Teaching at WPGA

Teaching at WPGA is rewarding, collaborative and dynamic. Our Leadership Teams support our educators to teach with confidence, develop innovative academic and cocurricular programs, build meaningful relationships with students and families, and grow professionally. Below are some the benefits of teaching at WPGA.
 
Learning & Development
  • Teachers meet up to three times annually with Leadership Team members to discuss their teacher growth plan, and engage in regular open feedback throughout the year.  
  • All teachers participate in professional development each year, which includes workshop and coaching opportunities in Vancouver and throughout North America. WPGA has hosted internationally recognized experts such as Kim Marshall (effective feedback), Patti Drobot (attachment theory), Peter Liljedahal (mathematics) and Nancy Young (literacy); and supported teachers to attend conferences in Arizona, Oregon and Texas and to pursue teacher and leadership training through Harvard Project Zero, Global Online Academy and the CAIS Leadership Institute.
  • Participation in partnership studies and initiatives with professors and departments at the University of British Columbia.
Compensation & Benefits
  • Competitive base salary  
  • Comprehensive extended health and dental plans, including 100% MSP coverage
  • Life and disability insurance
  • RRSP-matching program
  • Generous school holidays
  • Maternity/parental leave top-up plan
  • Emergency travel medical insurance (insured to $2 million for staff member and dependents for travel up to 90 days)
Health & Wellness
  • Inclusive culture 
  • Health spending account ($600 per year)
  • Healthy meals (50% discount on all food and beverages at dining hall and snack bar)
  • Three personal days per year
  • Free weekly yoga, spin and weight training classes; free use of fitness facilities  
  • Free 10-week mindfulness and stress reduction course
  • Subsidized entry fee for BMO Half Marathon  
  • Individual annual meetings with financial and retirement planning professionals
  • Staff social events throughout the year
Equal Opportunity Employer 
WPGA is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace and encourages all qualified applicants to apply for our employment opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Career openings are listed below. However, we are always accepting applications from qualified teachers. Please submit a résumé and cover letter to WPGA Careers
 

Current Openings

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  • Senior School Personal Counsellor

    POSITION: Senior School Personal Counsellor
    REPORTS TO: Head of Senior School
    START DATE: August 30, 2021

    TEACHING AT WPGA
    At WPGA, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry, shaped by action and celebrated with joy. Teaching at WPGA is fulfilling, collaborative and dynamic. Our Leadership Teams support our educators to teach with confidence; create relevant, creative curriculum and programs; build meaningful relationships with students and families; and develop professionally. 
      
    POSITION SUMMARY
    As a Senior School Counsellor, the candidate’s primary objective is to support grade 8-12 students with a variety of both personal and educational counselling issues. The focus of school counselling at West Point Grey Academy is to enhance students’ educational, personal, social, emotional and career development, assist in the creation and maintenance of an enabling school culture, and empower students toward positive change.

    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES 
    • Provide individual and goal-oriented planning sessions to students in the areas of mental health, academic planning and success, career awareness, social/emotional development, family issues and making healthy choices.
    • Assist in planning and delivering curricular and co-curricular programming (1-2 teaching blocks and co-curricular responsibilities), including school’s Advisory Program. 
    • Provide direct instruction to students in areas such as peer helping, conflict resolution, social skills and life skills.
    • Provide support to other educators in implementing health and career education and promoting healthy school environments.
    • Identify students’ diverse needs that require specific counselling expertise.
    • Collaborate with teachers, support staff and administration regarding the nature of students' strengths and needs, their educational implications, and ways to enhance learning and interpersonal relations.
    • Incorporate family support for addressing student issues and provide referrals to appropriate community or private counselling agencies.
    • Participate in professional development by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, and establishing and maintaining contact with other professional bodies and social service agencies.
    • Staff and curriculum development and coordination of preventative curriculum through the use of guest speakers and workshops
    • Collaborate with the leadership team, faculty and support staff to gather classroom-based data, design & implement instructional strategies or social supports, and design & implement behaviour management interventions.
    • Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the BC School Counsellors’ Association and/or other professional associations.
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Professional Teaching Certificate
    • Master's degree recognized by the College of Teachers in counselling psychology or a related discipline with a focus in counselling
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada
    • Minimum 5 years counselling experience
    • Proven ability to establish an open and accepting presence in the school community and address educational, academic, personal, and social needs of all students.
    • Proven ability to build rapport and trust with students, and demonstrate empathy, compassion and sensitivity for students’ emotional and mental health.
    • Well-developed organizational and time management skills, mediation and negotiation skills, complex problem solving abilities, and inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
    • Experience in an independent school setting an asset
    • Experience teaching AP Psychology an asset

    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé to WPGA Careers and in the subject line please writeSS Counsellor”. We will continue to accept submissions until the position has been filled. Your cover letter and résumé MUST be in one file and the file name MUST be LastnameFirstname. Word or PDF are the preferred formats.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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  • Senior School Science Teacher (Maternity Contract)

    REPORTS TO: Head of Senior School
    START DATE: August 30, 2021
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), 1 year term (maternity leave)
    POSITION DATES: August 30, 2021 - June 30, 2022

    TEACHING AT WPGA
    At WPGA, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry, shaped by action and celebrated with joy. Teaching at WPGA is fulfilling, collaborative and dynamic. It’s also fun!  Our Leadership Teams support our educators to teach with confidence; create relevant, creative curriculum and programs; build meaningful relationships with students and families; and develop professionally.
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
    Our Senior School teachers are valued faculty members who, with the support of our senior school leadership and teaching teams, plan and deliver adaptive, future-focused curricula to students in grades 8-12. We are currently seeking candidates with the qualification to teach Science to Grades 8-12. The ability to teach Senior level Chemistry and Math up to Grade 10 is considered an asset.

    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Prepare and deliver engaging, future-focused lesson plans and interactive learning activities/materials that follow BC curriculum standards 
    • Adapt instructional materials to students' individual education plans (IEPs)
    • Conduct formal and informal assessment of students, including report cards, progress reports and marking
    • Incorporate appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Participate in school life and co-curricular activities
    • Model and promote our core values and high standards of behaviour in and out of the classroom 
    • Support students and families with open, on-going communication
    • Actively participate in professional development sessions and faculty meetings
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada at the time of application
    • Valid BC teaching certification required
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education
    • Independent school experience is an asset
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-starter and continuous learner who values and has demonstrated teaching innovation and professional growth 
    • Positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of fun
    • Adept at integrating technology in class lessons
    • Team player who enjoys creative collaboration, and will work with colleagues to integrate programs and projects across disciplines, as appropriate 
    • Additional qualifications and experience teaching Senior level Chemistry (gr 11/12), and Math to Grade 10, is an asset

    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé to WPGA Careers and in the subject line please write “SS Science Teacher - Maternity Leave”.  We will continue to accept submissions until May 30, 2021 and will be evaluating them as they arrive. Your cover letter and résumé MUST be in one file and the file name MUST be LastnameFirstname.  Word or PDF are the preferred formats. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • Intermediate Physical Education (PE) Specialist

    REPORTS TO: Head of Junior School
    POSITION DATES: August 30, 2021 – June 30, 2022
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), 1 year term
     
    TEACHING AT WPGA
    At WPGA, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry, shaped by action and celebrated with joy. Teaching at WPGA is fulfilling, collaborative and dynamic. Our Leadership Teams support our educators to teach with confidence; create relevant, creative curriculum and programs; build meaningful relationships with students and families; and develop professionally.
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
    Our Junior School teachers are valued faculty members who, with the support of the school leadership and teaching teams, provide future-focused, engaging program delivery and a warm, supportive learning environment to their classroom of learners. All members of our PE team instruct students in activities that create growth in sport and enjoyment of being active across all elementary grade levels as needed.This PE Specialist role will focus on grades 3 through 7 and may include younger grades as well. 

    KEY DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Prepare lesson plans with clear objectives that follow B.C. curriculum standards for Physical Education
    • Use information in Individualized Education Programmes (IEPs) to strategically adapt instructional activities
    • Work collaboratively with homeroom teachers to support the development of integrated lessons and units
    • Develop daily lessons and assist other teachers with development of PE lesson plans
    • Create an environment that is conducive to learning, creativity and student development
    • Maintain appropriate standards of behaviour, mutual respect, and safety during all activities
    • Understand the principles of Attachment Theory and how they relate to teaching
    • Teach a variety of movement activities, blending dance, games, and fundamental movement skills into lessons
    • Incorporate appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Maintain on-going assessments and evaluations of students (anecdotal and term summary)
    • Model a healthy active, lifestyle and positively contribute to Physical Education within the school community
    • Coach extracurricular sporting activities at least two terms per year (track & field and basketball background)
    • Participate in professional development conferences and activities pertaining to Physical Education
    • Provide internal PE class coverage for other teaching staff
    • Maintain first aid and CPR status as required by licensing
    • Perform other related duties as required

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in Physical Education, preferably with an emphasis on Movement Education
    • Valid BC teaching certification
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada at the time of application
    • Strong teaching skills with an extensive knowledge in a wide range of PE activities and movement ideas
    • Ability to work within a team, with integrity, enthusiasm, initiative and confidence
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on compassion, patience and professionalism
    • Self-starter and continuous learner who values and has demonstrated teaching innovation and professional growth 
    • Positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of fun

    TO APPLY
    For immediate consideration, please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “Intermediate PE Specialist” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by Friday, May 14, 2021. Your cover letter and résumé MUST be in one file and the file name MUST be LastnameFirstname. Word or PDF are the preferred formats.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year is ongoing with a stronger need for on-call teachers in our Junior School at this time. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in teaching at WPGA, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

    POSITION: Teachers On Call K-12 (TOC)
    START:       Ongoing, based on current need

    TEACHING AT WPGA
    At WPGA, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry, shaped by action and celebrated with joy.  Great schools have great teachers, and WPGA has exceptional teachers and staff, dedicated to shaping lives of inquiry, action and joy. To maintain our highest standards of teaching excellence, we have a rigorous interview process, and seek teachers who not only integrate future-focused teaching and technology but also align with our vision, mission and core values. Our teachers and staff are enthusiastic, team-oriented people who go the extra mile, involve themselves in our school and are lifelong learners themselves.

    POSITION SUMMARY
    A teacher-on-call (TOC) is a valued member of our school community who, with the support of the junior school leadership and teaching teams, provides future-focused, engaging program delivery and a warm, supportive learning environment to his or her classroom of learners.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Teaches prepared lesson plans and leads interactive learning activities
    • Initiates and facilitates classroom discussions
    • Incorporates appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Accompanies classes on field trips
    • Promotes and maintains high standards of behaviour, respect and safety within the classroom
    • Supports families with open, ongoing communication
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education
    • Valid BC teaching certificate required (or be in application of)
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada
    • Experience integrating innovative technology in class lessons
    • A passion for and experience working with children and/or adolescents 
    • Team player who will work to foster an open, positive learning environment
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; empathetic and accountable 
    • Ability to self-manage and take initiative
    • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a sense of fun
    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé combined as a single file and titled beginning with your last name, to WPGA CareersIn the subject line, please write “TOC” plus your preferred grade levels: Primary (K-3), Intermediate (4-7) or Secondary (8-12). I.e. “TOC Primary and Intermediate” or “TOC K-12”.
     
    If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application.

    Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year is ongoing with a stronger need for on-call teachers in our Junior School at this time. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in teaching at WPGA, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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