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 English/Socials Teacher

    REPORTS TO:                  Head of Senior School
    START DATE:                    August 26, 2019
    CONTRACT:                      Full-time (1.0), Continuing
     
    TEACHING AT WPGA
    WPGA is a great place to work! 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 Team supports our educators to teach with confidence; create relevant, creative curriculum and programs; build meaningful relationships with students and families; and develop professionally. We have great pride in our dedicated, long-term faculty that have helped build a community of learning that is authentic, welcoming and centred on the best interests of our students.
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
    Our Senior School teachers are valued faculty members who, with the support of our senior school leadership and teaching teams, design and deliver adaptive, future-focused learning experiences for students in grades 8-12. We are currently seeking candidates with the qualifications to teach English and Social Studies grades 8-12.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Prepare and deliver engaging, future-focused learning experiences that meet BC curriculum standards
    • Plan and provide feedback and formative assessment to support student growth in competencies and curricular content
    • Conduct summative assessments and reports consistent with departmental standards
    • Use appropriate technologies, including the school’s LMS/SIS, to facilitate learning experiences and accommodate busy student schedules
    • Adapt learning experiences for students with individual education plans (IEPs)
    • Participate in school life and cocurricular activities
    • Model and promote our core values and high standards of behaviour in and out of the classroom
    • Support students and families with open, ongoing communication
    • Actively participate in professional development and faculty meetings
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education
    • Valid BC teaching certification
    • A passion for and experience working with adolescents
    • Team player who enjoys creative collaboration, and will work with colleagues to integrate programs and projects across disciplines, as appropriate
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-starter and continuous learner who values and has demonstrated teaching innovation and professional growth
    • Positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of fun
    ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
    • Independent school experience is an asset.
    • Additional relevant qualifications or experiences are an asset.
    • Additional teachable subjects are an asset (e.g. drama, languages, science, math).
    • Early adopters of teaching innovations, including technological tools, are valued.
    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “SS Humanities Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers. The position will remain open until filled, with consideration of applicants commencing in late February.
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  • Senior School Teacher, English and Drama

    POSITION: Senior School Teacher, English and Drama
    REPORTS TO: Head of Senior School
    POSITION DATES: August 26, 2019 – June 26, 2020 ; Maternity Leave Coverage
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0)

    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 Senior School teachers are valued faculty members who, with the support of our senior school leadership and teaching teams, plan and deliver adaptive, future-focused curricula to students in grades 8-12. We are currently seeking candidates with the qualifications to teach English and Drama. Experience teaching grades 8-10 social studies is an asset.

    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Prepare and deliver engaging, future-focused lesson plans and interactive learning activities/materials that follow BC curriculum standards
    • Adapt instructional materials to students' individual education plans (IEPs)
    • Conduct formal and informal assessment of students, including report cards, progress reports and marking
    • Incorporate appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Participate in school life and cocurricular activities
    • Model and promote our core values and high standards of behaviour in and out of the classroom
    • Support students and families with open, on-going communication
    • Actively participate in professional development sessions and faculty meetings
    • Undertake a leadership position in the school musical which will include;
    o Determining casting/rehearsal schedules and setting up meetings
    o Information gathering and completion – risk management forms, cast and crew contact information, generate cast bios/photos
    o Overseeing all bookings/orders - Theatre booking, videographer hire, cast/crew t-shirts, costumes, props, hair/make-up supplies, tickets, scripts
    o Liaising with other departments regarding musical promotions, ticket sales, transportation of set items, trips to the theatre etc.
    o Managing the flow of announcements to staff and teachers re students missing class etc.
    o Post-production wrap-up

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education
    • Valid BC teaching certification
    • Additional qualifications and experience in the above listed teachable subjects an asset
    • Adept at integrating technology in class lessons
    • A passion for and experience working with adolescents
    • Independent school experience is an asset
    • Team player who enjoys creative collaboration, and will work with colleagues to integrate programs and projects across disciplines, as appropriate
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-starter and continuous learner who values and has demonstrated teaching innovation and professional growth
    • Positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of fun

    TO APPLY
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “SS English Drama Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers. Consideration of applications will commence in early April until the position is filled.
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  • Intermediate Teacher (Grades 5-7)

    Reports To: Head of Junior School
    Start Date: August 26, 2019
    Contract: Full-time (1.0), 1-year term
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Develop student learning that incorporates BC Curriculum’s objectives, including STEM and design thinking
    • Use ATLAS, WPGA’s curriculum mapping tool to plan, collaborate and reflect on lessons
    • Assess student learning using formative and summative methods, incorporating feedback, student reflection and formal reporting
    • Incorporate educational technology in the classroom
    • Use information in individualized education programs (IEPs) to support student learning, and personalize student learning, as needed
    • Work with colleagues to support lesson/unit integration across disciplines
    • Understand attachment theory principles and how they relate to teaching
    • Maintain standards of behaviour and safety within classroom, providing appropriate consequences when required, and make connections to WPGA’s character development program
    • Be available to students and families outside of class time, within reason
    • Participate in regular professional development and reflective practice
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • BC Teaching Certificate (or application stage)
    • Bachelor’s degree in education (or higher qualification)
    • Strong work ethic and professional commitment
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to effectively liaise and communicate with families and colleagues
    • Continuous learner, personally and professionally
    TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and résumé, citing “JS Intermediate Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by March 31, 2019.
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  • A/V Technical Assistant

    POSITION SUMMARY
    The A/V Technical Assistant will work closely with faculty and administration to facilitate the technical requirements for school events at multiple venues on a daily, flexible part time basis (approximately 4-6 hours daily). This position will involve working in the presence of school-aged children and assisting with set-up and take down of equipment at events.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Assist with A/V technical planning and facilitate technical requirements for school events at multiple venues.
    • Liaise with faculty and administration to determine technical requirements for school events.
    • Facilitate audio and video recording of live events, studio and mobile audio recording.
    • Establish and maintain a photographic and video record of school events for review and posting.
    • Assist music program with use and maintenance of electronic equipment.
    • Arrange for installation of A/V systems as required.
    • Maintain school audio and technical equipment, including recording studio gear.
    • Manage a budget for cost of maintenance and purchases of A/V gear.
    • Obtain or rent equipment as required for events, hire on-call A/V technical assistants as necessary.
    • Assist school maintenance department with event set up and take down.
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Graduate of a technical or theatre training program or prior experience with live sound reinforcement, audio and video recording, concert lighting and event staging.
    • Working knowledge of A/V equipment, including digital audio consoles, PA systems, microphone applications (including wireless technology), stage lighting, digital video cameras, projectors and cameras.
    • Knowledge of studio recording techniques, recording software, mastering, understanding of acoustical properties.
    • Familiarity with video editing processes and media posting.

    COMPETENCIES
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills
    • Proactive attitude
    • A demonstrated ability to work with others effectively
    • Understanding of technical needs
    • Physical ability to handle heavy equipment during set up and take down

    To Apply: Please forward your resume and a cover letter to Raj Sidhu, HR Director, citing "A/V Technical Assistant" in the subject line. 
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  • Class 2 Bus Drivers

    Reports To: Transportation Coordinator
    Start Date: Immediate through June 2019
    Days/Hours of Work: Part-time; varied hours   
    Rate: Competitive salary offered; cell phone allowance

    Position Summary: To safely transport students aged 4–18 years to academic and sports events throughout the Lower Mainland.

    Duties & Responsibilities 
    • Conduct pre-trip inspection of buses
    • Maintain interior cleanliness of buses
    • Prepare and execute route plan
    • Ensure safe travel to and from destinations
    • Communicate clearly with teachers, staff and students
    • Observe and report potentially hazardous situations, such as irresponsible drivers
    • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the school community

    Position Qualifications 
    • Class 2 with air brake endorsement
    • Five years’ safe driving record
    • Excellent knowledge of the Lower Mainland
    • Strong customer service and communication skills
    • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
    • Professional and personable; in particular, liaises well with children and adolescents
    • Must consent to and clear a criminal record check
    • Must comply with WPGA’s Code of Ethics
    • Related experience or education an asset

    To Apply: Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “Class 2 Bus Driver” in the subject line, to Jonathan Giles, WPGA Transportation Coordinator. 
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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

    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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  • Teachers On Call (TOC), Primary, Intermediate and Secondary

    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, 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. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 
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