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
    START DATE: August 30, 2021

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

    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé to WPGA Careers .  We will begin reviewing applicants November 15 and continue to accept submissions until the position has been filled. 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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  • 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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