Why Work at Pearson College UWC?
Pearson College UWC is a unique and vibrant Canadian educational institution — and a fulfilling place to work! We offer all employees a competitive compensation and benefits package, including opportunities for professional development. Pearson College UWC 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.
What We Do
As one of 17 UWC (United World Colleges) schools, our mission is aligned with that of the UWC: “To make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”
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 experiential education program is intense and rigorous, designed to support students to become 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?”
Where Are We Located?
Located in a beautiful wilderness setting near Victoria on Vancouver Island, and on the unceded territory of the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation, Pearson College UWC is one of 17 UWC (United World Colleges) located around the world.
Current job postings
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Executive and Database Coordinator
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Executive and Database Coordinator to join the Advancement and External Relations Team.
This position reports directly to the Vice President – Advancement and External Relations (VP AER) and works collaboratively with directors and staff from across the Department and College. The Executive and Database Coordinator is a creative, resourceful and well organized person who will manage the College’s donor database (Raiser’s Edge), personally support the VP AER and will help the AER team to see opportunities to improve workflow and maximize efficiency. This is an evolving role which requires an ability to be able to balance the dual responsibilities of executive coordination and database management.
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Human Resources Associate & Volunteer Coordinator
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Human Resources (HR) Associate and Volunteer Coordinator to join our Human Resources team.
Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the HR Associate assists with compilation, maintenance and processing of information relating to staffing, full-cycle recruiting, training, employee relations, performance evaluations, benefits and record keeping. The HR Associate provides administrative support in processing information for College employees, responds to inquiries and provides information to employees on HR processes, procedures, policies, and benefit entitlement. The HR Associate will also maintain the College’s HRIS system and coordinate the volunteer program.
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Vice President, Advancement and External Relations
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Vice President, Advancement and External Relations to join our Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
The Vice President, Advancement and External Relations (VP AER) is an exceptional individual who will lead Advancement and External Relations, including fundraising, communications & marketing, community engagement, government relations, events and alumni relations. Reporting directly to and working closely with the President, CEO and Head of College and the entire SLT, the VP AER is a key team member working to ensure the long-term sustainability of Pearson College as a unique institution dedicated to educating young global leaders and agents of change committed to the ideals of peace and sustainability. The VP AER helps ensure the College can thrive in delivering its mission, underpinned by robust revenues and strong support from stakeholders and partners across Canada.
The Vice President, Advancement and External Relations is a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, results-oriented and process-minded leader with experience managing a high-performing team. The VP AER brings significant, demonstrated experience in fundraising and community and stakeholder engagement as well as communications, marketing experience and effective relations with governments, Indigenous communities and alumni. In this position, the VP AER has a specialty and proven track record in building relationships and securing funds from all levels of government. The incumbent will embrace the mission and values of the College, drive philanthropic efforts and lead the most ambitious, comprehensive campaign in the College’s history.
In conjunction with the President as “Chief Champion of Pearson,” the Vice President, Advancement and External Relations is the College’s most visible front-line raiser of “funds, friends and profile.” The VP AER will support and collaborate with relevant committees of the Board of Directors to raise the financial resources required to achieve the College’s goals and will oversee the planning and implementation of all advancement, communications, community engagement (including events and partnerships) and alumni relations initiatives. The incumbent will help set revenue goals, meet accountability objectives, and lead the College to further success with annual, capital, endowment and planned giving campaigns.
Together with a team of highly effective senior directors, the VP AER will embrace the mission and values of the College, drive philanthropic efforts and plan and oversee a comprehensive campaign to raise a campaign goal of $40M to Renew and Re-found Pearson College UWC for the next 50 years.
The incumbent’s personal area of expertise will also encompass Government Relations, with specific responsibility for relationships and partnerships with all levels of government as well as a personal annual goal of securing financial support.
Guiding a highly effective senior team of seasoned professional fundraisers, communication & marketing, external relations and alumni relations experts, the VP AER is an experienced, energetic and results-oriented fund raising professional responsible for the strategic development of the campaign plan and the relationship of the College with the external community.
The incumbent is a proven, thoughtful, articulate leader who demonstrates the ability to create strong relationships with the Advancement and External Relations teams and other College constituents as well as manage and motivate staff towards common goals. While the successful candidate will be based at the College, they will have extensive networks across Canada and embrace frequent travel (30-50+%).
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Senior Development Officer
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Senior Development Officer to join our Advancement and External Relations team.
As a key member of the College’s Advancement and External Relations Department, the Senior Development Officer will be part of a team working towards a Phase 1 campaign goal of $40M to Renew and Re-found Pearson College for the next 50 years. The team has secured early leadership gifts and is looking for an additional team member to accelerate its efforts.
The Senior Development Officer will report to and work closely with the Campaign Director. The successful candidate will also work in close collaboration with the Director of Advancement and will establish and maintain strong working relationships with other AER Directors, as well as with the Advancement, Communications and Alumni Relations team members and other members of the College staff and faculty.
The Senior Development Officer will be responsible for managing a robust portfolio of donors, travelling extensively to meet with donors and prospective supporters. The successful candidate will be a collaborative team player with good communication, listening and relationship-building skills, who will make a meaningful contribution to the growth of Pearson’s overall advancement program.
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Planned Giving Officer - Part Time
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Planned Giving Officer to join our Advancement and External Relations team.
Reporting to the Director of Advancement, this part-time position is a key role within the College’s Advancement and External Relations team. The successful candidate will establish and maintain strong working relationships with the Advancement, Communications and Alumni Relations team members and other members of the College staff and faculty.
With demonstrated success at growing planned giving programs and a solid understanding of institutional philanthropy, the incumbent will apply their superior organizational and interpersonal skills to enhance a robust network of donors and prospects to support the mission, vision and values of Pearson College and the UWC movement.
The Planned Giving Officer is adaptable and able to navigate Pearson College’s unique culture and relationships, and they are adept at engaging stakeholders both inside and outside of the organization. Personable and engaging, the successful candidate will be a dedicated and collaborative team player, with the ability to listen actively to input and contribute in a meaningfully way to grow the College’s philanthropy program.
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Business Development Officer - Part Time
Pearson College UWC is recruiting for an outstanding Business Development Officer to join our Operations and Administration team.
The Business Development Officer is a results-oriented, enthusiastic and experienced sales professional who will promote Pearson College UWC as an ideal destination for meetings, conferences, destination events and related functions, to generate revenue which maximizes the use of College facilities. Pearson College UWC wishes to be a landmark destination for all organizations – educational, corporate, government, social, military, marine, recreational and others – for their meetings and events that will use multiple spaces and facilities and maximize the use of College facilities throughout the year. The Business Development Officer will work closely with College functions dedicated to maximizing the profile and revenue of the College through identifying key market sources and business potential and establishing annual goals for target markets and revenue. The Business Development Officer will work together with College departments in coordinating the use of facilities to ensure smooth operation of College facilities while achieving maximum revenue potential opportunities.
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Volunteer Positions available in Maintenance, Administration and Special Events
Reporting to: Varies
Pearson College UWC is seeking volunteers who contribute to a positive and supportive
atmosphere by working with various teams.
We are looking for volunteers available for a variety of time commitments from once a week, short term projects or for annual events for a minimum of four hours daily. We appreciate whatever you are able to contribute. Your knowledge may hold the answer to solving our puzzle.
Volunteers are given a project that matches their skills and interests. Training will be provided.
Depending on availability, accommodation and meals can be provided to you when you are
volunteering at the College. Volunteers must have a criminal record clearance.
Pearson College UWC is a unique two-year pre-university school for students selected from around the world based solely on their promise and potential and demonstrated commitment to engage actively in creating a better world. Students currently attend from over eighty countries and whose backgrounds intentionally represent some of the tensions in the world. All attend on needs-based scholarships. Money is neither a barrier nor a ticket to admissions. Students live together on the southern tip of Vancouver Island while studying the International Baccalaureate program and pursuing explicitly the mission of the United World Colleges (UWC) to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The College is developing an innovative curriculum parallel to the Theory of Knowledge course that develops the skills, competencies and dispositions students require to carry out the UWC mission and live the UWC values in their lives, what some refer to as 21st century skills.
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