Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Job Opportunities with the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Employment Opportunities

1. LITERACY COORDINATOR

Responsibilities/ Purpose of the Position

  • Developing and delivering the Centre’s Adult Literacy program
  • Adapting instructional methods and materials to meet learners’ varying needs, abilities, and interests
  • Employing instructional techniques that are appropriate and effective for the individual client and setting
  • Creating a stimulating, non-threatening environment that encourages learners to develop feelings of self-worth, respect, and self-confidence
  • Promoting the Literacy Program throughout the community
  • Assisting the Education Director with yearly funding application

Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of Manitoba Stages Frame Work and Manitoba Adult Literacy Learner Assessment
  • Level 1 Literacy Instructor Certificate
  • Experience in developing and implementing educational materials
  • Proficiency with the use of computers, reporting programs, and experience with statistical analysis
  • Able to create lesson plans and deliver group instruction
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage files and meet critical deadlines
  • Ability to work independently as well as building and supporting a team
  • Seen as approachable, supportive, and encouraging
  • Experience working cooperatively with community agencies and client referral agencies
  • A satisfactory criminal record check and abuse registry check are required

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starting at $23/hour; 28 hours/week

Medical/Dental Benefits after 3 months

Closing Date: May 15, 2019

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to caroline@pllc.ca.

2. SUMMER PROGRAM FACILITATOR

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre (PLLC) is currently recruiting two youth (between 15 and 30 years of age) for summer term positions as a Summer Program Facilitator.

These positions are for nine weeks, from June 24 to August 23, 2019, at 35 hours per week.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Under the supervision of Program Director and working closely with the SWIS Worker and other Settlement Program staff, this position is responsible for: 1) assisting with administrative duties within the office as well as programming activities for the Summer Youth Engagement Program, and 2) event planning, logistics and communication for a one-day multicultural 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
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a collaborative, culturally aware manner
  • Knowledge of or experience with office administration, organization, and technical skills
  • 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 small and large scale activities and events in the community
  • Excellent computer skills, including the use of internet browsers, Windows and Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Sound judgement and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, including a secure filing system
  • Must be patient and enjoy working with children and youth
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check will be required
  • CPR and first aid certified is preferred, but can provide training
  • Previous teaching and leadership experience is a strong asset
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are also assets

Wage: $12.00 per hour (35 hours/week for 9 weeks)

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

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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

Thank you for your interest in working with us. We encourage you to apply to be one of our volunteers. It is a great experience, very rewarding to help others, while adding to your skills set.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are 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
21
Tue
6:00 pm ESL Stage 1 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Stage 1 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We offer formal English as a Second Language classes for any Permanent Resident assessed at CLB 1-4. We also offer support services for transportation to get to and from classes and childminding while attending classes. There is continuous intake, so contact us today to register!
6:00 pm ESL Stage 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Stage 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We offer formal English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for any Permanent Resident assessed at CLB 5-8. We also offer support services for transportation to get to and from classes and childminding while attending classes. There is continuous intake, so contact us today to register!
May
22
Wed
1:30 pm English Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
English Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
 
6:00 pm ESL Stage 1 & 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Stage 1 & 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We offer formal English as a Second Language classes for any Permanent Resident assessed at CLB 1-4. We also offer support services for transportation to get to and from classes and childminding while attending classes. There is continuous intake, so contact us today to register!