Chief Equity Officer, Mastery Schools

Posted by Mastery Charter Schools on September 1, 2020

Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 24 schools serving over 14,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden. We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.

Mastery’s Equity Vision

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.

We strive to be an anti-racist school district that eliminates the inequities in academic achievement that limit our students’ choices; that cultivates classrooms where every student is affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations; and that nurtures a diverse organization where students, staff, and families are valued, respected, and included.

The Opportunity

Mastery Schools is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as Chief Equity Officer (CEQO) reporting directly to the CEO. Ultimately, the CEQO’s role is to ensure that equity is integrated into Mastery’s program model and organizational culture with the aim of fulfilling our vision to be a model urban public school district. As a senior leader, the CEQO will work closely with the CEO, Chiefs team, and school leaders to intentionally nurture a healthy, inclusive organizational culture. The CEQO will also work with the central Academic team, Student Development team, and school leaders to ensure equity is at the center of our ongoing program development and improvement initiatives. The CEQO will serve as a thought partner to central office and school leaders in implementing Mastery’s plans for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization and culture.

Mastery recently developed a comprehensive Equity Plan that was developed in partnership with school leaders and board members. The plan was further shaped based on feedback from school leaders, teachers, parents, and central office staff during a 2 month review process. Ensuring the plan is well implemented will be the primary responsibility of the CEQO. The plan is a living document, and we fully expect the CEQO will influence and shape our approach to equity and the specifics of the plan over time. The work of equity is a central and unifying priority for the organization and the CEQO ensures that the work evolves and positively influences all aspects of the organization’s work.

The CEQO is expected to have expertise in the field of DEI and the wisdom, large organization experience, and mature leadership to be able to lead and support a comprehensive strategy that influences nearly every department across the network. The CEQO is a systems thinker and strategic problem solver. The CEQO’s work will primarily be executed through dotted line relationship with the central office department leads as well as school leaders. Funds have been reserved for an additional staff person or consultant(s) to support the CEQO’s work.

This position represents a compelling opportunity to be part of a charter management organization that is addressing perhaps the most difficult and important problem facing public education – the systemic failure of public school district to truly serve high poverty communities of color. Mastery is defining a new education model that incorporates the high expectations and a focus on developing the whole child. The CEQO will develop and implement a comprehensive equity program to support that mission.


The CEQO will be responsible for developing the vision, strategy, and implementation in these primary areas:

  • Equity Vision & Leadership

The CEQO will partner with the CEO and Chiefs Team to ensure equity is central to Mastery’s work; that the Equity Plan is implemented effectively; that results are monitored; and that plans adjusted and improved. The CEQO will work partner with the CEO to articulate an evolving equity vision for Mastery. The CEQO will also work with a Board Advisory Committee to monitor Mastery’s equity agenda.

  • Organizational Culture, Health, & Inclusivity

Specifically, The CEQO Will

Mastery is committed to nurturing the health of the organization and creating an inclusive community of educators who feel supported and connected to Mastery’s mission. The CEQO will build upon this vision, working in partnership with the CEO, Chief Talent Officer, and the senior leadership team.

  • Ensure Mastery’s values, most notably our Equity Value, lives and is nurtured in Mastery’s organizational culture.
  • Staff receive professional development and support for working, managing, and leading in an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Partner with the Talent Team to ensure our staff recruitment meets our diversity hiring goals – the ultimate aim of which is to have our staff reflect the diversity of our communities.
  • Partner with the Chiefs, Chief Talent Officer, Principal Supervisors, and school leaders to ensure that staff retention and promotion is equitable.
  • Partner with the Academic Team and Chief Talent Officer to ensure effective training and programming that recognizes the influence of race and identity on staff, families, and students and how it significantly frames Mastery’s effectiveness as educators and ability to build authentic relationships with students and families.

School Program: Specifically, The CEQO Will

We believe to achieve our mission, every student must be affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations. Accordingly, the CEQO partners with the Academic and Student Development Teams to ensure equity and inclusion is integrated in, and at the heart of, our work with students.

  • Monitor our student equity metrics (academic growth & suspensions by subgroup), and partner with school leaders and the central office Academic & Student Development teams to identify and problem-solve issues.
  • Partners with the central office Academic Team to support their work developing and supporting an instructional model that is relationship driven, culturally responsive, and effective.
  • Partner with the Student Development team to support their work developing and supporting a school and classroom culture, as well as discipline system, that is student centered, relationship driven, culturally responsive, and effective.
  • Work with the Specialized Service team to ensure IEP identification is not influenced by race, gender or other factors and to develop strategies to eliminate inequities in IEP identification.

Parents: The CEQO Will

We believe to achieve our mission, parents must be true partners with Mastery in the education of their children. We recognize that staff’s ability to build authentic relationships with parents is a prerequisite to an effective partnership.

Ensure effective training for staff is developed and implemented aimed at enabling staff to develop quality relationships with parents.

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