District Vice-Principal, Aboriginal Education

School District No.71 (Comox Valley)




School District 71 (Comox Valley) is a progressive school district whose mission is to work with all educational partners to develop responsible, compassionate citizens and successful lifelong learners. We provide a comprehensive educational program to 8200 students (1100 students with Aboriginal Ancestry) from kindergarten to grade 12. Our district has a strong history of student scholarships, innovation, and locally developed programs. The School District has 1300 employees, 14 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 K-9 school, 3 secondary schools, 2 alternate schools, the North Island Distance Education School and an $80 million operating budget.


We are looking for an educational leader to fill the position of

District Vice-Principal, Aboriginal Education.




Educational Leadership

The Board requires its vice-principals to have a Master’s Degree (or significant progress toward it) and a valid membership with the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education. Further, a vice-principal must have demonstrated during her/his career in Education:

  • a commitment to the Principles of Learning and to the Principles of Inclusive Schools
  • a commitment to a consultative, collaborative, teamwork approach involving students, parents, school staff and the community
  • a commitment to supporting the interests of the Board and the District
  • a recent record of teaching excellence and leadership
  • an understanding of the important role a full range of educational programs play in the growth and development of students
  • a strong advocacy for student diversity and for students with special needs
  • a commitment to the concept of a "safe and caring school"
  • the ability to motivate staff and be an advocate for staff development based on school needs
  • a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development
  • strong support for a healthy and effective Parent Advisory Council and School Planning Council
  • the ability to implement a strong community communications program
  • the ability to establish and maintain a positive, cooperative, caring environment in schools
  • the ability to implement and maintain an environment that supports positive student behaviour
  • patterns of successful experience in different educational settings  

Administrative History

A vice-principal must have demonstrated during her/his career in Education:

  • effective problem-solving, conflict management and mediation skills in relations with all members of the school community
  • friendliness, good humour, flexibility, enthusiasm, accessibility, forthrightness, openness and honesty
  • respect for children and others and generate respect in return
  • good judgment in assessing the strengths and needs of a school’s organization and operation
  • successful implementation of new programs  


A district vice-principal of Aboriginal Education must have demonstrated during her/his career in Education:

  • excellence in supporting grade 8-12 secondary school staff in highlighting Aboriginal world views in the secondary curriculum
  • strong organizational and management skills, including budget development and management
  • skills in dealing with human resources and labour management issues
  • excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • skills in dealing with crisis situations
  • skills in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship with all members of the school community and Aboriginal groups
  • skills in establishing and maintaining close relationships with First Nation’s government
  • essential skills in technological literacy
  • an understanding of the major components of the educational programs offered in Aboriginal Education
  • experience and understanding in the negotiation and implementation of an Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement
  • an understanding of educational processes and best practice to improve Aboriginal student success
  • skills in working with an Aboriginal Education Council to establish clear goals and direction
  • ability to establish and maintain links with the Aboriginal community and community at large
  • advocacy and leadership in Aboriginal program development and implementation
  • awareness of Aboriginal cultural protocols
  • Aboriginal ancestry preferred

If you are a qualified educational leader with a passion for Aboriginal Education and an interest in joining a progressive school district, we would like to hear from you. Qualified applicants are invited to apply in confidence through www.makeafuture.ca/comox-valley.This position will be open until filled.


Please send a complete application package on www.makeafuture.ca/comox-valley comprised of a cover letter, a chronological resume with supporting documentation, the name and phone numbers/email addresses of three professional reference (current or previous supervisors only please) and your written response to the following questions:

  1. Describe and provide specific examples of how you have monitored and evaluated effectiveness of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Aboriginal students in schools.
  2. Outline your experience of Aboriginal values, cultures and customs and provide examples of how you have successfully worked with Aboriginal students to meet the goals of an Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.
  3. Describe how you have been a positive role model, or successfully advocated, for Aboriginal students and their families in overcoming challenges at home and at school.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in School District 71 (Comox Valley)
An Equal Opportunity Employer