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Edvance Christian Schools Association is currently seeking a Director of Leadership Development and School Services.

Edvance is a new, dynamic, not-for-profit industry association serving Christian schools and their leaders—principals, teachers, administrative staff and board members—in Ontario and the eastern Canadian provinces.

Our professional and dedicated team is committed to promoting and advancing excellence in Christian schools in our time. We’re globally connected but locally grounded. We’re focused on enhancing the growth and flourishing of Christian education particularly in Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces and work closely with over 74 affiliate schools.

With a tagline of “For Leaders in Education”, Edvance’s mission includes knowing our school leaders, understanding the unique culture of each affiliate school, and providing advice and coaching as requested. We proactively support our affiliates in maximizing their resources by facilitating their access to meaningful networks, educational events, innovative insights, and valuable services. We aim for our schools to be communities of high impact—for students and their families—but also for their larger communities and the common good. And we know the school leader is the primary driver of the school’s culture and well-being.


As Director of Leadership Development and School Services


You’ll be responsible for …

  • Focusing on three main functions:
    • leadership development
    • school governance support
    • administrative and school operations support
  • Empowering Christian school leaders in Ontario and Eastern Canada to shape their organizational culture to be effective joy-filled learning environments that are relational, relevant to the age, rigorous in expectation, results-oriented, and faithful to the Christian world view
  • Attracting new affiliate schools and building affiliate associational loyalty
  • Growing Christian school leaders personally and professionally in areas of competence, character, and courage
  • Encouraging, supporting, and triaging—in times of celebration and when issues arise—at the school level through visits and in-person or virtual consultations
  • Leading and convening conferences, courses, special events, key projects, and unique initiatives focused on leadership development and improved school governance and operations


What we’re looking for …

  • A demonstrated passion for excellence, professionalism, and growth in the Christian school sector
  • Familiarity with the unique contours of the Ontario educational landscape
  • A deep love for and knowledge of independent Christian elementary and secondary school structures and cultures
  • Leadership experience in the three characteristics that complement our chosen leadership metaphor: prophet/courage (interpreting the times, holding to account), priest/competence (core beliefs, worldview, sector knowledge and skills, care), and king/character (authority of position, justice, integrity, structure)
  • Superior presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong relational capacities and interpersonal disposition
  • A posture of humility, integrity, and service
  • Ability to understand issues and solve problems independently
  • Organized and self-disciplined with ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Strategic thinker with creative flair; a courageously innovative builder


Education and Experience

  • Graduate degree; relevant education degree(s) and certifications
  • Minimum of five years of advanced leadership experience in the Christian education sector
  • Knowledge of industry associations and not-for-profit sector
  • Fluency in applicable policy and regulation
  • Fluency in and capacity to engage and amplify relevant scholarly research


Are You Our Next Director of Leadership Development and School Services?

You’ll work from our office in a dynamic co-working space in Burlington, Ontario at the nexus of the 407, 403 and QEW. This is a full-time position with pension and benefits, set to begin on or around August 1, 2020. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


As a member of our team, you will be in agreement with the foundational statements of the organization as expressed in our by-laws.

How to Apply

To apply or reach out with expressions of interest or further questions, please contact Deani Van Pelt, President, Edvance by email or phone at or 289.203.7171 ext. 105 before Thursday, November 14, 2019. All inquiries and applications will be held in strictest confidence. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a statement of vision for the K-12 Christian education sector.