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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  • Head of Senior School

    WPGA seeks a forward-thinking, dynamic educational administrator to lead our Senior School, which comprises 400 students (grades 8 to 12) and 60 teachers and staff spanning multiple departments, including Global Studies, Outdoor Education, Personal Counselling, and University Counselling.

    The Head of Senior School reports to the Head of School and is member of the school’s Leadership Team and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. The Head of Senior School leads a high-performing Senior School Leadership Team, which includes the Assistant Head of Senior School, the Vice Principal of Learning and the Vice Principal of Student Life, who collectively ensure best practices in secondary education, oversee academic/cocurricular programming as well as teacher professional development, and help to steward the school’s Strategic Plan.  

    To learn more about this position, click here. The new Head of Senior School will start in July 2019. 
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  • Senior School Science Teacher / Department Head

    POSITION:  Senior School Teacher (Science 8-12 + AP); Department Head (option)
    REPORTS TO: Head of Senior School
    START DATE: August 27, 2019
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), Continuing
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
    We are currently seeking a science teacher with the qualifications to teach grades 8-12 as well as AP courses. For 2019-2020, we will also be appointing a teacher as department head of science. Should you wish to be considered for the role of department head, please state this in your cover letter. (Applications are welcome whether or not you apply for the department head position.)
     
    Teacher Duties and Responsibilities
    • Design and deliver learning experiences that are future-focused and engaging and that follow BC curriculum standards
    • Adapt learning experiences to students' needs as described in individual education plans (IEPs)
    • Conduct formative and summative assessment of student competencies and knowledge, providing regular and current feedback through the school's learning management system 
    • Use technology and media tools effectively in learning design and management
    • 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
    • Work with colleagues to integrate programs and projects across disciplines, as appropriate
    • Participate actively in professional development sessions and faculty meetings
    Additional Duties and Responsibilities, Department Head  
    • Leadership in pedagogy
    • Supervision of student learning
    • Supervision of professional learning
    • Departmental budget oversight
    Teaching Position Qualifications

    Required:
    • Valid BC teaching certification, TQS category 5 or higher
    • Team player who enjoys creative collaboration
    • Excellent verbal, written and electronic communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
    • Self-starter and continuous learner who values and has demonstrated teaching innovation and professional growth
    • A demonstrated passion for working with adolescents
    • Adept at leveraging technology to support learning
    Also desirable:
    • Additional qualifications or work experience in science
    • Experience teaching other subject areas (e.g. STEM, math)
    • Experience working in an independent school similar to WPGA
    • Experience with blended learning
    • Positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of fun
    Additional Qualifications, Department Head
    • Successful experience in change management
    • Communications and records proficiency
    • Curricular expertise
    • Pedagogical expertise
    TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter and résumé to WPGA Careers. Please include SS Science Teacher or SS Science Teacher/Department Head in the subject line. 
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  • Maintenance Technician

    POSITION SUMMARY
    As our Maintenance Technician, you will be responsible for completing minor service requests such as lightbulb changes, painting/dry wall repairs, minor plumbing/electrical repairs. In addition, you will ensure quality presentation of our sites by completing exterior site maintenance such as grounds keeping, power washing, window cleaning, and minor landscaping. You’re the type of person who is not afraid to get your hands dirty and are often seen as the “fix-it” person amongst your friends. You have a knack for perfection and enjoy creating a neat, tidy and well-maintained experience for our students that makes them say “Wow!”
     
    This is a full-time permanent position; typically, with daytime hours (7 am to 3 pm) and can include weekend work, evening hours and overtime.
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    I. Building Maintenance
    • Regularly inspect HVAC, Mechanical, Pool and Electrical systems and report to the manager
    • Carry out all assigned maintenance and repair tasks as requested online, via email or assigned by the manager such as leaking water lines, overflowing toilets, broken plumbing fixtures and carrying out of repairs
    • Perform repairs outside of those required to be done by a licensed tradesman
    • Backup to Maintenance and Facilities Manager for response to emergency situations
    • Ensure that the work site is safe
    • Ensure equipment and power tools are in good working condition
     
    II. Event Support
    • Set up for both large and small events. Includes building, assembling, large staging, seating for up to 1,000 both off and onsite
    • Supports school events as needed

    III. Furniture Moving and Deliveries
    • Furniture of all types from heavy desks to student chairs and desks are frequently move
    • All parcels are delivered to a drop point and are then delivered throughout the School
     
    IV. Exterior Grounds and Gardens
    The school is on a very large site and the grounds require constant upkeep year-round.
    • Snow removal, salting and snow blower operation and maintenance of walkways
    • Basic landscape work including working with flower beds, pruning, watering and lawn mowing as required
     
    OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Set up signage, traffic cones and barriers for morning drop off and pick up of students
    • If required, janitorial work can be a part of the duties and responsibilities
    • As part of the duty team, supervise students at their recess and lunch breaks
    • Assist in emergency preparedness and fire drills
    • Participate in any course upgrades assigned by the Maintenance and Facilities Manager or of self-interest upgrading your qualifications
    • Delivering and picking up material off site
    • Help with security when required
    • Overtime and weekend work as required
    • Escort and help contractors when they are working on the site
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Experience in plumbing, HVAC or general handyman required
    • Must be able to do heavy lifting (up to 70lbs) and stair climbing
    • Five or more years maintenance experience required
    • Ability to work in a school environment, with minimal supervision
    • Demonstrated commitment to quality and strong attention to detail
    • Knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics needed to do the job effectively
    • High school or equivalent diploma
    • Fluent in oral and written English
    • Valid BC (Class 5) Driver’s License
    • Clearance for a criminal record check
    • Have a personality that demonstrates good interpersonal skills that interact well with students, staff, parents, and co-workers
    • WHMIS Certificate
    • First Aid Certificate an asset
    • Pool Operator Level 2 Certificate an asset

     
    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 a cover letter and resume to WPGA Careers citing "Maintenance Technician" in the subject line.
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  • Operations Coordinator

    POSITION SUMMARY
    This position involves applying project management and technical knowledge to school renovations and facilities related projects. This position also supports all risk management activities. The Operations Coordinator reports to the Director of Finance and Operations and Senior School Vice Principal – Student Life and works closely with the Facilities Manager. The allocation of time between facilities and risk related activities will vary during the year. This position must be available to attend meetings early in the morning or in the evening and must be flexible to respond to urgent events. This position can be assigned to support other activities as needed (i.e. school trips).
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    Facilities Projects Coordinator
     
    I. Project Planning
    • Liaise between various stakeholders involved with project design; schedule meetings with architects, consultants, contractors, staff, etc. Coordinates activities for the consultative process with facility users, architects, trades, and senior management during the planning phase of projects.
    • Create project schedules; develop and monitor project timelines; monitor expenditures and budgets.
    • Record meeting minutes; keep detailed project notes and records.
    • Track and manage digital and paper files (e.g. drawings, notes, minutes, correspondence).
    • Keep team members and stakeholders updated on progress and issues; manage information flow between all stakeholders.
     
    II. Project Execution
    • Coordinate meetings with architects, consultants, contractors, and school leadership to ensure that the interest and needs of the school are reflected in the final project.
    • Coordinate contract documentation and administer contracts including correspondence, plans and specifications, approval documentation, notices of changes, change orders, contractual notices and invoices.
    • Provide computerized financial recordkeeping of ongoing projects by reviewing and approving invoices, preparing and maintaining detailed project cost reports showing commitments, expenditures and available or received funding.
    • Assist with tracking projects expenses to ensure projects end within the authorized budget.
    • Keep team members and stakeholders updated on progress and issues; manage information flow between all stakeholders.
     
    Risk Management Coordinator
    • Support an ongoing enterprise risk management program with staff and community.
    • Review annual hazard assessments.
    • Determine how to effectively minimize risk and ensure risk management protocols are followed.
    • Support the Chair of the Risk Management Board Committee.
    • Strong analytical skills to review risk statements, risk registers and statements of risk.
    • Coordinate all matters of Risk Management and safety in the school. This includes supporting the Risk Management Committee, establishing a climate of Risk Enterprise and updating the Risk Registry and Risk Handbook. The Risk Management Coordinator is responsible for collecting, reviewing and responding to all incident reports and providing updates regularly to the Chair of the Risk Management Board Committee.
    • Assist in the approval process for trip documentation Risk Management protocols on all school trips, outdoor education including pre-trip planning, site inspections, critical incident/emergency issues during work or off work hours.
    • Monitor all operational risk management activities.
    • Collect supporting documentation on risks and updates to risk register to the Chair of Risk Management Board Committee in preparation of the annual Risk Management Board Presentation in May.
    • Member of CIRT (Critical Incident Response Team).
    • Member of OHS (Occupational Health and Safety Team).
    • Work with school nurses to review and update procedures with severe medical conditions and/or medical incidents.
    • Coordinate training for all risk management related professional development with school faculty and staff.
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Two years’ operations experience in a complex environment preferred.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, school and maintenance staff, consultants, city inspectors and others.
    • Project Management experience an asset.
    • Experience reading construction blueprints an asset.
    • Familiarity with construction permitting processes an asset.
    • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team.
    • Ability to work well under pressure and tight timelines.
    • Excellent time management skills; ability to prioritize tasks and manage deadlines.
    • Developed interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Project, Outlook or equivalent and excellent applications aptitude and collaborative tools such as OneNote, SharePoint, Google documents.
    • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team.
    • Ability to work well under pressure and tight timelines.
    • Professional, personable and flexible.
    • PMI certification or equivalent (in progress or completed).
    • Experience with risk registry.
    • Experience with Business continuity planning.

    To Apply: Please forward your resume and a cover letter to WPGA Careers citing "Operations Coordinator" in the subject line.
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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 (Two Positions)

    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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