Dean of Restorative Practices

Position Title: Dean of Restorative Practices

Reports To: Director of Students

Employment Status: Exempt

Summary

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking an experienced and passionate Dean of Restorative Practices. The Dean of Restorative Practices will be student-centered, will integrate restorative practices into staff and student responsibilities, and will embody our commitment to antiracism and social justice in their work and personal presence. Ultimately, the goal of this position will be to strengthen the Eagle Rock community by bridging conflict, mending relationships, and repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders. The Dean of Restorative Practices will be responsible for the design, implementation, support, and evaluation of restorative justice programs at Eagle Rock. They will develop and expand program offerings and will design and facilitate trainings for students and staff. The responsibilities of this position can be summarized into three priority areas: Proactive/Preventative Engagement, Responsive Restorative Practices, and Restorative Practices Training. The Dean of Restorative Practices will play a significant role in reinforcing our school culture and values through a restorative lens.

A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership, and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org 

Qualifications, Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree (in education, behavioral science, human services, or a similar field), Master’s degree preferred
  • Extensive training and experience with restorative justice and implementing school- or community-wide restorative practices 
  • 4+ years of experience in teaching, youth social work, or counseling
  • Training and experience with youth empowerment models and conflict resolution approaches
  • Experience facilitating groups, experience facilitating restorative circles preferred
  • Experience coaching and providing professional development to adults
  • Formal or informal teaching experience preferred
  • Experience with developing and implementing behavior plans, interventions, and contracts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; effective public speaker and listener
  • Strong organizational, time management, and leadership skills  
  • Experience working and living in a residential setting preferred

The successful candidate will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; strong commitment to helping build community and repair relationships; ability to connect with all students and staff and form trusting relationships; familiar with positive youth development, conflict resolution strategies, trauma-informed care and somatic / embodied leadership practices; genuine interest in learning student passions and assets; program and staff management skills; ability to collect, organize, and communicate data to make informed decisions; commitment to bringing a social justice lens (recognizing the role of identity, power, oppression and privilege), to understanding student and staff actions and decisions; creative problem solving and innovation in designing interventions; a sense of humor; visionary thinking as well as diligent follow-through; ability to thrive in a work environment with multiple, simultaneous projects and frequent interruptions; timely and thorough completion of tasks without supervision or needed followup; a commitment to professional and personal growth; seasoned judgment. Candidates must be willing and able to work and live at a year-round, community-focused, residential high school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The position requires experience working with diverse populations, including students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Candidates must express a demonstrated commitment to engage deeply and fully with our organizational priority of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Responsibilities

Proactive/Preventative Engagement:

  • Model a relational approach to interacting with students and staff, work explicitly to build relationships within the community
  • Build a strong school culture of equity, inclusion, leadership and respect, based on principles of restorative justice and Eagle Rock commitments and values
  • Check-in with students and house parents to keep a pulse on student body culture
  • Support students and staff through observation, coaching, modeling restorative language, and debriefing with both staff and individual students
  • Observe staff and provide frequent, non-evaluative feedback
  • Manage school-wide bullying prevention efforts, initiatives and responses
  • Organize and analyze case management data to identify behavioral trends and opportunities for support, then inform stakeholders
  • With an asset-based approach, identify positive student trends and celebrate successes
  • Facilitate regular community-building engagements and circles as proactive measures
  • Advocate for educators and students
  • Regularly solicit feedback on restorative interventions to improve future programming

 Responsive Restorative Practices:

  • Facilitate and oversee mediations, circles, and other appropriate processes in response to conflict: Among students; Between staff and students; Among staff
  • Develop and manage a system to respond to incidents on campus, incorporating staff and student voice and involvement
  • Collaborate with Director of Students for appropriate community interventions
  • Manage student restoration plans and contracts
  • Design and implement a variety of creative proactive and responsive interventions, which could include any of the following: restorative circles, mediations, community meetings, weekly group sessions, somatics / embodied leadership practices, solo time, brief wilderness experience, restorative group programming, community service or art, etc
  • Track social and behavioral incidents to identify patterns and inform interventions

Restorative Practices Training – Further the understanding of restorative practices in the community:

  • Facilitate training and coaching for students and staff on: restorative practices, peer mediation, meaningful restorative conversations and techniques for resolving conflict
  • Empower community members to teach their skills to the community
  • Skill build with student leaders; provide on-going coaching
  • Provide resources, coaching and professional development to staff on classroom management and classroom culture

School-Wide Involvement: 

  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams, including mentoring students through advisory
  • Be open to working as a residential Houseparent for student housing
  • Create and deliver engaging student programming opportunities as part of an evening program team
  • Engage in weekend programming and supervision of students
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS, including advisories, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, and other community events
  • Share your unique skills with the school, e.g., sports, art, music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, etc
  • Engage in weekly staff DEI affinity and alliance spaces, commit to individual/alone DEI learning 
  • Be a role model and active member of the ERS community beyond this job description

Essential Physical Job Functions

The person in this position will: constantly operate a computer, frequently communicate with students and staff, observe students in the classroom and during residential programming, and frequently move about campus grounds – including ascending/descending stairs. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time, and may frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Occasional travel for work may be required.

Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package: 

  • Salary range for this position: $50,000-$80,000, based on education and experience
  • Annual Bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision plan 
  • Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
  • 401(k) 
  • Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program 
  • Educational assistance program available

This job description is subject to change at any time.

Hiring Timeline

We are hoping to fill this position immediately and will have a rolling deadline until filled. While we intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this timeline, we are committed to finding the right person; we 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. We are currently accepting applications for positions listed on our website.

This job description is subject to change at any time.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as ONE document submitted through https://tinyurl.com/EagleRockRestorativePractices. Clarifying questions can be sent to Christi Kelston, ckelston@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls please. We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. 

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 status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.