Art & Graphic Design Teacher

  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • START DATE: 26/08/2019
  • Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Annual Contract
  • North America
Teaching / Faculty Jobs K-12 School

Job Overview


Shawnigan Lake School is a leading co-educational, university preparatory boarding school on Vancouver Island. Nestled along the shores of the lake that shares its name, Shawnigan has a 100-year tradition of excellence, specializing in a complete education. It is the largest boarding school in Canada. We offer a very competitive compensation package and a nurturing, family-friendly workplace.


Shawnigan Lake School is looking for an experienced Art & Graphic Design Teacher to join our faculty in September 2018. The successful candidate will be a specialist in art instruction and be able to demonstrate excellence in instructional practice, a passion for young people and a willingness to go the extra mile in promoting the arts inside and outside the classroom. Through our C.A.S.E. program, Shawnigan has recently expanded its digital art infrastructure with state of the art equipment in digital photography, film and computer graphics, and we are looking for an educator that can continue to build upon our students' exposure to the arts through graphic design. This individual should be familiar with the new BC curriculum at the grade 8 and 9 levels, and the proposed curriculum at the grade 10-12 levels.

We invite dynamic applicants who enjoy working collaboratively to join our team as we build on new curriculum and prepare our students for the rigour of post-secondary education. Applicants should be passionate about curriculum design, assessment for learning, and the cultivation of life-long exposure to the arts. Being a boarding school, involvement in all other facets of the Shawnigan Experience are fundamental elements of the role.

This one year position is 1.0 FTE.


The role of a teacher at Shawnigan Lake School is a vital one that requires not only individuals who are experts in their area of study, but who also bring a passion for learning and a love of working with youth. Because Shawnigan is a boarding school, teaching and learning does not only occur during the classroom day, but throughout the day, including evenings and weekends, and in all areas of interaction. A Shawnigan teacher must fully embody the mission, vision and values of the School and consistently model these at all times.

Reporting directly to both the Assistant Head – Academics and the Academic Department Head, a teacher at Shawnigan carries their assigned load of classes while meeting all of Shawnigan’s prep, planning and reporting protocols as expected in the teaching profession. In addition to teaching to align with the BC Ministry of Education or Advanced Placement curriculum, teachers are expected to work collaboratively with fellow department members and across departments to design and deliver content that challenges our students and prepares them for their postsecondary endeavours. Availability outside of the classroom day to support students in their learning through tutorials or enrichment opportunities is expected.

Teachers are also expected to be involved in the full Shawnigan program outside of the classroom day in the following ways:

  • Provide extra-curricular instruction or coaching
  • Do duty in a dorm one evening each week, and every sixth Saturday
  • Academically mentor a roster of up to seven advisees
  • Do one Sunday full-school duty every two years
  • Participate in weekend programs and supervise field trips and tours
  • Be involved in school activities that occur on evenings or weekends
  • Participate in faculty and staff meetings
  • Engage in professional development by creating a Professional Growth Plan each year and seeking opportunities for professional development
  • Support fellow faculty with short term coverage of classes to ensure that the delivery of content continues in a teacher’s absence
  • Attend Chapel services and Headmaster’s Gatherings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Support of various school initiatives and other responsibilities, as assigned


  • Only candidates holding certification to teach Art & Graphic Design grade 8-12 within British Columbia by September 1, 2019 will be considered.
  • Candidates must also hold a post-secondary degree in Art and Graphic Design.


  • A full understanding and ability to teach the Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects) in both Mac and PC platforms, and working knowledge of the Wacom Graphic Design tablet.
  • Proven record of professionalism, punctuality, flexibility, dependability, and reliability
  • Experience working with teenagers, preferably in a boarding environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Available for work beginning August 26, 2019

Experience coaching a sport, instructing a fine art, or running an activity in one of the following areas will be considered an asset: Basketball, Ceramics, Choral Music, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Design, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Instrumental Music, Leadership, Mechanics, Media Arts, Model United Nations, Musical Theatre, Outdoor Pursuits, Robotics, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Studio Art, Tennis, Volleyball, Woodwork, Yearbook


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter expressing your interest to the attention of Wendy Milne, Assistant Head – Academics.

Competition closes February 28, 2019.


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