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 enrolls up to 28 students from across the United States each semester to attend our school located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.
The Spanish Teacher is primarily responsible for teaching Spanish to OA students, monitoring their progress throughout the semester, supporting their Spanish learning needs and communicating learning outcomes. The position reports to The OA Director and the Dean of Academics.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES – FACULTY DUTIES
Students who attend The Outdoor Academy represent a range of academic maturity, but are generally highly motivated and above the academic average. The Spanish teacher is responsible for teaching all levels of High School Spanish (levels I-IV) to OA Students. Different levels will be taught in separate sections. Our Spanish curriculum is based on that of our sending schools. Since students attend The Outdoor Academy for only one semester, it is important for our Spanish teacher to be aware of material covered at our sending schools. They will be able to adapt to the specific needs of the student. Responsibilities include:
1. Design and follow semester syllabus
2. Mentor students in their academic growth
3. Evaluate student performance
4. Work with the Academic Dean and OA Director within budget for purchasing of materials
5. Work with Academic Dean and OA Director to identify projects for the semester
6. Attend faculty meetings as required by the OA Director
7. Attend trainings and professional development as available
All faculty members serve in a number of capacities in the community life of this residential school. Each faculty member is assigned to some combination of the following responsibilities: be in residence with the students up to 2 nights per week, cook breakfast one morning per week, supervise morning chores, participate in weekly student work crews, facilitate dinner clean-up, proctor study hall, or be on call to take students to appointments off campus.
OUTDOOR PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES
All faculty members play a role in our experiential outdoor education program. Faculty members may be expected to instruct or assist in instructing students on white-water paddling, rock climbing, or backpacking treks. Each faculty member’s participation in the outdoor program is formalized in their contract for employment, and is based on skill and experience level, as well as any physical limitations.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Minimum of B.A. in applicable discipline or related field, M.A., preferred
2. Prior teaching experience in Spanish
3. Experience working with young people in academic, experiential, outdoor, or residential settings preferred
4. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR required (certification can be obtained through ENF as needed); Wilderness First Aid, preferred
5. Background check required
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 with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
Faculty should be flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill program demands.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The Outdoor Academy provides a twelve-month salary for full-time, year-round employees and faculty (typical contract August-July), on-campus room and board, contributory healthcare benefits, retirement plan, extended holiday and summer vacation periods, pro-deals and outdoor leadership training. Specific benefits for the position are outlined in the employment contract.
About Eagle's Nest Foundation and The Outdoor Academy
Eagle's Nest Foundation (ENF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the natural world and the betterment of human character through experiential education programs. Eagle’s Nest is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina. ENF supports three programs: Eagle’s Nest Camp for children ages 6-17, Hante Adventures for teens, and The Outdoor Academy, an academic semester school for 10th grade students seeking a connection to the natural world and to their community.