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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  • Director of Enrollment

    POSITION:                  Director of Enrollment
    REPORTS TO:              Head of School
    CONTRACT:                 Full-time (1.0 FTE)

    START:                         By August 31, 2021

    WEST POINT GREY ACADEMY PHILOSOPHY
    At West Point Grey Academy, we provide dynamic JK-12 curriculum and co-curricular programs; a welcoming, engaged community; and enriched, meaningful learning experiences designed to help each child reach their potential. With a mission of Shaping Lives of Inquiry, Action and Joy, our curriculum and culture are rooted in our core values and guided by our vision to be leaders in future-focused learning. Our Enrollment Office supports our vision and mission by providing best practices enrollment processes and the best possible experience for all families who apply to West Point Grey Academy.

    POSITION SUMMARY
    Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Enrollment oversees the Enrollment Office, providing strategic leadership on all aspects of enrollment management, including research, recruitment, retention, and marketing. The Director of Enrollment is responsible for key strategic priorities including diversity, scholarship and financial assistance. A member of the School Leadership Team, the Director of Enrollment helps to advance the school’s mission, core values and strategic priorities. Currently, the Director of Enrollment has two direct reports: the Enrollment Coordinator and the Enrollment Assistant.

    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate a yearly enrollment management plan, including a recruitment and retention strategy
    • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders including parent volunteer groups, faculty and staff
    • Make authentic connections with students by attending a wide variety of student led activities
    • Work with the Director of Marketing & Communications to identify promotion and branding opportunities, and define and develop new recruitment initiatives
    • Design and oversee an annual calendar of enrollment events
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of enrollment policies and procedures 
    • Measure enrollment and recruitment performance through data tracking, including surveys, focus groups and exit interviews
    • Manage the work of the enrollment office reports in key areas such as the enrollment funnel management
    • Work collaboratively with the Junior and Senior Leadership Teams and Enrollment Committee and play a lead role regarding candidate assessment, interviews and decisions
    • Oversee a team of student and parent ambassadors for school tours
    • Work with the Parent Volunteer Group to coordinate and guide a Parent Liaison Committee
    • Collaborate with the Business Office to ensure streamlined enrollment and re-enrollment processes
    • Produce reports and updates for the Head of School, Board of Directors, Board Committees and Leadership Team members as needed
    • Develop, manage and adhere to an annual enrollment office budget
    • Work with the Head of School and Leadership Team on a Community Engagement Strategy
    • Manage the scholarship and financial assistance program, including policies; promotional strategies; scholarship committee structure; funding; student achievement; renewal processes including communication with students and parents
    • Provide coaching and feedback to the Enrollment Team members
    • Develop professional growth plans with the Enrollment Team members
    • Participate in annual professional development (ISABC, CAIS, EMA, AISAP); work with peers within K-12 independent school community to advance best practices and family-centred processes
    • Any other related duties as assigned by the Head of School

    QUALIFICATIONS
    Knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics needed to do the job effectively.
    • University degree; certification in Enrollment Management Association and/or Association of Independent School Admission Professionals an asset
    • Minimum five years’ experience in senior enrollment management role, ideally in K-12 independent schools
    • Must legally be eligible to work in Canada at the time of application
    • Excellent communicator and listener; adaptable and open to feedback 
    • Self-directed and motivated; places high value on teamwork and collaboration
    • Service driven; dedicated to providing the best possible guest/applicant experience 
    • Creative problem solver 
    • High degree of diplomacy, discretion and tact
    • Strong organizational and analytical skills; adept at identifying and interpreting relevant data to inform enrollment strategy and priorities 
    • High-level experience with enrollment software, ideally Blackbaud K-12
    • Commitment to promoting the school’s vision, mission and core values and to participating in school life

    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé to WPGA Careers. Your cover letter and résumé MUST be in one file and the file name MUST be LastnameFirstname. Word or PDF are the preferred formats. In the subject line please write “Enrollment Director”. We will review applications as they are received and we will continue to accept submissions until the position has been filled. 
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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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