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Superintendent Search


The Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of Superintendent of Schools/CEO for Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1). Preferred start date is August 1, 2022 however the Board will consider a later start date to be mutually agreed with the successful candidate.

The District

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 is the largest school district in the Northwest Territories, currently serving 2,150 students who attend six schools, all of which are within 20 minutes driving distance from the District Office. Approximately 290 staff deliver or support JK to Grade 12 programming including some innovative alternative offerings. The District also provides Superintendent Services for the Ndilo and Dettah District Education Authorities.

The seven-member publicly-elected Board of Trustees is committed to positive innovation. The Board of Trustees has four strategic priorities:

  • Wellness: Build relationships and cultivate a culture of holistic wellness;
  • Learning: Ensure inclusive, equitable, and authentic learning experiences;
  • Indigenous Language and Education: Honour and celebrate Indigenous language and culture for all learners; and,
  • Community: Foster critical understanding of local, national and global issues

The District operating budget for school year 2022-2023 is over $42,000,000.

The City of Yellowknife

Yellowknife is a city of 20,000 people and is the capital of the Northwest Territories. With four airlines servicing Yellowknife there is excellent daily service to and from Canadian destinations. There is also a year-round highway link. The city sits on Great Slave Lake, the deepest body of fresh water in North America, perfect for sailing, canoeing and fishing. Within a short drive of the city there are numerous beautiful smaller lakes to enjoy. In the summer you will get a taste of the Midnight Sun, twenty hours of sun on our longest day of the year, which you can fill with camping, hiking, bird-watching, fishing, boating, and other water sports. In winter the days are shorter but that doesn’t slow down Yellowknifers, as there are many activities for the whole family, including dog-sledding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and visits to the Snow King Castle. And then there are the Northern Lights, enhanced by the shorter winter days!

Yellowknife’s Aurora College campus, located across the street from the District Office provides many post-secondary programs in the fields of business, health, education, environment, trades/apprenticeship, and industrial training. Along with YK1’s JK to 12 schools, Aurora makes Yellowknife a wonderful place for a family with kids of all ages.

The Position

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an experienced student-focused, visionary leader and coach who will thrive in the Northern cultural environment. The candidate will work closely with the Board of Trustees and the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment, and will develop partnerships with other groups within the community;
  • Have demonstrated success in leadership positions in public education reflective of progressive managerial practices and philosophy, a proactive and safe learning and working environment;
  • Be sensitive to and understanding of Indigenous culture, history and current context, including the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Welcome effective parental involvement focused on success for all students;
  • Be committed to personal involvement in the community; and,
  • Have a Masters degree in Education and be eligible for NWT teacher certification.


Email by June 8, 2022 a cover letter, resume, including phone numbers and email addresses for three (3) professional references, in one single PDF file, to Dave Johnson at

Preference will be given to candidates who provide references from one Trustee, one professional colleague, and one superior or subordinate. The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, however applications received by June 8, 2022 will be assured full consideration. Short-listed candidates will be required to come to Yellowknife for the interviews. Travel expenses will be provided. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted in this search. The successful candidate must provide current vulnerable sector and criminal record checks.

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