Job Posting 70039

Language Lead
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA)
Calgary area
closes in 26 days (Sat, 8 May)
full time

Position Title: Language Lead

Position Type: 1.0 FTE

Reports to: Manager - Engagement, Research, & Policy

Direct Reports: None


Location: Alberta-based – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAISA staff and volunteers will work remotely for the foreseeable future. When staff return to working from the Calgary office, staff outside of Calgary will remain in a remote-work environment from a satellite office.

The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is a non-profit umbrella organization representing agencies that provide resettlement, settlement, and integration services to newcomers in the province of Alberta. Since 1980, we have been working to build the sector’s capacity to better serve newcomers by fostering collaboration, professionalization, and member-driven research and policy work.


The position of Language Lead is responsible for providing tailored support to language service providers, through activities that promote coordination, information sharing, and capacity development across the system of services. Through its role, the Language Lead will build understanding of emerging trends and represent the priorities of language providers across the broader settlement and integration system. This position works collaboratively across AAISA’s departments, to ensure knowledge on the language sector and to ensure its needs are represented across AAISA programming. The Language Lead will actively strengthen the assets of the team and provide support where needed based on shifting conditions.


Roles and Responsibilities

ENGAGEMENT with the Language sector

  • Lead quarterly meetings with the language sector to support information sharing, coordination of services, and collaboration on shared issues
  • Engage in regular meetings with language providers across the province through individual site visits
  • Compile and promote information on trends, gaps, and needs related to language providers and service delivery
  • Identify different needs related to small centre and urban language training provision, as well as regionally specific needs
  • Gather information on needs and gaps related to different delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid, and online teaching
  • Support opportunities for leaders in the language sector and IRCC to share information and collaborate
  • Provide support to IRCC with the Language Deck call, as requested
  • Undertake all facets of meetings coordination, including facilitation, creating supporting materials, logistics, minutes, and reporting



  • Support the sharing of resources and relevant data with the language sector
  • Compile agency information on programming, clients served, and internal expertise related service delivery to support coordination and knowledge mobilization
  • Coordinate the sharing of specialized expertise and support resource mobilization and navigation within the sector
  • Support the identification of professional development needs, including those related to delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid, and regular and ongoing online teaching (beyond the temporary emergency transition to online teaching during the pandemic)
  • Support the coordination of professional development opportunities
  • Support access to relevant AAISA training and expansion of relevant AAISA offerings, through course development activities and coordination with the CLB Coordinator



  • Represent the language sector in activities with the broader newcomer serving sector, including resettlement and settlement service providers
  • Share information from the broader settlement and integration sector with language providers
  • Promote language sector priorities in regional and national platforms
  • Elevate emergent information within AAISA and relevant stakeholders, supporting responsiveness to needs at all levels
  • Participate in relevant meetings and presentations to represent language sector priorities and positions


COORDINATION and participation with existing language bodies

  • Participation in meetings hosted by to LARCC, CLARC, NLAB, ATESL, ERLAC, and the Calgary LINC Coordinators to support information sharing and coordination
  • Meet regularly with the CLB Coordinator housed at ASSIST to discuss needs and requests from the language sector, coordinate activities, and identify opportunities for the promotion of activities and collaboration
  • Regularly engage in one-on-one meetings with relevant stakeholders, including French Language/CLIC providers and coordination bodies
  • Actively foster relationships with members and other stakeholders to build understanding of context, identify opportunities for partnership, and tailor AAISA supports
  • Actively foster relationships with members and other stakeholders to build understanding of context, identify opportunities for partnership, and tailor AAISA supports


Other Duties

  • Make decisions within an ever-changing set of circumstances, in pursuit of the stated mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the organization
  • Support AAISA initiatives and projects, including the Provincial Engagement Initiative, through meeting facilitation, minute taking, and meeting support
  • Work collaboratively with all AAISA units on projects and initiatives as they arise
  • Support the growth of AAISA’s membership
  • Contribute to broader organizational deliverables, including event planning for conferences and meetings
  • Support the maintenance of a stakeholder database and ensure up-to-date details on contacts
  • Minute taking
  • Conduct annual site visits to agencies in municipalities across Alberta
  • Regular travel to Calgary and/or Edmonton, dependent on public health conditions and based on location of successful applicant
  • Perform related duties as assigned



  • Direct experience in language programming to newcomers through either language instruction, assessment, and/or administration
  • Comprehensive understanding of language assessment and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • Familiarity and/or experience with the settlement and integration sector as well as Canada’s immigration system is an asset
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, facilitation, project planning and implementation, and collaboration
  • Post-secondary education in a related field
  • French language fluency will be prioritized
  • Highly motivated individual able to take initiative while maintaining alignment with team and organizational objectives
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Personable with strong relationship building skills
  • Ability to work independently, while being a collaborative and communicative team member
  • Adaptive and responsive in a dynamic work environment and with shifting priorities
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector is an asset
  • Experience working with WordPress, CRMs, Zoom, and the Microsoft Office suite including Teams and SharePoint
  • Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience working in remote environments


To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to . The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.


AAISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we work to sustain anti-discrimination and anti-racism practices in our workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, age, physical or mental health, religion or beliefs, or any other status protected by law. Harassment or discrimination is not tolerated at AAISA. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.



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