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Located in Vancouver, BC’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, Fraser Academy is a leader in the field of education for students in grades 1-12 with language-based learning and processing disabilities, including dyslexia.

With a maximum of 10 students per class, the school follows the BC Ministry of Education curriculum. An impressive 90% of Fraser Academy grads go onto post-secondary education.

Fraser Academy is an accredited member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA).

Fraser Academy is seeking a permanent full-time Learning Specialist to join our team for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Fraser Academy is a fully-accredited day school, which focuses on educating students in Grades 2-12 with language-based learning disabilities. These students are taught in small class sizes with up to ten students. Each student receives one-to-one language training daily and works with a variety of subject specialist teachers.

Job Summary:

As a member of the Learning Services team and an Orton Gillingham trained educator, you will be involved in creating individualized student learning plans and designing and implementing lessons to build literacy, executive functioning and cognitive processing for students with learning differences such as dyslexia. This role requires someone who can demonstrate excellence in instructional practices and who has a passion for remedial education.

Position Type: Permanent, Full-time

Reports to: Director of Learning Services

Responsibilities:

● Work 1:1 with students
● Design and implement lessons following tenets of Orton Gillingham and mediated learning
● Create individual student learning plans based on student IEP/profile
● Facilitate individualized instruction of Executive Function curriculum
● Complete regular reports, year plans, and contribute to IEP’s
● Supervise groups of children during recess, lunch, and/or after school
● Participate in professional development opportunities
● Integrate fully in school life

Competencies:

● Provide a structured, flexible, enthusiastic learning experience for students
● Thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment
● Strong organizational and time management skills
● An active commitment to ongoing professional growth
● Exemplary communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (students, colleagues, and parents)

Requirements:

● Orton Gillingham Certification
● 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree
● 2 year’s experience working with students with learning differences
● English degree an asset

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Colleen Chow, Director of Learning Services: cchow@fraseracademy.ca. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

FAx, Fraser Academy’s Outreach Centre, serves learners in the community from elementary school to university who struggle with learning differences such as dyslexia, math and executive function. We provide professional development for educators and educational consulting for families, schools, and individuals.

Job Summary:

We are seeking a part-time remedial math specialist to join our After3 team. As a member of the team you will work one-to-one with students K-12 who have difficulty with number sense and developing skills in numeracy. You are a passionate educator skilled at adapting your instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.  You will create individualized student lesson plans to support students at their level of need.  Lessons are personalized to each student and based on students’ individual learning profiles.

Position Type: Part-time

Reports to: Jo Stebbings, After3 Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Work 1:1 with students after school Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Sessions are 50 minutes and a minimum of two times per week
  • Design and implement diagnostic and prescriptive lessons in a multi-sensory manner
  • Create individual student lesson plans based on student IEP/profile
  • Be familiar with psycho-educational assessments
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Complete twice yearly progress reports
  • Attend meetings as required
  • Provide written and oral communication with parents

Competencies:

  • Provide a structured, flexible, enthusiastic learning experience for students
  • Thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Exemplary communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (students, colleagues, and parents)

Requirements: 

  • 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics 
  • 2 years working with students in remedial math
  • Work with students with learning differences preferred

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to FAx at FAx@fraseracademy.ca.  Please note  only those shortlisted will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

FAx, Fraser Academy’s Outreach Centre, serves learners in the community from elementary school to university who struggle with learning differences such as dyslexia, math and executive function. We provide professional development for educators and educational consulting for families, schools, and individuals.

Job Summary:

We are seeking a part-time Orton Gillingham (OG) trained instructor to join our After3 team. As a member of the FAx After3 team you will work one-to-one with students K-12 who have language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. You will create individualized student lesson plans to support students in reading, spelling, writing and comprehension.  Lessons are personalized to each student and based on students’ individual learning profiles.

Position Type: Part-time

Reports to: Jo Stebbings, After3 Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Work 1:1 with students after school Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Sessions are 50 minutes and a minimum of two times per week.
  • Design and implement lessons following tenets of Orton Gillingham and mediated instruction
  • Create individual student lesson plans based on student IEP/profile
  • Be familiar with psycho-educational assessments
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Complete twice yearly progress reports
  • Attend meetings as required
  • Provide written and oral communication with parents

Competencies:

  • Provide a structured, flexible, enthusiastic learning experience for students
  • Thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Exemplary communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (students, colleagues, and parents)

Requirements: 

  • Orton Gillingham Certification
  • 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree in related field (Psychology or Special Education)
  • Experience working with students who have learning differences preferred.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to FAx at FAx@fraseracademy.ca.  Please note  only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fraser Academy is seeking a full-time Teacher on Call to join our team of educators in the 2021-22 school year. 

Fraser Academy is a fully accredited day school, which focuses on educating students in Grades 2-12 with language-based learning disabilities. These students are taught in small class sizes with up to ten students. Each student receives one-to-one language training daily and works with a variety of subject specialist teachers.

Fraser Academy is also an accredited member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and the Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA). 

Position: Teacher on Call

Position Type: Full-Time with Benefits

Reports to: Director, Academics & Curriculum and Teacher on Call Coordinator

Job Summary

As a full time Teacher on Call, you will play an important role in supporting our students when teachers are absent, by being a supportive presence and enabling learning to continue in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. You will work with a collaborative, dynamic team of educators and staff who are passionate about the success of all learners. This role requires someone who can adapt and adjust their teaching to meet the diverse needs of each learner and is passionate about student success. Excellent instructional practice and an eagerness to learn and grow as an educator are required for this role.

Opportunities

  • Belong to and collaborate with a team of dedicated professionals
  • Continue professional growth and learning through a variety of development opportunities
  • Participate in field trips, outdoor education trips, athletics, clubs, and leadership development

Responsibilities

  • Adapt and support a wide variety of subjects and age groups
  • Participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities that enhance students’ experiences at school
  • Proactively seek and support work for the school when not in the classroom

Competencies

  • Provides a dynamic, innovative, adaptive and enthusiastic learning experience to students
  • Thrives in a collaborative, flexible and supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational, time management skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth and development
  • Exemplary communication in English (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (students, colleagues, parents)
  • Passion for continuous improvement

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a teachable subject area
  • Work with students who have learning differences preferred
  • Bachelor of Education
  • BC Teacher certification (or equivalent), 
  • Independent school experience, coaching/extracurricular experience, and/or a Class 4 license are all assets

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Travis Thielmann at tthielmann@fraseracademy.ca. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!

Fraser Academy is a  leader in the empowerment and education of students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in Vancouver, BC. Our fully accredited, independent school serving students in grades 1-12 provides a learner-centric environment with the most effective research-based methods to optimize personalized learning, cognitive development, and post-secondary opportunities.

Position Summary and Mandate:

The purpose of the position is to provide bookkeeping and administrative support to the Business Manager in a way that ensures monthly accounting and banking transactions are completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Position Type: One-year contract (renewable), Full-Time (40hrs/wk), Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4:00pm

Reports to: Business Manager

Key Accountabilities:

  • Processes monthly accounts payable in a timely manner, including cheque runs and expense reimbursements
  • Makes bank deposits at least twice per week or as needed, including required payment application
  • Prepares invoices for School tuition, Outreach Centre, school care, and others as assigned
  • Reconciles various payables accounts and tuition account
  • Maintains accurate and up to date Excel spreadsheets such as the tuition spreadsheet related to tuition payments for invoicing and reconciliation of the G/L, the RBC Visa spreadsheet, Petty Cash spreadsheet ensuring it is downloaded and keyed into G/L account, and the after-school-care, School Bus spreadsheet, etc .to simplify and expedite invoicing
  • Acts as back up and general support for front office activities, including filling in for receptionists during their breaks or absences; acts as a team member to ensure smooth functioning of the front office
  • Ensures filing (paper or electronic is up to date for all A/P and deposits
  • Provides administrative support for special events such as the Gala and attends events when required to assist as needed

The People:

Key internal interactions: all members of the Administration team: Receptionists, Office Manager, Director of Advancement, IT Support, Head of School, Assistants head of school and all faculty members.

Key external interactions: students, parents, banks, suppliers

Success Measurements:

  • Payables and deposits are made on time so that no interest is paid, and phone calls regarding the status of A/P payments are infrequent or non-existent
  • Follow up occurs on cheques to be signed to ensure they are sent out in a timely manner; ongoing monitoring takes place on the status of A/P to stay on top of what’s urgent and what’s not
  • Tasks completed with utmost accuracy in all tasks, from data entry to posting and invoice payments; continually working toward zero errors, with targets set every month to track progress and improvement
  • Demonstrates behaviours of a team player; takes the initiative to understand what the receptionist does and learns the operations of the front office to answer questions and respond fully to inquiries within the scope of that office
  • The Business Manager has trust that the Accounting Assistant can perform the work without supervision, and that the Assistant is exercising good judgment on deposits and troubleshooting and problem-solving satisfactorily when required

 Required Skills:

  • Proficient working skills with Excel (Pivot table, Vlookup etc.) and Word (Mail merge etc)
  • Knowledge of Sage50 software or Quickbooks
  • Accounting degree and/or actively working towards CPA Designation
  • 1-3 Years of accounting and bookkeeping experience
  • Experience in the service industry, education, or not-for-profit preferred 

A Unique Opportunity:

Fraser Academy (FA) is looking for an ambitious, strategic-minded leader who will be responsible for the current and long-term effectiveness of its financial, facilities and (certain) administrative operations. This position ensures the financial health and operational performance of FA. The successful incumbent will have a track record of financial and operational excellence, be forward-thinking, identify with the culture and values of FA, and be an active and participatory leader in its community.

About our Organization:

Since its inception in 1982, expert educators at FA have been dedicated to serving students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. Over the past several decades, and in particular under current leadership, we have become a leader in the field, recognized nationally and internationally for our programs and expertise.

Our evolution has also affirmed our commitment to the wider community which leads us to where we are today, and in the future. FA now offers:

  1. an independent school (recognized by CAIS & ISABC), our day school program serves over 260 students in grades 1-12;
  2. outreach, including after 3 and summer programs for learners, & consulting for families;
  3. training & professional development for individual educators, schools and school boards.

FA fills a gap in systemic education where approximately 20% of the student population is underserved in mainstream classrooms. The ripple effect of our programming has great social value as our student population has skills and strengths which are in demand in the 21st century, but can also be vulnerable to mental health difficulties, higher drop-out rates, and other risks when left unsupported.

The relevance to the wider community and society is important. It requires us to intervene in the education system and seek partnership beyond what schools would normally be expected to do.

We are proud to be at the forefront of education, providing the most effective research-based methods to optimize personalized learning, cognitive, social and emotional development, and post-secondary opportunities. For more information about FA, please visit us at www.fraseracademy.ca. To learn more about our vision for stronger community and expanded impact, please read our current strategic plan to 2025.

Philosophy:

Our journey is an inspiration for what more is possible…and like any driven organization, we are constantly motivated by the question: “how do we build on this?”. In service to people with dyslexia, we are firmly establishing ourselves as a leader. We are an organization in which unconventional thinking and visionary ideas are embraced; continuous improvement is part of our daily philosophy.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Head of School (Head), the Chief Finance & Administrative Officer (CFAO) ensures FA’s sound financial & operational management and health. The position is part of the Executive Leadership team and responsible for the full scope of financial operations, including accounting, reporting and analysis, controls, systems and financial management advice. In addition, this role will partner closely with the Head and Director of Advancement to implement FA’s strategic plan and help realize a centre of educational excellence in dyslexia for Canada.

In 2020, FA launched a new strategic plan. The CFAO is expected to manage FA’s financial resources to achieve the priorities set out in the plan. Priority D of the plan demands we ensure an accessible, affordable and sustainable organization; therefore, we need an entrepreneurial CFAO who can deliver on this priority while also being a key collaborative partner to help:

  1. realize a campaign to enable a new campus and expand the day student base from 260 to 500, and grow FA’s reputation as an educational center of excellence in dyslexia;
  2. establish and expand outreach programs (FAx) with a balanced model, contributing to revenue & increasing public good; and
  3. create a leading training center for educators.

Specific Responsibilities / Priorities:

Executive Leadership

• Deliver on priorities, through operations & finance, set out in the strategic plan to 2025.

• Support the Board & Executive Team in developing a new strategic plan from 2025.

• Provide financial and strategic leadership to:

  • Be ahead of the curve within the educational and economic landscape adapting FA’s financial health to take advantage of emerging/innovative practices and manage risk;
  • Develop systems and processes to ensure a modern and nimble organization;

• Partner with the School, Outreach, Advancement teams by ensuring, as applicable, financial (incl. robust revenue/expense tracking), accounting and investment aspects.

• Be a model brand ambassador; manage & steward key relationships specific to this role.

• Support the Building Committee Chair and Head in the development of a new campus master plan & procure a new facility which embodies a world-class center for dyslexia.

• Help lead the development and creation of FA’s business plan(s), ensuring such plans incorporate short and long term strategic financial models.

• Undertake certain corporate secretary duties, managing the minute books, as well as filing and other governance compliance matters.

• Provide the appropriate maintenance, including development of, institutional policies and procedures, and privacy obligations (as FA’s Privacy Officer) which an educational organization should adhere to in its ordinary course.

• Work collaboratively across departments, incl. to ensure the facilitation of Gov. of BC annual operating grants, including Special Education grants, ensuring timely reporting and accountability; assist with Gov. of BC, and CAIS audit processes as required.

Operations incl. HR & IT

• Provide transparent and accurate financial reporting, planning, record keeping etc. that build trust among all stakeholders incl. Board, faculty, staff, students, parents, donors.

• Ensure consistent application of policies, procedures, protocols, internal controls/reviews and best practices to reflect FA’s vision, values, professional standards and to safeguard assets, protect confidential information and enable accurate financial reporting.

• Manage and monitor all financial transactions.

• Oversee the management of payroll and HR functions (working with the Head).

• Model being an inspirational and motivational leader to help retain, attract and support the performance and growth of FA talent within own team and across the organization.

• Ensure CRA compliance, safeguarding the non-profit and charitable status of FA.

• Oversee IT, recognizing the specific needs & use of technology for students and staff; ensure software to manage effective registrar, admissions and advancement needs.

• Ensures daily operational services meet FA’s needs e.g. security, janitorial, phone etc.

Other Financial Reporting and Analyses

• Prepare financial reports and statements for the Head, Board and Finance Committee.

• Prepare all financial statements, returns and other required documentation to meet government and other reporting requirements, and ensure successful annual audits.

• Conduct financial analyses to monitor FA’s financial resources, including revenues, project costs and operating performance against budgets, to identify risks and opportunities and make corresponding recommendations.

• Develop financial models for use in negotiation, long-term planning and other senior management decision making needs.

• Prepare year-end reports, cash-flow analyses, earned and philanthropic/funding revenue and expense reports, and grant summaries.

• Provide specialized financial advice and expertise to the Head and Board of Directors.

• Review the FA Foundation’s management and investment strategies in the furtherance of maximizing FA’s financial resources, proactively providing input & recommendations.

• Build modeling that ensures economic accessibility and affordability, recognizing the importance of serving families who may not have means but need support.

• Prepare reports for and act as a voting member of the Bursary Award Committee.

Facilities

• Lead the development of campus master plan(s) to support institutional needs.

• Oversee material capital projects, including financial management of any new facility envisioned by FA to successful completion; working with and reporting to the Head and Building Committee Chair specifically; work with all third parties with a steadfast commitment to “on time and on budget” delivery.

• Oversee the short and long term, incl. day to day management of, facilities including:

  • Proactively evaluating, making recommendations and providing key information to help inform improvements including expansions;
  • Working with Board Committees on new construction/renovation project management, including budget management and compliance;
  • Implementing and maintaining Building Condition Reports;
  • Maintaining a Capital Asset Plan for the maintenance, repair and replacement to preserve and protect the value, longevity and use of facilities;
  • Administering institutional/property insurance process and vendor selection;
  • Leading the management/negotiation of leases, including identifying opportunities.

Core Competencies

• Financial and operational excellence – high degree of ethics, integrity & performance to deliver financial, accounting and audit management & operational effectiveness

• Strategic, Innovative Thinking – capacity to think creatively & strategically, and able to assess processes, information and systems to recommend optimization & improvements

• Sound judgement – ability to make decisions, problem-solve quickly and manage risk

• Concise & compelling communicator – presents complex information, requirements and recommendations in user-friendly manner to audiences, and seek buy-in

Requirements

The successful candidate will have 10+ years of senior leadership experience in superior financial, accounting and audit management & relevant operational results; an undergraduate degree and/or MBA in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related field along with a CPA designation. Preference will be given to candidates with educational non-profit experience.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Maureen Steltman, Head of School ℅ Kane White Consulting via email: info@kanewhite.com.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!

Technical Skills

• Extensive knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), consolidation theory and practice, modern controllership, financial and accounting theories and practices, in order to set the financial framework and oversee the financial operations of FA, to provide specialized financial expertise, advice and leadership, and to set accounting standards and ensure compliance;
  • Financial policy/procedures and systems design/development principles and methods to develop and implement a range of financial and business processing/operational policies/procedures and corporate systems to meet audit and other requirements;
  • Financial reporting processes and requirements to lead the year-end financial analysis and financial consolidation process for FA reporting;
  • Systems design and development principles to lead the design, development and implementation of financial reporting systems, and the use, operations and capabilities of large scale computer systems for financial reporting;
  • Business planning budget development and performance measurement principles, processes and best practices to enable business delivery and advice;
  • Strategic plans & directions, capital planning, campaign projections and operations;
  • Relevant legislation, regulations to ensure compliance. Exceptional analytical, organizational, planning & problem-solving, attention to detail capabilities;
  • Financial and general governance, and developing practices like ESG.

• Ability to manage and monitor all financial transactions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll/benefits, and oversees reconciliations; Reviews and approves purchases and invoices, in accordance with budgets, financial authorities and contractual agreements; Reviews and monitors all cash transactions, ensuring compliance with handling and control procedures; Manages banking, debt and lease agreements and negotiates terms, rates and ensures compliance; Collaborates with FA’s counsel and insurance agents regarding all legal and risk management matters.