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Deputy Head, Academics

Position Type Manager
Start 12/11/2017
School Name The York School
City, State Toronto, ON 
Posted 11/03/2017

Deputy Head, Academics

The York School is a co-educational independent day school renowned for its challenging academic International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and commitment to experiential learning – extending all over Toronto, Canada and the world. Our highly trained faculty receive support and training to be leading professionals in their fields and in the IB curriculum, using cutting-edge classroom technology.

What sets us apart from other schools is that our tradition is innovation. We welcome applicants who are like us – dynamic and innovative, collaborative, progressive and global-minded. The York School offers an inclusive culture and values creativity, individuality and new ideas.


Position Description

The Deputy Head, Academics, is the second point of authority, responsibility and reference after the Head of School. Regular liaison takes place between the Head of School and the Deputy Head, Academics about all matters concerned with the smooth and efficient running of the school. The Deputy Head, Academics, would be responsible for two of the five strategic directions; Delivering Academic Excellence and The Whole Student. The Deputy Head, Academics, will investigate and provide metrics, ensuring The York School is delivering academic excellence and supporting the whole student.

The Deputy Head, Academics, takes a whole school perspective and contributes to the strategic vision and planning of the school’s development. As the school is growing the Deputy Head, Academics will also be called upon to assist the Head of School in the arrangements for review and continuing professional development of teaching staff.


Strategic Pillar Accountabilities

1. Delivering Academic Excellence:

  • Ensure The York School is a world-leading IB Continuum School;
  • Cultivate highly qualified and progressive teachers;
  • Continually pursue innovative use of technology;
  • Ensure responsive programming & academic course offering;
  • Support academic success and excellence for all students.

2. Support The Whole Student:

  • Increase focus on wellness - social, emotional & physical health;
  • Strengthen co-curricular programme that develop skills and creativity;
  • Support a character based education programme & student leadership continuum;
  • Support design, arts and athletics for all students;
  • Support academic success and excellence for all students.



  • Demonstrate that The York School is fulfilling its academic mission and delivering Academic Excellence JK -12.
  • Identify and implement metrics that illustrate that the school is providing Academic Excellence.
  • Establish a detailed programme for faculty professional development that will lead and direct the teachers to continuously improve their programme delivery.
  • Supervise the Division Principals, Director of Wellness, and Director of Citizenship to ensure clear individual accountabilities.
  • Communicate, support and evaluate the work undertaken by direct reports to ensure clear delegation of roles and responsibilities.
  • Work with the Principals and other senior leaders to ensure that good teaching practice, innovation and improvement is evident in the classroom.
  • Work with the Head of School, the Director of Human Resources, Operations, and the academic executive to formulate new teacher evaluation process.
  • Mentor and coach direct reports.
  • Oversee the school’s timetable, ensuring it is prepared on time and involves consultation with the appropriate parties.
  • Chair regular curriculum meetings with Directors of Curriculum at the Junior and Middle/Senior School.
  • Ensure matters concerning the academic curriculum are reported to the Head of School, as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with new developments in curriculum, including attendance at relevant courses and conferences.
  • Encourage the sharing of best practice among divisions.
  • With the support of the Principals, collate trial and actual examination results and distribute these to all interested parties. Develop all possible means for analysing results and demonstrating ‘value added’ to the Head of School.
  • Attend monthly Executive meetings.
  • Ensure the school Principals consult with teachers to prepare a plan for student success in achieving their academic goals.
  • Other duties as the position evolves.


Reporting Structure

  • This position reports directly to the Head of School.
  • Division Principals, Director of Student Wellness, Director of Citizenship report to the Deputy Head, Academics.
  • Curriculum Directors have a dotted line reporting structure to Deputy Head, Academics.
  • This position is a member of the Executive Team.



  • Ontario Teacher’s Certificate or equivalent
  • Principal's Qualifications
  • 10+ years experience in a similar role within a not-for-profit Independent School local and/or international setting
  • Junior/Intermediate/Senior qualifications
  • Experience with the IBO (PYP, MYP and Diploma) an asset
  • Master of Business Administration an asset
  • Demonstrate excellent strategic leadership, including highly developed skills to plan and drive the continued improvement, growth and development of the school.
  • Demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills with a proven record in effective communication and conflict management, highlighted with authentic and empathetic interactions with others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to inspire and positively influence.
  • Highly developed instructional leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate innovation in promoting academic excellence through the IB programmes.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, including effective listening and engaging speaking skills.


Join Our Community

Employees at The York School are inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and engaged citizens of the world. Leaders in their field, they are collaborative, open to change and committed to improving lives through education. We are committed to professional development, and provide a competitive compensation and benefit package to our employees.

Accessibility & Equal Opportunity at The York School

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Upon request, we will accommodate individual needs for applicants with disabilities within our recruitment process.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply by submitting an application on the careers page of the York School website at www.yorkschool.com by November 17, 2017.

We thank all candidates for their applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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