Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking an experienced and passionate Dean of Restorative Practices. The Dean of Restorative Practices will be student-centered, will integrate restorative practices into staff and student responsibilities, and will embody our commitment to antiracism and social justice in their work and personal presence. Ultimately, the goal of this position will be to strengthen the Eagle Rock community by bridging conflict, mending relationships, and repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders. The Dean of Restorative Practices will be responsible for the design, implementation, support, and evaluation of restorative justice programs at Eagle Rock. They will develop and expand program offerings and will design and facilitate trainings for students and staff. The responsibilities of this position can be summarized into three priority areas: Proactive/Preventative Engagement, Responsive Restorative Practices, and Restorative Practices Training. The Dean of Restorative Practices will play a significant role in reinforcing our school culture and values through a restorative lens.
A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org
Model a relational approach to interacting with students and staff, work explicitly to build relationships within the community
Build a strong school culture of equity, inclusion, leadership and respect, based on principles of restorative justice and Eagle Rock commitments and values
Check in with students and house parents to keep a pulse on student body culture
Support students and staff through observation, coaching, modeling restorative language, and debriefing with both staff and individual students
Observe staff and provide frequent, non-evaluative feedback
Manage school-wide bullying prevention efforts, initiatives and responses
Organize and analyze case management data to identify behavioral trends and opportunities for support, then inform stakeholders
With an asset-based approach, identify positive student trends and celebrate successes
Facilitate regular community-building engagements and circles as proactive measures
Advocate for educators and students
Regularly solicit feedback on restorative interventions to improve future programming
Responsive Restorative Practices
Facilitate and oversee mediations, circles, and other appropriate processes in response to conflict: Among students; Between staff and students; Among staff
Develop and manage a system to respond to incidents on campus, incorporating staff and student voice and involvement
Collaborate with Director of Students for appropriate community interventions
Manage student restoration plans and contracts
Design and implement a variety of creative proactive and responsive interventions, which could include any of the following: restorative circles, mediations, community meetings, weekly group sessions, somatics / embodied leadership practices, solo time, brief wilderness experience, restorative group programming, community service or art, etc
Track social and behavioral incidents to identify patterns and inform interventions
Restorative Practices Training - Further the understanding of restorative practices in the community
Facilitate training and coaching for students and staff on: restorative practices, peer mediation, meaningful restorative conversations and techniques for resolving conflict
Empower community members to teach their skills to the community
Skill build with student leaders; provide on-going coaching
Provide resources, coaching and professional development to staff on classroom management and classroom culture
Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams, including mentoring students through advisory
Be open to working as a residential Houseparent for student housing
Create and deliver engaging student programming opportunities as part of an evening program team
Engage in weekend programming and supervision of students
Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS, including advisories, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, and other community events
Share your unique skills with the school, e.g., sports, art, music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, etc
Engage in weekly staff DEI affinity and alliance spaces, commit to individual/alone DEI learning
Be a role model and active member of the ERS community beyond this job description
Essential Physical Job Functions
The person in this position will: constantly operate a computer, frequently communicate with students and staff, observe students in the classroom and during residential programming, and frequently move about campus grounds - including ascending/descending stairs. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time, and may frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Occasional travel for work may be required.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package:
Salary range for this position: $50,000-$80,000, based on education and experience
Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program
Educational assistance program available
This job description is subject to change at any time.
We are hoping to fill this position immediately - with a start date as close to July 1 as possible. This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process. While we intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this timeline, we are committed to finding the right person; we 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.
Initial Application Review: June 4 (then rolling deadline until filled)
Phone and Onsite Interviews: Mid June
Start Date: July
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/EagleRockRestorativePractices (Google account needed). Clarifying questions can be sent to Christi Kelston, [email protected] No phone calls please. We will only accept electronic submissions through the link above.
Honda is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.
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 status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.
Bachelor’s degree (in education, behavioral science, human services, or a similar field), Master’s degree preferred
Extensive training and experience with restorative justice and implementing school- or community-wide restorative practices
4+ years of experience in teaching, youth social work, or counseling
Training and experience with youth empowerment models and conflict resolution approaches
Experience coaching and providing professional development to adults
Formal or informal teaching experience preferred
Experience with developing and implementing behavior plans, interventions and contracts
Excellent written and oral communication skills; effective public speaker and listener
Strong organizational, time management and leadership skills
Experience working and living in a residential setting preferred
The successful candidate will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; strong commitment to helping build community and repair relationships; ability to connect with all students and staff and form trusting relationships; familiar with positive youth development, conflict resolution strategies, trauma-informed care and somatic / embodied leadership practices; genuine interest in learning student passions and assets; program and staff management skills; ability to collect, organize, and communicate data to make informed decisions; commitment to bringing a social justice lens (recognizing the role of identity, power, oppression and privilege), to understanding student and staff actions and decisions; creative problem solving and innovation in designing interventions; a sense of humor; visionary thinking as well as diligent follow through; ability to thrive in a work environment with multiple, simultaneous projects and frequent interruptions; timely and thorough completion of tasks without supervision or needed followup; a commitment to professional and personal growth; seasoned judgment. Candidates must be willing and able to work and live at a year-round, community-focused, residential high school.
The position requires experience working with diverse populations, including students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Candidates must express a demonstrated commitment to engage deeply and fully with our organizational priority of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Additional Salary Information: Based on education and experience.
About Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center
Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Eagle Rock School implements effective and engaging practices that foster each student’s unique potential and help them use their minds well. A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth. The school serves to educate our students and to provide grounding for our professional development center work of supporting engaging, innovative education practices throughout the United States. Eagle Rock is proud to be an anti-racist, social justice organization. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org