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Pearson College UWC is a unique and vital Canadian educational institution. Our mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

A group of visionaries founded the College in 1974. Their goal: to create a national memorial to Nobel Prize winner and former Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson, in the form of a school that would bring together young people of great leadership potential from every corner of the world. Forty years on, Pearson College continues to produce alumni who use intercultural understanding and a genuine concern for others to make a difference in the world.

Located in a beautiful wilderness setting near Victoria on Vancouver Island, Pearson College is one of 15 prestigious United World Colleges located around the world. The College provides a two-year International Baccalaureate education to 160 16- to 19-year-old youth from up to 100 countries. Students are selected on merit, based on their personality, promise and potential to thrive at the College. We award each student a scholarship based on financial need, with scholarships entirely funded through donations.

The College welcomes these students regardless of their socio-economic background, politics, religion, ethnicity, language or gender. Our education actively promotes intercultural understanding and the development of genuine concern for others, founded on shared life experiences and cooperative residential living. The program is intense and rigorous, designed to evolve students into emerging leaders who understand that change is possible through skilled dialogue, courageous action and a determination to make situations better—whether local, national or international in scope.

With this intentionally diverse population of students, the College builds a purposeful and highly experiential program. Much of what we do focuses on getting to know and understand each other. This begins with each student sharing a room with three others—four students who likely come from four different countries, with four different first languages, four different religious backgrounds, four different food cultures and four different musical genre preferences. Through this challenging living model, they learn one of the College’s most important lessons: tolerance.

As Lester B. Pearson himself once said, “How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

We offer all employees a competitive compensation and benefits package, including opportunities for professional development. Pearson College welcomes qualified applications from individuals with a diverse array of backgrounds. For inquiries regarding employment at the College, please contact our Human Resources department by email. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.


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Vice-President, Education & Programming

Pearson College is seeking an innovative and experienced leader in the field of education. The primary role and responsibility of the Vice President of Education and Programs (VP Education) will be to manage, develop and ensure the delivery of the overall Pearson Experience. This encompasses: curricular and co-curricular programming; learning through study, service and experience; and living together on campus in a cross-cultural environment.  See the full position profile here.

Part-Time Psychiatric Nurse

Pearson College is seeking a Part-Time Psychiatric Nurse to play an integral role in the Health Centre Team. The Psychiatric Nurse will bring mental health expertise to provide essential health-related advice, support and services to the College community. The nurse will work with the Health Centre Team in recognizing and responding to student mental health issues, administering care and developing strategies to promote knowledge and awareness of mental health. See the full position profile here.