Careers

If you want to make a real impact on education, on the lives of young people, and on your own career, you’ve come to the right place!

Working at Pear Tree Elementary is an opportunity to become part of a close-knit team of individuals committed to excellence and constant improvement of: ourselves, our students, and of education.

Whether you work for Pear Tree as a teacher, principal, chef, or administrator, we are all dedicated to the same goal: improving the lives of young people living in Vancouver.

Pear Tree Elementary prides itself on assembling and retaining a first-class team. We offer highly-competitive salaries and benefits package, as well as continuous professional development.

Positions Available

Operations Assistant

Start Date: September 2020

 

M.Ed. Classroom Teacher

Start Date: September 2021

About Pear Tree Education

Established in 2011, Pear Tree Education is leading the way in the Lower Mainland with its uniquely progressive and holistic approach to K-12 education.

As of 2016, Pear Tree offers a diverse range of educational services within its umbrella brands:

  • Pear Tree Elementary (peartree.school): Private Elementary School (K-7)
  • Pear Tree Education (pear-tree.ca): Enrichment classes, SSAT / Mini School prep, education camps
  • SummerESL.com: International language school agency

Our goal is to continue growing to become the leader in progressive education all the way from preschool to college level!

What You’ll Love About Us!

You’ll be joining a unique and diverse team of educated individuals. Everyone who works at Pear Tree is passionate about our mission, and has a positive impact on the success of the organization.

And we embrace that same philosophy for our employees as well. Everyone on our team celebrates learning, entrepreneurialism, and personal growth, knowing that the success of Pear Tree’s employees and the company are inextricably intertwined.

To develop a close-knit team, we organize regular company events, including dinner parties, escape rooms, games nights, hiking trips, and fitness classes!

Working for Pear Tree also means that you’re working for an ethical business! As with any business -whether for- or not-for-profit, we need to generate as much revenue as possible. Nevertheless, we do so in ways that provide genuine benefits to our customers and our community. Our staff are the heart of our organization, and are treated as we ourselves would want to be treated.

 

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Operations Assistant

Summary

We’re looking for an Operations Assistant to help all facets of our business grow while still maintaining exceptional standards of communication, service, and organisation. 

If you’re ready to embrace a position that offers the incredible learning, insight, and experience that comes from working in a rapidly growing SME, this is the role for you.

A Day in the Life:

Since Pear Tree has so many services, we’re busy all year round! What’s more, our needs vary depending on the time of year (e.g. start of school, admissions sessions, camp bookings, etc.). Nevertheless, here is an example of a day in the life of an Operations Assistant:

  • Connect face-to-face with staff, parents and students at the beginning of the day
  • Check and respond to emails from customers and staff using Gmail
  • Update school admin system with student lates and absences
  • Answer phone calls from customers or suppliers
  • Making any necessary bookings for off-site facilities or transportation
  • Scan and transfer family documentation to Google Drive
  • Meet with teachers to plan scheduling updates
  • Update school calendar on website
  • Research cost-effective suppliers for teachers’ supplies
  • Check online booking system for student uniform orders
  • Create an Instagram graphic for Pear Tree using Adobe Spark
  • Additional duties as requested

As you learn on the job, you’ll funnel that knowledge back into the organization, by looking for ways to improve processes, make our work more efficiently, and save time so that our owners can focus on growing the business further.

Our customers and community stakeholders will also appreciate your phenomenal communication and interpersonal skills as you interact with them on a regular basis, ensuring their needs are met with the highest standard of customer service. You’re someone who understands that the positive experiences of our clients are key to our continued success and growth.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Exceptional communication skills: face-to-face, phone, and email
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional level fluency in English (written and verbal)
  • Proficiency with Google Apps (mail management, spreadsheet manipulation and  developing and editing written content in a professional capacity)
  • Ability to complete tasks efficiently and to a very high standard
  • An eye for detail
  • Growth mindset

 

Awesome Extras

  • Experience with Marketing & Social Media

Working Time:

This is a full-time position. You’ll generally work standard hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm; however, some circumstances may require you to be at work outside of these hours (e.g. monthly open houses), or to check your email outside of these hours.

You will be directly answerable to the Pear Tree directors, Alexis Birner and Paul Romani.

Salary & Benefits:

Although this is an entry-level position, we offer a competitive total compensation package, with a starting salary of $50,000/year plus benefits.

Pear Tree offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes dental, extended health, life insurance, long term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment.

Additional benefits include:

  • Company Events
  • Free Food (with our in-house hot lunch program)
  • On-site Parking
  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Vacation: 

We offer excellent paid vacation time, follows:

  • Winter break (~3 weeks)
  • Time before the start of summer camps (~1 week)
  • 5 x vacation days, which can be taken consecutively
  • 3 x paid personal days

Professional Development & Growth Opportunities

Ongoing professional development will be provided using a mixture of in-house and external training. The more you learn, the better you’ll be able to help us!

As Pear Tree grows, further opportunities will present themselves, including executive / management roles.

How to Apply

Please submit a customised cover letter and resume appropriate for the position. 

Please include “Operations Assistant” in the subject line.

 We thank all interested parties. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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M.Ed. Classroom Teacher

Summary

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a group of talented educators who are changing the face of education? 

We’re Pear Tree Elementary, and we strongly believe that today’s schools aren’t doing enough to prepare students to succeed in the 21st century. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide parents and children with a new, progressive alternative to the schools of the past.

Our classrooms use theme-based learning – integrating inquiry, project and problem-based learning. Rather than teaching separate subjects, our students learn by doing, by imagining and by collaborating. 

We’re looking for an exemplary elementary school teacher with a passion for progressive education: someone who understands that education needs to change, and who has the skills to bring that vision to the classroom. 

If that sounds like you, then we can’t wait to hear from you! 

A Day in the Life:

You’ll be teaching a combined grade class of grade (e.g. 2-3, 4-5 or 6-7). Unlike traditional classrooms, you won’t be teaching separate subjects, but rather through themes. So, you’ll need to be great at understanding the individual needs of your class, and at designing innovative learning practices, including the seamless integration of technology.

Most importantly, you’ll be committed to our progressive, whole-child teaching philosophy, and be able to get students and parents excited about everything our school has to offer. 

Because we’re educators ourselves, we foster an environment where teachers have the freedom to innovate in the classroom, and aren’t limited by standard curriculums. We work hard to be on the cutting edge, so you’ll also be working with like-minded professionals who are leaders in education.

We believe in a “whole child” approach to education, so your students will always have everything they need to thrive in your class. 

What you’ll need:

  • Masters Degree in Education (or Master of Arts or Science)
  • Bachelor Degree in Education
  • 3+ years of experience teaching at the elementary level in Canada
  • Expertise in multi-grade classrooms and/or classes with a wide range of learners
  • B.C. Ministry of Education Certification (required before employment)
  • Exceptional communication skills: face-to-face, phone, and email
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional level fluency in English (written and verbal)
  • Experience using learning technology (SMARTboards, iPads, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of Google products (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom) and Educational iPad apps
  • High Standards
  • Passion
  • Empathy
  • Growth mindset

 

Awesome Extras

  • Experience with student goal-setting
  • Google Education, Microsoft Educator, and/or Apple Distinguished Educator
  • Strong familiarity with updated B.C. Curriculum
  • Experience with private school culture / families
  • Photography skills

Working Time:

This is a full-time, 1-year contract position, with opportunity for a permanent position. Core hours are 7:50am to 3:40pm. There is an occasional requirement for longer hours, and attendance at open house events, but we know that life balance is important. You won’t be overburdened with extra-curriculars.

You will be directly answerable to the Pear Tree directors, Alexis Birner and Paul Romani.

Salary & Benefits:

We offer a competitive total compensation package, with a starting salary of $88,328/year, plus benefits, plus a 2% yearly raise.

Pear Tree offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes dental, extended health, life insurance, long term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment.

Additional benefits include:

  • Company Events
  • Free Food (with our in-house hot lunch program)
  • On-site Parking
  • Paid Time Off (see below)

Vacation: 

We offer excellent paid vacation time, follows:

  • Winter break (~3 weeks)
  • Spring break (~2 weeks)
  • Summer break (~9-10 weeks)
  • 3 x paid personal days

Professional Development & Growth Opportunities

Ongoing professional development will be provided using a mixture of in-house and external training. The more you learn, the better you’ll be able to help us!

As Pear Tree grows, further opportunities will present themselves, including leadership roles.

How to Apply

Please submit a customised cover letter and resume in PDF format. Include “M.Ed. Classroom Teacher” in the subject line.

Please ensure that both are tailored to the position that we are advertising, and are checked for spelling and grammar.

We will not review bulk resumes, applications addressed mistakenly to other schools, or poorly presented resumes.

We thank all interested parties. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Pear Tree Elementary,
215-2678 West Broadway,
Vancouver, B.C.,
V6K 2G3

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