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Make a Future - Careers in BC Education

District Principal, Aboriginal Education

Canada-British Columbia-Coquitlam


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Make a Future – Careers in BC Education created by BCPSEA, is operated as a joint venture between British Columbia’s 60 public boards of education, the BC Ministry of Education and the BC Public School Employers’ Association. The goal of Make a Future – Careers in BC Education is to innovate and advance K-12 public education employee recruitment and retention to ensure the right people in the right places at the right time. BCPSEA is a human resource service agency that supports public education through innovative human resource practices, partnerships, and services. Established by the Public Sector Employers Act, BCPSEA is a multi-employer association and the accredited bargaining agent for all 60 public school boards, including the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF). In addition to its core mandate, a major area of focus for BCPSEA is the development, coordination and facilitation of human resource best practices in the public education sector. Make a Future – Careers in BC Education is one of those best practice initiatives. For more information please visit:

Job Description


Position Posting

District Principal- Aboriginal Education


This position is being advertised internally and externally concurrently.

Applications are invited from principals and vice-principals for the position of District Principal, Aboriginal Education. 


As the third largest school district in the province we are located within a 40 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  The school district has a population of 33,000 students with approximately 3,500 teaching, administrative, managerial and support staff.  This portfolio includes curricular and cultural leadership, community engagement, supervision of employees in the Aboriginal Education Department, and being the principal of a small alternate school.


Reporting to the Assistant Superintendent, the successful candidate will provide educational and administrative leadership to services, students and staff, and assume a wide range of responsibilities aimed at leading and promoting Aboriginal educational and cultural initiatives.  





  • A strong commitment to Aboriginal student success and to parent and community involvement;
  • Leadership and supervision for the Aboriginal Education staff in the District and act as the main Aboriginal contact person for staff at all levels;
  • Leadership, supervision and support for staff and students as the Suwa’lkh alternate school principal, and/or transition of the program;
  • Leadership and support that ensures the success of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement between the parties;
  • Collaboration with school and district staff to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report, as they pertain to the District;
  • Partner and liaison with the District’s First Nations community;
  • Leadership to district wide program that promotes cooperation and unity of purpose among staff, students, families, and the community to work towards an integrated approach to Aboriginal Education with common goals and initiatives;
  • Support and assist classroom teachers with the implementation of Aboriginal Education curricula;
  • Provide and co-ordinate professional development in teaching strategies and cultural issues and new curriculum to teachers and support staff.






  • Minimum of five years’ school or district administrator experience;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in or with First Nations communities;
  • Evidence of a completed Master’s degree;
  • British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch certification or eligible for certification;
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of Aboriginal communities, protocols, history, culture and contemporary issues;
  • Minimum of five complete years of successful teaching (not including teacher-on-call) and/or administrative experience;
  • Familiarity with the technology used in supporting student learning and experience with differentiated teaching practices related to inclusion, diversity and teaching students with exceptionalities;
  • A proven track record of building strong relations and teams in diverse and complex environments;
  • Valid B.C. driver’s License (Business use of personal vehicle is required).                                                                                                                                                                                             


APPLICATIONS:  A competitive salary is offered along with a generous benefits package. The successful applicant will be required to successfully complete two criminal record checks.


Your application must include your resume, proof of completed Master’s degree, two professional reference letters and three reference contacts (including email).  One of your references must be from your current supervisor.  To apply forward your documentation to, fax: 604-937-6758, or 550 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7 by Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm.


“The deliberations of employees, and Committees used to screen and consider job applications, shall be kept in strict confidence, and shall not be disclosed to any person except as required by law. Personal references, recommendations and evaluations collected or generated by Board employees and Committee members as part of the Board’s hiring processes (other than references whose authorship and content is already known to the job applicant) shall be treated as having been supplied in confidence to the Board for the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.”



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Make a Future - Careers in BC Education
Posting Date: 13-Apr-2017Education - K-12 Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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