Job Title: Boarding Assistants (3 open positions; 1 commencing immediately and 2 commencing in August 2024)
Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)
Our Boarding Residence hosts students from across the world, and we offer all students a safe, stable, and welcoming home – with intentionally designed social and educational programming – while they pursue their studies. Our Boarding Assistants are integral to achieving this vision, as they are the first and last people our students see, both at the beginning and end of the school day and the beginning and end of the school year. Reporting to the Director, Boarding and collaborating with Upper School educators, Student Health Centre Team, and faculty and staff across the School, Boarding Assistants provide the emotional, community, and academic support needed to help our students flourish.
Start Date: 1 commencing immediately; 2 commencing in August 2024
Contract: August 2025 - June 2026
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Live on the residence floor and be responsible for 8-15 boarding residence students
Provide regular supervision of residence students on a rotating schedule and as part of daily interactions, including but not limited to:
Collaborate with the Director of Boarding to plan, organize, and supervise enriching weekend programming;
Teaching residence students the “Student Life Curriculum” that focuses on important practical life skills necessary for living in residence and beyond, such as conflict resolution, sleep hygiene, study strategies, and nutrition;
Engaging with students in 1:1 wellness check-ins throughout the week;
Becoming a trusted and positive adult influence in the life of residence students;
Participating as a member of the teaching cadre at the school for regularly scheduled course sections and/or occasional coverage.
Qualifications and Experience:
Experience planning, organizing, and leading educational and/or recreational activities
Work or volunteer experience in a congregate living setting
Work or volunteer experience with high school-aged youth of diverse backgrounds
Fluency in English
Fluency in Mandarin, French, Spanish or another language would be an asset
An Ontario College of Teachers Certificate, or eligibility for teacher certification (current teacher-candidates at Teacher College programs included) in Ontario;
Educational or work experience in any of the following fields would be considered an asset or in some cases, as an equivalency:
Caring and empathetic
Cultural competencies, experience working abroad or with international communities
Enthusiastic and innovative
Open-minded and receptive to feedback
Strong interpersonal communication
Well-developed professional judgement and problem-solving abilities
Good judgement, diplomacy and tact
Our Boarding Residence is located at Resurrection College, across from the University of Waterloo, and is home to up to 50 students from diverse international backgrounds. Our location offers wide access to an exciting range of restaurants, shops, and experiences to our students and residence staff. The Boarding Residence is open all throughout the academic year, with closures during the Winter, March, and Summer breaks.
Compensation for this ten-month role is a combination of full room and board at the boarding residence as well as a stipend of $22,500. Additional compensation may be available for qualified teachers if they are assigned a teaching load. Other student or administrative support positions may also be available, and compensation will be commensurate with experience.
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.
As a community, we believe in the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. We strive to be a place where every student, faculty and staff member, parent and alumni feels welcome and valued. We achieve this by living our core values and by appreciating that our learning community is enhanced by human differences. We value the unique experiences that each individual brings to our community and the myriad of perspectives that our diversity provides. We also recognize that it is our common humanity that binds us together as a community. We welcome applications from individuals who could positively contribute to our diverse community.
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by Friday, March 8, 2024 to: email@example.com.
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. Please be aware that the successful candidate must submit a vulnerable sector check.
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.
Thank you for taking the time to read our job posting and considering whether applying to SJK is the next step in your career journey. While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews.