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 University Counselling

    POSITION:             Director of University Counselling
    REPORTS TO:      Head of Senior School
    START DATE:       AUGUST 29, 2022
     
    ABOUT WPGA
    Founded in 1996, West Point Grey Academy (WPGA) is an independent coeducational day school in Vancouver, British Columbia. 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. WPGA’s educational philosophy is to develop the whole child, who, guided by creative, dedicated teachers and supported by our inclusive, vibrant community, is nurtured to achieve his or her full potential - academically, emotionally, physically and socially.
    POSITION SUMMARY
    This full-time position will provide post-secondary and career counselling services for students in Grades 11 and 12. Overseeing a team of university and career counsellors, this role will support students with their university and scholarship applications as well as advise on possible career paths. Involving parents in this process will be an on-going expectation. Evening and some weekend commitments throughout the year will be required.
    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
    Post-Secondary & Career Counselling
    • Support and direct a team of university and career counsellors to provide a consistent standard of excellence
    • Support students with the post-secondary application process & track progress accordingly
    • Communicate & liaise with university admissions (Canada, US & UK) throughout the school year on student progress, new trends and/or new application requirements
    • Visit/tour university campuses as needed
    • Write Counsellor reference letters and liaise with grade 12 faculty on reference letter writing
    • Assist with the coordination of Careers Week Speakers
    • Liaise with the Work Experience Coordinator on work placements throughout the year
    • Conduct student & parent meetings
    • Assist students with course selection (Grades 8-12)
     
    Events
    • Attend & assist in the organization of university special events, information sessions, and evening presentations
    • Organization of annual post-secondary events: VAIS Fairs, CUE Fairs and other large events that are hosted by the University & Career Counselling Department
    • Give university counselling presentations to parents and students at university counselling evenings
     
    Professional Development
    • Attend Professional Development conferences, sessions throughout the year
    • Attend local Academic Advisors Consortium meetings throughout the year & various networking sessions relating to university admissions
    • Commitment to professional development and setting of relevant career goals
     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Extensive experience with and knowledge of the UK post-secondary application process (UCAS, Atlantic Bridge, etc.)
    • Experience with and knowledge of the US post-secondary application process (Common Application)
    • Previous experience in Career Education/Work Experience
    • Demonstrated initiative when relating to students and developing programs
    • Demonstrated ability to establish effective systems for tracking, recording and conveying important data, information and school documents in support of students’ educational goals
    • Familiarity with Blackbaud K-12, Naviance, Excel, MyBlueprint and PowerPoint
    • Familiarity with the BC curriculum
    • Comprehensive knowledge of Canadian post-secondary admissions requirements
    • Knowledge of Canadian scholarships and application process
    • Evidence of flexibility and collaborative work ethic
    • Superior ability to build rapport, trust and relationships with students and their families
    • Demonstrated advocacy and leadership in advancing the interests and concerns of students
    • Strong communication skills & work ethic
    • Strong organizational skills including documenting student progress & post-secondary application progress
    • Valid BC Teaching Certification
     

    TO APPLY

     
    Please email a cover letter and resume, citing “Director of University Counselling” in the subject line to WPGA Careers.

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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

    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 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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