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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  • Janitorial Attendant

    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. Working at WPGA is fulfilling, collaborative and dynamic. Our Leadership Teams support our staff to build meaningful relationships; and develop professionally.
    POSITION SUMMARY

    This role provides maintenance support to the organization by keeping the building and grounds clean and tidy. The Crossing Guard/Traffic Monitor position must provide excellent customer service and is responsible for ensuring children and members of the school community are able to safely cross at designated crosswalks. This position is also responsible for controlling the flow of school traffic to the various parking lots at WPGA.
    You’re the type of person who is not afraid to get your hands dirty and are 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!”
    This is a part-time or full time (depending on the incumbent) permanent position; typically, with day-time hours (5 am to 9 am) and can include additional hours, weekend work, evening hours and over-time.

    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

    Building and Grounds Maintenance
    • Clean swimming pool changerooms (daily)
    • Clean and sanitize washrooms and floors
    • Polish washroom mirrors and replenish paper products and supplies
    • 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)
    • Clean fitness centre and spin room
    Traffic Monitor
    • Assist children and families in crossing roads safely at crosswalks near designated school drop off points
    • Direct vehicles to the appropriate drop-off/pick-up point or school entrance
    • Use a handheld STOP sign and proper safety methods to alert incoming drivers that pedestri-ans are or will be crossing
    • Use good judgment to determine timing for allowing pedestrians into the crosswalk
    • Observe and report potentially hazardous situations, such as irresponsible drivers
    • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the school community
    • Be punctual and remain at the crosswalk for the entire scheduled shift time
    • Always wear mandatory safety equipment supplied by WPGA
    • Work in all forms of weather, under all types of road conditions, exposure to traffic noise and exhaust from vehicles
    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
    • Answer routine questions from the public
    • Performing other duties of a similar nature or level
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Proactive attitude
    • 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, week-ends and holidays
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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    “We will next be evaluating applications for TOC positions between August 19 and September 6, and for your best chance to have your application reviewed, please forward it to us within that timeframe.”

    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)
    • 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”

    Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on our current needs. We will next be evaluating applications for TOC positions between August 19 and September 6, and for your best chance to have your application reviewed, please forward it to us within that timeframe. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School (Ongoing)

    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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