Employment

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A residential school is a complex place. As the adult members of the Eagle Rock community, we are all responsible in our own way for the growth and development of the students entrusted to our care.

Each of us has a unique set of responsibilities, but we share a commitment to bring expertise and energy to all that we do. Working at Eagle Rock is not a job, it is a vocation. In selecting candidates for employment here, we look not only for exceptional talent and expertise, but also for a high level of commitment and loyalty.  In return, Eagle Rock provides professional growth opportunities; deep, meaningful, and rewarding work; and an exceptional benefits package and competitive salaries.

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Full Time Positions

Context of the Position Opening

Director of Curriculum

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center seeks an experienced administrator to lead our curriculum department into the future.  The next director of curriculum will continue to support the development of our academic curriculum, work closely with our director of students to insure continuity across the entire student experience, and collaborate with our director of professional development on our mission to support schools around the country to meaningfully engage high school students.

The Position

The director of curriculum (DOC) is responsible for leading an engaging, cohesive and supportive academic student experience.  Major areas of responsibility include the academic program, study halls, workshops, tutoring, and academic support; instructional staff professional development and supervision; instructional coaching; and the collection and utilization of data to inform decision-making.

The DOC leads Eagle Rock’s academic team, which includes 9 instructors with individual specialization in math, science, world language, English, physical education, music & performing arts, visual arts, and societies & cultures.  The DOC also supports two rotating positions within the team; professional development critical friends group coordinator, and the instructional coach.

The School

Established in 1993, Eagle Rock is located on 640 acres in the mountains outside of Estes Park, Colorado.  The campus is 10 minutes from Estes Park; about an hour from Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, and Fort Collins; and an hour and a half from Denver.  In addition to all the details that can be found on our website (www.eaglerockschool.org), the following specifics will give applicants a sense of the school’s strengths and challenges relative to the position.

Strengths Related to the Position

Stable Financial Base:  Eagle Rock is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation funded by the American Honda Motor Company.  The idea of Eagle Rock was born out of Honda and has been a Honda initiative since the its inception.  In addition to funding our entire annual budget, Honda also provides significant in-kind expertise to our operations in the areas of accounting, insurance, legal, human resources & benefits, communications, and facilities management.  Every student attends Eagle Rock on a full scholarship.

National Influence:  Eagle Rock is comprised of both a school and professional development center (PDC).  The PDC works with schools around the country and through that process we stay connected to many networks of schools who are working with students who are also disengaged.  These networks offer us significant opportunities.  We also have alumni (former staff, Public Allies Fellows, and students as well as graduates) all over the country who continue to be committed to Eagle Rock.

Creative Freedom:  Because we are an independent school, we operate largely unencumbered by bureaucracy.  While we are accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, AdvancEd, and the Association for Experiential Education, we are not subject to anywhere near the amount of bureaucracy that many schools face.  Our board of directors is also clear about the boundary between management and governance, providing appropriate oversight and vision without getting into the daily operations.

Committed Staff & Leadership Team:  Working at Eagle Rock is a venture of the heart.  Our staff care deeply about our students, and work hard in a demanding, residential, year-round experience.  The leadership team is comprised of the director of students, director of curriculum, director of professional development, and head of school.  This group is responsible for all aspects of Eagle Rock.

Mission & History:  The first students stepped onto the Eagle Rock campus in September 1993.  Since that time, we’ve learned a lot and we will continue to do so well into the future.  We are working with students who truly are in need.  They come from difficult circumstances and they and their families typically cannot afford other options.  We fill a unique need in the world and it is inspiring to work here.  Our vision is that every high school student is meaningfully engaged in their education.

Academic Program:  The Eagle Rock academic framework is comprised of the following assets:

  • An individualized Learning Plan (ILP) that contains a summary of all graduation requirements. Students graduate based upon Eagle Rock’s 5 Expectations: Creating Healthy Life Choices; Practicing Effective Communication; Practicing Leadership for Justice; Becoming an Engaged Global Citizen; and Developing an Expanding Knowledge Base.  Individual courses are designed to deepen student understanding of one of the values.  Inside of those courses, traditional academic credit is offered in a manner that is integrated, supports the learning of a related enduring understanding, and is scaffolded and assessed with the use of learning targets.   Students must demonstrate proficiency in each of our 5 power standards, which are also individually connected to one of the 5 Expectations.  Students have a lot of choice and ability to individualize their pathway based on their passions, goals, and interests.
  • Experiential Education, Project and Performance-based Learning, Service Learning, and large blocks of instructional time. Students take 2, two hour and fifteen minute classes or one four and a half hour class daily.  These half and full day classes allow for multiple classroom workshops and/or ample time for out of the classroom learning experiences.  We are situated on 640 acres, and have a strong partnership with Rocky Mountain National Park, have recently created a makerspace FUSE lab in partnership with Northwestern University, are a City Music Network site through the Berklee College of Music, are well equipped with technology, and are well regarded by a lot of non-profit partners including the local public school in Estes Park.
  • Creative Freedom. Instructional specialists (teachers) have significant freedom inside our framework to developing relevant, engaging learning experiences.
  • Heterogeneous classes.  Classes are open to all students, and through our use of the workshop model, the richness of diverse minds, backgrounds and experiences integrate to create meaningful social constructivist learning experiences.
  • Small class size. At full enrollment, the average class size is 8 students and often includes 2 instructors (one instructional specialist and 1 Public Allies Teaching Fellow).

Opportunities Related to the Position

Academic Rigor:  We have a solid academic framework and a proven track record of engaging young people in our academic program.  We have been working on common assessments as part of our strategic plan since its inception in 2015.  We’ve used the College and Work Readiness Assessment for the past 8 years and have recently started using that data in a more sophisticated manner.  Recently, we’ve also been experimenting with the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test as a way of tracking more specifically what’s happening with our students’ learning and growth.  The opportunity lies in deepening our understanding of where our students are at academically, and then using that data to increase our efficacy inside of our instructional framework.

Increased Learner Centered Instruction & Competency-based Growth:  Our ILP allows for individualized pathways to graduation which we view as a strength.  However, there is more work to do inside of that framework to move us toward deeper clarity with regard to competency based education.  We are developing a case management tool that allows us to track individual students, their progress related to goals, and then create an action plan to support them.  In the academic area, the opportunity exists for us to create more precision in terms of the specific competencies that align with a student’s individual pathway to graduation.  When we do that, students will have greater clarity on how their choices and pathway relates to specific knowledge, reasoning, and skills they are gaining through classes.  At some point in this work, the system will be developed well enough that academic progress won’t need to be limited to classes offered during the traditional school day and will expand to capture other learning beyond the classroom.

Evaluation Capacity Building:  Over the past year, we have undertaken an initiative to build our evaluation capacity.  The Professional Development Center, Student Services, and Curriculum Departments are all working with logic models in their specific areas for program improvement and external reporting.   The new director of curriculum will continue to lead this work in academics and in collaboration with the student services team will integrate the data into the case management tool as a way of identifying both student progress and areas of strength and gaps across program areas.

Diversity & Inclusion:  Eagle Rock student body includes a diverse mix of students.  They come from all over the United States and as a whole are more diverse than our staff.  To date, we have not found as much success as an inclusive community as we believe possible.  In 2015, we adopted a strategic plan that includes a component that focuses on diversity and inclusion.  It is our intention that we align the lived experience of our students with the demographics and competency of our staff such that we are a much more inclusive school across domains such as culture, race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and learning needs.  The new director of curriculum will collaborate with the head of school, and director of students (who works on behalf of the head of school to lead in this area) to support the work in the school.

Desired Qualifications

BS/BA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction or related degree(s), Education leadership related masters preferred; 5-10 years in an administrative / leadership position; experience working in a progressive residential / boarding school; extensive experience working with underserved, diverse adolescent populations; strong managerial, supervisory, and leadership skills; experience leading organization wide initiatives; experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion work; experience with restorative practices; experience with instructional coaching; experience with innovative, progressive, rigorous, experiential, learner centered models of education (e.g., CES/EL/Big Picture), and experience with data informed decision-making.  Demonstrated results with design and implementation of competency-based high school graduation frameworks.  Demonstrated high proficiency in written and oral communication.

Attributes

The next director of curriculum will possess a passion and commitment to rigorous, relevant, progressive education frameworks.  They will possess the ability to work at both the highest conceptual altitudes and on the ground with individual students and staff members.  They will be able to innovate and deepen the academic experience for students inside Eagle Rock’s academic framework.  They will have strong collaboration skills and will be able to work in partnership with the director of students on daily operations of the school.  They will also have the knowledge, experience, and desire to collaborate with the director of professional development on work related to supporting engagement around the country. They will be able to both hold a deep sense of student advocacy and high expectations simultaneously.  They will have the passion and stamina to work with and support staff and students in a year-round 24/7 residential school.  Finally, they will have a willingness to immerse in the Eagle Rock community.

Areas of Responsibility

Leadership Team

  • Collaborate with other directors on various organization wide issues.
  • Serve as part of the management team as it relates to organization wide goals, initiatives, and the Eagle Rock strategic plan.
  • Periodically run community meetings, staff meetings, and other school wide functions.

Curriculum

  • Overall responsibility and oversight of the Individualized Learning Plan (graduation requirements) and academic program including all “traditional” academic disciplines, and in collaboration with student services department, supporting co-curricular experiences.
  • Lead the ERS instructional staff team in channeling their ideas into practical action that falls within the curricular framework as defined by the 5 Expectations, the Individualized Learning Plan, and Eagle Rock’s version of the understanding by design framework.
  • Oversee professional development for instructional staff.
  • Oversee the Professional Development Critical Friends Group (PDCFG). This group plans and coordinates delivery of internal instructional PD.
  • Collaborate with director of students and director of professional development on mission oriented, relevant overlaps.
  • Collect and analyze data, and periodically summarize reports for use in program monitoring and improvement, and external reporting.
  • Insure that the academic program meets standards for AdvancEd and the Association for Colorado Independent Schools accreditations.

Personnel

  • Recruit, hire, train, and directly supervise the following Instructional Specialists (teachers): Math, Science, World Language, Visual Arts, Music & Performance, Human Performance (Physical Education, 2 positions), Literacy & Literature, and Societies & Cultures.  Indirectly support (in collaboration with the onsite Public Allies program coordinator, director of professional development and individual Instructional Specialists), 7 “student teachers” who are paired up with Instructional Specialists and work for a year at ERS in the Public Allies Fellowship program.
  • Conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Oversee individual professional development goals.
  • Coach, mentor, and support instructors.

Financial Management

  • Manage the curriculum budget including overseeing individual budgets for each instructional specialist, a professional development and travel budget for instructors, and adjunct salaries for various part-time employees.

Risk Management

  • Work with instructional and operations staff to ensure that all instructional experiences are appropriately planned and implemented in a manner that manages risk at an acceptable level and is consistent with professional standards.
  • Serve as a member of the Eagle Rock risk management committee.

Logistics

  • Plan and manage various instruction related meetings.
  • Oversee the development of academic courses for each trimester.
  • Schedule and manage teaching and workloads for instructional specialists.
  • Oversee instructional logistics during the trimester. Coordinate all instructional activities.

School Wide Involvement

  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor. Play intramural sports (soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, water volleyball, floor hockey, water polo {with lifejackets}, court volleyball).  You don’t have to be good but you do have to participate!
  • Live on campus (likely but flexible and dependent upon housing availability) and provide staff and student support consistent with needs of a 24/7 school.
  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.

Integration with Student Services:  The following fall under the responsibility of the student services department but significant collaboration and communication with the director of students is critical to the health of the school.

  • Admissions
  • Student Discipline
  • Case Management System
  • Residential Life (instructional specialists also work in the residential life program)
  • House Parents (some instructors serve as house parents)
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Student health, wellness, and counseling
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • New student orientation
  • Restorative practices
  • Advisories
  • Personal Growth Curriculum
  • Student services professional development

Integration with Professional Development Center The following fall under the responsibility of the professional development center but significant collaboration and communication with the director of professional development is critical to achieving the national mission.

  • Developing Eagle Rock School curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that are relevant to schools serving similar demographics around the country
  • Supporting instructional specialists to participate as part of the PDC national work both on campus and off
  • Supporting student involvement in the PDC national work
  • Supporting visiting educators at Eagle Rock

Compensation

Competitive salary and benefits package.  On campus housing.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in the major areas of responsibility listed above, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to info@eaglerockschool.org.  Clarifying questions can be sent to jliddle@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls please.  We ONLY accept electronic submissions. No paper or fax materials will be considered.

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.   Therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Timeline

We are committed to finding the right person.  This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process.  We intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this plan.  However, we do realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan.  We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline.

  • Application Deadline:  March 9, 2018 (though applications will be considered as they are received)
  • Phone Interviews:  Mid March, 2018
  • Onsite Interviews: Late March – early April, 2018
  • Start Date: June 1, 2018 (Flexible.  This is an overlap with our current director of curriculum who will finish up in July)

Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist (English)

Context of the Position Opening

Do you believe in an educational process that supports diverse high school students in finding and nurturing their gifts and passions, rather than teaching to standardized tests and curricula? Would you like to empower students to explore and examine their lives and the world around them in a deep and critical way? Do you believe literacy and critical thinking can be taught in cross-curricular experiences that are meaningful to teens? Does a boarding school that bases its disciplinary approach on relationships and respect resonate with you?

At ERS & PDC, our teachers work together to develop empowering active learning opportunities for our students.  We care about each other’s success, our student’s experience, and work hard to constantly innovate.  We are committed to our students and through that experience, contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts across the country. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our website (www.eaglerockschool.org) to get a better feel for the School and Professional Development Center. We’ll be honest; ERS & PDC isn’t for everybody.  If you believe students need to be “taught lessons,” you think instructors should follow a set of standard curriculum documents, or that learning should only occur during the traditional school day, this school is not for you.  If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here.  But if you’ve got boundless energy, an inherent trust in the ability of students, a passion for individual expression through reading and writing, a deep desire to work on both school wide initiatives and with individual students, you understand that learning happens beyond the classroom in the evenings and weekends, and you have ambitions to impact secondary education nationally, we want to hear from you.

POSITION TITLE:  Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist (IS)

REPORTS TO:  Director of Curriculum

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team.  In general the position is involved in creating and delivering innovative curriculum, leading an instructional focus on literacy, and creating empowering and creative opportunities for students to explore and learn more about themselves as learners in and out of the classroom.

QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS in English or related Degree(s); masters preferred, teaching experience in a wide variety of course designs and program models; extensive experience working with adolescents; strong organizational and leadership skills; desire and ability to reform educational practices.

Ability to work collaboratively both inside and outside the classroom. Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of LGBTQ students; students from low income backgrounds; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds— all of whom have not found success in traditional educational settings.

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; demonstrated success in collaborative work with colleagues; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school is more of a calling than a job.

Specific to their instructional area, the successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes:  experience teaching high school English with a wide variety of course designs and program models; experience in CES/Big Picture/Expeditionary Learning or similar progressive schools; experience with interdisciplinary curriculum design, experiential education, project-based learning, literacy across the curriculum, and Understanding by Design process helpful.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

*** Please refer to these 3 areas to respond to the application prompt: Please submit a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the three major areas of responsibility listed below:

Curriculum:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee the English curriculum (including literacy across the curriculum support to all instructors, teach literature and research, etc.). Includes opportunity to expand current program; develop curriculum relevant to our diverse student body; co-teach interdisciplinary classes;
  • Create and deliver innovative curriculum experiences for students that integrate with various content areas and remain committed to our instructional values. Work with department instructors to develop annual plan for course offerings.
  • Create and implement programmatic ways to engage students in literacy opportunities outside of class time
  • Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around empowering opportunities for students to engage in literacy opportunities across the curriculum
  • Develop curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that are relevant to schools serving similar demographics around the country
  • Support student involvement in the PDC national work
  • Supervise student chores in academic building; manage department resources
  • Develop and maintain department budget
  • Mentor/supervise a Public Allies teaching fellow

Student Support

  • Support adolescents as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal and academic growth
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in evening activities that excite and empower them, to increase their engagement in the community and find new ways to be learning new things
  • Participate in internal professional development to better support students

School Wide Involvement

  • Be open to working as a residential Houseparent for student housing.
  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor.
  • Co-create and deliver engaging student programming opportunities as part of an evening program team. Regularly work one night a week on this team and with students.
  • Engage in weekend programming and supervision of students through the rotating weekend staff schedule.
  • Contribute to our national mission by engaging with visiting educators, facilitating work with schools around the country, and being of service to our professional development team
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events.
  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.

Compensation

Competitive salary and benefits package.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter, a resume, a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the three major areas of responsibility listed above, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to info@eaglerockschool.org.  Clarifying questions can be sent to jenfrickey@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls please.  We ONLY accept electronic submissions. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.

Hiring Timeline

We are committed to finding the right person.  This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process.  We intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this plan.  However, we do realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan.  We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline.

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them)

Phone Interviews:  March 5-9, 2018

Three-Day Onsite Interviews: Late March 2018

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2018

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.Therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.


Part Time Openings

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Fellowship Openings

The Public Allies Fellowship Program at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development at the nationally recognized Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center.

Through this unique service and training opportunity, Public Allies Eagle Rock Fellows will gain skills that will make them effective teachers, leadership trainers, and youth workers.

Fellows will work and live together in community with eleven other Public Allies Fellowship Program participants, students and staff at the school’s state of the art facilities in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver.

For detailed information including application materials click here.