DISTRICT VICE PRINCIPAL - INDIGENOUS EDUCATION & EQUITY
New Westminster Schools seeks a collaborative leader to serve as District Vice-Principal effective August 1, 2020. Reporting to the Associate Superintendent, the District Vice-Principal – Indigenous Education and Equity will provide leadership across a range of initiatives driven by the District’s commitments to building greater equity. This will include implementing recommendations outlined in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, fulfilling the strategic plans laid out in the District’s Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement, engaging in anti-racism policy development, supporting our LGBTQIA2S+ community through collaborations with SOGI leads and use of established curriculum, and seeking to identify and address the barriers other equity seeking groups face. The rich tapestry of this work will involve collaborating with all staff, students, parents and community members to identify where stakeholder engagement and additional support may be required.
About New Westminster Schools
Serving the community of New Westminster, the New Westminster School District provides high quality educational programs to over 7,000 students in a variety of learning environments. New Westminster is located in the center of Metro Vancouver between the larger communities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Richmond. Despite its location the city is relatively small and has retained a strong sense of history and community. The total population is approximately 70,000 and expected to grow to 84,000 by 2021. District schools are in general, fully subscribed, and a modest increase in student enrolment expected over the next few years.
New Westminster School District has a rich tapestry of cultures, backgrounds and needs. Together, we are a caring, inclusive, and committed learning community dedicated to supporting each of our unique learners.
The successful candidate will
- Support staff in their desire to understand and implement Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum
- Develop relevant instructional materials designed to reflect Indigenous worldviews and perspectives for all learners
- Consult and liaise with local Indigenous communities
- Provide oversight and supervision of the members of the Aboriginal Education Department and District SOGI Lead
- Develop, plan and facilitate cultural presentations
- Monitor student achievement data and participate in action plans to improve outcomes
- Work to implement actions that support the District’s commitments to:
- Build inclusion and multiculturalism
- Become anti-racist
- Break down barriers that cause discrimination
- Support strategy and curriculum development and lead the implementation of action plans to ensure all voices, experiences and cultures are represented
- Support and facilitate the Equity Scan process and drive subsequent action plans
- Support and provide oversight for the district Indigenous Education 1701 process
The successful applicant will meet the eligibility requirements of the B.C. School Act and will have:
- Valid BC Teachers Certificate
- Masters of Education, preferably in a related field
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others
- Ability to co-facilitate and implement the intent of the Ministry of Education’s Aboriginal Education 1701 policy
- Demonstrated understanding of cultural traditions, history and contemporary issues experienced by various Indigenous peoples in Canada
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of an integral school-based team
- Identifying as Indigenous would be considered an asset
Educators who are interested in this opportunity are invited to submit an application package which should include the following:
- Cover letter and resume;
- Significant Demonstration of Leadership Statement (limit to one page);
- Identify one specific example of outstanding leadership and how that action influenced student learning;
- Copy of Masters’ Degree (or proof of enrollment);
- Copy of BC Ministry of Education certificate;
- List of three (3) professional references
- Include current immediate supervisor
- Include signed authorization for District to contact references in addition to those provided and authorize so contacted to release information to the District.
Submit application package in one single PDF document to:
Robert Weston, Executive Director of Human Resources
New Westminster Schools
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12:00 noon, Friday August 14, 2020
This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. New Westminster Schools is committed to principles of inclusion and equity and invite any applicant in need of specific consideration when applying to bring such need to the attention of Mr. Robert Weston – Executive Director of Human Resources, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 604-517-6346.
Questions: Candidates who have questions are invited to contact Associate Superintendent Maryam Naser at 604-517-6160.