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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  • Intermediate Accountant

    POSITION: Intermediate Accountant
    REPORTS TO: Controller
    START: As soon as possible


    ABOUT WPGA
    Founded in 1996, West Point Grey Academy is an independent coeducational day school in Vancouver, BC. Set on 18 acres, with sweeping views of English Bay and the North Shore mountains, we offer future-focused programs to 940 students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. 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.

    POSITION SUMMARY
    This position is responsible for assisting the Controller in supporting month end and year end processes and preparing financial reports and working documents for the year end audit.

    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Prepare month-end and resolve any discrepancies
    • Reconcile accounts (bank and general ledger accounts)
    • Prepare monthly analysis of accounts
    • Process accounts payable invoices and ensure vendors are paid on time
    • Compile and submit PST/GST reports and other government filings as needed
    • Maintain accuracy and completion of accounting platforms for management and financial reporting purposes
    • Assist with preparing year-end working papers and spreadsheets
    • Assist with annual audit
    • Assist with financial reports as needed
    • Assist with annual budget
    • Prepare month and year end journal entries
    • Additional projects or related duties as required by the Controller
    • Other duties as assigned
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Minimum of 2 years experience with full cycle accounting
    • 1 year experience with full cycle AP
    • Experience with invoicing/billing platforms
    • Experience with high volumes of transactions
    • Analytical and problem solving skills
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or other related field
    • CPA designation or actively pursuing designation, an asset
    • Previous experience with audits, financial statements, bank reconciliations, journal entries, account analysis is considered an asset
    • General understanding of accounting software, knowledge of Blackbaud Financial Edge is considered an asset
    • Knowledge of and/or experience with fund accounting an asset
    • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
    • High level of critical and logical thinking; analysis; and reasoning
    • Able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Highly organized and able to work under tight deadlines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Able to work with confidential material with tact and discretion
    • Must be legally able to work in Canada and, if hired, consent to a criminal record check
    TO APPLY
    Please forward your cover letter, resume, and a copy of your work permit (applicable to non-citizens/permanent residents) to WPGA Careers for consideration by Friday July 17th citing Intermediate Accountant” in the subject line. On your cover letter please specify your availability for an interview and the earliest date you can start. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • Janitorial Attendant

    POSITION: Janitorial Attendant
    REPORTS TO: Facilities Manager
    START DATE: TBD, by end of August 2020
    This is a Full Time position

    ABOUT WPGA
    Founded in 1996, West Point Grey Academy is an independent coeducational day school in Vancouver, BC. Set on 18 acres, with sweeping views of English Bay and the North Shore mountains, we offer future-focused programs to 940 students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. 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.


    POSITION SUMMARY
    This role provides maintenance support to the organization by keeping the building and grounds clean and tidy. You’re the type of person who is not afraid to get your hands dirty and is often seen as the “fix-it” person amongst your friends. You have a knack for perfection and enjoy creating a neat, tidy and well-maintained experience for our students that makes them say “Wow!”


    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

    Building and Grounds Maintenance
    • Clean swimming pool changerooms (daily)
    • Clean and sanitize washrooms and floors
    • Clean swimming pool decks (daily)
    • Empty garbage bins and pick up litter
    • Polish window, acrylic cases, tanks, graphics, displays, and doors
    • Clear snow as needed
    • Maintain grounds – cut grass, rake leaves, maintain flower beds (weeding), water lawns and trim shrubs
    • Clean gym floor (daily)
    • Polish washroom mirrors and replenish paper products and supplies
     
    Other Duties
    • Set up for both large and small events
    • Supports school events as needed
    • Help with minor emergencies (lost children, broken glass, spills)
    • Assist other departments with moving furniture and displays
    • Traffic duty - Assist children and families in crossing roads safely at crosswalks near designated school drop off points
      • Answer routine questions from the public
      • Performing other duties of a similar nature or level

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada (copy of work permit required with application)
    • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated commitment to quality
    • Must be able to do heavy lifting (up to 70lbs) and stair climbing
    • Ability to work in a school environment, with minimal supervision
    • Knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics needed to do the job effectively
    • High school or equivalent diploma
    • Fluent in oral and written English
    • Valid BC (Class 5) Driver’s License an Asset
    • Clearance for a criminal record check
    • Have a personality that demonstrates good interpersonal skills that interact well with students, staff, parents, and co-workers
    • First Aid Certificate an asset
    • Understanding of building technical needs
    • Physical ability to handle heavy equipment during set up and take down
    • Customer Service and/or Experience in dealing with the public is an asset;
    • WHMIS certification is an asset;
    • Active demonstration of the company’s values and mission.
    • Ability to operate equipment such as blowers, floor scrubber, power washers, and weed trimmers and other electrical tools in a safe and effective manner;
    • Good communication and customer service skills
    • Job requires attention to detail and an awareness of surroundings;
    • Good understanding of cleaning products and chemical handling;
    • Care must be taken to ensure the right product for the job.

    COMPETENCIES
    • Proactive attitude
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • A demonstrated ability to work with others effectively
     
    Working Conditions
    • Job requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time;
    • Lifting, pushing, pulling and stretching are all required to fulfill cleaning duties;
    • Required to carry a radio and be accessible for calls;
    • Exposure to sun and weather;
    • Flexibility and availability in schedule are required during the week, including evenings, weekends and holidays

    TO APPLY
    Please forward your cover letter, resume, and a copy of your work permit (applicable to non-citizens/permanent residents) to WPGA Careers by Friday August 14th for consideration citing Janitorial Attendant in the subject line. Please specify your availability and if you are interested in full-time, part-time OR casual in your cover letter. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    NB: Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year will recommence at the end of August, 2020. 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.

    NB: Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year will recommence at the end of August, 2020. 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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  • ECE Teachers On Call (TOC)

    NB: Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year will recommence at the end of August, 2020. 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:   ECE Teachers On Call (TOC)
    START:         Ongoing, based on current needs

    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)
    • ECE certification required
    • 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 “ECE TOC”.

    If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application.

    NB: Evaluations of submissions for our 20-21 academic year will recommence at the end of August, 2020. 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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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

    POSITION: Outdoor Education (OE) Guide
    REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education               
    CONTRACT: Contracts for this position will be casual/short term (3-7 days maximum) as required
    START DATE: OE excursions occur 2-3 times during the school year (September-June) only. A start date will be determined based on the OE excursion we require guides for
    COMPENSATION: Flat day rate based on experience and qualifications         
     

    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 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 2-3 times during 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 and 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
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada
    • 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. 

    If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application.

    Recruitment for this position is based on current need for OE Guides. Only successful candidates will be contacted. 
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