District Principal – Early Learning and Childcare
Effective ASAP in the 2022/2023 School Year
School District 71 (Comox Valley) is a progressive school district whose mission is to inspire engaged, compassionate, resilient lifelong learners and cultivate a collaborative community together. As an inclusive learning community, we embrace diversity, foster relationships, and empower all learners to have a positive impact on the world. We are the largest employer in the Comox Valley with nearly 1800 employees and provide a comprehensive educational program to approximately 10,500 students from Strong Start to Grade 12 in 14 elementary schools, 2 community schools, 3 secondary schools, 2 alternate schools, and a distributed learning school. The District’s annual operating budget is roughly $100 million.
The Board of Education invites applications for the newly created position of District Principal – Early Learning and Childcare. We are seeking an experienced educational leader to lead and manage the development of early learning programming and facilitate early years professional development for school principals, primary teachers and early childhood educators. Reporting to the Director of Instruction, Elementary Education and as a key member of the district leadership team, the District Principal will work collaboratively with senior leaders, school and district staff, employee groups, community partners and outside agencies to develop a vision for early learning and childcare within schools.
The successful applicant will rely upon their knowledge of best practice and educational leadership experience in early learning to provide visionary leadership and exceptional management of policies, procedures, and processes that ensure excellence in early years opportunities throughout Comox Valley Schools.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
Facilitates and sustains a contemporary vision for early learning and childcare that is responsive to legislative guidelines and the District’s Strategic Plan, including information gathering activities (e.g., the early learning and childcare environmental scan and the Indigenous equity scan).
Builds relationships and connections with community partners, childcare providers, and Indigenous stakeholders to enhance early learning initiatives and childcare experiences throughout the District.
Expands before and after school care opportunities for children through licensing existing and/or available spaces in schools.
Accesses, promotes, and manages provincial resources and supports (i.e., New Spaces Fund applications, Child Care Operating Funding, Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, and other planning and operating resources).
Collaborates with employee groups to ensure successful implementation and operation of childcare spaces through the development of local agreements where necessary.
Collaborates with District staff to ensure that plans for early learning and childcare are considered from diverse lenses (e.g., Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction, Finance, Facilities, IT, and Board-Superintendent relationships with local governments).
Manages a designated budget and develops sustainable approaches to resource allocation.
Co-leads and co-develops the design and implementation of professional learning to enhance the understanding of the Early Learning Framework, early learning pedagogical approaches, and First Peoples Principles of Learning for staff and community partners (principals/vice-principals, teachers and early childhood educators).
Advances early learning initiatives and District Kindergarten transition activities (e.g., Changing Results for Young Children, Strengthening Early Years to Kindergarten Transitions), and facilitates implementation of new initiatives as needed.
Establishes and maintains positive, professional working relationships with staff at all levels, community partners, families, provincial networks, and Ministry staffs and agencies.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Instruction, Elementary Education.
Master’s Degree in Early Learning or related field;
Successful school-based administration experience;
Successful experience in school and/or district leadership role in early learning environments;
Extensive knowledge of early learning pedagogies and practices, and experience in early years education (pre-K-Grade 3);
Valid BC Teaching Certificate;
Valid driver's license and use of a vehicle on the job;
Experience collaborating with community organizations to strengthen positive partnerships between the School District and local community;
A thorough understanding of how to incorporate the First People’s Principles of Learning and support strategies for diverse learners into the Early Learning Framework;
Experience leading professional learning and collaboration for groups to enhance early learning practices and approaches;
Excellent interpersonal and management skills including timely and responsive decision making;
The ability to work successfully as part of an administrative team;
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
If you are an exceptional educational leader interested in taking on a new challenge with a progressive school district, we would like to hear from you!
School District 71 (Comox Valley) is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island on the unceded traditional territory of the K'ómoks First Nation. Located within the Comox Valley is the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland; each providing their own unique services and community cultures. The Comox Valley is a desirable place to live with great ocean beaches, golf, skiing, hiking, swimming and boating. In addition, the community has strong and vibrant arts and cultural programs.
To join our dynamic team in the beautiful Comox Valley, qualified individuals are invited to apply in confidence by submitting a cover letter outlining how they meet the hiring criteria, a chronological resume with the name, phone number/email address of three professional references through www.makeafuture.ca/comox-valley by 12:00 noon on Monday September 19 th, 2022.
We welcome diverse candidates and encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. As an inclusive learning community, we are committed to actively creating and fostering a culture of inclusivity where voices are heard, people are seen, and values are respected. We care about the uniqueness of our applicants, employees, students and community, and we do so in a safe space fueled by curiosity and acceptance. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to meet your needs.
We sincerely thank all applicants for considering us an employer of choice. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The successful applicant will be subject to the terms of the Criminal Review Act.
Thank you for your interest in School District 71 (Comox Valley)
An Equal Opportunity Employer