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Instructors at Columbia College are expected to hold a (minimum) Master’s degree or equivalent in the subject area, or a closely-related subject area, and have extensive teaching experience (minimum three years). Teachers of courses in the Secondary Program must hold valid BC Teaching Certificates (or be willing to apply for certification). Experience teaching second-language students would be an asset. Applicants for ESL teaching positions must have appropriate certification.


Columbia College, a private not-for-profit college in Vancouver established in 1936, has offered a Grades 11 and 12 high school completion program for many years. This program follows Ministry of Education guidelines and is certified by the Province of British Columbia. The program is designed to prepare students for successful study at the post-secondary level. Starting in September 2017 Columbia College Columbia will add Grade 10 courses enabling students to complete the Grade 10-12 Dogwood requirements for high school graduation in BC. This expansion will occur at the same time as the College opens an exciting new facility at 333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver.

Columbia College is seeking a qualified educator to function as Secondary Coordinator, to help design the College’s new Secondary Program, to develop syllabi and timetables, and to hire instructors as needed, so that the expanded Program is ready to accept Grade 10 students in September 2017. The Coordinator will also be involved with the design of the brand new secondary facility. The Coordinator will ideally transition into the role of Head of the Secondary School and will oversee and manage the Secondary Program. At the same time the Head will prepare for implementation of BC’s proposed new Secondary Program curriculum in September 2018.

The Coordinator/Head of the Secondary Program will report to the Principal of Columbia College.

The Coordinator/Head will have several years’ experience as an educational administrator and be very familiar with the BC educational system. Certification as a BC Secondary Teacher is required, and experience with post-secondary education an asset. The candidate will be familiar with the Ministry of Education requirements for BC secondary schools, admissions requirements of local universities, have excellent communication and leadership skills and be able to work independently.
The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree however a post baccalaureate degree is preferred.

The salary is attached to the Columbia College Faculty Grid and is dependent on experience and qualifications. All Columbia College employees are covered by the Columbia College Working Agreement which includes full benefits, a generous RRSP plan and vacation once confirmed.

Starting Date:
January or February, 2017

In the first months of employment the major tasks will be:
• Program design.
• Development of syllabi.
• Selection of textbooks and support material.
• Preparation of an annual semester-by-semester timetable.
• Hiring of instructors as per the Columbia College Working Agreement and in conjunction with Columbia College’s HR Manager.
• Preparation of marketing information.
• Assist in the preparation of the Annual Report to Ministry of Education.
• Assist with fitting out of new facility.
• Become familiar with the facility and working with the Columbia College Emergency.
• Response Coordinator to develop safety plans.
• Become familiar with Columbia College’s ERP (CAMS Enterprise).

Beginning September, 2017:
• Supervision and evaluation of teachers
• Submission of monthly payroll to the payroll master.
• Possible part-time teaching in the program.
• Supervision and evaluation of students, including overseeing progress reports at the mid-semester and final grades at the end-of-semester.
• Reporting to parents/guardians both locally and overseas.
• Preparation of an annual budget.
• Liaison with Columbia College’s Academic Board, ELC department and Admissions.
• Attend weekly Academic Board meetings, semesterly Society meetings and Board of Governors meetings when requested.
• Liaison with Columbia College’s support staff, including academic advisors/counsellors, nurse, homestay coordinator and IT.
• Liaison with the Ministry of Education (through the Office of the Inspector of Independent Schools) including regular reporting.
• Liaison with the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education including regular reporting.
• Preparation for new curriculum program implementation in September, 2018.

We are currently accepting applications. Please submit a cover letter and resume (consolidated in one PDF or Word document) by January 20th to Denise Guiblejman, HR Manager at:

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.