Careers at SJK

St. John’s-Kilmarnock (SJK) School is an independent day and boarding school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. SJK offers a world of learning 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. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.

Current Administration Opportunities

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  • Associate Director, Advancement

    Job Title: Associate Director, Advancement

    Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)
     
    School Description:
    SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre, natural campus, offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

    SJK offers a world of learning where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.
     
    Position Summary
    SJK is seeking a highly motivated and committed Associate Director of Advancement. The incumbent will report to the Director, Advancement and be responsible for the delivery of alumni and advancement plans and strategies. The Associate Director will support the implementation of the overall Advancement Plan which includes building on SJK’s culture of philanthropy and engaging all members of the SJK community. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and innovative team player who appreciates working in a collaborative environment, dedicated to the highest standards. 

    The role will involve building engagement with SJK’s communities through the creation and delivery of communications and a variety of events. This includes annual campaign appeals, solicitation appeals, event plans for targeted constituents; content and design for social media; electronic and print production that include newsletters, special reports, engagement campaigns, and website updates. A high level of organization is required to successfully deliver events and manage priorities as well as to generate reports from the Raiser’s Edge database.

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to fundraising, development, and community relations such as communications, marketing or business administration;
    • A minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role in the not-for-profit sector; 
    • Demonstrated record of progressively responsible work in the areas of non-profit development and advancement, and community and alumni relations;
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills 
    • Experience building and executing successful social media campaigns; 
    • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with fundraising policies, governance and practices and donor engagement; 
    • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with event coordination; 
    • Exceptional organizational abilities; 
    • Demonstrated knowledge of databases: certification in Raiser’s Edge is an asset;
    • Demonstrated initiative and ability to make sound decisions within scope of position, with the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; 
    • Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends; 
    • Some travel may be required; 
    • Independent school experience is an asset;
     
    Competencies:
    • A positive, enthusiastic approach to alumni and fundraising activities
    • Collaborative and solution-focused, with a passion for building relationships and community
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    • A proven ability to build a rapport with all members of the school community
    • A dedicated team player with a strong work ethic
    • Willingness to learn, and commitment to personal growth and development

    Start Date
    :  January 11, 2023  
    Contract: Full-Time
     
    To Apply:
    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email, a letter of application, and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by Monday, December 5, 2022 to: employment@sjkschool.org.
     
    SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and benefits package and opportunities for professional development in a vibrant, collegial work environment.

    While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required.
  • Finance Assistant - Payables

    Job Title: Finance Assistant - Payables

    Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)
     
    School Description:
    SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

    SJK offers a world of learning where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.
     
    Position Summary
    SJK is seeking a highly motivated and committed accounting person to join our Finance Team.  The Finance Assistant-Payables is a key member of the Finance team and reports to the CFO.  This role will have primary responsibility for accounts payable and payroll processing with opportunity for further growth.  The individual must be able to interact with various members of the SJK community, colleagues, parents, vendors, teachers and others.
     
    Start Date: January 9, 2023  
    Contract: Full-Time 
     
    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • CPA designation is an asset  
    • Advanced proficiency in Excel
    • Working knowledge of Google Suite of products and Blackbaud accounting software is desirable.
    • Advanced knowledge of accounting systems, budgets and internal controls.
    • Independent school experience is an asset

    Responsibilities include
    :
    • Processing monthly accounts payable in a timely manner, including cheque runs and expense reimbursements
    • Ensuring school policies are followed for expense reimbursement and ensuring invoices are charged to the appropriate general ledger account
    • Accurately calculate, post and manage accounting data
    • Reconcile various accounts payable and general ledger accounts at month end
    • Ability to provide additional accounting support as required

    Competencies
    :
    • A positive, enthusiastic, and willingness approach to learning
    • Detail oriented, attention to accuracy, strong reconciliation skills
    • Knowledge of payment regulations, HST and payroll taxes
    • Effective communication with vendors,  parents, and colleagues
    • A dynamic, dedicated team player with a strong work ethic
    • Willingness to learn, and commitment to personal and professional growth and development

    To Apply
    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by December 5, 2022 to: employment@sjkschool.org
     
    SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and benefits package, including participation in the SJK Group Pension Plan and opportunities for professional development.
     
    If you are interested in the position, we encourage prompt applications. The School may commence interviewing before the closing date.

    While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required. 
  • Landscape Horticulturalist - Gardener

    Job Title: Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener

    Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)
     
    School Description:
    SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 
    SJK offers a world of learning where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.
     
    Position Summary
    SJK is seeking a highly motivated and committed Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener to take the lead in caring for our outstanding campus. This role will have primary responsibility for maintaining the school grounds including our large natural grass athletic fields as well as special features such as the Celebration Garden, Outdoor Classroom with its green roof, Low Ropes Course and ecological centre. Using environmentally sustainable practices, supporting native plants and eliminating invasive species should also be of interest to the successful candidate. Opportunities to collaborate with teachers and students on special projects, such as composting, organic gardening, maple syrup making, propagating plants etc., would also be of interest.

    The Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener, will have experience using landscaping tools and equipment and maintaining flower gardens. Duties will include the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers in the summer and keeping pathways clear of snow and de-iced in the winter. Maintaining the natural skating rink including removing snow and flooding will also be a responsibility.  As a member of the Facilities team, additional duties may be assigned. The individual must be able to interact with various members of the SJK community including colleagues, parents, students and teachers.  Some work on weekends may be required.
     
    Start Date: January 9, 2023  
    Contract: Full-Time 
     
    Qualifications and Experience:
    • A degree or diploma in landscape design, horticulture or minimum of five years experience  
    • Ability to work with various landscaping tools and equipment
    • Experience in a role involving physical labor and ability to meet the physical demands of the job
    • Valid driver’s license and cleaning driving record.
     
    Competencies:
    • Ability to work independently and as a team member
    • Strong work ethic
    • Has a passion for planting, growing and maintaining plants and shrubs
    • Expertise in horticulture, especially natural grass athletic fields and/or environmentally sustainable practices
    • Effective communication with vendors, students, parents, and colleagues
    • A dynamic, dedicated team player with a strong work ethic

    To Apply:
    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by December 5, 2022 to: employment@sjkschool.org
     
    SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and benefits package, including participation in the SJK Group Pension Plan and opportunities for professional development.

    While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required.
  • Part-time Registered Nurse - Independent School Boarding Residence

    Are you a Registered Nurse who likes to make a difference in the lives of young people? At St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK), we are dedicated to engaging students in an unparalleled educational journey as innovative learners in knowledge, creativity and global action.
     
    About SJK:
    SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in Waterloo and the surrounding region. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK-Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9-12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. SJK is home to a positive, inclusive and dynamic community. The small boarding residence for approximately 35 boarding students is located on Westmount Road North in Waterloo, opposite the University of Waterloo campus. 

    The Opportunity:
    One of the School’s qualified Registered Nurses is assigned to oversee the health care of our boarding students at the boarding residence as part of the school’s Care Centre Team at SJK. We are looking for a positive, empathetic, professional, and dedicated Registered Nurse to join our faculty and staff for a maternity leave position. We invite applications from qualified professionals who have experience in general nursing as well as adolescent mental health and/or counselling. The right candidate will participate as part of the Healthcare Team, playing a role in ensuring we have a culture of health and well-being at the boarding residence and at our school. 

    Key responsibilities:
    • Administer care, first aid and ongoing support for boarding students experiencing illness or injury within the licenced scope of practice.
    • Assess each boarding student’s wellness to attend school each morning, including COVID-19 self-screening for symptoms.
    • Manage the dispensary of over-the-counter medications and prescription medications as directed by a doctor.
    • Provide counselling to boarding students for physical and mental health concerns, at times acting like a boarding parent.
    • Book and accompany boarding students to medical appointments.
    • Communicate with the boarding students’ parents through the Director of Boarding and School Nurse when necessary.
    • Maintain medical documentation in a safe and secure manner.
    • Duties may include working at the main school campus in Breslau.

    Qualifications and Requirements:
    • Qualified as a Registered Nurse (BSCN or equivalent preferred) 
    • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
    • Experience working in schools or with adolescents
    • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate Level C or HCP
    • Two-Step TB Test and up-to-date immunizations
    • The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory
    • Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening for Employment
    • Computer proficiency, computer literate
    • Possession of initiative, time management, and effective communication skills
    • Access to a car during the workday

    Compensation, Benefits and Hours of Work:
    This is a part-time, contract position beginning January 16, 2023, until June 23, 2023. This position may be extended for the 2023-2024 school year. Hours of work are from 7:00 am to 12 noon from Tuesday to Friday. On Monday the Boarding Nurse works from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Boarding Nurse will be hourly paid and the salary range will be $34 to $48 per hour based on experience. The school offers generous vacation allowances during periods of extended school holidays.

    For More Information:
    Applications must include a cover letter, a complete CV, and the names of three referees addressed to Ms. Cheryl Boughton, Head of School and forwarded to employment@sjkschool.org by November 25, 2022.  

    We thank all applicants. However, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that interviews may commence before the closing date so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly for this position.

Current Faculty Opportunities

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  • Lower School French Teacher (JK to Grade 4)

    Job Title: Lower School French Teacher (JK to Grade 4)

    Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)
     
    School Description:
    SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

    SJK offers a world of learning where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.
     
    Position Summary
    SJK is seeking a highly motivated and committed full time Lower School French Teacher to teach Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and innovative teacher of Core French who appreciates working in a collaborative environment, dedicated to the highest standards of teaching and learning. 
     
    Start Date: January 9, 2023   
    Contract: Full Time Permanent Contract
     
    Qualifications and Experience:
    • A university undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
    • A Bachelor of Education Degree
    • Qualifications to teach Core French and/or training in French language acquisition
    • Primary and Junior Divisional Qualifications
    • An Ontario College of Teachers Membership in good standing, or eligibility for teacher certification in Ontario
    • Experience teaching young children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 is an asset
    • Experience teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is an asset
    • Independent school experience is an asset
     
    Competencies:
    • Strong French proficiency
    • A positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging approach to learning and all aspects of school life
    • Collaborative and solution-focused, with a passion for teaching
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    • A proven ability to build a caring rapport with students 
    • Effective communication with students, parents, and colleagues
    • An ability to instruct using a range of differentiated teaching strategies and technology
    • A dynamic, dedicated team player with a strong work ethic
    • Capacity to contribute to SJK’s co-curricular program
    • Willingness to learn, and commitment to personal growth and development

    To Apply
    :
    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by Wednesday, December 7, 2022 to: employment@sjkschool.org.
     
    The School reserves the right to make an appointment prior to the closing date. Candidates are encouraged to submit an application at their earliest convenience. 
     
    SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and benefits package, including participation in the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan if eligible, and opportunities for professional development in a vibrant, collegial work environment.

    While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required.
  • Lower School and Upper School Supply Teachers

    Position Summary: 
    SJK is seeking highly motivated and committed supply teachers to be added to our Supply Teacher List. The successful candidates will be enthusiastic and innovative teachers who appreciate working in a collaborative environment, dedicated to the highest standards of teaching and learning. 
     
    Start Date:
    Available to work from September 7, 2022   

    Contract:
    Temporary Supply Teaching    
     
    Qualifications and Experience:
    • A Bachelor of Education Degree
    • Primary, Junior, Intermediate and/or Senior Divisional Qualifications
    • An Ontario College of Teachers Certificate, or eligibility for teacher certification in Ontario
    • OCT Membership in good standing
    • Experience teaching in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate and/or Senior Divisions is an asset
    • Experience teaching the International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP, DP is an asset
    • Independent school experience is an asset

    Competencies:

    • A positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging approach to learning and all aspects of school life
    • Collaborative and solution-focused, with a passion for teaching
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    • A proven ability to build a caring rapport with students 
    • Effective communication with students, parents, and colleagues
    • An ability to instruct using a range of differentiated teaching strategies and technology
    • A dynamic, dedicated team player with a strong work ethic
    • Capacity to contribute to SJK’s co-curricular program
    • Willingness to learn, and commitment to personal growth and development

    To Apply:

    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School as soon as possible to: employment@sjkschool.org
     
    SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and opportunities for professional development in a vibrant, collegial work environment.

    While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required.

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