top of page




Brief Description of School:

One of Canada’s leading gender inclusive IB Schools, founded in 1965, The York School is a place where learning extends beyond the classroom and students are challenged to realise their full potential and discover who they want to be.


In two state-of-the-art campuses in the heart of Toronto, The York School brings together an innovative and progressive employee experience and fosters a caring and inclusive environment.

Brief Description of Position:

Job purpose:

Reporting to the Associate Head, Academics, the Junior School Principal oversees the Academic and co-curricular program of students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, as well as the wellbeing and performance of the faculty within the Junior School. The Junior School Principal is a champion for the School and actively contributes to shaping the division’s culture, overseeing day-to-day operations, managing and leading division staff, and building relationships with students and parents.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader with strong emotional intelligence, exceptional communication and relationship skills, academic prowess and strategic vision and execution. They will have a passion for the IB Programme and for working with teachers, and in particular a passion for students in the Primary & Junior age group. They will be a passionate team player and strong contributor to The York School’s culture of flourishing and growth.

Key responsibilities:

  • As a member of the Leadership Team, co-create the strategic direction of the Junior School, with a particular emphasis on the Strategic Plan, and guide the implementation of it through the Junior School division. 

  • Creates, develops and delivers the School’s Junior School strategies,underlying procedures and monitors the implementation within the School.

  • Leads the Junior School divisions in operations, programs and activities that are designed to infuse IB Primary Years Programme, with a particular focus on the development, implementation, and review of programmes of inquiry.

  • Supervises direct reports and provides coaching, feedback, growth opportunities including professional development, and performance management.

  • Creates or approves policies and procedures, ensuring they meet or exceed compliance requirements and best practice standards.

  • Ensures quality programs, support services, education, and research is developed in accordance with the Schools policy and practice standards.

  • Creates assessment benchmarks for students and teachers and track progress towards those goals

  • Consistently stay up to date on developments in the field of education, bringing forward any innovations or changes, with a particular focus on learning strategies.

  • Alongside team members, study curriculum and make recommendations to trustees regarding courses of study, changes to texts, schedules, and provide innovative program ideas.

  • Collaborates effectively with the school’s Leadership Team and team members on K-12 school-wide improvement efforts

  • Establishes and maintains regular communication with parents, by ensuring that inquiries are responded to in a timely and professional manner, sharing communications through the official School channels, hosting parent breakfast sessions, and attending School functions.

  • Sets behaviour expectations and disciplines students as necessary on a variety of issues including attendance and conduct.

  • Oversees and manages the Junior School division budget 

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Bachelor of Education and membership is in good standing with theOntario College of Teachers, or equivalent.

  • Principal’s Qualification Program or equivalent.

  • 5-10 years of progressively more challenging experience in an educational leadership role, preferable within an IB school.

  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritisation, and execution skills.

  • Ability to identify issues and implement creative and strategic solutions to overcome problems.

  • Exceptional experience with coaching and development of employees.

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Has strategic academic vision and current on educational research and pedagogy.

  • Has the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and adjust priorities accordingly. 

  • Ability to initiate and model positive change.

  • Ability to plan, organise, develop, implement, and interpret goals, objectives, and policies.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain lasting working relationships.

  • Has strong financial acuity with budget preparation and management experience.

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating strategic and engagement planning initiatives.

The York school cores:

  • Flexibility and Adaptability

  • Breadth of Contribution

  • Relationship Focused

  • Service Orientation

  • Communication and Collaboration Inclusivity

  • Integrity and Trust

Leadership competencies:

  • Influence and inspiration

  • Leading with Purpose

  • Champion Change

  • Coach and Develop Others

  • Managerial Courage

Working requirements:

  • The York School Campus, Toronto

  • Frequent early mornings and evenings required 


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, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) and benefit package to our employees. 


At The York School, we are committed to providing and maintaining a safe school environment for all. Consistent with this commitment, the school has established a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all employees and students to be vaccinated from COVID-19. Exemption to this policy is based on medical condition. In addition, employees must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector screening as a condition of employment.


The York school values diversity:


At The York School, our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. As such, we are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. The York School will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants

with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Human Resources by email at or by phone at 416- 926-1325.

How to apply:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply here by submitting their cover letter and resume as one document. The posting will remain open until the position is filled, and consideration of candidates will begin in November 2022.


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

bottom of page