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Would you be interested in working in a school where faculty, staff, board and families are engaged in creating a well-rounded educational opportunity that educates the whole child and awakens basic goodness? A community that focuses as much on nourishing a child’s ability to navigate life, as it does on academic excellence? The Shambhala School of Halifax offers a unique work environment, where teachers are supported to bring their love of children into a developmental, creative and mindful approach, to an arts integrated and enriched academic program that nurtures awareness and invites compassionate society to bloom.

The Shambhala School is an independent, co-educational school serving a diverse Pre-Primary to Grade 12 population in North End Halifax. We provide an enriched curriculum that meets or exceeds the Nova Scotia Provincial Educational standards. Our curriculum is built on the five pillars of: Mindfulness/Compassion, Integrated Arts, Outdoor Education, Classical Literature/ History, and Society. The Shambhala School offers an inclusive, age appropriate approach to education that integrates arts and academics to ignite a genuine passion for learning. Our unique curriculum inspires students to grow into confident, creative thinkers with a strong sense of social and environmental awareness.

Diversity Statement: At our school, individual differences are recognized, appreciated and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s abilities and strengths. The Shambhala School is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from traditionally under-represented groups including but not limited to the African Canadian community, Indigenous peoples, and the LGBTQ+ community.  

Current Employment Opportunities

Openings for 2023/2024

Bookkeeper- Part Time

Location: Shambhala School, North End of Halifax
Position Type: Part-time, On-site
Hours: Average of 20 hours per week


● Utilize Xero for accounting tasks including payroll, accounts payable, and receivable
● Utilize Blackbaud for enrollment management tasks such as student registrations and admissions
● Prepare monthly pre-authorized debits (PAD) for tuition payments
● Manage accounts payable and receivable, ensuring invoices are processed promptly and payments are collected efficiently
● Maintain accurate financial records and documentation
● Reconcile bank statements and financial accounts regularly
● Assist in the preparation of financial reports for management and board meetings
● Collaborate with the administrative team to streamline financial processes and improve efficiency
● Adhere to all relevant accounting principles and regulations


● Proven experience in bookkeeping or accounting, preferably in an educational or non-profit setting
● Proficiency in Google Suite for communication and documentation purposes
● Proficiency in Xero for accounting tasks
● Familiarity with Blackbaud for enrollment management is preferred but not required
● Strong attention to detail and accuracy
● Excellent organizational and time management skills
● Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks effectively
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills
● Alignment with the values and mission of Shambhala School
● Commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace


● Extended health care
● Generous vacation allowance
● Tuition discounts for students attending the school
● Family-Friendly Policies
● Flexible Work Schedule

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about education and possess the necessary skills and experience to excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in joining the Shambhala School community to [email protected].

Openings for 2024/2025

Learning Specialist Teacher

Shambhala School is eagerly seeking a Learning Specialist Teacher to champion the diverse needs of our students, ranging from pre-primary to grade 12. This is an exciting opportunity to join our passionate team at our small independent school. We’re on the lookout for someone who deeply understands Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and is committed to supporting a range of learning requirements, from enrichment to remediation.

The ideal candidate will be a beacon of inspiration in the classroom, armed with the latest knowledge and practices in differentiated instructional strategies and educational assessments. Your role will be pivotal in collaborating with fellow educators to ensure our curriculum is accessible and inclusive for every student.

At Shambhala School, we uphold the values of critical pedagogy and strive to decolonize the curriculum. We’re seeking a teacher who shares these principles and is enthusiastic about co-creating an engaging learning environment alongside us.

Your key responsibilities will include:

    ● Providing tailored instruction and support to students with diverse learning needs.
    ● Collaborating closely with classroom teachers to ensure instruction is both differentiated and accessible.
    ● Developing and implementing strategies to foster academic and social-emotional growth for all students.
    ● Engaging in continuous professional development to stay abreast of the latest best practices in learning support and pedagogy.
    ● Collaborating with faculty to review and refine our curriculum, fostering inclusive, accessible, and diverse learning environments.

To qualify for this role, we’re looking for candidates with:

    ● A Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field (a Master’s degree is preferred).
    ● Experience in Special Education is a must.
    ● A solid grasp of Universal Design for Learning principles and practices.
    ● Experience implementing both remediation and enrichment strategies.
    ● Familiarity with decolonizing the curriculum and critical pedagogy.
    ● A genuine passion for working with students with diverse learning needs, coupled with a steadfast commitment to equity and inclusion.

In return, we offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a comprehensive benefits package. If you’re excited about the prospect of joining our team of dedicated educators, please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position.

Shambhala School is an equal opportunity employer, welcoming applications from all qualified individuals. While we appreciate all submissions, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your cover letter, resume, and teaching philosophy to [email protected]. Please note that the successful candidate will be subject to passing and maintaining a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector check.


Elementary School Teacher

Are you a dedicated educator with a passion for nurturing young minds? Shambhala School, nestled in the vibrant heart of Halifax, is seeking an enthusiastic elementary school teacher to join our team for the upcoming academic year. At Shambhala, we believe in fostering a learning environment where curiosity thrives and every child is empowered to reach their full potential.

● Design and implement engaging curriculum activities aligned with Nova Scotia Learning Outcomes.
● Tailor instruction to meet the diverse learning needs and preferences of students.
● Infuse arts-based techniques into daily lessons to spark creativity and exploration.
● Cultivate a mindful classroom atmosphere through the practice and teaching of mindfulness techniques.


● Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a relevant field.
● Certification as a Nova Scotia Teacher (or eligibility to obtain).
● Proven experience integrating arts into educational practices.
● Proficiency in mindfulness methodologies and their application in the classroom.
● Stellar communication, organizational, and interpersonal abilities.


● Familiarity with universal design for learning principles.
● Background in project-based learning methodologies.
● Additional qualifications or certifications related to mindfulness and arts education.
● Interest and proficiency in arts and music, or rhythm, with a willingness to incorporate these elements into the curriculum to enhance learning experiences.
● Comfortable with outdoor education and enthusiastic about taking children outside to explore and engage in experiential learning activities.

What We Offer:

Joining our team means embarking on a rewarding journey within a supportive and collaborative environment. We provide a competitive salary and benefits package, along with ample opportunities for professional growth and development.
If you’re passionate about shaping young minds, committed to innovative educational approaches, and eager to contribute to a vibrant school community, we invite you to apply.

To Apply:
Please send your cover letter, resume, and teaching portfolio (if available) to the attention of the Hiring Committee at [email protected]. While we appreciate all applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Casual Position

The Shambhala School is looking to expand our roster of substitute teachers and caregivers.

Substitute Teachers

We are looking for qualified substitute teachers for all levels: Pre-Primary, Elementary (Primary to Grade 5), and Upper School (Grades 6-12). The requirements are as follows:

  • Pre-Primary – Applicants should have experience working with children aged 3-5 years. ECE certification is preferred but not required for substitute teachers, as you will be paired with an ECE teacher.
  • Grades Primary through 12 – Applicants are required to have, at a minimum, an undergraduate degree with experience teaching in a classroom milieu. BEd is preferred, unless it is a specialty area (Music, Art, Drama).

To apply please submit your resume and letter of interest to  [email protected] In your letter of interest please identify the grades and subject you would prefer to teach, and the grades and subjects you are willing to teach.

Upon acceptance to our substitute list, we will ask you to provide the following Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, First aid and CPR certification Level C (Pre-Primary only)