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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  • A/V Technical Assistant

    POSITION SUMMARY
    The A/V Technical Assistant will work closely with faculty and administration to facilitate the technical requirements for school events at multiple venues on a daily, flexible part time basis (approximately 4-6 hours daily). This position will involve working in the presence of school-aged children and assisting with set-up and take down of equipment at events.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Assist with A/V technical planning and facilitate technical requirements for school events at multiple venues.
    • Liaise with faculty and administration to determine technical requirements for school events.
    • Facilitate audio and video recording of live events, studio and mobile audio recording.
    • Establish and maintain a photographic and video record of school events for review and posting.
    • Assist music program with use and maintenance of electronic equipment.
    • Arrange for installation of A/V systems as required.
    • Maintain school audio and technical equipment, including recording studio gear.
    • Manage a budget for cost of maintenance and purchases of A/V gear.
    • Obtain or rent equipment as required for events, hire on-call A/V technical assistants as necessary.
    • Assist school maintenance department with event set up and take down.
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Graduate of a technical or theatre training program or prior experience with live sound reinforcement, audio and video recording, concert lighting and event staging.
    • Working knowledge of A/V equipment, including digital audio consoles, PA systems, microphone applications (including wireless technology), stage lighting, digital video cameras, projectors and cameras.
    • Knowledge of studio recording techniques, recording software, mastering, understanding of acoustical properties.
    • Familiarity with video editing processes and media posting.

    COMPETENCIES
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills
    • Proactive attitude
    • A demonstrated ability to work with others effectively
    • Understanding of technical needs
    • Physical ability to handle heavy equipment during set up and take down

    To Apply: Please forward your resume and a cover letter to WPGA Careers by April 1st, 2019 citing "A/V Technical Assistant" in the subject line. 
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  • Class 2 Bus Drivers

    Reports To: Transportation Coordinator
    Start Date: Immediate through June 2019
    Days/Hours of Work: Part-time; varied hours   
    Rate: Competitive salary offered; cell phone allowance

    Position Summary: To safely transport students aged 4–18 years to academic and sports events throughout the Lower Mainland.

    Duties & Responsibilities 
    • Conduct pre-trip inspection of buses
    • Maintain interior cleanliness of buses
    • Prepare and execute route plan
    • Ensure safe travel to and from destinations
    • Communicate clearly with teachers, staff and students
    • Observe and report potentially hazardous situations, such as irresponsible drivers
    • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the school community

    Position Qualifications 
    • Class 2 with air brake endorsement
    • Five years’ safe driving record
    • Excellent knowledge of the Lower Mainland
    • Strong customer service and communication skills
    • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
    • Professional and personable; in particular, liaises well with children and adolescents
    • Must consent to and clear a criminal record check
    • Must comply with WPGA’s Code of Ethics
    • Related experience or education an asset

    To Apply: Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “Class 2 Bus Driver” in the subject line, to Jonathan Giles, WPGA Transportation Coordinator. 
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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

    Reports To: Head of Outdoor Education
    Start Date: Ongoing                  
    Contract: Casual
    Compensation: Flat day rate based on experience and qualifications          
     
    Position Summary  
    Our outdoor education (OE) guides are skilled, qualified outdoor professionals who work with senior school (grades 8-12) students on a casual basis for 3-5 day excursions throughout the school year (September-June). Guides work with students in grade level groups and specialty OE programs on OE wilderness trips. Individuals will be required to supervise student groups on out-trips while camping in tents at designated campsites, backcountry sites or occasionally in cabins or lodges for the duration of the trip, including travel time and overnights. Trips include frontcountry and backcountry destinations.
     
    Duties & Responsibilities 
    • Attend pre-trip and staff training meetings
    • Supervise groups of students (ratio typically not more than 1:10)
    • Attend to the planned programming schedule for specific outdoor education trip
    • Provide care, including emotional wellbeing, to students while on out trip
    • Ensure students are engaging in safe activities during programming and free time
    • Supervise and assist with student meal prep and clean-up
    • Provide support to Lead/Co-Guide
    • Evaluate procedures of any third parties providing programming and ensure activities and equipment are safe (as a “prudent parent”)
    • Communicate with trip leader/Head of Outdoor Education
    • Complete written field guide and take notes on activities, specifically any injuries, accidents or incidents and observations of student participants
    Position Qualifications 
    • Extensive outdoor skills and experience in leading programs in hiking, kayaking and/or winter backcountry travel
    • A teaching degree and/or experience working with youth/adolescents
    • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills 
    • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
    • Standard First Aid
     Preference will be given to candidates who have any of the following:
    • BC Drivers License Class 4
    • Wilderness First Aid
    • Industry standard qualifications and training in outdoor skills related to the specific trip (e.g. ACMG, SKGABC AOG or higher)
    To Apply: Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “OE Guide” in the subject line, to Jes Logher, Head of Outdoor Education. 

    Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on current need. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  
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  • Orton-Gillingham Part-Time Independent Tutor - Primary & Intermediate Students

    Tutoring at West Point Grey Academy:
    We have an Orton-Gillingham Tutoring Department at WPGA where you can become a member of our friendly team. In our department we treat each student as an individual, and each lesson plan reflects this. You have your own private room and access to our library of resources. We are looking for a patient, creative, and understanding tutor who is interested in providing interesting lessons and support to each of their students. This is an independent position and not as an employee of the school.

    Start Date: Monday April 15th through to end of term, June 2019, with a view to continuing in September, 2019.

    Rate: Competitive session rate offered; paid monthly

    Days/Hours of Work: The position is taking over an already established workload with students ranging in age from grade two to grade seven, Monday - Friday for 18 - 20 sessions each week. The school day begins at 8.35am and finishes at 3.20pm. The tutoring blocks are spread throughout the day so you must offer flexibility in the timetable.

    Position Summary:
    1:1 Orton-Gillingham language or math lesson for each of your students. To create a friendly and inviting environment with an understanding of attachment theory and how it relates to learning.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Plan and provide individual multi sensorial lessons for each of your students to support reading, comprehension, spelling, composition, math, and study skills
    • Be an active member of the Tutoring Department
    • Provide a monthly outline report of lessons given to each of your students
    • Full summary report for the end of each term - 3 times per school year
    • Liaise with classroom teachers and parents
    • Attend meetings with parents and teachers for psychologist report, IEP setting, etc.

    Position Qualifications:
    • Orton-Gillingham certification and Multisensory Math Training
    • Member of CATT or AOGPE
    • Interpersonal skills and ability to effectively liaise and communicate with families and colleagues
    • Patient and understanding qualities
    • Strong work ethic
    • Continuous learner, personally and professionally
    • Background in special education/learning difficulties/dyslexia
    • Strong command of English language
    • Must have current criminal record check

    To Apply:
    Please email a cover letter and resume to Jill Whitehouse, Head of Tutoring Department, citing ‘Orton-Gillingham Independent Tutor’ in the subject line.

    We thank you for your application. We will only respond to qualified tutors selected for an interview.
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