Senior Secondary Program Coordinator

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Education, Culture and Employment
Job ID: 21366
Salary: $113,120 - $135,135
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Jan 26, 2022

Department Information

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.

Job Information

Reporting to the Director of Curriculum Development and Student Assessment (CDSA), and located in Yellowknife, the Coordinator is responsible for managing, supporting, promoting and actively encouraging: student-centered / family-centered, culture-based, process-orientated, research-based, interactive, experiential, competency-based, cognitively challenging, inclusive education in accordance with the NWT Education Act, the NWT Official Languages Act, the NWT Day Care Act, regulations, ECE departmental philosophies, guidelines, Frameworks and Action Plans, Ministerial Directives, curricula, and inter-jurisdictional initiatives.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is currently undertaking a process of renewal both in the early childhood sector and Junior Kindergarten to grade twelve (JK-12) schools.  Substantial changes to curriculum and assessment approaches may result from this work.  It is anticipated that this Coordinator position will require substantial inter-disciplinary theme and project based work.

The Coordinator is expected to work collaboratively with staff from the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC), Student Support and Wellness (SSW), Education Operations and Educator Development (EOED), and Culture and Heritage (CH) Divisions, and the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat (ILES), in addition to other GNWT Departments, and colleagues and  educators from across the NWT, Yukon, Nunavut, and other jurisdictions in Canada, often in a team-based approach following current foundational frameworks and their corresponding action plans, and directives including:

  • ¿ Right from the Start: Early Childhood Development Framework;
  • ¿ Directions for Change: Education Renewal & Innovation Framework;
  • ¿ The Inclusive Schooling (IS) Ministerial Directive;
  • ¿ A Shared Responsibility: NWT Indigenous Languages Plan;
  • ¿ The Indigenous Languages and Education (ILE) Policy;
  • ¿ Skills for Success: 10-Year Strategic Framework; and
  • ¿ Strong Cultures, Strong Territory: GNWT Culture & Heritage Strategic Framework.

The Coordinator controls a budget of up to $500,000, with spending authority of up to $20,000 and contract authority up to $200,000.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Enrolment in, or completion of a Master's Degree in Education or related field, and eight (8) years of related work experience, including a minimum of five (5) years of successful experience teaching at the senior high level within a Northern context. Preference will be given to a candidate who has JK-12 Northern classroom teaching experience, and is eligible for NWT teacher certification. Proficiency of the incumbent in at least one NWT Indigenous language or French would be an asset.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All employees of the GNWT are required to comply with the GNWT's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which can be found here:

Nothing in this policy shall excuse, impair, or vary the requirement of any employees whose position or duties are Federally regulated to comply with applicable Federal Regulations.

New hire employees for some positions may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before a formal employment offer is extended. Exemptions are not permitted for these positions, however accommodation is available as required under the GNWT's Duty to Accommodate Injury and Disability Policy and under the Human Rights Act. 


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 21366

Closing Date: January 26, 2022 -  23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $58.01 per hour to $69.30 per hour (approximately $113,120 - $135,135) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.