Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Job Opportunities with the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Employment Opportunities

The PLLC is currently hiring for the following positions:

  1. SWIS Worker – apply by June 14
  2. Office & Events Assistant – apply by June 11
  3. Youth Program Facilitator – apply by June 1

1. Settlement Workers in Schools – SWIS Worker

Primary Function

Settlement Workers in Schools assist refugee and immigrant students along with their families in their transition to a new culture. The SWIS Worker is a school-based position that aims to assist families to better understand the education system and provide information and referrals to education and community resources. SWIS is a partnership between the Portage la Prairie School Division and the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Responsibilities

The SWIS Worker will follow a co-ordinated case management approach in providing direct service work with the newcomer students and their families.

  • Conduct needs assessments with students and their families
  • Provide newcomer students and families with information, and referrals and access to available resources in the community, social services, professional services, and government programs.
  • Provide orientation sessions on programs and services available in the school and community.
  • Provide outreach services to new families.
  • Provide services in a supportive and culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate manner.
  • Participate in the school reception and orientation process for newcomer students and their families.
  • Facilitate access to school activities, committees, councils and associations.
  • Provide support groups as needed.
  • Enable families to advocate on their own behalf, including for the educational needs of their children.
  • Advocate on client’s behalf when appropriate.

Direct service work with the school staff:

  • Facilitate constructive and culturally-sensitive communication between the school staff and the newcomer students and their families.
  • Inform and orient staff about settlement-related issues.
  • Assist the school with initiating contact with all newcomer families.
  • Provide cultural background information to the school staff as needed.
  • Presentations (in collaboration with school and community partners):
  • Facilitate the communication between the client and school in group and presentation contexts.
  • Participate in development and presentation of cultural profiles and workshops.
  • Assist in workshops to increase newcomers’ understanding of the educational system and parenting issues in a Canadian context.
  • Participate on committees, workshops, and conferences.
  • In co-operation with partners and other agencies, conduct group orientation and information sessions.
  • Promote settlement-related services for individuals and groups.
  • Develop and implement settlement-related activities for large and small groups.

SWIS Administration:

  • Participate in on-the-job training.
  • Actively participate in all Settlement Worker staff meetings and workshops.
  • Establish, maintain and actively participate in a SWIS Working Group
  • Participate in the overall operation and activities of the organization and the SWIS program.
  • Maintain and submit accurate tracking forms and provides regular monthly updates to the SWIS program supervisor.
  • Maintain appropriate written records and files pertaining to settlement services provided to clients.
  • Provide a monthly written report to the SWIS program supervisor regarding activities and trends.
  • Maintain overall management of client caseload.
  • Ensure appropriate and confidential handling of client information and files.
  • Operate in accordance with the policies, guidelines, and protocols of the program and partner organizations.
  • Accept other duties as assigned by the SWIS program supervisor.

Lines of Communication:

  • Communicate regularly with the SWIS program supervisor.
  • Communicate regularly with the school administrator or designate.
  • Collaborate with other settlement staff at the PLLC to ensure integrated service delivery for clients.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Extensive experience working directly with individuals (children and youth), as well as families and groups, and providing referrals to needed services.
  • Thorough knowledge of social services systems and complement resources.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a collaborative, culturally aware manner
  • Effective multitasking, priority setting and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain respectful, professional relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a flexible work schedule
  • Knowledge of the immigrant/refugee settlement and integration process
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Flexible, self-motivated and self-reliant, but able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience with organizing workshops, support groups, community connections and events within the region in conjunction with staff from the PLLC, Portage la Prairie School Division, and community partners.
  • Knowledge of current legislation and policies affecting refugees and immigrants.
  • Knowledge and experience of the school environment preferred and ability to work effectively and strategically in a school setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Assessment and problem-solving skills.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, including a secure filing system.
  • Excellent computer skills, including the use of internet browsers, Windows and Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.

Desired:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social or Human Sciences or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in the settlement sector or related front line service provision.
  • Fluent in English (reading, speaking, writing); ability to speak another language is an asset

Wage: $18 to 18.50 per hour for 37.5 hours per week; eligible for benefits after 3 months.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume and detailed cover letter to: cathy@pllc.ca.

Application Deadline: June 14, 2018 at 12:00pm

We thank all applicants, but only those chosen for interview will be contacted.

 

2. Office & Events Assistant

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre (PLLC) is currently recruiting a student (full-time, high school or post-secondary) for a summer term position as an Office & Events Assistant.

This position is for eight weeks, from July 3 to August 24, 2018, at 30 hours per week.

As this position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the candidate MUST:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Under the supervision of Program Director and working closely with Settlement Program staff, this position is responsible for: 1) assisting with administrative duties within the office, including support for all programs, and 2) event planning, logistics and communication, particularly for a summer festival in the community.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge/awareness of the PLLC and its various programs
  • Experience working in an office environment and directly with individuals, families and groups, and partnering with different agencies to achieve common goals
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a collaborative, culturally aware manner
  • Effective multi-tasking, priority setting and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Self-motivated and self-reliant, but able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Experience with organizing events and activities in the community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgement and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, including a secure filing system
  • Excellent computer skills, including the use of internet browsers, Windows and Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is an asset

Wage: $11.15 per hour (30 hours/week for 8 weeks)

To Apply:  Email your cover letter and resume to cathy@pllc.ca

Application deadline: Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

 

3. Youth Program Facilitator

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is looking for a Youth Program Facilitator to organize and facilitate a newcomer youth program offering a variety of activities for 4 hours per day, 4 days per week for 8 weeks during July and August. 

Purpose and Objective:

Reporting to the Program Director, this position is responsible for the Summer Youth Engagement Program for newcomer youth. The successful candidate will work with a small team to develop and implement activities for participants at the PLLC and various locations around Portage la Prairie. Partnerships will also be established with other youth-serving organizations in the community to offer shared programming.

Duration: 37.5 hours per week for 9 weeks, starting June 25 to August 24, 201

Qualifications

  • Youth-focused with commitment to assisting growth and development among children
  • Outgoing with ability to work unsupervised, take initiative, lead groups
  • Proven computer skills and ability to work with Microsoft Office
  • Motivated, detail oriented, and innovative planner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge/awareness of the PLLC and its various programs
  • Excellent time management and teamwork abilities
  • Experience with organizing and implementing various activities for youth
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, including a secure filing system
  • Education and relevant experience in Social Services and/or Child Care is an asset
  • Child Care First Aid/CPR certificate (or willing to obtain one immediately upon starting)
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a clear driver’s abstract
  • Access to a reliable vehicle is an asset
  • Must complete a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check before starting 

Wage Range: $12-15 per hour (37.5 hours/week for 9 weeks)

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:  cathy@pllc.ca

Application deadline:  Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is currently looking for at least one more member of the community to join our Board of Directors.

Members of the Board of Directors

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing individuals of the Central Plains region with opportunities to realize their literacy, educational, employment, and life goals through a positive and supportive environment. The affairs of the PLLC are governed by a Board of Directors.

Board members play a key role in setting the direction and priorities of the Centre—this is a great way to make a substantial contribution to the organization and the community.

The Board of Directors is the acknowledged final authority of PLLC.  Its objectives are as follows:  (1) To ensure that services provided are within the Objects of PLLC, Inc.;  (2) To ensure that the highest possible standards of service are offered and available to the community at reasonable cost; (3) To ensure the financial health of PLLC, Inc.

All interested individuals should apply to be a member of the Board of Directors by filling out our online volunteer application form found below.  If you prefer a paper copy or if you have any questions, please stop by our office at 110 Saskatchewan Ave. West, Portage la Prairie, or email volunteer@pllc.ca.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the PLLC. As a volunteer, you may choose options that are most suitable to your personality and your schedule. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to fill the following positions:

ESL Classroom Assistant is responsible for assisting the ESL Instructor with teaching English to newcomers in the classroom, as planned and directed by the ESL Instructor. ESL classes are currently offered as Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8), with Stage 1 classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre.

Language Tutor meets individually or in a small group to help newcomers improve conversational English and gain confidence. The tutor will have access to a wealth of ESL resource materials through the PLLC to effectively conduct tutorial sessions based on the students’ needs.

Settlement Partner meets individually with newcomers to offer friendship, support, community tours, and an opportunity to practice English. Settlement partners are often matched based on mutual interests, but also experience in the community. Whether you are a long-time resident or a newcomer who has been here a few years, we would love to have you volunteer with us to help our newest newcomers get settled in their new community.

Special Events Assistant provides support to our staff when organizing and implementing planned special events for newcomers to build connections in the community. In this position, you will work alongside staff to ensure the success of the event or activity. Tasks could include set-up, greetings, attendance tracking, cooking, serving, making tea or coffee, and cleaning, but also having fun while you do it.

Career Mentor is responsible for providing the opportunity for internationally trained people to practice in their respective careers. If you are a business owner, professional, or retired from your career, this is your opportunity to make a huge difference in someone’s life and helping them achieve their career goals in Canada.

Conversation Club Facilitator leads a group discussion to allow newcomers to practice their English and learn about the community and all facets of living in Canada. We currently offer a Conversation Club on Monday evenings at the PLLC, but we are looking for more volunteers to help with this group or to start another group with newcomers in communities outside of Portage la Prairie.

Literacy Classroom Support is responsible for assisting the instructor and students in the Literacy classroom during the daytime, Monday to Friday, and Tuesday evenings. Students often need help with basic Math and English, so if you have some time during the week, please sign up to help our Literacy students with their studies.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please fill out and submit the application form below and we will follow up with you to discuss your interests and complete the following required documents:

  • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Waiver of Claims & Release of Liability
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Criminal Record Check

Upcoming Events

May
29
Tue
6:00 pm ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8) run throughout the year, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Contact us today for more information.
May
30
Wed
6:00 pm ESL Class – Stage 1 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Class – Stage 1 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classes for ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening each week.
May
31
Thu
6:00 pm ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8) run throughout the year, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Contact us today for more information.
Jun
5
Tue
6:00 pm ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Classes – Stage 1 and Stage 2 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8) run throughout the year, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Contact us today for more information.
Jun
6
Wed
6:00 pm ESL Class – Stage 1 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Class – Stage 1 @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classes for ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening each week.