Assistant Director PSA and Adult Education Liaison
Professional and Social Issues Division
Full-time, temporary position ending on August 31, 2028
The British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF), established in 1917, is a union of professionals representing over 50,000 public school teachers in the province of BC. As an organization, we are dedicated to advancing learning conditions for students concurrently with advocating for BC's public school teachers and the teaching profession. We are also deeply committed to democratic decision-making and supporting the engagement of the teachers who make up our member base. Equally, we act on our belief in social justice in schools and the broader community, and actively support our members in striving to achieve equity, inclusion, and a more just society for their students today and into the future.
Housed in a modern, well-maintained office setting located close to the Canada Line and other major transit routes, the BCTF provides an exceptional working environment where respect, learning, and professional growth are championed and valued. Please note, this is a full-time, in-person position based out of Vancouver.
Function and purpose
Reporting to the Director, Professional and Social Issues (PSID), the Assistant Director, PSA and Adult Education Liaison is responsible for co-ordinating Federation initiatives and activities in support of the Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) of the BCTF, and the Provincial Specialist Association Council (PSAC); and supporting the work of the Adult Education Advisory Committee.
Principal duties and responsibilities
- Co-ordinates the work and meetings of PSAC and the Agenda and Steering Committee of the Provincial Specialist Association Council (ASC-PSAC). Ensures that advice from PSAC is prepared for and presented to the Executive Committee, and that the decisions related to PSAC are implemented in a timely manner.
- Provides direct support, training, and mentorship to the 32 PSAs, including working with various BCTF departments, staff, and officers as needed for PSA membership processing, technology and IT support, Finance and Accounting follow-up. as well as approval of PSA related grants and budgets. Attends PSA Executive Committee meetings and other meetings as needed.
- Works in both a proactive, collaborative, and responsive manner to ensure PSA understanding, support of, and compliance with BCTF policy. This includes:
- development and delivery of training and/or guidance materials to support ongoing PSA awareness of Federation policy and procedure that governs PSAs, as well as to support onboarding and orientation for new PSA Officers.
- review of PSA constitutions, PSA Executive Committee minutes, and Annual General Meeting minutes.
- co-ordination of PSA outside representation requests; and review of PSA websites, publications, and other materials.
- support for PSA Day and other PSA events.
- responds to BCTF member, PSA, local, and other inquiries regarding PSAs, PSAC, and/or PSA events.
- Acts as the Federation staff liaison to British Columbia Teachers’ Council (BCTC) and co-ordinates all activities relating to the BCTC, including co-ordination of Federation representatives and activities associated with BCTC elections.
- Co-ordinates the Adult Education Advisory Committee and Federation work associated with adult education, including lobbying, partnership, engagement, and/or Ministry initiatives.
Other duties and responsibilities
- Responsible for other duties and Federation initiatives as assigned.
- Support overall work of the division and assists with a wide variety of emerging issues.
- successful completion of a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree.
- Experience and competencies
- experience as a public school teacher, preferably in British Columbia
- recent experience with education policy, education change, curriculum
- demonstrated knowledge and understanding of current professional issues for teachers
- experience and expertise in the development of workshops for adult learners
- understanding of issues of equity and inclusion for teachers and students
- strong verbal, written, communication, and facilitation skills
- excellent organizational and administrative skills, including a high-level of computer literacy
- ability to function effectively both independently and within a team.
- Other desired qualifications, skills, and abilities
- flexibility to work evenings and weekends
- flexibility to travel
- ability to communicate in French would be an asset
- understanding of issues of social justice, equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion (JEDDI) with a desire to further develop in this area.
A competitive compensation package will be provided including a starting salary of $106,518.76 per annum (however, may differ if applicant has previous BCTF staff experience), a Special Allowance of $3,176.84 per annum, and excellent benefits including:
- extended health and dental (employer paid)
- long-term disability
- life insurance (employer paid)
- Teachers’ Pension Plan (shared contribution)
- seven (7) weeks of vacation per year
- thirty-five (35) hours weekly schedule Monday to Friday with flexible work hours
- generous professional development allowance
- ·on-site parking available
- transit subsidy
- Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- a supportive team environment.
Only applications received in writing by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023, will be considered. Please submit a letter of application and résumé, including reference contact information, via the link A0414-2023-01.
September 1, 2023, or a mutually agreed upon date, and ending on August 31, 2028.
Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., May 26, 2023
Diversity and accessibility
The BC Teachers’ Federation is committed to furthering social justice, diversity, decolonization, equity, and inclusion within our community. Applicants are encouraged to disclose, on a voluntary basis, whether they self-identify as a member of an equity-deserving group, which includes female, 2SLGBTQIA+ person, a person of colour, a person who has experienced racism, Aboriginal (Indigenous) person, and/or a person with a disability. The BCTF strives for compliance with the Accessible British Columbia Act and ensuring our communities are as barrier-free as possible. Applicants requiring an accommodation are encouraged to contact the hiring manager at 604-871-2200.