Public Allies at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center
Program Director of Public Allies, Eagle Rock
Do you want to make a real impact in education by empowering diverse young professionals to enter the field? Are you able to nurture the brilliance and leadership of young people? Would you like to work at an intentionally-diverse, tuition-free boarding school based on antiracism, relationships, and beloved community?
The Program Director of Public Allies, Eagle Rock is responsible for facilitating all aspects of our Public Allies Fellowship Program, a year of service for diverse young professionals entering education. Established in 2002, the program is situated at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. Eagle Rock is both a tuition-free residential high school for students who were not well-served by their previous schools and a professional development center committed to school change across the country. Public Allies’ mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Both Eagle Rock and Public Allies are antiracist, social justice organizations committed to building liberation through the dismantling of systems of oppression and the empowerment of young people.
The PAER Program Director hires a team of 8-13 fellows annually, provides training and mentorship over the course of the year, and coordinates all aspects of the program. We are looking for a dynamic individual who will collaboratively lead the program to fulfill our antiracist, social justice commitment in supporting young professionals while navigating the unprecedented conditions created by COVID-19.
We want to hear from you if you are committed to antiracism and social justice; if you have boundless energy; if you’re looking to be part of a community, not just a workplace; and if you have an inherent trust in — and fierce advocacy for — young people.
POSITION TITLE: Program Director of Public Allies, Eagle Rock (PAER)
REPORTS TO: Director of Professional Development at Eagle Rock and Vice President of Programs at Public Allies; The PAER Program Director is employed by the Public Allies National Office, supervised onsite at Eagle Rock.
JOB OBJECTIVE: The Program Director of Public Allies, Eagle Rock is responsible for all aspects of running our Public Allies Fellowship Program, a year of service for young professionals entering the field of education.
Recruitment and Hiring of Public Allies Fellows
Recruit and hire 8-13 fellows annually, including recruitment, application review, managing interview process, and offering positions
Provide and manage all administrative information, forms and support relative to Eagle Rock and Public Allies year of service and related stipends and benefits Facilitate process for incoming fellows to qualify for our alternative licensure program, certified by the Colorado Department of Education
Establish open lines of communication with newly hired fellows before their arrival
Onboarding and Training
Collaboratively design and deliver a week-long onboarding experience to welcome new fellows into Eagle Rock
Provide ongoing training to fellows aligned with Public Allies curriculum and Eagle Rock’s Alternative Licensure Program through which fellows earn their teaching license
Facilitate Team Service Projects (TSPs) which fellows complete as a way of contributing to sustainable change at Eagle Rock
Plan and facilitate two full-day retreats
Maintaining Quality of Fellowship Experience
Facilitate Public Allies specific curriculum and processes such as Individual Development Plans, 360 Feedback Assessments and Pathways supports
Review and approve time logs and monthly service reflections
Liaison with fellows about their needs relative to Eagle Rock, including housing (which is provided to fellows in a shared dwelling on campus)
Support a positive team culture amongst fellows, attending to the fact that they both live and work together
Support fellow supervisors as mentors of fellows and with fulfilling reporting requirements to Public Allies
Mentorship of Fellows
Hold one on one meetings with fellows and three way meetings with fellows and supervisors.
Collect feedback on fellow performance and provide coaching for professional growth.
Maintain fellow files and paperwork
Contribute to PAER website
Manage reporting and paperwork requirements of Public Allies:
Manage health insurance setup and support
Public Allies Requirements
Attend Public Allies meetings as necessary (site director calls, trainings, updates on procedures and grant requirements, retreats, etc)
Manage member and partner contracts
Monthly one-on-one calls with PA supervisor
Participate as an active member of the Professional Development Team, committed to antiracist, student-centered educational change across the country
Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams, including an interest in serving as a house parent
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 periodically work weekend shifts
Perform other duties related to being an active community member at Eagle Rock including advisories, intramural participation, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events
Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., organizing, sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…)
Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.
Salary range of $50,000-$60,000 based on experience; competitive benefits package.
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/PublicAlliesEagleRock. Clarifying questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.
Application Deadline: July 27, 2020
First Round Interviews: July 20-July 31
Finalist Interviews: August 3-7
Start Date: August 24, 2020
*We are committed to hiring the right candidate, even if it requires flexing this timeline.
Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors or Masters degree; strong organizational and leadership skills; antiracist hiring experience; experience mentoring diverse young professionals; facilitation and training experience, particularly related to inclusion, equity and anti-oppression work; ability to work collaboratively with students, fellows, and other staff; experience working with diverse young people including individuals who identify as LGBTQ and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of young people; the embodiment of an antiracist, social justice commitment in personal disposition and programming choices; knowledge of effective practices in hiring diverse staff; demonstrated success in mentorship and training of young professionals; 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.
About Public Allies at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center
NESTLED AWAY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF ESTES PARK, COLORADO, a “final chance,” residential learning environment is reimagining what it means to educate young learners. And, they have been doing so since 1993. With only 72 learners in attendance at any given time, Eagle Rock School prides itself on accepting learners who “demonstrate a passion and motivation to actively pursue intellectual and personal growth, and attain personal achievement outside the classroom.”
Every Eagle Rock learner begins their educational journey on a 24-day wilderness expedition that sets the tone for their entire learning experience. It is meant to demonstrate the importance of community and how much more can be accomplished through the combined strengths of their peers. And, during the expedition’s final week, learners are tasked with battling the elements on their own. By pursuing the simple goal of survival with just their own brains and wit, learners must grapple with the limitations and presumptions they’ve made about their abilities and potential—often informed by a past full of impalpable experiences—and create brand new headspace for a reimagined future.
The wilderness expedition permeates every a...spect of Eagle Rock School. When facing a difficult task on their learning journey, learners reflect on the adversity they overcame during those 24 days—feeling uncomfortable, experiencing failure, unsure what the next step is—and use it as motivation to push forward and reach their goals. This cultivation of their internal drive creates in them a strong sense of learner agency. And, Eagle Rock’s model allows that agency to grow exponentially.
As a residential learning environment, learners live in co-ed housing where each socially embedded family unit teams up to democratically create basic household rules, divvy up responsibilities (e.g. chores), and establish social meetings. These units create an atmosphere where learners can, possibly for the first time in their lives, “feel safe, emotionally nourished, and comfortable.”
With this newfound safety, learners enter their more formal learning experiences mentally charged to prove what they’re capable of. Eagle Rock learning is designed to be personalized, relevant, and contextualized, set on a competency-based foundation. This allows learners to navigate the winding roads of any learning challenge with their interests and passions at the forefront and at a pace optimized for their learning needs.
Learning is a 24/7 adventure at Eagle Rock. From the wilderness expedition, to the residential life component, to the more formal learning spaces, every minute of every day is an opportunity to further develop one’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions. By creating a culture founded on the belief that anyone and everyone can realize their potential, Eagle Rock School is proving every child can become successful, lifelong learners when met where they are and provided the supports necessary to become agents in their learning.
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