Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

An IB World School, St. John’s School is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational, university preparatory day school situated in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Serving 570 JK through Grade 12 students in an urban setting, St. John’s boasts a vibrant, accomplished, well rounded student community striving for excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. One hundred percent of graduates are accepted by the best post-secondary programmes around the world.

St. John’s is a member of the Independent Schools Association of BC, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, and an IB World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. 

St. John’s School views “Artist” very broadly and encourages applications from artists working in all the visual arts, dance, drama, music, literary arts, film, etc


Position Summary and Mandate

The Artist in Residence will be working alongside teachers to infuse their artistic perspectives in our existing curriculum. They will work to enhance our curriculum with their knowledge, skills and practices. The Artist in Residence will collaborate, plan and help deliver this curriculum, as well as work alongside our higher-level art students, to assist with their work with a mentoring approach.

Key Interactions:

  • Reports to: Junior School Principal & Senior School Principal
  • Department: Junior School & Senior School
  • Key Interactions: PYP, MYP and DP Coordinators, Head of Departments (“HODs”), Curriculum Coordinators (PYP) and teachers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Meet with the relevant HODs, Curriculum Coordinators (PYP) and teachers to plan units of work, projects and lesson activities (the selection of these teachers is dependent on the type of artistic practice)
  • Work with students and teachers in classes from K to 12 on student projects. These projects are owned by the students/school. Supplies for these projects are provided by the school and will be planned with the teachers, Curriculum Coordinators (PYP) and HODs.
  • Work on their own artistic practice in the Artist in Residence workspace.
  • This is work on the artist’s own works for which they bring in their own supplies and for which they retain ownership.
  • Provide artworks to be displayed on campus for a period of one year
  • Contribute art pieces and attend the relevant Arts Showcase at the school


Details of Employment

  • The period of residence is from October 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
  • There will be two on-campus days in September for planning. These will be arranged once the contract has been signed
  • Full time position – the work day is from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on school days


  • All interested candidates should include the following items in their applications
  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references
  • Copies of any relevant certificates and diplomas

Send to Ms. Valerie Little, Junior School Principal [email protected]


Conditions of Employment

  • The successful candidate will be required to complete child abuse prevention training provided by St. John’s School and provide consent for a criminal reference check for vulnerable sector.
  • Clearance on criminal record check for a vulnerable sector is a condition of employment.

This job profile outlines the key responsibilities for the roles and is not meant to be exhaustive. This will include performing the administrative and related tasks or any other responsibilities required to reasonably meet the needs of SJS, including, but not limited to the general duties outlined in the position profile. 

It should be understood that the activities, responsibilities and obligations of this position may be modified from time to time, through discussion between the direct supervisor and the employee, in order to effectively meet the requirements of the school.  On rare occasions where there are urgent needs at the school, an employee may be assigned to temporarily backfill role(s) critical to the school’s operations and business continuity.

St. John’s School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

St. John’s School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring a barrier-free work environment. We welcome applications from all qualified job seekers, from BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color), persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ (persons of all sexual orientations and genders). If you are an applicant with a disability, we will work with you to make reasonable workplace accommodations you may need for your best work performance.


Job posting will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in St. John’s School.

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