faculty, students, parents, alumni, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Supports, guides, and helps to implement the work of the Board Diversity Committee, The Diversity Steering Committee, the Equity and Inclusion Committees, the Alumni Diversity Committee, and the Parent Diversity Coalition.
  • Works in partnership with each divisional principal to develop and implement initiatives and programming for students and faculty.
  • Serves as a resource and sounding-board on issues of inclusion and difference for all members of the school community.
  • Works with the academic leadership to monitor, encourage, and ensure the inclusion of diversity and social justice issues in the PK-12 curriculum.
  • Works with students and adults to create opportunities for the understanding, discussion, and action regarding social justice issues, especially to help students to engage first-hand with these issues and the people affected by them.
  • Coordinates and facilitates affinity and support groups for parents and students and assists in student support services on an individual and programmatic basis as needed.
  • Supports evaluative data gathering such as interviews, surveys, and other tools with faculty, students, and parents to gauge the climate of diversity in the school to help guide the focus for diversity related programming each year.
  • Supports the admissions and financial aid process as needed.
  • Assists in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of new faculty and staff, especially in support of outreach efforts.
  • Works with the Development Office to support the stewardship of school programs.

 AREAS OF EMPHASIS

Job Competencies 

  • Highly collaborative leader with demonstrated ability to lead and inspire people.
  • Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, creativity, judgement, initiative optimism, and a sense of humor.
  • Effective management and planning skills. 
  • Ability to work well in a busy and complex school environment.
  • Commitment to the mission and core values of the school.

Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Advanced Degree preferred
  • Demonstrated success in DEI related leadership, working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and other stakeholders to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and engagement in work around identity, equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

LOCATION

Gulliver is located in Miami, Florida. A major transportation and business hub, Miami is a leading resort and Atlantic Oceanport situated on Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Miami River. The Everglades area is a short distance to the west. Greater Miami, the state’s largest urban concentration, comprises all of the county, which includes the cities of Miami Beach (across the bay), Coral Gables, Hialeah, North Miami, and many smaller municipalities and unincorporated areas; together, these make up the southern section of Florida’s “Gold Coast.” The downtown skyline of Miami features a contemporary look, with a large collection of gleaming glass-walled skyscrapers accented with neon lighting at night. The Brickell neighborhood just south of the city’s historic central business district, became one of Miami’s fastest-growing neighborhoods and is the city’s major financial district. More than 70 percent of the population is Hispanic/Latino. Indeed, the city’s close relationship to Latin America is especially well represented in its ethnic neighborhoods. The Little Havana district, just west of downtown, developed as a largely Cuban enclave within the city. Little Haiti, to the north of downtown, developed as a primarily Haitian neighborhood after refugees began arriving in the city in the 1990s. The city is also a center of international banking and finance, business services, manufacturing (including apparel, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, printing, and metal products) and international commerce. The Port of Miami handles international shipping and is a world leader in cruise ship operations. 

The Miami metropolitan area has many institutions of higher education, including the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Barry University in Miami Shores, St. Thomas University, Florida Memorial College, International Fine Arts College, Miami- Dade Community College, and Florida International University. Other interests include the site of the National Hurricane Center operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Baptist Health, and the University of Miami Hospital are among the city’s major medical complexes. The city is a world leader in marine study, including the famed University of Miami-affiliated Rosenstiel School of Marine and the Atmospheric Science and oceanographic laboratories of NOAA.

Gulliver is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive community for all faculty and staff. Gulliver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.