English Teacher, Upper School

  • Upper Canada College
  • 200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jul 10, 2024
Full-Time, Contract Teacher

Job Description

Employment Terms: Full Time, 10-Month Contract 6/6 Workload

Start Date: August, 2024 

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, curious and flexible Teacher for our Upper School English Department to teach a full course load in the Middle Year programs (Grades 8-10). The successful candidate will have demonstrated a pattern of innovation, collaboration and engagement in learning and/or teaching, and share an eagerness to work with a variety of learners and diverse student body. In addition, they will share an interest in real-world and transformative learning experiences, as well as demonstrate cultural competency and an ability to work in a collegial manner. 

Key Responsibilities and Tasks


  • Prepare and implement course objectives, lesson plans, outlines and assessment pieces for course of study following IB and College guidelines;

  • Employ best practices for teaching students at the high school level, including inquiry and problem-based learning, scaffolding, book-ending, frequent review and feedback, and differentiated instruction;

  • Create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in the classroom;

  • Establish a positive and aspiring classroom environment that best enables a diverse group of students to flourish, and recognizes the differing needs of students on the basis of their linguistic, historical, cultural and socio-economic experiences;

  • Communicate regularly on student progress with faculty, administrators and parents;

  • Use technology in the classroom and delivering remote learning to enhance learning and support student organization and planning;

  • Collaboratively create engaging assessments to evaluate students’ progress, and provide meaningful feedback to students, in their journey towards continuous growth;

  • Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and strategies and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities;

  • Participate in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, assemblies and various professional development opportunities. 


  • Actively engage with students in their advising group in order to know them and support their growth in academics, co-curricular and social emotional wellbeing;

  • Know the academic, physical and personal profiles of each student in the advising group;

  • Emulate the values of the College-Learning, Community, Wellbeing, Service and Puluralism;

  • Be an effective link between the school and families on both academic and non-academic matters by carrying out the duties of an Adviser;

  • Meet with advisees during twice weekly advising sessions and delivering the advising curriculum;

  • Write advising comments on reports and communicate formally and informally with parents of advisees in person, email and via telephone.


  • Lead with skill, passion and enthusiasm, identified activities in our vast co-curricular program, including athletics (coaching expertise in basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, baseball), the arts, clubs and publications;

  • Actively participate in the life of the school including, but not limited to graduation, school dances and other extracurricular community events as required.

Job Requirements

Experience, Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Collaborative, energetic disposition with demonstrated creativity and passion for working with students;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop strong professional relationships with students, colleagues, administration and parents;

  • Exemplary communication, problem solving, negotiation and mediation skills;

  • Willingness to adapt and change based on the unique and diverse needs of the students;

  • Commitment to honesty, justice, fairness and equity;

  • Concern for the whole student, not just academics;

  • Effective team member;

  • Strong attention to detail, organization and planning;

  • Invest in personal development and strive to grow professionally;

  • Ability to recognize individual learning styles and the characteristics of learners;

  • Display humility and empathy, and recognize their ability to positively influence change; Embraces the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in their local and global communities;

  • Commitment to a learning and working environment that is safe, healthy, meaningful, engaging and supportive;

  • Committed to teamwork, collaboration, mutual respect and a fundamental belief in our vision, mission and values;

  • University Major in Subject of Expertise is preferred;

  • Relevant teaching or related work experience;

  • Experience with the MYP and/or International Baccalaureate program an asset;

  • Strong knowledge of educational pedagogies with nuanced thinking about the educational and instructional program including but not limited to Anti-Oppressive, Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Pedagogy an asset.

What We Offer 

  • Unparalleled opportunities for professional development including workshops, networking sessions, a leadership program, and visiting experts and scholars;

  • Flexibility to substitute statutory holidays in recognition of diverse religious and cultural practices;

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, including health care and lifestyle spending accounts;

  • Pension plan, generous vacation time, parental leave top-up 

  • Significant support for personal and family wellbeing and mental health, including the Employee and Family Assistance Program;

  • Paid volunteer time off for involvement in the communities that matter to you 

  • Social events for colleagues and their families;

  • Collaborative and supportive team members and colleagues;

  • Free on-campus parking.

About UCC

Upper Canada College is a place where tradition, excellence and innovation meet. At UCC faculty and staff thrive for many reasons: our dynamic, supportive environment; cutting-edge facilities; diverse and collaborative community; and competitive compensation and benefits. Surrounded by expert educators, dedicated students and a network of learning partners and resources, you’ll be inspired to explore your passions and be your best. Your work fosters the development of graduates who think critically, solve complex problems and lead lives of impact. 

At UCC we are grounded in our mission to provide transformational learning opportunities and our values of learning, service, community, pluralism and wellbeing.

UCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  UCC embraces pluralism – celebrating differences, cherishing similarities, and giving voice to multiple perspectives. If you are contacted regarding a UCC opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodations.

Please apply online through ADP by July 24, 2024 3:00pm. We thank all candidates in advance; however, we will contact only those selected for an interview.

To learn more about UCC, please visit ucc.on.ca and careers.ucc.on.ca/

Position Start Date

August 2024