University of Toronto Schools (UTS) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Principal, with the appointment to be effective July 2023. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a unique and accomplished school that is fully committed to transformative learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion. UTS alumni include 57 Order of Canada recipients, 21 Rhodes Scholars, 18 Olympians, and 2 Nobel Laureates.
Established in 1910 by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto, UTS is the only merit-based university preparatory school in Canada that is affiliated with a university and located on a university campus. The UTS Affiliation Agreement with the University of Toronto was renewed in 2015 for a 50-year term. The Affiliation Agreement allows UTS to partner with many groups within the University community to facilitate research partnerships, innovations in teaching and learning, as well as to support the Master of Teaching program at OISE. In exchange, UTS students benefit from exposure to University research, teaching initiatives, mentorship by both undergraduate and graduate students, and professors, as well as access to university libraries and sports facilities. UTS is also engaged in a variety of local and international partnerships that enrich its staff and students. UTS is committed to demonstrating leadership in curriculum innovation and the development of new ideas in education. The Eureka! Research Institute@UTS supports co-designed research between teachers and university researchers and supports the development of evidence-based teaching, learning, and assessment practices, facilitates interdisciplinary inquiry, and develops school-university partnerships and collaborative knowledge building.
UTS offers approximately 670 high achieving students, grades 7 through 12, an enriched curriculum and a unique co-educational learning environment that encourages creative interests and physical activity, initiative, and innovation, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility. Students admitted to UTS fulfill the merit-based admission requirements and represent a diversity of ethnic, socio-economic, gender, sexual, and religious identities from across the Greater Toronto region. To support access, UTS provides over $1.5 million in needs-based bursary support annually. As part of its affiliation obligations, UTS has raised over $60 million through its Building the Future campaign to redevelop its campus. This revitalized and expanded facility, which opened in April 2022, provides students with a technologically advanced, state-of-the-art learning environment consistent with UTS’s high calibre, global curriculum. UTS holds a long-standing tradition of excellence in education and is renowned for educating generations of outstanding graduates. Its graduates play leadership roles in many spheres of human endeavour. For further information, please visit the School’s website at www.utschools.ca.
Reporting to the School’s Board of Directors, the Principal is responsible for all academic and administrative aspects of UTS, and will provide leadership, direction, and encouragement to ensure that UTS continues to meet and exceed its high standards. Through advising on strategic initiatives, developing and implementing appropriate action plans, setting educational direction, and attracting, supporting, developing, and retaining the very best teachers, staff, and students, the new Principal will create an atmosphere where all can flourish. The Principal will embrace UTS’s holistic and merit-based approach to education and its standards of transformative learning, social responsibility and anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and will ensure that UTS continues to contribute to the mission and priorities of the University of Toronto. As the face of UTS, the Principal will engage, educate, communicate, and continue to build enduring relationships with its internal and external communities.
The new Principal will be an experienced educational leader with a proven track record of outstanding achievement. Excellent academic credentials, a visionary outlook aligned with the values of UTS, exceptional leadership, team building, and communication abilities, and an understanding of the role of a unique independent school are required. The Principal will have a strong rapport with young people, and the ability to interact effectively with all internal and external stakeholders of UTS.
University of Toronto Schools is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applications, including curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be submitted, in confidence, to the School's executive search consultants:
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
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