As we do from time to time, we’re taking to the blogosphere to share news that we’re seeking applicants for two new job openings here at Eagle Rock — both within the school’s student services team — each post tasked with ensuring a robust and rewarding residential life for our diverse student body.
The primary focus of both positions is the personal growth and wellness of all Eagle Rock School students with an emphasis on introducing a variety of activity options conducted outside the classroom environment.
The first position is for a residential life program coordinator who will oversee the overall stewardship of our residential village, as well as provide coaching and support for house parents, advocate for students and oversee service learning opportunities as part of the co-curricular experience.
The residential life program director is tasked with fostering a safe and secure environment within our on-campus living village by advocating for house parents and students and keeping abreast of student behavior and providing the appropriate support and interventions.
The second post is for a student services program manager who will work under the direction of Eagle Rock’s leadership team in support of a residential life curriculum that involves student experiences that occur outside of normal daytime classroom hours.
The student services program manager reports to — and works side by side with — the director of students in support of admissions; health, wellness and counseling activities; the residential life program; advisory and case management; student leadership; work-based learning; personal growth; student activities, and our Restorative Action Support Team.
Both positions entail many hours of work conducted in the evenings and on weekends. And people serving in both positions also participate in community meetings, chores, intramurals, service projects and transportation duties. In addition, applicants for both positions should be amenable to working and living on-campus in a communal, residential high school environment and have experience working with adolescents.
Most important, applicants for both jobs must have an inherent trust in the abilities of those students, and find enjoyment in actively participating with residential house teams — including advisors — in a variety of events, including with intramurals sports. And you should be willing to naturally ham it up a bit, sharing your own unique skills with students and staff alike, whether that be music, dance, poetry, yoga or even magic tricks.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Eagle Rock School is a tight-knit community that genuinely supports diverse high school students in finding and nurturing their gifts and passions. Rather than enforcing compliance, our task is to empower our students to examine their lives — and the world around them — in a deep and critical way.
A partial list of required skills and abilities for those applying for the residential life program coordinator include:
- Possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited college or university
- Three years of experience in youth development, advocacy, and direct services. Experience in program coordination and after-school program preferred.
- Proficiency in Google Docs, MS Word, and Excel
- A demonstrated ability to build healthy relationships with adolescents and adults
- Crisis management skills
- Ability to support the physical health and hygiene of students
- Ability to put together presentations and/or design creative and innovative classroom experiences
- Ability to develop collegial relationships with colleagues.
For the student services program manager position, applicants must have the above-mentioned skills as well as the following:
- Seven to 10 years of experience in program management, youth development, and direct services
- Experience in program management and after-school program management is strongly preferred
- A working knowledge of restorative practices and other approaches for working with adolescents (e.g. trauma)
- Strong leadership skills
- Ability to put together presentations and/or design classroom experiences
- Knowledge of after-school and alternative education program best practices
- Knowledge of training principles, practices, procedures, methods, and theories
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Strong program management skills
- Strong presentation and training skills
- Strong word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software skills
- Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide program
- Ability to construct and manage program budgets
For more information and a complete list of responsibilities for each of the two positions, please visit the Eagle Rock Employment Page online today.
If you would like to apply for either of the positions, please submit a brief cover letter, an updated resume, and three professional references (phone number and email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. We only accept electronic submissions. No paper or fax materials will be considered.
As we are committed to finding the right staff members for these two positions, our timeline to interview and hire is somewhat flexible (we are currently receiving and considering applications, so now would be a great time to apply). That said, we intend to fill both positions as soon as possible with the right candidates.
Finally, it’s important to note that we do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. We also proactively seek a diverse workplace and therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply.