Human Performance and Outdoor Education Adjunct

Position Title: Human Performance and Outdoor Education Adjunct (HPOE-A)

Reports to: Human Performance and Outdoor Education Program Manager (HPOE-PM)

Employment Status: Exempt; Ascend Staffing


Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking a Human Performance and Outdoor Education Adjunct instructor. A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from across the U.S. who are not thriving in their current situations, for whom few positive options exist, and who are interested in taking control of their lives and learning. The HPOE-A will serve as part of the student services team, more specifically the HPOE team which oversees athletics, outdoor education, and contributes to personal growth for students.  Eagle Rock is a value driven organization and the HPOE team is committed to embodying our school value of: developing my mind through intellectual discipline, by body through physical fitness, and my spirit through thoughtful contemplation.  The HPOE-A will be responsible for supporting athletic programming (including but not limited to team sports, aquatics, personal fitness, etc.),  incorporating outdoor education into campus life, supporting off campus outdoor education expeditions, developing curriculum, facilitating/supporting all campus events, and supporting students in finding their spark in relation to mind, body, and spirit. Inherent in this position is a commitment to antiracism and social justice in work and personal presence. 

Qualifications, Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions


  • Bachelor’s Degree or 4 years’ related work experience
  • 4+ years of experience in teaching, coaching, or outdoor education
  • Experience with outdoor education and trip expeditions
  • Experience facilitating groups and planning events/activities
  • Experience coaching 
  • Experience with trauma-informed care & somatics / embodied leadership preferred
  • 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 Eagle Rock candidate 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 as well as demonstrated 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. 

Specific to the HPOE-A position, the successful candidate will possess the following attributes: strong commitment to supporting youth engage in athletics & in the outdoors; ability to connect with all students and staff, and form trusting relationships; genuine interest in learning student passions and assets; program and staff management skills; ability to prioritize, respond and adapt to variable program priorities and cycles; commitment to bringing a social justice lens (recognizing the role of identity, history, power, oppression and privilege) to understanding a student’s behavior specifically as it pertains to athletics/outdoors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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).



  • In collaboration with the Athletics Coordinator, develop and implement weekly school wide sports events. 
  • Support morning exercise & student fitness programs
  • Support team sports & tournaments (internal & external)
  • Organize special events
  • Support the aquatics program
  • Develop external partnerships for student opportunities (camps, trainings, certifications, etc)

Outdoor Education

  • Facilitate and support on campus OE offerings (hikes, birding, biking, camping, climbing, etc.)
  • Support off campus expeditions 
    • Occasionally, lead/support new student orientation courses or veteran trip experiences. 
    • Lead/support explore week experiences
  • Support facilitation of Outdoor Education experiences used for restorative practices

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.
  • Participate in the orientation process for new Public Allies Fellows 
  • Engage in weekly staff DEI affinity and alliance spaces, commit to individual/alone DEI learning 
  • Practice self-care, model having boundaries, and practice balance to support your well-being in this immersive community and, sometimes, intense role.
  • Be a role model and active member of the ERS community beyond this job description


Salary range for this position: $43,000-$58,000, based on education and experience. 

 To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to Clarifying questions can also be sent Eliza.  No phone calls please.

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. 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.

  • Initial Application Review: September 15th (then rolling deadline until filled)
  • Phone Interviews: Late September
  • Onsite Interviews: End of October
  • Start Date: as soon as feasible