PE Department Head

PE Department Head

About Fraser Academy:

Fraser Academy (FA) is an independent school in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC serving students in Gr. 1-12 with dyslexia and language-based learning differences through day and outreach programs. We serve a gap in the system where approximately 20% of the student population is under-served by mainstream education. The ripple impact of our programming also adds great social value. While our student population has skills and strengths which are in demand in the 21st century, it can also be vulnerable to mental health, substance abuse, higher drop-out rates, and other risks when not supported.

We are proud to be at the forefront of educational practices, providing a learner-centric environment with the most effective research-based methods to optimize personalized learning, cognitive, social and emotional development, and post-secondary opportunities setting our students up for a successful life. For more information please visit us at www.fraseracademy.ca.

Start Date: August 22nd, 2024

Position Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Reports to: Directors of Academics/Student Learning

Job Summary

The PE Department Head leads and represents a team of colleagues in all matters related to learning and teaching, curriculum, and assessment in PE. They collaborate with other Department Heads to ensure vertical and horizontal continuity and progression and participate in decision-making about the school’s educational programme. In addition to promoting the highest quality of teaching and learning and student achievement in PE, the Department Head also ensures that curriculum, teaching and learning in PE contributes to the school’s strategic goals. This includes a focus on progressive teaching models, expanding connections with partners which deepen students’ learning experiences, and partnering with students to design and personalize learning goals.

Opportunities

  • Belong to and collaborate with a team of dedicated professionals
  • Continue professional growth and learning through a variety of development opportunities
  • Participate in field trips, outdoor education trips, athletics, clubs, and leadership development

Responsibilities

  • Uphold and advance the school’s vision, mission, values and standards
  • Set an example of integrity, commitment, collegiality and competence
  • Set a positive example and provide leadership to colleagues to engage in a variety of professional development activities; ensure your department members are meeting professional expectations (meeting deadlines, punctuality, etc.)
  • Determine and implement departmental goals on an annual basis that reflect the academic priorities of the school
  • Maintain and advance the department image in the school (hall-boards, events, PE uniform compliance by students etc.)
  • Participate in leadership meetings and run regular department meetings and planning sessions
  • Monitor student academic performance, achievement, and any academic misconduct
  • Ensuring that scope & sequence and course plans are complete and maintained
  • Improve & develop the department’s educational practices through:
  • Setting departmental goals
  • Developing teaching strategies towards excellence, improving skills and experiential learning opportunities
  • Mentoring faculty (incl. Observing teaching, and supporting professional growth plans)
  • Supporting educational growth and adherence to school’s practices & policies
  • Ensuring alignment with curriculum and pedagogical best practices
  • Assigning teaching loads with the best interests of the students and the school in mind, considering teacher’s strengths and teaching experience in subject areas
  • Ensuring that department members employ a variety of appropriate teaching and assessment strategies by having intentional, scheduled conversations with them; approve all final assessment to ensure they are aligned with department assessment philosophy
  • Ensuring that courses are relevant, the content is suitable, the standards are challenging, and that there are deliberate, meaningful, and intentional transitions between elements of the PE course
  • Partner with faculty members to address parent/student concerns 
  • Set, evaluate and monitor the departmental budget and the ensuing expenses
  • Communicate with IT as needed
  • Ensure all external facilities are booked and communicate expectations to faculty
  • Participate in academic teams (report card editing, IEP, student advisor, etc.)
  • Support school events (athletics banquet, community education nights, shows, concerts, fairs, etc.)
  • Coach a minimum of 1 team per semester

Competencies

  • Provides a dynamic, innovative, adaptive, and enthusiastic learning experience for students
  • Thrives in a collaborative, flexible, and supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational, time management skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth and development
  • Exemplary communication in English (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (students, colleagues, parents)
  • Passion for continuous improvement

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a kinesiology related field is preferred
  • BC Teacher Certification (Teachers Regulation Branch) in the form of a Certificate of Qualification (CoQ) or Independent School Teaching Certificate (ISTC)
  • 2+ years of experience teaching Physical Education
  • Master’s Degree in Education, or Leadership (or must start one within 3 years)
  • Work with students who have learning differences is preferred
  • Independent school experience and coaching/extracurricular experience are assets
  • Class 4 license or willingness to obtain one is also an asset

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Dave Horn, Deputy Head of School. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.  Please apply here.

FA offers an exceptional and stimulating environment, along with competitive employment packages. The annual salary for this position falls within the range of $64,691 to $115,695, plus a $3,500 Department Head stipend. The final salary will be determined based on experience and education.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce by encouraging applications from all qualified job seekers, including those from traditionally underrepresented communities.

To apply for this job please visit fraseracademy.bamboohr.com.

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