JOB OBJECTIVE: The Science Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team. In general, the position is involved in creating and delivering innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum, fostering curiosity and scientific thinking, and creating empowering and creative opportunities for students to explore and learn more about themselves as learners in and out of the classroom.
QUALIFICATIONS: BA or BS in Science or related STEM Degree(s); 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 inside and outside the classroom. Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of LGBTQIA 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.
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; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school requires a commitment to full engagement, including programming in evenings and on weekends.
Specific to their instructional area, the successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: experience teaching high school science with a wide variety of course designs, program models, and scientific disciplines; willingness and creativity to rethink how traditional science is taught; interest and experience engaging reluctant science learners in ways that help them identify as scientists; desire to advocate for students, advocate for science, and create ways for the two to interact; experience networking and building community relationships in order to create authentic learning opportunities for students; experience in CES/Big Picture/Expeditionary Learning or similar progressive schools; experience with interdisciplinary curriculum design, experiential education, project-based learning, mixed-ability classrooms, and Understanding by Design process helpful.
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. Therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.
*** Please refer to these 3 areas to respond to the application prompt: Please submit a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the three major areas of responsibility listed below:
Curriculum Responsibilities & Science Department:
- Develop, implement, and oversee the science curriculum. Includes opportunity to expand current program; develop curriculum relevant to our diverse student body; co-teach interdisciplinary classes;
- Create and deliver innovative curriculum experiences for students that integrate with various content areas and remain committed to our instructional values. Work with department instructors to develop annual plan for course offerings.
- Create and implement programmatic ways to engage students in curriculum opportunities outside of class time (e.g., alternative energy fair, bird walks, student run conferences)
- Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around empowering opportunities for students to engage in scientific thinking across the curriculum
- Participate in and contribute to internal and external professional development about teaching and learning
- Develop experiences that are designed to overcome barriers to science careers for traditionally underrepresented youth.
- Supervise student chores in campus buildings; manage department resources
- Develop and maintain department budget
- Mentor/supervise a Public Allies teaching fellow each year
- Support adolescents as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal and academic growth
- Create opportunities for students to participate in evening and weekend activities that excite and empower them, to increase their engagement in the community and find new ways to be learning new things
- Participate in internal professional development to better support students
School Wide Involvement
- Be open to working as a residential house parent for student housing.
- Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor.
- Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, evening and weekend duty, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events.
- Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).
- Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.
Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter, a resume, a brief skills self-assessment that indicates results produced in each of the three major areas of responsibility listed above, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Clarifying questions can be sent to email@example.com. No phone calls please. We ONLY accept electronic submissions. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.
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: February 13, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them)
Phone Interviews: Feb. 1-24, 2017
Three-Day Onsite Interviews: Early March 2017
Start Date: Summer or Fall 2017