Job Opportunities

Job #1

Business Growth Advisors


As a contracted business providing services to PARO, you will provide services as a Business Growth Advisor to women living in urban, rural, remote communities across Ontario.   Your business, representing PARO, will assist other women to start, sustain, and scale up their businesses using various technologies such as telephone, email, Zoom, CRMs, Learning Management Systems, BaseCamp, and other communication software and supports, travel, and in-person meetings when required (as permitted). Your business services to women will include providing holistic entrepreneurial counseling and webinars; development and support for PARO Circles; development, delivery, and support to BIZCamps and small networking events; connecting women to affordable business financing options within PARO and those researched from outside PARO; and reporting statistics, connecting on BASECAMP, and invoicing monthly to receive payment from PARO.  You will build positive relationships and communicate with strategic partners and other agencies to support getting new referrals and providing services to women entrepreneurs to ensure the success and sustainability of their businesses.


You have experience operating a successful business and managing the efficient use of time.  You have facilitation/coordination skills, financial acumen, business development, and reporting skills. You are a team player, but can work independently; self-motivated, and flexible, Post-Secondary Education in Business Administration, Accounting and/or Education, or a related field.  You have proven experience with business planning and operations, group training and facilitation, coaching/counseling, mentoring, and related business experience.  Experience reaching out for clients and building good customer relations; knowledge of women’s issues, and innovative approaches to business development, microfinance, and community economic development are definite assets.  You are a team player, positive and self-motivated, fluent in English, but the ability to speak and write in French, Ojibwe or Oji-Cree would be an asset. 


This position requires travel by air and road (when permitted and if approved); a valid driver’s license, reliable personal vehicle, and vehicle insurance; excellent interpersonal, organizational skills; written and oral communication skills; excellent analytical skills; and an ability to accommodate competing demands and meet deadlines.   


Contract position for 3.5 days (equivalent 28 hours) per month. $250/day (the equivalent of an 8 hour day) and $125 for a half-day equivalent for planning, reporting, and follow-up ($875/month). For planned and approved travel, mileage, accommodation, and meals will also be covered using PARO set rates. Time at PARO meetings can be charged at an equivalent hourly rate over and above the 3.5 days.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  Resumes including cover letter, 2 professional references, and authorization to contact, DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Augutst 25Th, 2021 at 4:00pm (EST), and submissions can be made to email:  Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
110-105 May St. N., Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 3N9

Job #2

Bookkeeper/Office Clerk

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Thunder Bay, ON

Full-time, Temporary, Contract


Job Description

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise (PARO) is multi-faceted non-profit organization with multiple projects and funders, reporting just over $2 million in total revenues for the 2019-2020 year.  Working in a friendly, supportive women-centred work environment, as the Bookkeeper/Office Clerk, you will work as part of the PARO finance team to carry out duties including, but not limited to, the following:

· Assist with general bookkeeping duties including data entry, accounts payables, accounts receivables, bank reconciliation, cheque preparation, invoice review and preparation, filing of financial records;

· Assist with the preparation of monthly budgets and/or cash flows, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports as required;

· Assist with year-end preparations for annual filings including financial audits as required;  

· Issue invoices to contractors, partners, as required;

· Work with the Financial Manager, as mentor, to develop a comprehensive knowledge of PARO’s Financial Bookkeeping policies and practices, striving for the capability required;

·  And any activities as required by the CEO.


Qualifications and Skills

· Previous bookkeeping experience (2-3 years experience)

· Training and/or experience with Sage/Simply Accounting software

· Experience in a not-for-profit/charitable status organization is an asset

· Bachelor degree or College Diploma in the field of business/management with specialization in accounting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work under pressure and adapt to a fast paced changing environment while maintaining attention to detail.

· Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to learn quickly and self-motivate while working independently and/or collaborating as part of a team.

· Experience and/or aptitude with Microsoft Excel

· Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.



· Working onsite at PARO’s Head Office;

· A valid driver’s license, personal vehicle and vehicle insurance;

· Must be eligible to work in Canada.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Applications including cover letter, 3 professional references and authorization to contact, DEALINE EXTENDED TO MAY 21ST, 2021 at 4:00pm, and submissions can be made to email, Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 25Th, 2021 at 4:00pm (EST)


Job Type: Full-time, Temporary, Contract


PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise,

110-105 May St. N., Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 3N9

Internship #1

Program Development – Intern

PARO invites applications for the following position:
Program Development Intern
The Program Development Intern will work with the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Program Developer and other assigned staff to enhance PARO programming and reduce barriers to women working to enhance their economic security. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we collaborate to empower women, strengthen small businesses and promote community economic development across Ontario.
The Program Development Intern will provide administrative supports including:
• Developing resources to enhance the various PARO programs, including social enterprise
• Assist in the coordination of PARO events, when applicable, including online/virtual events
• Work with members of the management team to prepare documents, proposals, and enquiries to increase resources for program enhancement
• Assist with the program monthly reports
• Provide administrative supports including reception services, responding to inquiries, communication and interaction with the general public and visiting guests including program participants
• Working with PARO staff to increase program awareness, increase access to programs and for efficient management of PARO programs and services
This position is funded under the Ontario Summer Experience Program 2020. Individuals are eligible to apply for Ontario Summer Experience Program 2020 if they:
• Are 15 and have not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment or up to 29 years of age for persons with a disability, within the meaning of s.10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, as amended from time to time.
• Are currently enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution or graduated from a secondary, or post-secondary institution within the past six months
• Intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year, proof of student enrolment must be provided to the employer.
• Students must be residents of Ontario during the period of employment.
• Students must be eligible to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
• Students should be living in Ontario at the time they start work.
A valid driver’s license, excellent communication and analytical skills, and an ability to accommodate competing demands and to meet deadlines.
Essential to these positions are passion, vision, and a drive to try to make a positive impact on society.
DEADLINE: 4:00 pm Friday, August 25, 2021. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. E-mail or drop off resumes, cover letter, and three references with permission to contact, to:
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise,
110-105 May St. N., Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 3N9
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