Context of the Position Opening
Do you want to empower diverse teens to engage confidently in outdoor, physical pursuits? Do you believe in education that supports high school students’ gifts and passions? Can you inspire students to examine their lives and world in a deep and critical way? Can you support students of all races and genders to develop lifelong healthy habits? 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 (www.eaglerockschool.org) 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 outdoor settings, maintaining a strong relationship with Rocky Mountain National Park, and overall care of the facilities and resources in the department.
QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
For questions about the position, please contact Sarah Bertucci, Director of Curriculum, at firstname.lastname@example.org.