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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  • Teacher, Intermediate Math/Science

    POSITION: Teacher, Intermediate Math/Science (Grades 5-7)
    REPORTS TO: Head of Junior School
    START DATE: August 27, 2018
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), 1 year term
     
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
     
    Our Math & Science Specialist Teacher is a valued member of our Junior School community who, with the support of the 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 
    • Prepare course timelines and materials such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts
    • Prepare lesson plans with clear objectives that follow B.C. curriculum standards
    • Use information in Individualized Education Programmes (IEPs) to strategically adapt instructional materials
    • Work collaboratively with specialist and homeroom teachers to support the development of integrated lessons and units
    • Present materials in logical manner and in appropriate quantities
    • Understand the principles of Attachment Theory and how they relate to teaching
    • Maintain appropriate standards of behaviour, mutual respect, and safety within classroom
    • Uphold WPGA’s Code of Conduct, provide appropriate consequences and contact homeroom teachers/parents when required
    • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions
    • Incorporate appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Formal and informal on going assessment of students, including report cards, progress reports and marking
    • Develop a positive, safe culture through actions and words
    • Integrate social responsibility and kindness into daily teaching and routines.
    • Be available to students outside of class time
    • Implement and make regular connections to the CARE program (Citizenship, Attitude, Respect and Esteem)
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Possess or be in application of a valid BC Teaching Certificate
    • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in education; with a specialization in math and/or science
    • Understands and uses current literacy practices and teaching strategies
    • Models a strong work ethic as well as high standards of commitment
    • Fosters school mission, values and sense of community through student-centered decisions
    • Effectively communicates with staff, parents and students
    • Maintains professionalism through all school interactions and activities
    • Collaborates with colleagues in Junior and Senior School positions
    • Values continual growth and development of school programs and curriculum
     
    TO APPLY
     
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “JS Math/Science Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by May 31, 2018. 
     
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  • Teacher, Junior Kindergarten

     POSITION:                   Teacher, Junior Kindergarten
    REPORTS TO:                Head of Junior School
    START DATE:                 August 27, 2018
    CONTRACT:                   Full-time (1.0), Continuing
     
    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
     

    Junior Kindergarten is the start of a bright future at WPGA. Our teachers build joyful classroom connections, incorporating community and character into thematic units purposely designed for the 4-year-old mind. As a valued member of our junior school faculty, the Junior Kindergarten Teacher is a certified Early Childhood Educator who provides future-focused, engaging curricula to a classroom of learners in a warm, supportive early childhood learning environment. 
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Nurture, support and guide young learners
    • Prepare engaging lessons and interactive learning activities/materials
    • Conduct formal and informal assessment of students
    • Incorporate appropriate technology and media in lesson planning
    • Facilitate learning activities both within the classroom setting and outdoors
    • Participate in cocurricular school activities
    • Promote and maintain high standards of behaviour, respect and safety within the classroom
    • Support families with open, ongoing communication
    • Participate in professional development and WPGA faculty meetings and activities
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
    • Valid BC Early Childhood Educator Certificate
    • Familiarity with the BC Early Learning Framework
    • A passion for and experience working with children 
    • Team player who is keen to share ideas and 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, citing “JK Teacher” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by May 31, 2018.
     
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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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  • University & Career Counsellor

     
    POSITION: University & Career Counsellor
    REPORTS TO: Director of University Counselling
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), Continuing
    START DATE: AUGUST 27, 2018
     
    POSITION SUMMARY
     
    This full-time position will provide post-secondary and career counselling services for students in grades 11 and 12. Working alongside the Director of University Counselling, 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 and RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    Post-Secondary & Career Counselling
    • 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 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 résumé, citing “University & Career Counsellor” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers.
     
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  • Vice Principal, Junior School Learning

     
    POSITION: Vice Principal, Junior School Learning
    REPORTS TO: Head of Junior School
    START DATE: August 27, 2018
    CONTRACT: Full-time (1.0), Continuing
     
     
    POSITION SUMMARY 
    As a member of the Junior School Leadership Team, the VP of Learning is responsible for overseeing curriculum mapping, planning and coordination for JK through Grade 7. Working closely with the Assistant Head of Junior School, the VP of Learning acts as an instructional coach to Junior School teachers, facilitating teaching growth and reflection. This position ensures the continual growth and development of school programs and curriculum while using a student-centered focus to foster WPGA’s mission, core values and sense of community.
     
     
    DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    • In collaboration with the JS Leadership Team, provide mentorship and coaching to teachers through:
      • Encouraging the flow of curriculum and philosophies through the grade levels
      • Attending grade meetings and fostering positive connections between the grade levels
      • Facilitating teacher professional growth plans and monitoring progress towards goals
      • Conducting mini visits and regular meetings
      • Engaging in professional dialogue
      • Ensuring best practices in, and timely completion of, assessment and reporting
      • Managing the curriculum mapping program (Atlas) and ensure effective curriculum reflective practices
      • Arranging school-wide and grade-wide professional development opportunities
      • Keeping up to date with current approaches to teaching and learning – collaborate with teaching staff to implement changes and new methods
    • Provide coaching and support to Department Heads through:
      • Chairing DH meetings
      • Acting as a sounding board for DHs to share ideas and move them forward
    • Works as a collaborative member of the Junior School Leadership Team in:
      • Creating efficient systems for scheduling, reporting, student supervision and student support services
      • Effectively communicating school procedures, processes and practices with staff, parents and students
      • Working closely with the Senior School Vice Principal of Learning to ensure a smooth transition for students between Junior and Senior School
      • Managing the day-to-day procedures and logistics of the Junior School
      • Assisting in the recruitment and onboarding of new faculty
      • Oversee student-led conferences and parent-teacher interviews
      • Managing multiple Junior School budgets, including professional development and supplies
      • Working with the WPGA community, CAIS, ISABC and other organizations to develop a network of expertise and promote the WPGA brand
     
    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
     
    • A Master’s Degree in Education (coursework or specialization in Educational Leadership or Curriculum Development is an asset)
    • Teaching experience in a K to Grade 7 classroom
    • Thorough knowledge of the BC Curriculum for K to Grade 7
    • Proven track record of teaching achievements
    • Alignment with WPGA’s mission and core values
    • Commitment to future-focused, student-centered learning
    • Exemplary professionalism
    • Top notch communication skills, both oral and written
    • Possess natural leadership skills with a high level of initiative, energy and commitment
    • Proactive and innovative approach to solving problems
     

    TO APPLY
     
    Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “JS VP of Learning” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers by May 31, 2018.

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