Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Job Opportunities with the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Employment Opportunities


Finance Officer (part-time, 20 hours per week)

The Finance Officer reports to the Education Director and Program Director and is responsible for the financial management of the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre and its programs.

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Strong general accounting skills with three or more years of experience in accounting, budgeting, financial planning and analysis or other financial activities
  • Experience administering payroll, and awareness of employment standards
  • Experience preparing financial statements and statistical reports for managers, the Board, and funding agencies
  • Demonstrated aptitude in dealing with private and confidential information; uses diplomacy and tact in all interactions
  • Experience with not-for-profit, charitable organizations


  • Knowledge of Canadian GAAP, accounting practices, and applications
  • Knowledge of Income Tax Act, Payroll and remittance procedures, and GST remittance procedures
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and analysis techniques
  • Excellent command of Simply Accounting/SAGE 50 accounting software
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office, including advanced working knowledge of Excel
  • Working knowledge of accounting protocols and financial regulations for the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada 


  • Strong organizational and time management skills, high attention to detail
  • Ability to work as a team player as well as an individual contributor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work processes, problem resolution and continuous process improvement

Salary: To be negotiated; eligible for benefits after 3 months

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Cathy Dowd at [email protected] by 4:00pm, Thursday, August 3rd.

We thank all applicants; however, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant is employed by the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre with funds made available through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The Program Assistant is responsible for a variety of program delivery and administrative duties necessary to efficiently run the Settlement program called Newcomer Settlement Services.



  • Experience providing program delivery and administrative support for programs.
  • Strong organizational skills; able to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple workloads.
  • Experience in maintaining a secure filing system, both electronic and paper.
  • Good working knowledge and usage of internet browsers, Windows environment and Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in written communications skills, including drafting correspondence, surveys, and minutes, and formatting and editing documents.
  • Experience with tracking statistics, compiling information, and data entry.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – must be seen by all clients and staff to be approachable, supportive, and encouraging.
  • Flexible, self-motivated and self-reliant, but able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience with planning logistics for implementing events, and ability to create and sustain strong connections in the community.
  • Sensitivity and comfort of working with multicultural issues, and newcomers to Canada.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, including a secure filing system.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends.


  • Knowledge of English as a Second Language (ESL) training and requirements, Settlement Services, and other resources for newcomers to Canada.
  • Minimum Grade 12 education plus 1-3 years of administrative/intake experience in programs.
  • Fluency in English is important; fluency in other languages is considered an asset.

Salary: $16.97 per hour, plus eligible for benefits after 3 months

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Application deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) Instructor (part-time)

Location: Portage Learning and Literacy Centre, Portage la Prairie

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday; 6:00pm to 9:00 pm, plus 1 hour prep time

Term: September 5, 2017 – June 29, 2018

Class Level: ESL Stage 1 (CLB 1-4)

Salary: $36.67/hour for 7 – 10 hours per week

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and teach settlement-focused lessons each week to a group of adult learners
  • Plan course content based on results of student needs assessment
  • Implement portfolio based language assessment (PBLA) for each learner
  • Provide information, referral, bridging and support services to assist participants to access other community resources and programs
  • Access student progress and prepare reports based on Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Work co-operatively with on-site child care staff to provide support to parents and their children when necessary


  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) from a TESL Canada recognized institution or trained in Canada to teach ESL
  • Experience teaching English in a multi-level environment, and knowledge of Canadian Language Benchmarks and Portfolio Based Language Assessments
  • Culturally aware, creative, and willing to go above and beyond to provide quality education to our adult learners
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
  • Excellent lesson planning, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with solid time management and organizational skills
  • Approachability and patience in instructing and mentoring learners
  • Punctual, reliable and be a team player

How to Apply: 

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 [email protected]

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program. 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.

Language Tutor meets individually or in small group settings to help newcomers improve conversational English and gain confidence.

Settlement Partner meets individually with newcomers to offer friendship, support, community tours, and an opportunity to practice English.

Special Events Assistant provides support to our staff for organizing and implementing planned special events for newcomers to build connections in the community.

Career Mentor is responsible for providing the opportunity for internationally trained people to practice in their respective careers.

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.

Literacy Classroom Support is responsible for assisting the instructor and students in the Literacy classroom during the day.

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

6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regularly scheduled meeting of the PLLC Board of Directors.
6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regularly scheduled meeting of the PLLC Board of Directors.
6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regularly scheduled meeting of the PLLC Board of Directors.
6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regularly scheduled meeting of the PLLC Board of Directors.