Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist (English)

Position Title: Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist (English)

Reports To:  Director of Curriculum

Job Summary:  The Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team.  The position includes creating and delivering innovative curriculum in English and Language Arts; leading a school-wide focus on literacy across the curriculum; and creating empowering and engaging opportunities for students to explore and learn more about themselves as learners in and out of the classroom.

Qualifications & Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  BA/BS in English or related Degree(s); MA/MS or equivalent experience preferred; license in teaching English or English/Language Arts preferred; extensive experience working with adolescents; strong organizational and leadership skills; commitment to personal and professional growth; experience living and working in a residential setting preferred. 

The successful Language and Literacy candidate will possess experience teaching high school English with a wide variety of course designs and program models; experience in Big Picture, Expeditionary Learning, or similar progressive school models; experience with competency-based and interdisciplinary curriculum design; a commitment to experiential education, project-based learning, and literacy across the curriculum. In addition, candidates will have experience working with English Language Learners, as well as the ability to differentiate for students with a wide range of learning styles and needs; experience supporting students with reading and writing interventions informed by academic data. 

Ability to work collaboratively both inside and outside the classroom. Experience working with diverse populations including students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Demonstrated commitment to engage deeply and fully with our organizational priority of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as our strategic focus areas.

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 as well as demonstrated follow-through; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; and a passion for living and working with students in a residential setting. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Curriculum: 

  • Commitment to and embodiment of anti-racist social justice education, competency-based curriculum, and ERS instructional values
  • Collaborate across departments to develop, implement, and refine an innovative interdisciplinary Language and Literacy curriculum that centers and empowers students
  • Provide schoolwide literacy across the curriculum professional development and support, with a focus on creating learning experiences that develop literacy both in and outside of the classroom
  • Develop culturally responsive and differentiated curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that support a diverse range of learners
  • Partner with the Estes Valley Library to cultivate and curate an ERS library collection focused on fostering adolescent literacy 
  • Steward department budget, facilities, inventory, and resources
  • Mentor/supervise/coach a Public Allies teaching fellow

Student Support:

  • Build a toolbox of practices to support adolescents in their personal and academic growth
  • Support students in leveraging strengths to overcome reading and writing challenges, including 1:1 meetings and small group tutoring
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in evening activities that excite and empower them 
  • 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 mentoring students through advisory
  • 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 
  • 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 ERS community, e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, etc.
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description

Competitive salary and benefits package

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/ERSLanguageandLiteracy.  Clarifying questions can be sent to jjohnson@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls, please.  We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. 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.   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:  Open until filled
  • Phone Interviews:  Early November – December
  • Onsite Interviews: Early December – January
  • Start Date:  To Be Determined