Calgary French & International School
Calgary, AB
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Elementary Principal, Grade 1 – 5

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Régulier à temps plein
June 30 2023

Calgary French & International School (CFIS) is a full French language immersion co-educational independent school, serving nearly 730 students from preschool through to Grade 12. For over 50 years, families have chosen CFIS because of our immersive French language learning environment that inspires children’s unique curiosity and exploration of the world around them.

Our dedicated faculty, staff and administration team partner with CFIS families to provide an extraordinary learning experience. Our students benefit from innovative teaching and learning approaches to address global challenges, and are empowered to take responsibility as open-minded, curious citizens who are prepared for the ever-changing world around them.

Job Description

Job description:

As a member of the CFIS Senior Leadership Team, CFIS’s Elementary Principal is responsible for the day-to-day organization and operation of the Elementary Division. This is a leadership role, responsible for the effective delivery of instruction, academic leadership, ensuring best practices for student learning and faculty performance, and ensuring that the mission, vision and values of CFIS are reflected in the operating philosophy and school culture. The principal will work closely with the Head of School and the Senior Leadership Team to achieve the goals of the school, and execute responsibilities in conformity with the school’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

Leading Roles:

  • Inspire, lead and manage the Elementary Division, including students, faculty, staff and parents;
  • Oversee the organization and operation of the Elementary Division’s meetings, assemblies, communications and special events;
  • Oversee the day-to-day organization and operation of the Elementary Division;
  • Oversee the allocation of divisional supports (academic and social-emotional) to students;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, develop and implement action plans that pertain to the elementary division;
  • Ensure that all processes, policies and administrative procedures, including risk, health and safety are followed stringently by division staff and volunteers for all field trips, co-curricular activities, outdoor supervision, events.


The Elementary Principal will:

  • Contribute to the overall health, success, and sustainability of the School;
  • Oversee the timetable, teaching assignments and room allocations;
  • Contribute to hiring and training for new faculty;
  • Identify key benchmarks and metrics as pertains to areas of responsibility
  • Collaborate effectively with other principals, senior leadership and curriculum leaders;
  • Contribute to the structure and role design, recruitment, and selection of necessary staff to ensure the success of all areas relating to academics;
  • Lead, coach, manage and evaluate the division’s faculty and staff;
  • Conduct faculty performance reviews, including ongoing coaching and support to ensure continuous professional growth and excellence in teaching practices;
  • Uphold the Alberta Teacher Quality Standards and overarching teacher professional development;
  • Address all disciplinary and performance issues proactively, in keeping with the spirit and content of the school’s Mutual Respect policy;
  • Oversee student learning and assessments to ensure alignment with Alberta Education expectations and strategic priorities for teaching and learning;
  • Review report cards prior to distribution;
  • Schedule, lead and participate in regular integrated team meetings;
  • Establish, maintain, and nurture effective working relationships with all stakeholders;
  • Consistently support and maintain strong relationships with staff, current students and families, and alumni;
  • Contribute ideas and rationale for the design of the learning spaces in collaboration with the Head of School;
  • Support and mentor teachers to maintain effective classroom practice, implement multiple methods of program delivery and continuous improvement; and
  • Undertake other related duties as required.

Qualifications and requirements

Skills, Technical and Behavioural Competencies Required:


  • Strong planner and organizer with exemplary communication skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French
  • Exemplary professionalism in dealings with all stakeholders
  • Interpersonal skills that foster collegiality and the common goals of the school’s mission, vision, and values
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning and growth for self and others
  • Extensive knowledge of Alberta Education documentation for various subjects
  • Extensive knowledge of and teaching experience in KG-6 classrooms
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in pedagogy from grade 1 to grade 6
  • Holds an appetite for change and embraces ambiguity



  • Bachelor of Education
  • One or more of the following: course work in leadership, participation in CAIS modules,  enrolment or completion of  a Master’s degree program
  • Permanent Alberta Teaching Certification
  • Fluently bilingual (French and English)



To be determined.


Posting Closes:


If this position sounds like the perfect fit for you, please submit your cover letter and resume to Apply Now. Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At CFIS we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway with a cover letter and resume describing why you are a great fit and to help us learn more about you. You may be just the right candidate!

 We thank all applicants in advance for their submission. Posting will remain open until filled.

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