VANCOUVER ISLAND WEST
School District 84
Zeballos Elementary Secondary School
Vancouver Island West School District 84 is seeking an outstanding educational leader for the position of Principal of Zeballos Elementary Secondary School, effective August 1, 2017.
Located on the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island, School District 84 delivers public education to approximately 400 students in the four communities of Gold River, Kyuquot, Tahsis, and Zeballos, including four First Nations Tribes.
Zeballos Elementary Secondary School enrolls approximately 40 students from Grade K-12, with approximately 90% being of First Nations ancestry. The educational and support staff work closely together in a well equipped facility to provide all students with a successful learning experience.
Zeballos Village and School are accessible by boat, seaplane or logging road. Nearest service centers are Port McNeill (1.5-hour drive, population 3500) and Campbell River (2.5-hour drive, population 30,000). Housing in teacherages is available with moving and isolation allowances being paid. This Grade K-12 school is valued by parents and students, and it is focused on the community and First Nations’ needs. Quality services and creative learning opportunities for students are the goals.
Technology is networked throughout the school. Curriculum areas that continue to be a focus for development include early language experiences, First Nations language and culture, applied skills, outdoor education, and the senior graduation program.
The Principal will be an energetic team leader who can inspire by example, encourage innovation and build on existing strengths. The school’s mission is to improve language and numeracy skills and to provide a graduation program that is relevant to local needs of the senior students. It is a career opportunity for a respectful, resourceful and effective educator who is committed to living in a remote and beautiful setting and to working in partnership with the First Nations community leaders in the attainment of the goals of the school and the Enhancement Agreement which was developed with the Aboriginal partners of the District.
The candidate we seek will have a professional profile that includes:
- the ability to create a focus and commitment with the staff and school community to successfully address the needs of all students;
- the ability to work harmoniously with the First Nations Education Committee, parents, District and school-based professional and support staff in addressing the needs of First Nations students;
- a vision for continuing the development and implementation of the Nuu-chah-nulth Language and Culture Program;
- a solutions oriented approach to problems, demonstrated ability to facilitate change, and demonstrated understanding of needs, issues and problems in education;
- successful leadership experience at the school or district level;
- excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
- vision and risk taking;
- proven ability to work with all partners to establish clear goals and direction;
- ability to develop and maintain a safe and orderly learning environment;
- a focus on student achievement, excellent teaching and instructional leadership; and,
- a commitment to building shared leadership.
A candidate who is eligible for a BC teaching certificate and with a Master’s degree in education completed or in progress is preferred. Telephone and e-mail inquiries are invited. Submissions must include information about the proven strengths of the candidate in a small isolated school setting with an ambitious education program that addresses the needs of a First Nations population.
Applications will be accepted, preferably by e-mail, until 4:00 pm, May 5, 2017:
Mr. Lawrence Tarasoff, Superintendent of Schools/Secretary-Treasurer
Vancouver Island West School District 84
#2 Highway 28, PO Box 100, Gold River, BC VOP 1GO
Telephone: 250-283-2241 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org