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Would you be interested in working in a school that focuses as much on nourishing a person’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 a mindful and creative approach, compassion, love of children, and strong understanding of all aspects of development to an integrated and enriched academic program.
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 four pillars of: Mindfulness and Compassion, Integrated Arts, Outdoor Education, and Society.
We have one opening for employment at this time, and are also looking for substitute teachers:
The Shambhala School is looking for qualified substitute teachers for all levels: Pre-Primary, Elementary (Primary to Grade 5), and Upper School (grades 6-12). We are also looking for substitute caregivers for our Before and After School Program for children in grades Pre-Primary to 5.
Pre-Primary teachers- are required to 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- We require that teachers 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).
Caregivers for Before and After School Program
Substitute caregivers will be needed on occasion for Before School Care (8:00-8:40 am) and/or After School Care (3:00-5:15 pm). We also occasionally have special Childcare Days when there is no school (8:30 am to 3:30 pm or a portion thereof).
We seek individuals who have experience working with groups of children in camps, day cares, schools, or other programs. ECE students are welcome.
Please submit your resume and letter of interest to email@example.com, indicating which areas you are interested in. 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
- Proof of Vaccination for Covid-19
- First aid and CPR certification Level C (Pre-Primary only)
The Executive Director (ED) embodies the culture and spirit set forth by the founders of the Shambhala School, while working collaboratively to fulfil the school’s mission of providing a mindful, compassionate, inclusive, and enlightening educational experience for its students. The Shambhala School of Halifax aims to build a beautiful community of diverse, wholehearted, kind and informed people and a space of compassion, dignity, and enriched education. The ED embodies and cultivates this mission.
Reporting to a 12-member board of directors, the ED is the administrative head of the school leading a team of five directors, 25 teachers and staff, and many parent volunteers. Using a collaborative leadership approach, the ED leads, engages, supports and develops this team.
Responsible for the school’s overall success, the ED directs, manages and facilitates the school’s ongoing day-to-day operations, while ensuring alignment with the creative vision for the school. The ED must identify priorities and objectives, lead directors and their teams, support committees and ensure the school’s financial and organizational viability.
The sustainability and future growth of the school requires strong fund raising and communication skills and a solid understanding of financials. In addition to the overall fund raising strategy, the ED is individually responsible for meeting fund raising targets, using their external presence and relationships to uncover potential sponsors, inspire a spirit of generosity and share the richness of a Shambhala School education with community donors and bursary sponsors. In so doing, the ED is in part responsible for ensuring sustainable and well managed revenue growth for this not-for-profit organization.
- Provides executive leadership, strategic planning and implementation of short and long term objectives aligned with the school’s vision, mission, values, and culture.
- Develops and maintains school processes, policies, and practices to meet the needs of the organization while ensuring compliance with applicable legislation.
- Provides oversight of the school’s financials: ensuring budgets are adhered to, and that operational and capital expenditures are aligned with the school’s business plan, mission, vision and values. Ensures timely and accurate financial and operational reports to the Board of Directors.
- Works together with the Head of Admissions to support the admissions process.
- Responsible for the school’s fundraising strategy, meeting the school’s annual fund raising target, and stewarding donors and high level volunteers.
- Is an active member of Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and Facilities committees and works with Admissions, Operations and Community Enrichment leaders to accomplish organizational goals.
- Leads the school’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee to decide on and communicate the school’s Covid-19 response and safety protocols, in relation to public health guidance.
- Recruits, trains, coaches, and evaluates direct reports. Provides strong people management, team development and leadership.
- Creates a positive work environment with engaged staff and volunteers, working together towards common goals.
- Attends to issues that are escalated or that require a team-based approach to problem solving.
- Engages in the daily life of the Shambhala school and community; communicates with parents regarding significant events, policy changes, and curricular issues/changes/ enhancements.
- The ED plays a ceremonial role at major school events, as the head of school.
Skills and Qualities
- Has strong servant leadership and management skills, leading change effectively and with transparency. Has a gentle and gracious way with others while also energizing and inspiring staff and community to positive ends.
- Enjoys working within and fostering a healthy and inspiring community.
- Capable with formal project management practices and tools.
- Strong analytical and numeracy skills, capable of reviewing financial and operational data, extrapolating and compiling various analyses.
- Ability to use business tools and frameworks (Environmental Scanning, SWOT, RACI, etc) to facilitate discussion around organizational risk and strategy.
- Is an excellent communicator, both orally and in written form.
- Demonstrates a dedication to the cultivation of children’s intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional development.
- Establishes and maintains high standards of excellence in all work completed across the organization.
- As a life-long learner, possesses a growth mindset and eagerness to explore new ideas and approaches.
- Is flexible, has a sense of humor, and enjoys working in a dynamic environment.
- Ability to build and maintain robust community relationships.
Ideal Experience and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree in a related field is preferred.
- Minimum five years in non-profit or other leadership roles.
- Demonstrated acumen for mentoring and guiding the professional development of director-level staff and other leaders.
- History of fund raising success and a firm understanding of stewardship in all that one does.
- Proven record of assimilating into new environments, identifying areas for improvement and affecting change, while cultivating positive relationships.
- Successful financial oversight of a similar institution.
- A background in contemplative education and/or a personal contemplative practice.
Details of Employment
The Executive Director is a full-time employee of the Shambhala School, working an average of 40 hours per week during regular school hours, as well as occasional evenings, and some weekends, throughout the school year. The ED will almost always be on campus during regular school hours. This is a full time permanent year-round position.
Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry Clearance. All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada and hold a valid first aid/CPR certificate, and live or be willing to relocate to the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
- Performance based bonus.
- Shambhala School extended health benefits.
- Tuition benefit for children of staff.
- 10 statutory holidays, two week Christmas break, and one week March break.
- Competitive sick and vacation benefits.
The Shambhala School is committed to inviting, appreciating and working with a diverse population of staff and students in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s abilities and strengths which in turn builds a strong school community. We are committed to employment equity and invite applications from traditionally under-represented groups including but not limited to the African Canadian community, Indigenous peoples, and the LGBTQ* community.
How to Apply
Please forward the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A cover letter expressing interest in this position.
- Your current resumé.
- At least three professional references with contact information (references will not be contacted without applicant’s permission).
Closing date: October 15, 2021. Only applicants qualified for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.
Expected hire date December 1, 2021.