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)
  • Up to three discretionary 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 Advancement

    POSITION: Director of Advancement
    REPORTS TO: Head of School
    FTE: Full-Time (1.0)
    START DATE: September 2021 (negotiable)

    Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement is an active member of the Leadership Team and, specifically, works closely with the Directors of: Enrollment, Finance, and Communications to deliver on the Strategic Advancement Plan. The role will encompass all aspects of constituent communications, alumni, parent, and community relations, fundraising and information management. The Director will mentor and lead the Advancement team which includes a Development Officer and Database Coordinator. The Director will be responsible for growing the Advancement Office at West Point Grey Academy.


    Constituent Relations
    • Establish relationships with staff, parents, students, and alumni, as well as volunteers and donors, to deepen their connections and sense of ownership in the school.
    • Develop programs and events that increase constituent engagement.
    • Develop strong alumni engagement and related opportunities by hiring an alumni coordinator. With the new alumni coordinator, create an alumni steering committee and work to better integrate our Senior School students into the alumni world.
    • Work with the Enrollment Office to engage new parents, (information provided during the application process, expectations, participation in welcome events, 1:1 meetings, new parent events each year. 
    • Develop strong relationships with new parents to fully engage them in the culture of philanthropy at WPGA.
    • Support and coordinate with the PVG (Parent Volunteer Group), providing guidance on PVG operations and events, ensuring alignment with WPGA strategic goals. Support PVG fundraising events, specifically the WPGA annual Gala. Work closely with the PVG chair to provide support. 
    • Recruit and train volunteers (parent and staff) as needed for key events.
    • Continue to grow and strengthen the culture of philanthropy in a manner that complements the school’s values and strategic plan priorities, thus creating an inclusive fundraising environment where each gift is valued.
    •  Educate the school community on advancement, specifically on the importance of giving, volunteering and participating in school events and endowment.
    • Collaborate with the Leadership Team to identify key projects that require funding.
    • Grow the annual Shaping Lives Fund through community engagement
      •  Yearly communications including mailings and electronic communication
      •  Communication of need and impact with our community through written content and video
      •  Giving Tuesday - engagement and fundraising opportunity
      • Steward the allocation of donor funds
      • Thank you program: tax receipts, hand written cards, thank you calls from HoS and Board members Board, student calls, thank you videos etc).
    • Grow alumni and alumni family giving through inclusion in SLF, Gala and 1:1 outreach.
    • Define and articulate event fundraising goals and support the PVG with the annual fundraising events, ensure each “project” is aligned to school needs and is marketable within the community.
      • Currently, the Advancement Office provides full backend support to the Gala Committee including:
        • Event Support (planning, managing student involvement, video concepts and execution when needed, design input, communications, run of show timing and execution, scripting, supporting mailings, inputting auctions items into Raiser’s Edge (NOT into Givergy), tax receipting cash and Gifts in Kind when applicable, night of support from the full team, management of the Sponsorship program (committee will do the asks themselves) - ensure execution of all sponsorship benefits), tracking income
    • Oversee donor recognition and stewardship, including community events and impact reports.
    • Identify and develop cases for support that are aligned with WPGA strategic goals and match donor interest.
    •  Prepare for a major gifts and capital campaign to support the future master campus plan.
    • Identify and cultivate donors - solicit gifts, engaging Natural Partners where possible. 
    • Collaborate with the Head of School, Director of Communications and Director of Enrollment to strengthen WPGA engagement, community relations and reputation.
    • Collaborate with the Leadership team, staff and faculty to identify needs, communicating impact and sharing successes.
    Information Management & Operations
    • Create an effective Advancement Team through training, coaching and mentoring.
    • Provide oversight to the Database Coordinator.
    • Ensure policies and procedures for Raiser’s Edge are up to date and effective.
    • Develop progress tracking and data management for Alumni.
    • Expand reporting capabilities to better identify prospects.
    • Develop prospect research capabilities.
    • Work with IT to ensure that constituents are updated each year.
    • Oversee gift processing and tax-receipting.
    • Set Annual Goals and manage the Advancement budget.
    • Maintain current knowledge of CRA, charitable giving, and privacy rulings and regulations.
    • Participate in ISABC, CAIS and other collaborative and professional development opportunities.
    Knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics needed to do the job effectively.
    • 5+ years’ experience in a senior advancement/development role.
    • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
    • CFRE designation, or equivalent experience/education (BCIT fundraising management certificate (or other school, for example).
    • Advancement/alumni relations experience in an educational institution is an asset.
    • Raiser’s Edge experience and proficiency is an asset.
    • Proven record of accomplishment in a broad range of fundraising activities and constituent relations.
    • Experience in the solicitation and negotiation of gifts.
    • Outstanding leadership qualities, including superior presentation, writing and communication skills.
    •  Innovative and creative talent.
    • High energy level and commitment to the life of the school.
    • must be legally eligible to work in Canada at the time of application.
    Please forward your cover letter and resume as one file, titled: “Last Name, First Name”, in word or pdf format, to WPGA Careers by September 15, 2021. In the subject line please write “Director of Advancement”. Due to the volume of applications received, we will be unable to personally reach out to everyone who applies.  
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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    Evaluations of submissions for our 21-22 academic year is now open. 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

    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.

    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.
    • 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
    • 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
    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 21-22 academic year is now open. 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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