Anchoring Equity: Hiring a Chief Equity Officer

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By Carissa Moffat Miller

When I first took the job as Executive Director at the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of my first priorities was to continue to promote equity both internally and externally. I told our team at CCSSO, I would work immediately to create and fill a role for Chief Equity Officer at the organization. I am proud to announce that we are posting a job opening for that position today.

We are hiring a Chief Equity Officer to increase our capacity as an organization to advance education equity and ensuring we keep it at the center of all we do. In 2017, state chiefs came together to publish the Leading for Equity report, a set of ten commitments states can take to advance equity in education. Through this report, they renewed their commitment to create a more equitable education system for every child, and CCSSO is supporting them in this effort.

At CCSSO, we recognize we cannot fully support states in this work unless we first start from within and focus internally on our own diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. That’s why the Chief Equity Officer position in our organization will oversee all of CCSSO’s internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, support states as they continue in their work to advance equity, and anchor equity across CCSSO’s work. We are not hiring this person to own equity at CCSSO, rather to help ensure each and every staff member owns and advances equity in what they do every day. I encourage you to take a look at the job description online here and share it broadly with your networks.

CCSSO believes that diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations are more capable in all aspects of work, but particularly as an education organization, we must strive to improve in these areas each and every day to improve outcomes for all students across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background and income.

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