We Are Hiring!

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society is hiring for the position of Literacy Outreach Coordinator/Executive Director. 

Job description

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society promotes literacy in the North Okanagan-Shuswap area through awareness, collaborative partnerships, and education in order to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and the community.

The Literacy Outreach Coordinator organizes, administers, and evaluates all of the literacy programs and initiatives in the North Okanagan-Shuswap region consistent with the mission, vision, and policies set by the Board and governed by the annual budget, ensuring a high standard of program delivery is maintained in accordance with expectations held by funders, partner organizations, and LASS itself.

The LOC is central to the Society, balancing the governance role of the Board with the operational and service role of LASS and represents LASS to regulatory bodies and government, other agencies, community organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public. The LOC will promote LASS activities through contact with the community, business organizations, government, and the general public.

Duties and responsibilities

General Administration Duties:

  • Act as a spokesperson for LASS
  • Monitor community needs on an ongoing basis and develop and maintain programs and services consistent with these needs
  • Maintain competent and effective staff
  • Provide leadership to LASS personnel through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication
  • Monitor and adjust programs and services to ensure consistency, with criteria established by funding sources and the mission and goals of LASS
  • Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with School District #83, Okanagan College, Okanagan Regional Library, community not-for-profit service providers, all levels of government, businesses, and Decoda Literacy Solutions
  • Encourage media coverage to acknowledge donations, sponsorships, volunteers, and LASS programs and initiatives
  • Represent LASS on appropriate community committees, networks, and joint projects


  • Attend Board meetings
  • Work with the Board on governance policy issues by providing support and by initiating approved recommendations or actions
  • Ensure that facilities, furniture, and equipment are necessary and appropriate to the needs of the organization
  • Develop, maintain, and update job descriptions pertinent to the organization
  • Submit all information, reports, and records as requested or required by law to appropriate government officials, Decoda Literacy Solutions, funders, or the Board of Directors
  • Develop and implement operational plans, policies, and goals that further strategic objectives
  • Develop and provide information about the organization’s goals, programs, and services to use for presentations as requested or required


  • Monitor and understand the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records for the organization; ensure accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial reporting
  • Prepare annual budget for Board approval
  • Keep track of program and organizational budgets and ensure results are achieved
  • Research and apply for appropriate funding opportunities
  • Report to funders
  • Carry out fundraising activities


Qualifications include:

  • Relevant post-secondary degree or diploma or equivalent experience (B.Ed an asset)
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and leadership skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, online communication and research, and social media
  • Knowledge of community literacy
  • Access to a vehicle

Working conditions

An office is located at 358 Alexander St. NE Salmon Arm, BC. This is where LASS’s files and records are kept, and a computer and supplies are available for use by the LOC to accomplish tasks.

Frequent travel is necessary to coordinate literacy initiatives and collaborate with community partners. Therefore, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator/Executive Director must have access to transportation.

Hours are flexible, as long as they fall within the hours set out in the employment contract and cover program and event requirements.

Wages and benefits

  • Part-time salaried position, flexible hours
  • Approximately 900 hours annually (approximately 20 hours/week for 45 weeks)
  • Salary commensurate with education and related experience ($24 to $32 per hour)
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Travel costs and specific expenses repaid

The LASS office operates minimally for the month of August, and for the two main school holidays, Spring Break and Winter Break.

Please send all resumes and cover letters to: admin@shuswapliteracy.ca

Application deadline: Monday October 14th  2019, 12:00 noon

Only applicants to be interviewed will be contacted, however, feel free to contact the LASS office if you have any questions 250-463-4555.