The Outdoor Academy is an accredited, residential, semester school for high achieving tenth-grade and select ninth- and eleventh-grade students. Rising from a long tradition of experiential education at Eagle's Nest Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered in 1950, The Outdoor Academy incorporates a college preparatory curriculum with environmental education, wilderness leadership, unique arts offerings and regional studies in a small community setting. Established in 1995, The Outdoor Academy (OA) enrolls up to 28 students from across the United States each semester to attend our school located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. The mission of the school is “Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.” The school is built around its four cornerstones of Intellect, Environment, Craft, and Community, and ENF and OA are currently focused on pursuing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
The Dean of Academics serves as second-in-command for the Outdoor Academy (OA) program in tandem with the Dean of Students, and they work closely with the OA Director to maintain a strong academic program. Primarily, The Dean of Academics is charged with coordinating the school’s academic programs, leading the faculty in efforts to innovate and amplify key elements of OA’s curricula, overseeing the faculty in its classroom-teaching duties, setting the tone for the intellectual life of the school, and monitoring students’ progress from course selections before the semester through successful reintegration into their sending schools upon their completion of the semester. The Dean of Academics reports to the OA Director and serves on the OA Administrative Team. In addition, the Dean of Academics will teach and have community and Outdoor Programming responsibilities to be determined based on need, background and interests.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES - ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
Coordinate the Intellectual Life for The Outdoor Academy Students
Work with officials from students’ sending schools to coordinate course selection, crediting, transcripts, academic accommodations, etc. at OA to ensure a smooth transition between OA and students’ sending schools before, during and immediately after the semester.
Maintain relationships with key sending schools to build an easier transition for future semesters. Seek opportunities to communicate with academic administrators, department chairs, advisors, etc. to better understand sending school needs and clarify OA’s academic programming.
Design the course matrix, daily and weekly schedules, and individual student schedules.
In conjunction with advisors and Dean of Students, monitor the students’ academic progress.
Oversee independent study courses of individual students.
Coordinate morning study periods and evening study halls.
Work with the OA Registrar to collect and distribute midterm and final comments and transcripts.
Design and execute course surveys each semester.
Serve as the point person for Lab Days and Classes in the Field.
Support Students, Parents, and Faculty
Monitor student files, check in with faculty and advisors, and identify instances in which students are struggling or in need of additional support. Work with advisors, teachers, parents and students to devise, implement and monitor study plans as needed.
Counsel faculty and residents on working with students on academic, disciplinary, social, or emotional issues, both generally and in specific instances that require additional support.
Observe faculty instruction and play a proactive role in teacher professional development.
Serve as liaison between parents, faculty, and students on academic matters as needed.
Assume leadership, along with the Dean of Students, of The Outdoor Academy when the OA Director is absent and/or unreachable, seeking guidance from other OA administrators and the Foundation Executive Director as needed.
Serve in the Incident Chain of Command whenever present and as an Administrator on Duty approximately one week per month during the school year.
Collaborate with the OA Director and Dean of Students to provide professional development opportunities for the staff.
Work with the OA Director, Dean of Students, and Outdoor Education Manager to investigate issues and make decisions in the event of an incident requiring disciplinary action.
Collaborate with the OA Director and Dean of Students to design orientation and debrief activities for the faculty at the beginning and end of each semester.
Attend the weekly Administration, Faculty and Community Meetings.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES - FACULTY DUTIES
Design and teach up to one class on an as-needed basis
Design and follow a semester syllabus.
Mentor students in their academic growth and evaluate student performance.
Be familiar with curricular requirements at our sending schools, and teach to these requirements to the best of your ability while also embracing the OA philosophy of education.
Participate in the School’s Community Life and Outdoor Programming
Participate in approximately two outdoor trips per semester (approximately 6-8 field days).
Serve as part of a rotating on-call team while students are in the field.
Other community responsibilities may be assigned (e.g. serving as an advisor as needed).
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND SCHEDULE
The majority of work will be conducted on campus; however, off-site work in the outdoors supervising teenagers will occur several times each semester. The ability to work long days in hot and/or cold environments and lift heavy gear and boxes is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals of differing abilities to perform essential job functions.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill program demands.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Eagle’s Nest provides a twelve-month salary for full-time, year-round employees and faculty. This position includes room and board. Benefits include contributory healthcare benefits, retirement plans, paid time off, Camp and OA discounts for dependent children, and pro deals. Specific benefits are outlined in the employment contract.
Submit resume, cover letter and one-page educational philosophy statement to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
more information, please visit www.enf.org.
Eagle’s Nest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, age, disabling condition or sexual orientation.
BS or BA degree required; an advanced degree in a subject area or school leadership preferred
An academic and/or teaching background in math preferred
Minimum three years teaching experience required
Experience in academic leadership, curriculum design and/or experiential education preferred
Willingness to attain and maintain Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification upon employment required
Willingness to live in on-campus housing required
About Eagle’s Nest Foundation and The Outdoor Academy
The Outdoor Academy is an accredited residential semester school for high achieving sophomores and select freshman and juniors. Focused on intellect, environment, community, and craft, OA delivers rigorous high school academics infused with experiential education in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our small community of students will also spend a quarter of their semester developing technical and wilderness leadership skills on backpacking, climbing, and paddling adventures all over the Southeast.