Careers at SJK

At SJK, we offer a world of learning on a beautiful 36-acre campus where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.

Current Administration Opportunities

Director of Advancement

We are seeking a positive, dynamic, and dedicated individual to join our faculty and staff as the Director of Advancement. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to make a positive impact on the school by expanding and improving our fundraising and alumni relations programs. As we welcome our new Head of School in 2019, SJK is poised for an exciting strategic renewal, investing in our strengths and building for our future. It is within this context that SJK is seeking applications and nominations of collaborative and ambitious leaders who will bolster philanthropic support and inspire greater alumni engagement to serve in the role of Director of Advancement.  

The Director of Advancement will be responsible for establishing, implementing and evaluating our fundraising strategies and plans designed to generate robust and sustainable revenue streams that enable the continued advancement of SJK’s mission, vision and goals. This role will include creating an annual campaign and major gifts program, leading donor acquisition, cultivation, stewardship efforts, maintaining the donor database, overseeing and enhancing our alumni activities and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. The Director of Advancement will report to the Head of School and will work closely with the Development & Facilities Committee and the SJK Foundation Board.

The Director of Advancement position requires a leader with a high degree of professionalism and competency as well as a demonstrated data-driven decision-making approach. The ideal candidate will possess 10 years of philanthropic leadership and possess a passion for, and demonstrated track record of success establishing a sustainable advancement program including transformational philanthropic gifts. As SJK embarks on its next Strategic Plan, the ideal candidate will also bring experience in envisioning, articulating and fulfilling the philanthropic vision of an organization. An undergraduate degree is required, although an advanced degree is preferred as well as CFRE designation. Knowledge and expertise of Raiser’s Edge would also be an asset.
Applications should include a covering letter, complete CV, and the names of three referees, addressed to Ms. Cheryl Boughton, Head of School and submitted to We thank all applicants. However, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted following the closing date for applications.

Associate Director, Alumni Relations (Maternity Leave position - September 2019-August 2020)

St. John’s-Kilmarnock School is seeking an Associate Director to further develop our alumni relations program within SJK’s strategic vision. The individual will be responsible for establishing and executing our strategies and plans in order to enhance our alumni activities and strengthen the connection between the school and its alumni. The position will serve as part of the SJK external relations team and is a one-year maternity leave position.
  • Developing and maintaining local, national and international SJK alumni in groups, through online and offline communication as well as an active calendar of alumni social events
  • Organizing special events, including alumni gatherings, Fall Fair, etc.
  • Creating opportunities for alumni to make meaningful connections with their alma mater
  • Responsible for researching and updating alumni contact information, maintaining and growing our Alumni database as SJK approaches our 50th anniversary in 2022
  • Supporting alumni participation in the Annual Giving Program.
The successful candidate will possess a four-year degree or equivalent, as well as experience in marketing, communications, journalism, or business administration.

Additional qualifications include experience working in alumni affairs and/or student services; an event planning background; experience in other educational settings. The successful candidate will also have exceptional writing skills; the ability to quickly produce clear, precise communications that are consistent with the School's branding and objectives; enjoy working independently as well as collaboratively; use analytical and problem-solving skills to address new challenges, and be proficient with various social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram), Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite.

This full-time position will require flexible hours of work including occasional evenings and weekends as required. Occasional travel will also be required. Being an SJK Alumni and/or knowledge of independent school culture will be considered an advantage. 

Applications should include a covering letter, complete CV, and the names of three referees, addressed to Ms. Cheryl Boughton, Head of School and submitted to Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Boarding Assistant

The School is looking for a dynamic person to join the SJK Boarding Staff and ensure the well-being and supervision of primarily our male, international, high school students at our co-ed Boarding Residence. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Boarding Assistants will be required for morning, evening and weekend duties on a rotating basis and may be needed for duty on occasional holiday weekends when the boarding residence remains open. The successful candidate will be committed to building a positive rapport with all our boarding students, be energetic, assist with the delivery of a fulfilling and interesting boarding program and be a great team member. When on duty, the Boarding Assistant will help supervise meal times, homework time in the study hall, as well as lead special program activities. Monitoring student behaviour and checking students in and out of the residence are responsibilities shared by all boarding staff.

This is a live-in position which runs through to the end of June 2020. Fully furnished single accommodation in a one-bedroom suite is provided in the Boarding Residence. Meals are also provided in the Dining Hall when students are in Residence and a staff kitchen is available. In addition, the Boarding Assistant will receive a small monthly stipend. This position offers opportunities for developing a career in fields such as teaching, child and youth work and coaching. Shadowing a teacher or perhaps supporting a club or activity provides job-related experience to add to a resume.

Typical candidates will have experience as a camp counsellor, outdoor educator, coach or teacher. Members of the OCT may have the opportunity for some supply teaching at SJK.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names of three referees addressed to Ms. Cheryl Boughton, Head of School and sent to Applications will be considered starting September 20, 2019.

Current Faculty Opportunities

There are no academic opportunities currently vacant.