Director of Education

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR) is seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader as its new Director of Education. The successful candidate will assume the role ideally on or before February 1, 2021.

KPR supports a world-class education for approximately 33,000 students in 91 schools spread across its diverse jurisdiction spanning over 7,000 square kilometers in rural and small urban communities in southeastern Ontario, including the Kawarthas to the north, and south to Lake Ontario; and from Hastings County in the east, on the edge of the City of Oshawa along Lake Ontario. KPR’s central board operations are located in the City of Peterborough. The region is home to several excellent post-secondary institutions, including Trent University, Fleming College, Durham College, Loyalist College and Ontario Tech University (UOIT). As one of the most progressive publicly-funded school systems in Ontario, the district offers excellent health care facilities; a wide range of affordable housing; a thriving arts and cultural community; four-season recreational activities; and a vast array of outstanding lifestyle amenities within easy reach of lake and cottage country, or large metropolitan centres.

Reporting to a board of ten (10) elected trustees and one (1) appointed First Nations trustee, the Director of Education will provide strategic leadership and direction to a dedicated team of Supervisory Officers and staff, to advance the Board’s mission: "We inspire our students to excel in learning, to succeed in life, and to enrich our communities". The role will appeal to an inspiring and experienced leader who will work in partnership with trustees, staff, students, families and communities in achieving the priorities of the new strategic plan: "Excellence in Learning, Life and Community". The ideal candidate demonstrates breadth and depth of experience, vision and credentials required to lead a complex, publicly funded school system.

Equity matters at KPR. The ideal director candidate will have demonstrated experience in organizational change to include Equity as a foundational pillar of their work. The candidate will have proven leadership in the creation of inclusive learning environments and in addressing achievement and opportunity gaps. The candidate will have successfully led structural and practical change with a variety of stakeholders including parents, unions and community organizations.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please forward your résumé and covering letter, along with a list of four preliminary references (who will not be contacted without prior consent), quoting Project #KPRDIR2020, to on or before October 1, 2020 at 4pm. Requests for additional information and the detailed Candidate Profile for the role, and/or confidential suggestions or nominations of suitable candidates may be submitted to the email address above - or by contacting Marilyn Gouthro at / (807) 626- 6042 or Jordene Lyttle at / (416) 850-1650. All inquiries will be treated as confidential. KPR is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome interest and/or applications from all qualified candidates, with a diversity of backgrounds, without exception. Promeus Inc. is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. Please advise us of any accommodation measures you may require during our selection process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants for their interest and wish to advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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The Ontario Principal's Council, in partnership with Ontario Supervisory Officials Association requires instructors/Mentors for the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program.

Application Process

Practising Supervisory Officers from all publicly funded school systems are invited to apply for positions as SOQP instructors.

Applicants are asked to submit the following information:

  • A letter of application (cover letter)
  • A curriculum vitae. A letter of reference from a director of education
  • Names and contact numbers for two additional references including a practising SO.

Selection Process

  • Based on established criteria, applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. This process will include calling candidates' references. Following this initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to take part in an interview process.
  • Selection Criteria for SOQP Instructors/ Mentors
    When selecting staff for the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program, the following criteria will be considered:
    • Is a practising Supervisory Officer with recent and relevant experience
    • Is an exemplary school leader, as recognized by peers and supervisors
    • Has identified expertise in particular areas of school leadership
    • Has a proven record of effective delivery of leadership development programs
    • Is dynamic, resourceful, well-read and informed
    • Understands and applies theory relevant to school leadership
    • Demonstrates a province-wide perspective
    • Is an excellent communicator
    • Represents one of the four publicly-funded systems in Ontario
    • Provides balance among criteria such as, male/female, elementary/secondary, francophone/anglophone, urban/rural, and other appropriate geographic representations

    Training for SOQP Instructors

    Successful applicants will be expected to take part in staff training and planning sessions. Planning for the July program occurs in May and June, dates to be determined.

    For the full job posting and application instructions click HERE.