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

    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 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
    • Experience in an independent school setting an asset
    • Experience teaching AP Psychology an asset
    • 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.

    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 writeSS Counsellor”. If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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  • Teacher, Primary Homeroom

    POSITION:              Teacher, Primary Homeroom
    REPORTS TO:        Head of Junior School

    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 Primary Homeroom Teacher is a valued member of our Junior School community who, with the support of the school leadership and teaching teams, provides future-focused, engaging program delivery and a warm, supportive learning environment to their classroom of learners. 
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Plan and create student learning that incorporate BC Curriculum’s objectives, including STEM and design thinking
    • Use ATLAS, WPGA’s curriculum mapping tool to plan, collaborate and reflect
    • Assess student learning using formative and summative methods, incorporating feedback, student reflection and formal reporting, to grow and develop skills
    • Be the touchstone for parents, students and teachers.
    • Use information in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to develop strategies and support learning
    • Personalise learning opportunities for students
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to support the development of integrated lessons and units
    • Understand the principles of Attachment Theory and how they relate to teaching
    • Maintain appropriate standards of behaviour, mutual respect, and safety within the classroom
    • Uphold WPGA’s Code of Conduct, provide appropriate consequences and communicate with families
    • Incorporate appropriate technology use
    • Develop a positive, safe culture through actions and words
    • Integrate social responsibility and kindness into daily teaching and routines.
    • Be available to students and families outside of class time
    • Implement and make regular connections to the CARE program (Citizenship, Attitude, Respect and Esteem)
     POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Possess or be in application of a valid BC Teaching Certificate
    • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education
    • Must be eligible to work in Canada
    • Models a strong work ethic as well as high standards of commitment
    • Fosters school mission, values and sense of community through student-centered decisions
    • Effectively communicates with staff, parents and students
    • Maintains professionalism through all school interactions and activities
    • Values continual growth and development of school programs and curriculum
    • Participates in reflective practice and attends regular professional development
    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “JS Homeroom Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by February 7th, 2020. If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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  • Intermediate Accountant

    POSITION: Intermediate Accountant
    REPORTS TO: Controller
    EXPECTED START DATE: August 31st, 2020


    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 email a cover letter and résumé, citing “Intermediate Accountant” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers.
    If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    POSITION: Teachers On Call K-12 (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)
    • 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.

    Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on our current needs. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • ECE Teachers On Call (TOC)

    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.
    Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on our current needs. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

    POSITION: Outdoor Education Guide
    REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education
    START DATE: Ongoing                  
    CONTRACT: Casual
    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 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 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 ongoing based on current need. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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