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Lucia Llano,
Administrative Assistant, Student Recruiting
416-483-4325, ext. 1220
studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca

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Careers at The Bishop Strachan School

Everything we do at BSS is in support of girls’ learning. We empower our students to become confident and compassionate women, tomorrow’s transformational leaders. This happens because our faculty and staff are the very best at what they do, and are inspired to contribute in meaningful ways to our Culture of Powerful Learning.

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Opportunities

Internationally acclaimed for its unique environment and expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has built a reputation over its long history as an undisputed leader in education. Offering a challenging, lively and creative atmosphere, a roster of uniquely qualified faculty and staff, and an inspiring campus featuring a spectacular science and arts wing, BSS inspires each student to find her passion, pursue her dreams and reach her potential through a rigorous academic program.

Helping students become smart, independent, compassionate young women, BSS provides the tools, technology and innovation required to thrive in post-secondary pursuits and beyond. Our unique whole girl approach, commitment to excellence and embodiment of strong values create a profound and powerful learning environment within a supportive, engaged community.

To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization – including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking the right candidate to fill the position of:

Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Executive Director, Advancement

Summary of Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer works closely with other frontline fundraisers, the Advancement Services team, and colleagues across BSS to actively grow the major gift pipeline and bring visibility to the school’s planned giving program. Through dedicated relationship building, informed gift solicitation, and meaningful volunteer engagement, this role contributes to building a strong culture of philanthropy, and a sense of shared goals, throughout the BSS community.

The Major Gifts Officer works in keeping with the school’s vision, mission and values. Being effective in this role requires a strong interest – and active participation – in the life of BSS so that communications and interpersonal exchanges are both informed and authentic.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Works closely with colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors with the capacity to make a major gift ($25,000+)
  • Actively engages with a portfolio of prospective supporters through school events, in-person meetings, phone visits, and written communications
  • Implements agreed-upon metrics for major gift fundraising, using Raiser’s Edge to track activity
  • Plans, schedules and conducts solicitation meetings; as warranted, provides behind-the-scenes support for the Head of School, Executive Director, Advancement and key volunteers
  • Prepares proposals and other solicitation materials; advises the Senior Development Officer on appropriate donor recognition and stewardship once a gift is committed
  • Works collaboratively and strategically with Student Enrolment, Communications, and members of the Advancement team to optimize trips – including Head of School meetings, alumnae branch events, and recruiting visits – to achieve multiple objectives, as appropriate
  • Conducts research on prospective donors, tapping outside resources as needed
  • Supports and advises the Director, Parent Relations in developing plans to welcome new families
  • Participates in regular review of priority prospects to ensure coordinated efforts and meaningful engagement activities
  • Helps pilot an initiative to celebrate and encourage woman’s philanthropy at BSS
  • Manages Planned Giving program, including marketing and communications, solicitations and recognition of Gaudeamus Society members
  • Commits to some travel and to working some evenings and weekends
  • Commits to the Staff Growth and Evaluation Process
  • Other related responsibilities as assigned

Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least five years of experience in major gifts and/or planned giving, preferably at an educational institution; fundraising designation a plus
  • Significant experience working productively and positively with alumnae and volunteers
  • Understanding of the unique culture of philanthropy in a women’s institution
  • Superior interpersonal and judgment skills; ability to make strong connections and represent BSS with stakeholders
  • Strong project management, organization and planning skills, with a demonstrated track record of program development and implementation and attentiveness to detail
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge and highly developed computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); fluency with Google platform
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumnae, parents, and friends of the school
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations
  • Integrity, flexibility and a sense of humour

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Major Gifts Officer in the subject line.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Founded in 1867, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is Canada’s oldest day and boarding school for girls, offering rigorous academic programs and a full co-curricular program to challenge and inspire every student. With an expert faculty, skilled staff, state-of-the-art resources including a spectacular new arts and science wing, and a dynamic and supportive environment, BSS is a leading school for girls in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and an exceptional workplace for those committed to excellence, innovation and continuous learning.

We are seeking exceptionally passionate and caring candidates to fill the position of a Relief Nurse (R.N.) within our Wellness Centre who will be available on short notice to assist the Wellness Centre team in responding to student, staff and parental concerns, in our educational environment.

Requirements for the Role

  • Strong clinical, counselling and emergency skills, as well as experience working with students
  • Mental health counselling training and experience preferred
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office, Blackbaud, Google Cloud Platform
  • Superior interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are also required
  • Ability to work independently and keep a high level of confidentiality
  • Current members of the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Camp and/or pediatric experience would be beneficial
  • Our Wellness Centre is staffed between 8:15 am to 4:15 pm.

We offer a competitive rate and the opportunity to work with dynamic staff and students in a vibrant learning community.

Interested applicants should forward cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Relief Nurse (R.N.), Wellness Centre in the subject line by Friday, January 10, 2020.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Internationally acclaimed for its unique environment and expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has built a reputation over its long history as an undisputed leader in education. Offering a challenging, lively and creative atmosphere, a roster of uniquely qualified faculty and staff, and an inspiring campus featuring a spectacular science and arts wing, BSS inspires each student to find her passion, pursue her dreams and reach her potential through a rigorous academic program.

Helping students become smart, independent, compassionate young women, BSS provides the tools, technology and innovation required to thrive in post-secondary pursuits and beyond. Our unique whole girl approach, commitment to excellence and embodiment of strong values create a profound and powerful learning environment within a supportive, engaged community.

To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization – including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking the right candidate to fill the position of:

Graphic Designer and Digital Co-ordinator

Reports to: Director of Communications and Marketing

Summary of Position

The Graphic Designer and Digital Co-ordinator is a creative, entrepreneurial professional who will develop, design and deliver innovative communications initiatives that support the strategic objectives of the school. With a multidisciplinary skill set, including graphic design, digital media buying and digital metrics analysis, this role is suited to someone who seeks a variety of experiences and is passionate about girls’ education.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Designs and co-ordinates the production of digital and print collaterals
  • Plans and executes digital media campaigns across multiple platforms such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, Bing, LinkedIn, Native ads etc.
  • Creates digital visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate
  • Develops overall layout and production design for a variety of mediums such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, etc.
  • Writes clear marketing copy to promote our school and enrich our websites with such things as digital advertisements
  • Using metrics, performs regular analysis and optimization of campaigns
  • Tracks performance and creates reporting mechanisms
  • Designs and produces online newsletters and publications
  • Monitors and upholds the BSS brand and communications standards, editing and proofing all materials for quality control and provides guidance, support and consultation to other departments on strategic communications, branding and project management
  • Commits to the Staff Growth and Evaluation Program
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Minimum 3 years graphic design experience
  • Experience buying digital ads and search words, and optimizing media on an ongoing basis
  • Demonstrated experience writing copy for a variety of communications and marketing collateral pieces
  • Graphic design degree or diploma and/or a related combination of experience, including project management
  • Skilled using graphic design software for document design and editing within the Adobe Creative Suite
  • HTML knowledge
  • Expertise in SEO and SEM
  • Strong knowledge of performance evaluation tools such as Google Analytics
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud software and communications tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management expertise, ability to prioritize and meet tight timelines
  • Expertise in print production
  • Data generation, analysis and measurement skills
  • Positive, creative, collaborative and organized
  • Ability to manage changing priorities, concurrent projects and demanding deadlines
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends during the school year
  • Commitment to and passion for the vision, mission and values of the school

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Graphic Designer and Digital Co-ordinator in the subject line.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

JUNIOR SCHOOL POSITIONS  – 2019-20 Academic Year

Renowned for its expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, BSS offers a single-gender environment that helps girls achieve their best, both academically and in their life’s pursuits. Continually reaching forward, renewing itself and keeping time with the fast-paced changes and increasing demands of the complicated world its graduates will face, BSS believes girls can do anything and strives to give them the 21st century tools to achieve whatever their dreams.

Experienced teachers who have been actively engaged in ongoing professional growth and are excited about making a difference in the lives of young women are encouraged to apply for the following position for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year:

Junior School Supply Teachers

Ontario Teaching Certification applicants with Primary/Junior credentials, superior academic records, commitment to best practices and several years teaching experience are required to teach on an occasional basis during staff absences in the Junior School (Junior Kindergarten to Grades 6). Elementary French teachers are also invited to apply. In addition, if you are certified with NLS, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Standard First Aid, you will be called in to cover our teaching team who assist with the Junior School Red Cross Swim Program.

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by mail to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Supply Teacher – Primary Division or Junior Division in the subject line by Friday, January 24, 2020.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our school fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Working at BSS

At BSS you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an unparalleled setting, with access to innovative tools, support and resources. If you enjoy a diverse and dynamic workplace, and share our commitment to high standards, we invite you to explore a career with BSS.

We thank all candidates in advance and will contact only those selected for an interview.

We believe that diversity in our school fosters an inclusive and creative environment, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

The Bishop Strachan School is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please contact Elisabeth Gsoels,Executive Assistant, Human Resources and Professional Growth at 416-483-4325, ext. 1163 or by email at EGsoels@bss.on.ca.

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