Sun Prairie Area School District Leadership Opportunity: Director of Systemic Equity and Inclusion

05/10/21 11:54 am

The Sun Prairie Area School District is looking for a dynamic, student-centered, anti-racist, and equity-focused administrator to become the Director of Systemic Equity and Inclusion in the growing community of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. We are seeking a self-reflective, innovative, anti-racist, equity-focused, and visionary leader who has a core belief in seeing diversity as an asset and will co-create an anti-racist, collaborative environment among staff, students, caregivers, and the Sun Prairie community. Our Equity Framework drives our staff and school community in ensuring we have an anti-racist and inclusive environment at each of our elementary and secondary schools. The Sun Prairie Area School District actively encourages women and candidates of color to apply.

The Director of Systemic Equity and Inclusion has the opportunity to join our innovative district and become part of the supportive community of the Sun Prairie Area Schools as our school district is transitioning to a “new beginning” in our secondary schools. In the 2022-2023 school year, Sun Prairie High School will be renamed Sun Prairie East High School, welcoming 9th-grade students to the current 10th-12th grade student body.  In the fall of 2022, SPASD will open the doors to Sun Prairie West High School (9th-12th grade) as part of a larger secondary reconfiguration across grades 6-12. We will also be reconfiguring Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Grades 8-9) and our two Middle Schools (Patrick Marsh and Prairie View, Grades 6-7) into 3 Middle Schools (Grades 6-8).

In the Sun Prairie Area School District …

  • We value the diversity of our community.

  • We value the experience and wisdom that each student brings to the learning community.

  • We believe in providing a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment.

  • We believe in supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of every student to help them reach their full potential.

  • We believe in inspiring our students and workforce to be lifelong learners.

  • We believe that developing critical thinking and analytical skills will prepare students to become engaged and productive citizens.

  • We believe in teaching ethical behavior and modeling character.

  • We believe in creating a passion for teaching and learning.

  • We believe in preparing students to thrive in a dynamic future.

  • We value and support a highly qualified, diverse, and culturally responsive workforce.

  • We believe that collaborative partnerships with students, parents, teachers, staff, businesses, and the greater community lead to educational excellence.

  • We believe in continuous improvement in our pursuit of excellence.

The Sun Prairie Experience:

Sun Prairie is a vibrant, thriving, and increasingly diverse community located in northeastern Dane County, just east of the City of Madison. Sun Prairie is known in the region for its high quality of life, its excellent parks and recreation programs, historic downtown, exceptional public school system, and progressive approach to the development and redevelopment of the community. The City of Sun Prairie has experienced strong population growth over the last 10 years, undergoing a transformation from a relatively small community to an estimated 35,000 today.

The Sun Prairie School District is made up of over 8,500 amazing and diverse students. More than a third are students of color. Ten percent of our students speak a language other than English. Approximately thirty percent of our students are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches. Our students are deeply involved in our community and are truly the pride of our community. 

The Sun Prairie Area School District has earned a reputation for being an innovative and progressive school district specifically in the areas of equity and inclusion. Our district has partnered with the Pacific Education Group (PEG) and The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning over the years to provide direction in creating instructional and operational strategies focused on equitable outcomes and inclusive strategies. 

Our district has been fortunate to be growing in the number of students attending our schools over the last decade and the Sun Prairie community has supported the school district every step of the way. The Sun Prairie community passed a referendum in the Spring of 2019 to build Sun Prairie West High School, a state-of-the-art athletic stadium, and renovate our current upper middle school into a traditional middle school, professional learning center, and healthcare facility for our District.  These improvements demonstrate the commitment to invest in the future of our students, families, staff, and community. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3 Years of School Administrative Experience (Experience in schools that are racially, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse)

  • Master's Degree in Educational Administration 

  • Experience in practical application of closing the opportunity gap through demonstrating racially conscious leadership, quality improvement methodology, and continuous improvement within a school system.

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in educational leadership, curriculum, and instruction, or a related field and licensure or ability to obtain DPI licensure in an administrative category is preferred.

  • Demonstrated alignment to District Vision and Core Values and District Equity Framework

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence with equity, anti-racism, cultural competence

  • Understand and can articulate the systems that lead to inequitable outcomes for students, are committed to disrupting racist practices, and creating an inclusive environment.

  • Experience working cross-culturally and/or committed to working toward improving one's own cultural proficiency i.e. valuing difference/diversity, recognizing personal limitations in one's skills and expertise, and having the desire to learn in these areas.

  • All SPASD positions require employees to commit to functioning from a common understanding of the history and effects of racism, structural racism, and implicit bias.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish relationships with students, staff, caregivers, and the community. 

  • Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning for all students and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices and drive school improvement focused on equitable advanced student achievement outcomes 

  • Demonstrated alignment to District vision and core values and our Equity Framework

  • Demonstrated leadership experience that drives continuous school improvement

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist practices and a sense of urgency towards closing the achievement gap and opportunity gap

  • Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices and drive school improvement.

Desired Qualifications

  • Multilingual with a preference for fluency in Spanish and/or Hmong

  • The Sun Prairie Area School District actively encourages women and candidates of color to apply. 

  • Certified in Teachscape Evaluation 

Do you want to be part of a district working hand in hand with the growing Sun Prairie community to provide high-quality, inclusive educational experiences for all students?

Do you want to join a team that is advocating and leading the work to ensure academic and social-emotional success for every child, every day?

If you answered yes to these questions, please apply by visiting the Sun Prairie Area School District Employment Opportunity website:

In an effort to provide staffing mirroring student demographics, candidates of color are encouraged to apply.


Are you ready to be a part of the history of Sun Prairie? 

Apply by May 17th, 2021

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