Grade 6/7 IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator/Teacher - Junior School

Southridge acknowledges that we teach and learn on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Tsawwassen, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

Southridge is an independent day school located in South Surrey, BC with 680 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We have a tradition of developing well-rounded students with a balance of knowledge and goodness, inspiring students to go out into the world and make a difference. 

Southridge is affectionately described as ‘a lighthearted place of serious purpose’ and we want you to know…it’s true! If you’re passionate about working in an energizing environment with colleagues that value building strong relationships, fostering strong minds and good hearts through student-centered teaching and learning, and community all while having fun, we want to hear from you!


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

GRADE 6/7 IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME COORDINATOR/TEACHER – JUNIOR SCHOOL (TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME) 

We are currently inviting applications for the temporary full-time (1.0 FTE) position of Grade 6/7  IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator/Teacher. This position will commence September 1, 2024. 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Junior School International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Coordinator supports the general oversight of a 2-year, Grade 6 and 7 IB MYP that follows our Kindergarten – Grade 5 IB Primary Years Programme. As a Junior School Pedagogical Leadership Team member, the MYP Coordinator contributes to implementing the vision for teaching and learning in the Junior School in alignment with the International Baccalaureate philosophy and Standards and practices (2020), the most current MYP framework and the BC Curriculum within our unique Southridge context. This role also has a part-time Grade 6/7 MYP teaching responsibility. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Pedagogical Leadership:

  • Collaborate with the Pedagogical Leadership Team to identify and develop strategically aligned IB development plans that support implementing the IB MYP philosophy and framework within the Southridge K-7 IB PYP/MYP Continuum.

  • Collaborate on researching, selecting, and coordinating the implementation of evidence-based and student-centered pedagogical practices and approaches that enhance the delivery of IB philosophy and framework and the BC Curriculum in the MYP grades.

  • Collaborate as a member of the school’s Junior School Pedagogical Leadership Team to help facilitate the development of and document vertical and horizontal alignment of the K-7 curriculum continuum across the Junior School.

  • Co-plan and co-facilitate divisional MYP meetings and K-7 IB Continuum meetings for teachers with the PYP Coordinator, JS Vice-Principal, Learning and the JS Principal.

  • Facilitate regularly time tabled MYP subject group collaborative planning meetings that guide and support MYP teachers in effective curriculum planning and documentation.

  • Maintain shared Google Drives that house MYP planners and other required documentation.

  • Ensure the effective communication of MYP and BC Ministry of Education expectations with the Southridge community. 

  • Co-plan and co-facilitate with the PYP Coordinator opportunities for parents to learn about the IB philosophy and framework in the Junior School. 

  • Support staffing procedures in the MYP grades, as requested by the JS Principal. 

 

Programme Implementation:

  • Know and communicate the IB Standards and Practices specific to the MYP to faculty and leadership, and carefully monitor the school’s development of the MYP. 

  • Collaborate with the Pedagogical Leadership team to coordinate and lead the joint K-7 PYP/MYP IB Preliminary Review, Self-Study, and Evaluation Visit process every five years. 

  • Work with the JS Principal and Vice-Principal, learning to ensure that required IB policies meet the most current program requirements and support their effective implementation.

  • Keep IB and MYP resources current and inform faculty of relevant publications, updates, and program enhancements.

  • Encourage, facilitate and model IB virtual platforms, including MyIB and the Program Resource Centre (PRC).

  • Communicate IB professional development opportunities to faculty and ensure that all teachers and administrators are trained equitably.

  • Maintain communication between the school and the IB, including with the school’s assigned IB Programme Manager.

  • Ensure the school is current with all IB documentation, fees, and requirements.

  • Maintain communication between the school and BCAIBWS, ensuring that the school is represented at association meetings and is up to date with all fees.

  • Effectively communicate the values, concepts, vocabulary, and development of the MYP to the school community.

  • Support the ongoing integration/transition of students, faculty, and parents into the MYP program.

 

MYP Teacher:

  • Monitor and nurture students’ academic, social, and emotional growth as a Grade 6/7 MYP subject group specialist teacher (teaching assignments and load based on the needs of the school and the subject-specific teaching experience of the successful candidate)

  • Collaboratively plan and deliver the core program requirements for the assigned MYP subject groups through a student-centred, inquiry-based approach that aligns with the philosophy and framework of the IB MYP and the BC Curriculum 

  • Assess and report on student learning, approaches to learning, and development of the IB Learner profile attributes, drawing attention to areas of strength and areas for growth

  • Integrate technology as a tool that enhances teaching and learning (1:1 laptop program, Google Classroom)

  • Maintain ongoing and open communication with parents

  • Guide and nurture student behaviour that aligns with Southridge values and expectations

  • Support the school’s co-curricular program

  • Attend and participate in core school functions and special events 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary/Middle Years focus)

  • Valid BC teaching certificate

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies, Leadership, or equivalent, considered an asset

  • Recent IB MYP Training

  • Experience teaching at the Grade 6/7 level in a minimum of two MYP subject groups

  • Highly collegial team partner who is committed to collaborative planning and continuous professional growth as an inspiring pedagogical leader and teacher

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with children and adults 

  • Proficiency with the Google 

  • First Aid Certification (or willingness to obtain certification)

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 

VALUES:

The ideal candidate will be aligned with the values and mission of Southridge, will want to be an active member of a vibrant school community, and will demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. They will be someone who:

  • Is a lifelong learner

  • Has excellent study, critical thinking, and communication skills

  • Is a creative and independent thinker

  • Has a positive attitude

  • Seeks their passion

  • Believes in the value of trust, tolerance, compassion, and respect

  • Understands the sacrifice and reward of community service

  • Has an appreciation of, and a desire for, lifelong physical activity and fitness

  • Commits to personal wellness

  • Appreciates the arts and their contribution to a richer life 

  • Can work effectively as part of a team


Southridge offers a competitive salary and pays 4% above the Vancouver School District. In addition, we have a comprehensive benefits package and a generous RRSP matching program, access to health and wellness activities including generous support for professional learning and development. The salary range for this position is from $63,005 to $112,797. Salary placement is based on years of teaching experience and educational accomplishments.  For more details visit our career page.  

Southridge School is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging to support an increasingly diverse community, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. To apply for this position, please visit our 'How to Apply' page for step-by-step instructions on submitting an application through our online system. This posting will close on February 23, 2024.  

To learn more about our school, explore our website: southridge.bc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.