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February 21-23, 2022

Yellowknife- Chateau Nova

An annual training for Early Childhood Educators, Adult Educators, Teachers or Educational Assistants, Community Health Representatives, Family Literacy Coordinators, Aboriginal Head Start program staff, Preschool program staff, Librarians, or anyone interested in Family Literacy!   

An annual training for Recreation Coordinators, Adult Educators, Teachers or Educational Assistants, Community Health Representatives (CHRs), Youth Centre program staff, Wellness Coordinators, Librarians, or anyone interested in youth Skills for Success!  

Purpose of the Position:

This position focuses on family literacy development and entails working closely with community groups to identify family literacy needs, build local skills, provide relevant resources and tools and provide ongoing support.

Location: Yellowknife
Reports to: Executive Director
Team: Works collaboratively with other Literacy Council staff
Reach:   Makes decisions of a professional nature and provides expertise, information, resources and training to support the delivery of community-based family literacy programs
Term:     January 5, 2022 - March 31, 2023



The NWT Literacy Council is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote and support literacy development in all the official languages of the NWT. One of the key roles of the NWT Literacy Council is to provide support to build community capacity to deliver and sustain local literacy programs and services. The principles of community development and local ownership that reflect the literacy needs of the community guide our services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research and plan the development of family literacy projects

  • Research new trends and issues in the family literacy field.
  • Research and analyze family literacy programs that may be relevant to NWT communities.
  • Design and develop projects that will support and promote family literacy, in collaboration with communities and other staff.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other individuals, literacy organizations, non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with communities and community members.

Develop and deliver training to support literacy development

  • Design and deliver training that will increase the capacity of communities to design, develop, implement and manage their own family literacy programs and projects.
  • Design and deliver workshops to enhance the skills of literacy providers.

Develop resources that are relevant and meaningful to people in the NWT

  • Monitor new resource development in other jurisdictions.
  • Design, develop and produce a variety of resources to support family literacy delivery in the NWT.

Promote and share information on literacy and the NWT Literacy Council

  • Promote activities of the NWT Literacy Council with other groups and organizations, media and the general public.
  • Increase the profile of the NWT Literacy Council.
  • Provide information on family literacy developments in Canada and elsewhere.

Provide support to community-based literacy programs

  • Administer family literacy funding.
  • Develop criteria for eligibility for family literacy funding.
  • Provide support to programs to apply for family literacy funding.
  • Monitor use of family literacy funding.
  • Collect annual reports from family literacy programs that have accessed funding.
  • Provide support as necessary to family literacy programs by communicating with them through phone, fax, email and onsite visits.

Demonstrate accountability for responsibilities

  • Assist the Executive Director to develop proposals related to family literacy and provide project reports as required.
  • Provide Executive Director with project updates and discuss issues as they arise.
  • Collect relevant statistics and data to measure project outcomes.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of projects and implement appropriate changes.

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of literacy development issues in the NWT
  • Demonstrated ability to work in cross-cultural settings
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, participatory community development approaches
  • Strong facilitation and consultation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with individuals and groups with varying interests and backgrounds
  • Strong research skills
  • Able to develop and maintain a team approach among individuals and groups to achieve common goals
  • Able to travel, sometimes extensively
  • Able to develop materials and deliver information using plain language
  • Able to develop and deliver effective presentations
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development and early literacy development

Education and Experience

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in education, early childhood development, or community development, or equivalent
  • Training in family literacy
  • 3 –5 years of experience in family literacy, preferably in the NWT
  • Experience or training that supports the ability to research, write, facilitate and develop resources
  • Experience in working effectively with communities and other groups and individuals
  • Knowledge of and ability to use MS Office Suite, MS Teams, social media and Internet
  • Driver’s license is an asset


  • Job requires considerable sensitivity to local community and cultural factors
  • Job requires a high degree of self-initiative to maintain progress and momentum
  • Job requires ability to manage multiple projects
  • Job requires frequent travel to remote communities
  • When not traveling, normal office environment

Equipment Used


  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets and databases
  • Internet Browsing
  • E-mail
  • Research
  • Desktop publishing


  • Making copies


  • Making digitalized copies of written materials


  • Consulting with various individuals

Position of Trust

This is a position of trust. The successful candidate must pass a Criminal Record Check.







The Family and Community Literacy Coordinator is responsible for developing and delivering training, developing resources, and providing support services to community organizations and other groups interested in family literacy. This is a term position from January 5, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Candidates must have:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in education, early childhood development or community development
  • Training in family literacy
  • 3 –5 years experience in family literacy, preferably in the NWT
  • Strong facilitation, consultation and team building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and computer skills
  • The ability to travel, sometimes extensively.

This is a full-time, 15 month term position with the possibility of renewal and is based in Yellowknife. Salary is based on the candidate’s abilities and experience. You can download a copy of the job description from our website: www.nwtliteracy.ca, or call our office for more information.

Employment is dependent on a successful criminal records check.

Submit resumes by Monday, November 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm to:

Executive Director

NWT Literacy Council

Box 761

Yellowknife, NT

X1A 2N6

Phone: 867-873-9262

Email: nwtliteracy@nwtliteracy.ca


The NWT Literacy Council is a non-government territorial organization that promotes and supports the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.


June 27th 1 to 4 pm

Sombak K'e Civic Plaza

Food trucks, Free food samples, Dance performances, interactive workshops.

Booths showcasing different cultures

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The Early Childhood Assistant will:

  • promote literacy through various methods, including Facebook lives, social media and contests.
  • create resources to support activities for events such as International Literacy Day.
  • assist Family Literacy program staff to create early learning materials for use in Family Literacy programming.
  • work with Family Literacy staff to create resources for the Bison Bus (a mobile family literacy bus).
  • lead activities in the Bison Bus at community events (may involve travel to other communities dependent on the Public Health directives at the time).

This job may require working on evenings, weekends and holidays depending on activities. Due to funding, this is a temporary position for 12 weeks, and employees must be youth aged 15-30 years old.

Closing date: Friday, May 28, 2021, noon. Please email any questions, resume and cover letter to NWT Literacy Council’s Executive Director, Kathryn Barry Paddock at kathryn@nwtliteracy.ca.

The Program Assistant will:

  • promote literacy through various means, including social media, Facebook lives, etc. 
  • create learning materials to assist staff in the Community Connections program for newcomers.
  • assist Community Connections and other staff serving newcomers with outdoor programming as permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • assist Community Connections staff with community garden.
  • create learning materials for newcomer programming.
  • work in partnership with other NWTLC staff to lead literacy activities at summer day camps.

This job may require working on evenings, weekends and holidays depending on activities. Due to funding, this is a temporary position for 12 weeks, and employees must be youth aged 15-30 years old.

Closing date: Friday, May 28, 2021, noon. Please email any questions, resume and cover letter to NWT Literacy Council’s Executive Director, Kathryn Barry Paddock at kathryn@nwtliteracy.ca.

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Mother's Day Surprise Bags

All you have to do is read for 15 minutes on Wednesday, April 14. You can read anything, wherever and whenever you would like.

Here are some ideas:

  • Take a book to a coffee shop
  • Head to the park with your work email
  • Read your newspaper on the bus
  • Curl up by the window with your graphic novel
  • Enjoy reading poetry out loud in a tent
  • Do your homework on your deck

Email nwtliteracy@nwtliteracy.ca, or comment on the Read for 15 post on our Facebook page or Instagram account to let us know that you read for 15. All entries received by 9 AM on Thursday, April 15 will be entered to win a prize pack.

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During NWT Literacy Week, April 11-17

Show of f the beauty of the land in your region of the NWT. 

Visit NWT Literacy Council’s Facebook page and add your photo as a comment on our photo contest post. You can also email your photo to katie@nwtliteracy.ca and we will add the photo to the post.

Every NWT resident who submits a photo between April 11 and 17 will be entered into a draw for prize packages.

nwtliteracy.ca • 867-873-9262 or 1-866-599-6758

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