Phys-Ed, Health & Aquatics Teacher (Human Performance Instructional Specialist
Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center
March 26, 2018
Estes Park , Colorado
Full Time - Faculty
Do you believe in an educational process that supports diverse high school students in finding and nurturing their gifts and passions, rather than teaching to standardized tests and curricula? Would you like to empower students to explore and examine their lives and the world around them in a deep and critical way? How would you like to work with students to help them find ways to be active and healthy that energizes them? How would you like to create exciting ways to give students access to an aquatics center and full fitness facilities that empower teens to take charge? Does a boarding school that bases its disciplinary approach 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 through that experience, 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,” you think instructors should follow a set of standard curriculum documents, or that learning should only occur during the traditional school day, this school is not for you. If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here. But if you’ve got boundless energy, an inherent trust in the ability of students, a passion for empowering young people to take charge of their health and wellness, a deep desire to work on both school wide initiatives and with individual students, you understand that learning happens beyond the classroom in the evenings and weekends, and you have ambitions to impact secondary education nationally, we want to hear from you.
POSITION TITLE: Human Performance Instructional Specialist (IS)
REPORTS TO: Director of Curriculum
JOB OBJECTIVE: The Human Performance 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 take charge of their fitness through Crossfit and other approaches, overseeing the school aquatics program in and out of class time, and overall care of the facilities and resources in the department.
QUALIFICATIONS: 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 instructor and have an aquatics / lifeguard trainer background (LG, LGI, WSI, and AFO/CPO preferred,or willingness and ability to obtain).
Specific to their instructional area, 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, aquatics, 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 CES/Big Picture/Expeditionary Learning or similar progressive schools; experience with interdisciplinary curriculum design, experiential education, project-based learning, and Understanding by Design process helpful.
*** 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:
Develop, implement, and oversee the health and phys-ed curriculum (including aquatics). 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.
Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around empowering opportunities for students to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Develop curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that are relevant to schools serving similar demographics around the country
Support student involvement in the PDC national work
Serve as part of the department team as it relates to organization wide goals and initiatives as well as daily operations, and increasing opportunities for students in the department.
Assist with management and maintenance of the pool, gym, fitness facilities, field of dreams and other equipment. Purchase/inventory both First Aid Supplies and intramural clothing.
Supervise student chores in human performance center; manage department resources; develop and maintain department budget
Run morning exercise, weekly intramurals, and evening activities as needed.
Contribute to campus safety and first aid training for staff and students, serve on the campus risk management committee
Co-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 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 Houseparent for student housing.
Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor.
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.
Contribute to our national mission by engaging with visiting educators, facilitating work with schools around the country, and being of service to our professional development team
Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, 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 email@example.com. Clarifying questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: April 9, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as we receive them)
Phone Interviews: April 2-12, 2018
Three-Day Onsite Interviews: April/May 2018
Start Date: September 2018
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.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits package.