Eagle Rock Seeks its Next Program Director for Public Allies

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We’re pleased to announce that Eagle Rock is looking for someone to join our community in the position of Program Director for Public Allies, Eagle Rock. This is an exciting time for us, as we are working to fulfill on our commitment — which we asserted in January of this year — to be an antiracist, social justice-focused organization. By the end of this summer, we expect to have a new fulltime program director onboard for our Public Allies Fellowship Program.

The application deadline for this position is Monday, July 27, with final interviews scheduled for Aug. 3 through 7. We’d like our new director to start work on Monday, Aug. 24. However, to ensure we hire the right individual, we can be somewhat flexible with the timeline.

The new director of Public Allies Eagle Rock will take on the task of running all aspects of our fellowship program, bringing an antiracist commitment to mentoring eight to 13 young professionals who are entering the field of education and will be  performing a year of service at Eagle Rock.

What is Public Allies? This 28-year-old national leadership organization has its focus on producing diverse leaders to address the country’s predominant issues through apprenticeships that are currently active in 22 states. It is a national movement with the goal of empowering young educators to in a way that deeply addresses systemic oppression throughout society.

Public Allies’ emerging leaders-in-the making are expected to utilize their talents and interests in order to help create a better future for the communities they call home. Statistically, these diverse agents of change are currently comprised of 80 percent people of color, 60 percent women, with a majority of all participants coming from low- and moderate-income families living within underserved communities. Among the nation’s Public Allies alumni are Grammy Award-winning artists, comedians, elected officials, community organizers, educators, and nonprofit executives.

Eagle Rock’s new Public Allies program director should feel comfortable working at an intentionally diverse, tuition-free boarding school that’s focused on antiracism, relationship building, and service to both its own and the local community. In addition to serving as a residential high school for students who were not well-served by their previous schools, our professional development center is committed to facilitating change for schools and educational organizations across the country.

Our new program director is expected to recruit, interview and hire a team of up to 13 public fellows each year, provide training and mentorship over the course of the year, and set up a line of communication with each newly hired fellows before they arrive for their year of service here at Eagle Rock.

Our winning applicant will manage all administrative tasks in support of our Public Allies program, including pay and benefits for incoming fellows and helping those Allies qualify for our alternative licensure program, which is certified by the Colorado Department of Education.

Here’s what required to apply for this position:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Experience hiring and mentoring diverse young professionals
  • An embodied commitment to antiracism and social justice
  • 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.

We also insist our successful candidate possess 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.

Among the responsibilities of our new program director is to provide training to fellows aligned with Public Allies curriculum and Eagle Rock’s Alternative Licensure Program, through which fellows earn their teaching license. The program director will also facilitate team service projects, to be completed by fellows as a means of contributing to sustainable change at Eagle Rock. In addition, the program director will plan and execute two full-day retreats for fellows.

Participating in Eagle Rock happenings is a must, with the winning candidate is expected to participate as an active member of the Professional Development Team, committed to antiracist, student-centered educational change across the country. And they will also be asked to participate as an active member of one of our on-campus residential house teams, including possibly serving as a house parent.

The director will also help create student programs as part of an evening program team, working one night a week and occasionally weekends. Other activities include participation in house teams, intramural sporting events, service projects, transportation, and community meetings and events.

Bottom line is that we expect our staff and instructors to become a big part of our mountainside community.

If you’re interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (with a phone number and email address for each) as a single document submitted through this link (please note: link is for an eight-question form that is only accessible using a Google login, such as a login for a Gmail account). Questions of a clarifying nature may be sent to Sarah Bertucci, Director of Professional Development, at sbertucci at eaglerockschool dot org. No phone calls, please. We will only accept electronic submissions through the link above. No paper or fax materials will be considered.

For a complete job description, please see the Program Director of Public Allies (at Eagle Rock) job description on the employment section of our website.

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