Grades 7-12 Visual Arts Teacher

Grades 7-12 Visual Arts Teacher

  • Teacher
  • Victoria

Grades 7-12 Visual Arts Teacher

 Regular ongoing

Posting # 2024004

0.90 FTE projected         


Commensurate with placement on the SMS Salary Grid, based on years of teaching experience & education (TQS Category).

This is a bargaining unit position in the Professional Employees Association.


St. Margaret’s School (SMS) is Western Canada’s only girl-centered, independent day and boarding school located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on the unceded traditional territories of the Esquimalt Nations, Songhees Nations, and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations. Founded in 1908, SMS is an international centre for girl-centered learning and leadership development, providing empowering education for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (boarding Grades 7–12).  St. Margaret’s School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme school.

St. Margaret’s School is looking for a BC certified Visual Arts teacher to plan and instruct the Grades 7 – 12 Visual Arts Program, including the IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course. The school is seeking an individual who additionally either currently holds certification to teach IB Visual Arts, or is willing to participate in the relevant IB training courses as a part of this role. As a girl-centred day and boarding school, the Visual Arts teacher should understand the unique needs of our students, as well as the importance of inclusion and global mindedness. 

The candidate is expected to be an expert in their subject area, passionate about teaching and learning and keen to work in a collaborative team environment. This individual must demonstrate excellence in curriculum delivery and be experienced with project-based and inquiry-based learning. In addition, they must demonstrate a proven facility in creating a positive learning environment that accommodates a diversity of learning styles, abilities and interests while also ensuring excellence – in effort, participation, and skill/content knowledge. The individual in this role reports to the Principal to ensure alignment with instructional practices that connect teaching and learning to meet Ministry requirements and to support the stated goals in the SMS Strategic Plan.

Our school’s motto “Service with Love” embraces both individual pursuits and shared responsibilities. At SMS, teachers are required to participate in the extra-curricular life of the school, thereby educating the whole person and supporting students to develop the full range of their skills, talents, and interests. 

Core Competencies 

•            Integrity & Trust

•            Service Orientation        

•            Adaptability

•            Innovation        

•            Resilience

•            Professional Knowledge

•            Communication & Collaboration

Duties and Responsibilities

•            Planning, implementing, and delivering the Visual Arts curriculum, including the IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course, to students currently in Grades 7 -12. 

•            Employing teaching approaches rooted in inquiry and experiential learning.

•            Providing many and varied opportunities for students to instill competence and confidence. 

•            Providing support for students outside of class time, including offering open art times for independent work.

•            Preparing and displaying rotating art exhibits in the community spaces around the school.

•            Collaborating with the Fine and Performing Arts Team in the planning, coordination and showcasing of events, with the inclusion of Visual Arts elements.

•            Collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines to share ideas and identify opportunities for cross-curricular, cross-grade activities.

•            Collaborating in the work of the department on curricular development, pedagogy, and assessment. 

•            Collaborating with colleagues within and outside of the school in the planning and implementation of the ISABC Art Show.

•            Identifying, sourcing and ordering supplies for the art classroom.

•            Ensuring the art classroom is a well-organized space for students to engage in the creative process in both guided and independent work.

•            Maintaining the safety of the art room by ensuring that materials, supplies and resources are stored safely and kept in good working condition.

•            Attending regular staff meetings and school-required meetings and events. 

•            Preparing formal written reports for students, and regularly communicating with parents. 

•            Active participation in the full life of the school and community, including attending school functions, and all events related to reporting and assessment. 

•            Available to attend meetings with parents and colleagues to support the needs of the students in the class. 

•            Play a full and active role in all areas of school life, including attending school functions as required.

•            Perform other duties and assume accountabilities as required.

Required Education & Experience

•            Current and Valid Teacher certification through the BC Teacher Regulation Branch. 

•            Undergraduate degree in Visual Arts. 

•            Master’s degree in progress or completed in a related field is an asset.

•            Familiarity and understanding of the B.C. Fine Arts Curriculum.

•            Familiarity and experience within an IB Diploma Programme setting, or five years’ teaching experience in Visual Arts Grades 11 and 12 with a willingness to participate in related IB training.

•            A minimum of five years ‘experience teaching Visual Arts in a senior secondary setting (inclusive of Grades 11 and 12).

•            Experience teaching using a variety of strategies to meet the individual needs of students.

•            Experience teaching ELL learners at the secondary level or in a college setting is an asset.

•            Experience in stagecraft and set design.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•            Familiarity working in an inquiry-focused setting and incorporating 21st Century teaching strategies. 

•            Strong assessment practices that reflect multiple ways of learning. 

•            Demonstrated use of technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience. 

•            Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an understanding of how girls learn best. 

•            Have a passion for helping students explore their creativity through the arts.

•            Familiar with a variety of teaching strategies to meet the individual needs of girls. 

•            Actively supporting the vision, mission, and values of St. Margaret’s School. 

•            Embrace the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

•            Superior communication, organizational and interpersonal skills in working with colleagues and parents. 

•            Ability to work harmoniously and collaboratively as part of a team, engaging in dialogue about instructional practices with peers. 

•            Willingness and commitment to contribute fully to the student experience and life of the school beyond the academic day, including active participation in academic enrichment and extra-curricular programmes.

Valued Benefits

A career with St. Margaret’s School will offer you the opportunity to be part of dedicated team of professionals in a dynamic and rewarding educational environment. This position is located on the school campus, with access to rapid transit, on-site gym, and other amenities.  

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application package, including a covering letter, curriculum vitae and professional references, quoting the Posting #2024004 in the subject line of your email, by February 25, 2024, to: 

Human Resources

St. Margaret’s School

1080 Lucas Avenue

Victoria, BC   V8X 3P7

Email: [email protected]

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