Job No: SN190622
Location: North Vancouver


CLOSES: JULY 25, 2019 11:30PM (PST)

  • Great opportunity to help make a difference to the Squamish Nation community!
  • Join a dynamic and progressive First Nations government.
  • Enjoy a competitive salary, plus comprehensive benefits and pension plan.


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Principal to join our team in North Vancouver, BC.

Reporting to the Director, Education, Employment & Training, this position coordinates the affairs and expansion of the Capilano Little Ones School. Responsible for a growing faculty (i.e.11-20 staff plus professional service providers such as Speech & Language Pathologist, Art Therapist, Sensory Therapists, tutors and Neuro-psychologist), this position will manage a growing student base of 60 to 150 children (K4 to 3) over the next three to five years. It is responsible for the management of a new facility and for the long run development and integration of a Squamish Language Immersion program within the school. Committee and community work is a significant part of the role including representation on the Parents Advisory Council, School Based Resource Team, Community Volunteers and ISC. This position represents the department on FNSA and, from time to time, takes on other short-term appointments to inter-departmental committees or external advisories as requested. The position is also responsible for grant applications, reporting, child assessments, complaints, nutrition, health and safety.


  • Conducts annual strategic planning session for the School with Director and Education, Employment & Training team and creates annual work plan for approval by the Director. Stays abreast of research and new developments in the fields of First Nation’s language and early childhood education. Monitors staffing and capital cost requirements making requests as required.
  • Ensures compliance with all school act legislation, health & safety and licensing regulations. Liaises with Federal and Provincial licensing agencies. Maintains up-to-date data and records of school administration and student progress. Plans the yearly calendar of school holidays and maintains professional library.
  • Identifies annual instructional and curricular objectives of the school with approval of the Director, ensuring instructional objectives are met and utilizes the annual work plan and strategic planning assessment to guide the development and adaptation of curriculum. Coordinates child assessments, including initial screening, implementation, assigning professional staff, etc.
  • Prepares annual school budget in collaboration with Director, completes grant applications to FNESC, FNSA, etc., organizes a year-end budget analysis, and submits final reports to funding agencies. Oversees enrollment and tuition fees, handles petty cash, makes cheque requests for equipment, supplies, toys, etc. and includes budgetary details in monthly reports to management.
  • Coordinates school expansion process, including space, capital assets, child enrollment growth and legal requirements. Develops Immersion curriculum on an ongoing basis with the goal of making the school 100% immersion and personalized language plan.
  • Monitors and reports on condition of school and grounds. Plans and maintains inventory records and maintenance/repair of equipment/supplies and replaces as needed. Assists teachers in developing work plan for use of indoor and outdoor space and schedules use of classrooms, space, equipment, etc.
  • Acts as school liaison and builds relationships with parents and community. Sits on various committees including Parents Advisory Council, School Based Resource Team, FNSA, etc. Plans and administers parent education and participation programs, student teaching program and stays connected with neighboring Nations to exchange information and develop ideas.
  • Coordinates healthy food communication to parents, health & safety programs, legal liabilities, health records, physician reports, etc. Prepares activities to teach children fire, railroad, stranger and traffic safety.
  • Supervises staff.
  • Supervises the Health and Safety of Employees and adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Capilano Little Ones and Education, Employment & Training Teams.


You will also demonstrate:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, First Nations Studies, Early Childhood Education, Social Services or Human Development or a relevant /related degree, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 4 – 5 years of directly-related experience in a the majority of specialties listed in this job description including K to 12 curriculum/program management, instructional staff supervision, facilities administration in a child care or educational setting, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to First Nation’s early childcare, school administration, language immersion schools, etc.
  • First Aid, Infant and Child CPR Certification is required or must be willing to obtain within a set timeframe.
  • Certificates in Special Needs, Infant & Toddler is preferred.
  • Experience as an intermediate user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications – Outlook (Email), Word, Excel, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must learn to speak/deliver introductory words/phrases in the Squamish language (within curriculum) and further broaden Squamish Nation culture & language knowledge within a set timeframe.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation. 


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