Career Detail

Elementary Teacher

Position Description

Wachiya / Hello

Located in the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, 15 kilometres from Schefferville, Québec, Jimmy Sandy Memorial School (JSMS) is the centerpiece for Education in Kawawachikamach. We welcome Naskapi beneficiaries from all grade levels from Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary 5 (Grade 11), as well as Adult and Vocational Education. Uniquely, JSMS offers Naskapi immersion to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2, at which point students begin English instruction and Naskapi becomes a subject.

JSMS is proud to derive many benefits from its particularly small student population and class size including an enriched total experience for all students. We provide an inclusive environment where students and staff have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and where the emphasis is on individual growth and development so that students are culturally proud and confident. By working together our students will be successful in their goals and dreams.

Teaching in the Naskapi First Nation school in Kawawachikamach is a unique and rewarding experience. Teachers have the opportunity to be creative and to use their skills to support the growth of Naskapi Education. Teachers at JSMS also have access to amazing outdoor adventures and the opportunity to participate in land-based cultural activities alongside their students, team members and community. A teaching position at JSMS supports the Naskapi Nation’s access to education.

Community Overview

Kawawa, as it is locally called, is a dynamic community of approximately 1,000 people. There is a grocery store, indoor municipal pool, fitness centre, arena with a restaurant, a cultural centre, a greenhouse, a local radio station, a health care clinic, and so much more to discover. Other services can also be found in nearby Schefferville, where JSMS housing is located for teachers from outside the community. Depending on the season, outdoor activities in particular are always popular with JSMS staff. The options are limitless; snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, berry picking, snowmobiling, and so much more.


Work-life balance – Community oriented – A more relaxed pace of life – better career opportunities – typically smaller class sizes – shorter commute times – a possibility to request a transfer to another school within the Central Québec School Board further in your career – opportunity to learn French and Naskapi.

Employee Benefits

Salary* $46,527 to $92,027

Move-In Ready Subsidized Housing* ($7,600 taxable benefit)

Northern Allowance* $10,627 (no dependent) – $18,872 (with dependent)

Paid Outings* 3 payments of $4,157.

Food transportation allowance* $1,150

20 PD days

5-Day Teacher Induction Program

Group Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

All relocation expenses are provided under certain conditions.

Opportunity to request a transfer to another CQSB school

*Subject to change

You are invited to send your reume by email to Steven McCoubrey at

Also, JSMS is hosting a virtual pre-screening interview day on March 16 . Selected candidates will have the opportunity to partake in a final in-person interview on April 16 in Kawawachikamach, for which the school will incur all travelling expenses.

To learn a little more about JSMS and to book a 20-minute pre-screening interview, please use this link.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Steven McCoubrey at

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