Teaching at WPGA

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. 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. In 2017, WPGA 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, spirited and welcoming 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

Teaching Opportunities

Job openings are listed below. However, we are always accepting and reviewing applications from qualified teachers. Please submit a résumé and cover letter to WPGA Careers
 

Current Openings

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  • Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

    POSITION: Outdoor Education Guides
    REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education
    START DATE: Ongoing                  
    CONTRACT: Casual
    COMPENSATION: Flat day rate based on experience and qualifications          
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
     
    Outdoor Education Guides are skilled and qualified outdoor professionals who work with Senior School (grade 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 outdoor education 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 duration of trip, including travel time and overnights. Trip locations include both front-country and backcountry destinations.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    • Attend pre-trip and staff training meetings
    • Supervise groups of students (typically ratio not more than 1:10)
    • Attend to the planned programming schedule for specific outdoor education trip
    • Provide care (including emotional) to students while on out trip
    • Ensure students are engaging in activities that are safe (during programming time and free time)
    • Supervise and assist with student meal prep and clean up
    • Provide support to Lead/Co-guide
    • Evaluate the procedures of any third parties providing programming and ensuring 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 programming in one or more of hiking, kayaking, winter backcountry travel
    • A teaching degree and/or experience working with youth/adolescents
    • Strong interpersonal skills and team member
    • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
    • Standard First Aid
     
    A 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 skill related to specific trip (such as: ACMG, SKGABC AOG or higher)
     
     
    TO APPLY
     
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “OE Guide” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers

    Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on our current needs. 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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Equal Opportunity Employer

WPGA is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace and encourages all qualified applicants to apply for our employment opportunities.