Societies and Cultures Instructional Specialist (Social Studies)

Position Title: Societies and Cultures Instructional Specialist

Reports To:  Director of Curriculum

Job ObjectiveThe Societies and Cultures Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team.  The position includes creating and facilitating innovative curriculum, leading a school-wide Societies and Cultures program that offers a variety of learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom, and stewarding the care of the facilities and resources in the department.

Qualifications:  BA/BS in History, Geography, Ethnic Studies, Social Studies Education or related degree(s); MA/MS or equivalent experience preferred; license in teaching Social Studies 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 Societies and Cultures candidate will possess experience teaching high school social studies with a wide variety of course designs and program models; experience in Big Picture, EL Education, or similar progressive school models; experience with competency-based and interdisciplinary curriculum design, including social justice competencies; a commitment to experiential education, project-based learning, and the creative process. 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 learning 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: the embodiment of an anti-racist, social justice commitment; 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. 



  • 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 Societies and Cultures curriculum that centers and empowers students
  • Develop culturally responsive and differentiated curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that support a diverse range of learners
  • Steward department budget, facilities, inventory, and resources
  • Mentor/supervise/coach a teaching fellow each year

Student Support:

  • Build a toolbox of practices to support adolescents in their personal and academic growth
  • Support students in leveraging strengths to overcome academic challenges, including 1:1 meetings and small group tutoring
  • Participate in internal professional development to better support students

School-Wide Involvement:

  • 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
  • Be open to working as a residential Houseparent should the need arise. On campus housing is not guaranteed
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description


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 time off
  • 401 (k)
  • Educational assistance program available

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as one document submitted through Clarifying questions can be sent to  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:  Ongoing
  • Onsite Interviews: Ongoing