VicePrincipal, Student Life and Belonging

Job Description


Reports to: Principal, Senior SchoolDirect reports: Wellness Centre Nurses, Senior School Athletic Director, Outdoor Education Director

Summary of Position
Reporting to the Principal, Senior School, and as part of the Senior School Leadership Team, the Vice Principal (VP), Student Life and Belonging leads the school’s efforts to create a strong community that ensures a sense of integrity, agency, leadership, belonging, inclusion, respect and accountability for all students. The VP provides vision, direction and support to ensure students build meaningful, trusting relationships with teachers, coaches and advisors, with co-curricular opportunities to discover and explore their passions in a safe and healthy environment.
The scope of responsibility is the Senior School, which spans Grades 9-12, but also liaises with the Junior School and Middle School Vice Principals to ensure continuity within the JK - 12 student life program.

Specific ResponsibilitiesA contributing member of the Senior School Leadership Team working to support and implement the school’s strategic directions and the Senior School’s goals and operationCreates a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for all students that promotes inclusivity, responsibility and respectEnsures the relevance of the BSS Student Life program in supporting activities that promote inclusion, belonging, community involvement, and student healthLeads the Student Life Committee (including Chaplain, Director of Leadership and Service and Director of Inclusive Excellence) to implement a vision for the student life that ensures balanced, equity driven, prosocial, community-focused, relevant, responsive and meaningful learning programs through Chapel, House, TAG, assemblies, school trips and other community gatheringsServe as the champion for the social, mental, and emotional wellbeing of all students across the school program and that each student is known, understood, and feels a deep sense of belonging and safetyCollaborates with Vice Principal (VP) School Experience and Student Success, the Head, Student Services, and the Wellness Centre to support individual student action plansWorks to ensure a Positive, Safe and Inclusive environment by:Collaborating with the Director of Inclusive Excellence to support diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all aspects of student lifeActively engaging and listening to student voices and concerns, helping to respond to and shape positive responses to long-term and emerging issues that affect student lifeLeading school climate data gathering and analysis, and collaboratively planning appropriate responsesChairing the Positive, Safe and Inclusive School Committee (with representation from student body, faculty, parents, and school leadership)Regularly meeting with the Student Advisory Committee on matters pertaining to school climate and inclusionEnsuring points of contact and support for students impacted by issues such as harassment, bullying, hazing, discrimination or sexual misconductImplementing and leading policies for student accountability and safety. When necessary, leading a fair investigation and discipline process including the development of restorative practices and alternative dispute resolution systems. Ensuring that all outcomes are student-centred, equitable and appropriately transparent.Collaborating with Junior School and Middle School VPs, to create and communicate crisis management procedures and processes to ensure a safe, learning environmentMeets regularly with the Dean of Boarding on student matters pertaining to the Code of ConductLeads the co-curricular program team (including Athletics and Outdoor Education) in ensuring that programs are established that result in providing opportunities for students to develop the Signature of a BSS Girl attributes and pursue their individual goalsOversees the development and staffing of the co-curricular program, as well as analysis of program effectiveness through data collection of participation and engagementWorks with student leaders and faculty to ensure an annual series of safe, engaging and fun school and inter-school social activitiesLiaises with the Director of Leadership and Service to ensure student-centred experiences that develop students’ skills and their self-concept as leaders; and opportunities for learning through serviceLeads the development and review of policies, and procedures outlined in the Code of Conduct and the Student HandbookWorks with Wellness Nurses on relevant school health mattersAdvises faculty as part of the school’s Faculty Growth Process which includes:Goal setting with faculty membersVisiting classes and providing timely feedback on teaching and learningSharing relevant resources and/or offering direction to assist faculty members to achieve their goalsReviewing the achievement of growth goals with faculty membersOversees the work of direct reportsEnthusiastically and regularly communicates the goals and elements or our Student Life program to our communityResponds to and manages parent inquiries and/or concernsValues and engages in professional learningOther related responsibilities as assigned
Skills, Experience and Attributes
A Master’s degree in Education and/or Principal’s QualificationsAn experienced educator with minimum five years’ experience including a proven record of outstanding achievement as a classroom teacher, department head, coordinator, consultant and/or dean of studies/student lifeA deep understanding of the processes of teaching and learning within the framework of the co-curricular program of the school, and the ability to inspire faculty with a vision of Student Life for a future that is global in scope and ethical in outlookDemonstrated knowledge of and commitment to education that supports the Culture of Powerful Learning and Signature of a BSS Girl, in particular those models related to athletics, leadership and the development of a safe and respectful communityDemonstrated understanding of and commitment to contemporary student life research and best practices for a student-centred and inclusive co-curricular programKnowledge of and experience working with Ontario education legislation on student behaviours (e.g. bullying, cyberbullying) and Ministry school policies and practices pertaining to student conductStudent disciplinary/misconduct management experience, including parent engagement and supportA highly engaging and visible style in dealing with students and parents to ensure outstanding rapport with the communityAn equity mindset and a commitment to inclusive and anti-racist practicesEvidence of past success in team building and the development of positive and collaborative working relationshipsHighly developed interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to encourage others to develop their own capabilities in these areasUses a collaborative leadership approach with coaching and mentoring practicesAble to respond with care and concern, make wise decisions in complex situations, and partner with other senior leaders and professionalsDemonstrated commitment to the development of healthy, happy students, in particular with an appreciation for and understanding of the developmental needs of girlsSuperior organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, multi-task and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment – the ability to successfully juggle a number of balls at the same timeCommitment to academic excellence within a creative, innovative environmentProactive communicator with parents and guardians to build supportive and trusting partnershipsA creative risk-taker who can lead changeThorough understanding of, passion for and a desire to work enthusiastically in pursuit of our visionEnergy and a sense of humourWe offer a competitive compensation package and are members of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume by Wednesday, March 31 to, indicating VP, Student Life and Belonging in the subject line.

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