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Selkirk Reading Tent Coordinator


8 week contract (to August 22, 2023)

Start Date

June 28, 2023

Application Deadline

Ongoing until position is filled


$15.65 per hour, Mileage paid at $0.52/km

Hours of Work

35 hours per week


Manitoba - Various locations in Selkirk, St. Andrews, St. Clements


Why Literacy? Work with purpose at United for Literacy.
Canada’s literacy divide widens daily because so many people lack adequate support. Solving systemic literacy challenges is key to advancing social equity and prosperity across our country. Literacy changes everything.

United for Literacy (formerly Frontier College) is a national charity that was founded in 1899. We believe literacy is a right, and that every place can be a learning place. Our vision is a Canada in which everyone has the literacy skills they need to achieve their goals at school, at work, and in life. Our mission is to provide local learning support programs that change lives.

We encourage applications that reflect the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds we serve at United for Literacy. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote equity and reflect the diversity of our organization, we encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We work, and learn on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Red River Métis people.

The opportunity:
Reading Tents, as part of the history and traditions of United for Literacy, are intended to promote reading and literacy awareness by exposing children and families to a wide range of books, stories and creative literacy activities. The primary role of the Reading Tent Coordinator is to organize, promote and coordinate a series of outdoor reading tents for children and their parents or caregivers. The purpose of these reading tents is to encourage children to read for fun as well as to further develop their reading skills during the summer months. Reading Tents will be held in multiple locations around the communities.

Successful Candidates will be responsible for the implementation, record keeping and reporting on the reading tent program. The successful candidate will be expected to work with a Team to deliver the various activities with support from on site partner staff. The Team will represent United for Literacy at sites in various locations. They will report directly to the Community Coordinator.

Your Main Responsibilities and Major Duties:
  • Outreach to children’s agencies and/or summer programs/events, in specified, but not limited to low income, under-served communities in Selkirk, St. Andrews and St. Clements to promote the Reading Tent program
  • Schedule and coordinate Reading Tent times and locations at various sites throughout the communities
  • Schedule times for groups to visit the tent
  • Plan, create, implement, organize and lead creative literacy activities for participants
  • Support and supervise volunteers
  • Assist with volunteer recognition at the end of the program
Skills, Attributes and Requirements
  • Proof of full COVID vaccination will be required to do in-person work with United for Literacy
  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Strong organization, planning and communication skills
  • Prior experience with children’s programming
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to develop creative and innovative children’s programs suitable for ages 1 to 12
  • Available some evenings and weekends. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and regular use of a vehicle (Travel is required throughout the city and municipalities and is a component of the job)
Additional Assets
  • A valid First Aid Certificate
  • Previous knowledge and experience with United for Literacy programs
Screening & Selection:
Candidates will be screened through:
  • Interview - virtual
  • Reference Checks (names & phone numbers of 3 references will be required)
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) will be required*
  • Proof of full vaccination of COVID-19 is required 
*Successful candidates are required to provide a current CRC (new or not older than 6 months from the term start date) with vulnerable sector search. United for Literacy will cover the cost of the CRC and VSC (receipt must be provided) *

Working with United for Literacy 
Compensation: $15.65 per hour, Mileage paid at $0.52/km
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week for an 8-week period. Evening and weekend work may be required.
Ready to join our team? Please email your cover letter and resume to: 

Sandra Ross, Community Coordinator MB –
Subject Line: Reading Tent Coordinator – Selkirk
No phone calls, please. You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

For more information about United for Literacy visit

We welcome applications from individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We invite applicants to request accommodation, as required, throughout the application and hiring process. We require our staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to do in-person work. Exemptions for valid medical reasons will be considered.

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