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. 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, 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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  • Administrative Assistant, Junior School

    POSITION:           Junior School Administrative Assistant
    REPORTS TO:     Head of Junior School
    START DATE:      August 2018
    This position will provide administrative support to the Junior School and executive support to the Head of Junior School. The candidate will be the first point of contact for questions, concerns and requests addressed to the Junior School Leadership Team. A high degree of professionalism, with enthusiasm and decorum in presenting the school to all constituents is required.
    Executive Support
    • Maintain and update calendars for the Junior School Leadership Team
    • Arrange meetings for Leadership Team and prepare necessary documents
    • Take meeting minutes
    • Field parent communications for response by Leadership Team
    • Prepare internal and external correspondence
    • Edit and format school documents
    • Collect and combine budget information for review
    • Book travel and accommodation for Faculty & Leadership
    School Support
    • Maintain and update main Junior School calendar
    • Organize and order staff lunches
    • Assist with special events and projects
    • Back up reception
    • Back up phones/switchboard 
    • Minimum 1 year experience in a similar administrative and/or executive assistant role
    • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
    • A positive attitude, with energy and a decorum that reflects WPGA’s values
    • Self-motivated and proven record of achieving goals
    • High degree of discretion and tact
    • Strong administrative skills in computing and information presentation
    • Strong technology skills, both database and office tools
    • A resilient personality to deal with multiple and occasionally conflicting priorities.
    • A dedication and commitment to the values and dynamic life of the school
    • Knowledge of WH-Blackbaud software an asset
    • Knowledge of CAIS and Independent School operations an asset
    • Grades JK- 12 educational experience an asset
    To Apply: Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “JS Admin Assistant” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by August 3, 2018. 
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  • Human Resources Coordinator

    Founded in 1996, West Point Grey Academy is an independent coeducational day school in Vancouver, BC. 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. 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.
    The Human Resources Coordinator assists with the administration of the day-to-day operations of the human resources functions and duties. The Human Resources Coordinator carries out responsibilities in some or all of the following functional areas: HRIS, payroll, on-boarding, benefits, compensation, organizational development, administration, and employment.
    The HR Coordinator has partial responsibility for these areas:
    • recruiting and staffing logistics.
    • tracking of performance management process.
    • employee orientation logistics and recordkeeping.
    • committee facilitation.
    • coordination WPGA employee communication.
    • compensation and benefits administration and recordkeeping.
    • employee Health & Safety meeting coordinator.
    • maintaining employee files and the HR filing system.
    • assisting with the day-to-day efficient operation of the HR office.
    Benefits Administration (30%)
    • Administration of the school’s benefits programs which includes extended health and dental, CI, LTD, life, health spending account and the school’s group RRSP plan.
    • Maintain all staff records related to benefits including verifying coverages for each employee.
    • Processes benefit payments and remittances to benefit providers/insurance carriers.
    • Prepare for review all communications to staff regarding benefit related matters.
    • Prepare required reports for the Human Resources Director.
    Payroll Function (20%)
    • Payroll input and administration for all staff in the school’s payroll software - PayWorks.
    • Maintain payroll records and co‐ordinate information with the school’s Controller as required
    • Prepare required staffing personnel reports as required by the Human Resources Director.
    • Maintain 100% accuracy of input and payroll amounts for all staff by verifying all employment and contract agreements to payroll on an annual basis.
    • Prepare correspondence on payroll related matters.
    • Prepare and maintain a time tracking mechanism for all non‐teaching staff.
    Human Resources – General (20%)
    • Work with the Human Resources Director in the updating of the WPGA Handbook.
    • Provide research and drafting for HR Policy updates for consideration by the Human Resources Director.
    • Plan, co‐ordinate and create staff education and training sessions related to HR, payroll and benefits.
    • Collaborate with the Human Resources Director on all staff HR information and materials including website/intranet information, social media, job postings and advertising.
    • Arrange interviews and assist with hiring.
    • Assist with reference checks.
    General Administration (20%)
    • Assist the Human Resources Director in the preparation and monitoring of the HR and staffing cost budget.
    • Assist the Human Resources Director with staff related matters.
    • Work co‐operatively with the Human Resources Director in providing support for general school matters.
    • Provide administrative support for any gifts and/or reward programs including assessment, selection and communication at the direction of the Human Resources Director.
    Communication and Leadership (10%)
    • Participate in all WPGA administration support team development.
    • Participate in appropriate ISABC, CAIS and Professional Development as requested.
    • Live the core values of WPGA and model leadership.
    • Contribute to human resource planning process and its implementation.
    Budgets: Assist in preparation of budgets and provide administrative support to monitor them.
    Direct Supervision: none.
    Committee Membership: Health & Safety Committee.
    • A recognized HR degree, certificate or diploma.
    • 3 - 5 years’ experience in HR and Payroll.
    • Superior communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • A positive attitude, with energy and behaviours that reflects WPGA’s values and environment.
    • Self‐motivated and proven record of goal setting and achievement.
    • High degree of discretion and tact.
    • Strong administrative skills in office computing and information presentation.
    • A resilient personality to deal with multiple and occasionally conflicting priorities.
    • Knowledge of Payworks software.
    • Knowledge of CAIS and Independent School operations.
    • Grades JK‐ 12 educational experience.
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “HR Coordinator” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by August 9, 2018.
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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          
    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.
    • 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
    • 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)
    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

    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)
    • 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, 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.