Head of School

Immediate Start

The Bridge Educational Society, which operates the Okanagan Waldorf School (OWS), K-8, as well as the Early Years Centre (EYC), licensed birth-school age care, is currently seeking an inspired educational leader to step into the role of Head of School. OWS is a Group 1 BC Independent School, an AWSNA associate membership school, and WECAN developing member nestled against the forest in the Whitevale community just outside of Vernon BC. The EYC is part of the $10/day prototype. We have a dedicated faculty, experienced Board of Trustees, motivated administrative team, and a committed parent body. We seek a motivated and experienced educational lead to join our leadership team and support our work in collaboration with faculty, board, and parents as we move toward the evolving vision of the future of our programs. The successful candidate will play a vital role in B.C. Ministry of Education compliance, Child Care Licensing, and faculty support and development. We are located within the Rural Northern Immigration Program’s (RNIP) approved geographical area. To find out more about the RNIP, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/rural-northern-immigration-pilot/pr-eligibility.html


  • Have experience in a Waldorf educational organization
  • Executive leadership skills with experience managing budget, development, and fundraising
  • Be highly collaborative, results-oriented, adaptable, problem-solving self-starter who seeks feedback to continue professional growth
  • Values process and continual need for understanding individuals and situations
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience working with or in an organization that holds an elementary school and/or child care centre and educational programming
  • Be positive, thoughtful, passionate, motivating, and empowering with staff and students
  • Possess an understanding of and a commitment to high academic standards within the BC Ministry of Education
  • Be organized and computer literate, with proficiency in email, word processing, spreadsheets, Google Docs, etc.
  • Graduate degree in Education, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, or equivalent
  • 5+ years of educational; Independent school non-profit leadership experience preferred
  • Must be able to be legally employed in Canada

Areas of General Responsibility

  • Hold the title of Principal with the Ministry of Education for OWS
  • Work effectively with the Board of Trustees
  • Promote and oversee financial performance and viability
  • Promote organization mission and strategic goals
  • Work effectively in the organization operations
  • Collaborative oversight and evaluation of curriculum development
  • Support effective admissions and enrolment practices
  • Coordinate effective Human Resource practices
  • Focus on oversight of daily operations and campus development

Terms and Compensation

  • Full-time (1.0FTE) 12-month continuing contract
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include insurance drug coverage, health spending account, and LTD/Life and accidental death, and a RRSP employer matching program.
  • A nourishing work environment with a supportive and proactive communication policy.

Full job description available to qualified applicants during hiring process.

To Apply

Interested candidates should respond immediately with the following:
❏ Cover letter
❏ Resume
❏ Statement of educational philosophy
❏ Current applicable certifications/licenses

The BES Hiring Committee:

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