Human Performance Instructional Specialist (Physical Education, Health, and Outdoor Education teacher)

Context of the Position Opening

Do you want to empower diverse teens to engage confidently in physical pursuits? Do you believe in education that supports high school students’ gifts and passions? Can you support students of all races and genders to develop lifelong healthy habits in indoor and outdoor settings? Does an intentionally-diverse boarding school based 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 contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts across the country. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our website ( 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,” that instructors should follow a pre-set curriculum, or that learning is limited to the traditional school day; then this school is not for you.  If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here. However, if you have boundless energy, an inherent trust in students, a desire to collaborate with peers, and an ambition to impact secondary education nationally, then we want to hear from you.

POSITION TITLE:  Human Performance Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist (IS)

REPORTS TO:  Director of Curriculum

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Human Performance and Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team.  In general the position is involved in creating and delivering innovative curriculum, leading a full school morning exercise and intramural program, empowering students to achieve lifelong fitness in a variety of settings, maintaining a strong relationship with Rocky Mountain National Park, and overall care of the facilities and resources in the department.  

QUALIFICATIONS: Health Sciences, Experiential Education, Environmental Science, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, 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 in the classroom and out with other staff. 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. Must be CPR/First Aid/WFR instructor, or able to obtain certification.

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; knowledge of current trends in health & physical education, outdoor pursuits, and active living; 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. Teaching experience, experience in Expeditionary Learning, CES, NOLS, Big Picture, Outward Bound, or similar progressive education models; experience with interdisciplinary curriculum design, experiential education, project-based learning, and Understanding by Design process helpful.



  • Develop, implement, and oversee the health, phys-ed, and outdoor ed curriculum, including health and/or citizen science outdoor courses. Includes opportunity to expand current program; develop curriculum relevant to our diverse student body; co-teach interdisciplinary classes;
  • Grow and maintain relationship with Rocky Mountain National Park, particularly in the context of citizen science and outdoor adventure courses, as well as an annual student-internship program that requires holding students to high levels of professionalism.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around empowering opportunities for students to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Develop curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that are relevant to schools serving similar demographics around the country.
  • Serve as part of the department team as it relates to organization wide goals and initiatives as well as daily operations, and increasing opportunities for students in the department.
  • Assist with management and maintenance of the pool, gym, fitness facilities, sports field and other equipment.
  • Supervise student chores in Human Performance Center.
  • Manage department resources; develop and maintain department budget.
  • Run morning exercise, weekly intramurals, and evening activities as needed.
  • Contribute to campus safety and first aid training for staff and students, serve on the campus risk management committee.
  • Co-mentor/supervise a Public Allies teaching fellow each year.
  • Lead and/or course direct outdoor/wilderness/field experiences for students.



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

  • Work in residential life program, including the possibility of living on campus and/or being a houseparent.
  • Run First Aid/CPR training for staff.
  • 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.


Competitive salary and benefits package.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to  Clarifying questions can be sent to  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:  July 13, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them)

Phone Interviews:  July 9-20, 2018

Three-Day Onsite Interviews: July 30-Aug 3, 2018

Start Date: September 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.