The School District of Springfield R-12

Chief Equity and Diversity Officer (CEDO)

Reports to:  Superintendent of Schools

Work Schedule/FLSA Status:  Exempt

Social Security Contribution:  Eligible

Salary:  Competitive Salary and Benefits Package; Commensurate with Experience

Purpose Statement

Springfield Public Schools located in Springfield, Missouri, is currently seeking applications for the diversity and inclusion are educational, civic, and economic imperatives and are foundational position of Chief Equity and Diversity Officer. Springfield Public Schools recognizes that equity, o achieving academic excellence. The CEDO serves as a strong and vocal champion for equity, diversity and inclusion across all programs associated with the school district. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformational thought leader, who has demonstrated experience and influence in achieving positive change in an academic setting in the areas of diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, community partnerships, economic development, and educational and employment equity.

Springfield Public Schools is Missouri’s largest public school district and has built a reputation of academic excellence based on the outstanding performance of our students and schools. Approximately 25,000 students attend 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, and a variety of alternative education and choice programs.

The CEDO reports to the Superintendent of Schools and works in close collaboration with district executive leaders, stakeholder groups within the district, and with external partners to shape, promote and implement the strategic plan. The CEDO will promote a culture of inclusion and embracing differences in support of the district’s strategic efforts to build a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, families, employees and the community. The CEDO will guide efforts to define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. The position works to deliver the district’s mission by providing direction and coordinating leadership to promote equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the school system through a cross-disciplinary approach.


  • Experience in a leadership role developing and monitoring initiatives around diversity, racial equity, inclusion or related work.
  • Relevant experience in a school district, government, or non-profit organization in an urban setting preferred. 
  • Proven track record of success leading a large complex organization and a broad range of stakeholders to achieve goals.
  • Experience guiding the analysis of data and data-based inquiry to drive improvement in practice.
  • Experience coordinating and delivering professional development for a variety of internal and external stakeholders.


Master’s Degree or higher in Education, Public Policy, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business or a related field from an accredited college or university; or commensurate experience in lieu of a degree.

All interested applicants must go to www.sps.org/jobs and apply to be considered. The School District of Springfield R-12 is an equal opportunity employer who participates in the E-Verify program.

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