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The Children’s Cottage Society employs over 150 staff who are dedicated to fulfilling the agency’s vision of Safe Children in Healthy Families. We are passionate about making positive changes in the lives of families and their children in our community.

  

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES: 

MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR (Full-Time)

Competition #: MC - 09/28/2018

The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Preventing harm and neglect to all children and building strong families through support services, respite programs, and crisis nurseries”. Our vision is to achieve “Safe Children in Healthy Families”.

The Maintenance Coordinator position exists to ensure that the preventative maintenance, on-going maintenance and safety of the physical settings (residential locations, properties of CCS and relevant areas pertaining to the Kensington offices of the Children’s Cottage Society. 

This position is 40 hours per week and may be at times asked to work outside of regular work hours for emergency or contractor purposes; early mornings, evenings or weekends.

Responsibilities:

1. Performs tasks associated with daily upkeep of all Children’s Cottage Society facilities, properties and offices.

  • Performs routine installment, maintenance, replacement and/or repairs of plumbing systems and a variety of plumbing fixtures such as faucets, sinks and toilets
  • Performs maintenance and repairing or replacing doors, windows, stairs, railings, floors, gates, furniture, locks, and door hardware.  Installs window blinds, shelves, tables, signs, and modular furniture
  • Assists with the renovation/remodeling of offices and residential rooms; repairs plaster and drywall, prepares surfaces for painting, paints interior and exterior building structures, fixtures, equipment; strips and paints or stains cabinets, doors, and woodwork.
  • Repairs and inspects stove, fridge, washer and dryer, and other appliances; installing and maintaining lighting fixtures, outlets, and switches.
  • Performs outside grounds maintenance duties such as mowing lawns, trimming bushes, landscaping of artificial turf grass as required.
  • Oversee the contractor for snow removal, perform light snow removal and ensures de-icing is done.
  • Responds to emergency repair needs with solutions and acts upon these solutions in a timely manner.
  • Transporting/moving of donations, furniture, recycling, and garbage.
  • Ensuring that maintenance supplies are ordered regularly and when needed parts are ordered and retrieved.
  • Works collaboratively with facility housekeeping and food coordinator in relation to repairs and coordination of storage space.
  • Conducts weekly resident room inspections and overall site inspections in coordination with housekeeping staff in order to determine repair and perform maintenance requirements.
  • Inspection of outdoor play equipment, cleaning schedule for outdoor windows, siding, eaves, painting, replace lighting in and out.
  • Maintenance of playground equipment, yard and turf. 

2. Contractor/Volunteer Relationships

  • Assess when an outside contractors need to be called upon to perform services out of scope.
  • Be present to oversee repairs of items when contractors have been called upon, ensuring that they are following and maintaining work in a safe a manner, following policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain an active list of contractors to be used for large jobs and after-hours support.
  • Work with and lead volunteers/oversee volunteer groups to achieve the ongoing maintenance of the yards and buildings.

3. Develops and Implements Maintenance logs and Plans

  • Develops and maintain a preventative maintenance schedule for all current and upcoming sites. Work with program managers and office administration of various sites to develop maintenance solutions and schedules
  • Adheres to the work request and other departmental tracking systems; follows established procedures and submits documentation in a timely manner. 

4. Budgets

  • Performs cost-benefit analysis, for maintenance purchase and/or repairs
  • Work with the related program managers and expense approval policies to put in emergency repair recommendations that fall outside of budget parameters.
  • Ensures that needed supplies are purchased with the budget in mind.

5. Health and Safety

  • Follow and ensure others are following correct safety procedures in all work/maintenance.
  • Remediate any potential safety hazards that could injure someone and report potential safety hazards.
  • Develop strategies to safely work with and lead and oversee volunteers and/or volunteer groups to achieve the ongoing maintenance of all locations
  • Record and complete maintenance tasks in a spread sheet. Uses computer for data entry
  • Is an active member of OH&S Committees for all sites and participates in related site inspections.
  • Ensures that ongoing safety requirements are upheld and become routine for all sites in an effort to ensure ongoing safety compliance.
  • Inspect and replace fire extinguisher and exit signs.

6. Other maintenance-related duties as required.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 5 years of Facilities and Maintenance experience
  • Knowledge and experience of interior and exterior household and yard maintenance.
  • Valid driver’s license, with a clean drivers abstract.
  • Owns a dependable vehicle, to use on the job. Access to a truck when needed is an asset.
  • Possess leadership skills to lead and delegate tasks in a way that empowers volunteers to support the Society’s land and building maintenance goals.
  • Organizational skills to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency with Spreadsheets, such as MS Word and MS Excel – used for tracking maintenance logs, manage inventory and track maintenance budgets.
  • Effective communication skills verbally and in writing. 
  • Problem Solving Skills to diagnose the root cause, and create actions plans to address the problem and prevention.
  • Competency in operating hand and landscaping tools for basic maintenance of buildings and grounds.

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting competition Competition #: MC - 09/28/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT (Full-Time)

Competition #: DV - 09/27/2018

The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Preventing harm and neglect to all children and building strong families through support services, respite programs, and crisis nurseries”. Our vision is to achieve “Safe Children in Healthy Families”.

The Development Assistant position will provide support to the development office in order to enhance the philanthropic activity of the Society’s annual operating as well as capital campaign. The position will enter and manage reports to understand and track philanthropic activity, pledges, and contributions. The Development Assistant will manage and update donor databases, respond to member queries and sometimes approach benefactors for appeals. The position will conduct research, analyze data and compile reports on current or prospective donors. The position will participate in and support fundraising activities and events. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Provides administrative support to Capital Campaign Director and the Capital Campaign and the Fund Development Manager and the Operating Campaign, such as typing, filing, photocopying, preparation for meetings, and website maintenance.
  2. Facilitates recognition of donors through letter recognition, provision of tax receipts, data entry, coding revenue received, managing on line donations and ensuring the mailing of donor letters and receipts.
  3. Responding to questions by donors by phone and email.
  4. Organizing, supervision and feedback of volunteers relevant to fund development activities.
  5. Conducts prospect research on potential donors.
  6. Assists and attends all special events, this will include working flexible hours including evenings, early mornings and weekends.

Qualifications:

Required:

  1. Must have intermediate skills in MS Office package, and intermediate skills using Raiser’s Edge (certificate preferred). 
  2. Requires sensitivity to the privacy and confidentiality of prospective and current donors.
  3. Excellent organization skills.
  4. Excellent communication skills; fluency in English and English grammar a must.
  5. Able to take initiative and follow through on assigned responsibilities with minimal support.
  6. Ability to be proactive, anticipate problems and/or issues, and address these in a timely manner.
  7. Must have valid driver’s license and the use of a reliable personal vehicle with a willingness to travel. Five (5) years of supporting philanthropic activities.
  8. Ability to type at 70-75 wpm.
  9. Completion of an administrative or business program; diploma preferred.

 

Application Deadline: October 18, 2018We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting competition Competition #: DV - 09/27/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


 

BRENDA'S HOUSE FAMILY SUPPORT - INTAKE WORKER (Full-Time)

Competition #: FSIW - 09/27/2018

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis care, shelter, respite and support programs for vulnerable children and their families. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families,” we are looking for an experienced and professional individual to join the Brenda’s House program for families experiencing homelessness as a Shelter Support Worker. Brenda’s House provides 24/7 shelter and care for 14 families at a time in a spacious, home-like and family-friendly setting located in Killarney.

Responsibilities:

1. PHONE SCREENING, INTAKE & FOLLOW UP

  1. Respond to calls from families experiencing homelessness or imminent loss of housing, offering supportive and non-judgmental assistance and information regarding shelter access and community resources.
  2. Over the phone, screen for eligibility with respect to Brenda’s House and other agency services.
  3. Document all calls and follow-up contacts. 

2. COLLABORATION WITH THE TEAM

  1. Work collaboratively with Family Support Key Workers, Case Managers, and Child Development Specialists.
  2. Manage resident access to facility, and greet all visitors and volunteers at the door.
  3. Provide support to the team by scanning / faxing documents, filing and following up on referrals.
  4. Monitor when vacant rooms are ready for occupancy and organize admissions for new placements.
  5. Keep the communication binder up to date, and help distribute and track petty cash and gift cards.

3. INTERACT WITH FAMILIES

  1. Respond to family questions and requests for support regarding residence-related issues.
  2. Assist families with transportation needs by distributing bus tickets and providing taxi vouchers.
  3. Direct families towards relevant community services and resources as needed.

Qualifications:

  1. Diploma in a human service field.
  2. Minimum of two years’ experience working with families with complex needs. Experience in a residential program setting is an asset
  3. Current Standard First Aid and CPR (level B) certification
  4. Understanding of solution-focused support, family homelessness issues and community resources for families.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Competence with computers, including the ability to document using a client database.
  7. Understanding regarding serving the needs of families from diverse backgrounds.
  8. Must complete a Police Information Check and a Child Intervention Record Check with satisfactory results.

Application Deadline: October 5, 2018We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting competition Competition #: FSIW - 09/27/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


 

CASE MANAGEMENT SUPERVISOR (Full-Time)

Competition #: FTSUP - 09/20/2018

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, respite, shelter and community support programs for vulnerable children and their families. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families”, we are looking for a motivated self-starter to join our organization as a Case Management Supervisor in our Community Housing Programs. This exciting position will support the work of ending family homelessness in Calgary.

The successful candidate will work directly with case managers in supporting families, providing reflective supervision, advising on assessment and resources when needed to ensure families remain housed.

This positions schedule is a Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30, and may require working occasional evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners.

Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinates and guides a diverse case management team in a client centered approach to support families exiting homelessness.
  2. Endorses the principles of Harm Reduction and Housing First within client interactions.
  3. Attends Coordinated Access and Assessment meetings (CAA) on a weekly basis.
  4. Co-ordinate with the manager of Brenda’s house on clients in residence.
  5. Communicates and consults with service providers involved in client care.
  6. Conducts client intakes and oversees the intake process as required.
  7. Ensures prompt follow-up of any urgent situation that arises with timely communication to all parties involved.
  8. Attends community meetings, working and focus groups etc. in consultation with the Program Manager.
  9. Works diligently with the team to engage clients and support landlords, to prevent evictions and prevent unplanned discharges.
  10. Identifies and facilitates professional development opportunities for staff.
  11. Contributes to the leadership and positive culture of the work place.
  12. Ensure staff team follow all safety protocols.
  13. Available to be on call evenings and weekend for one week per cycle on a rotation basis.
  14. Maintain program standards.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor Degree in Human Services, Social work or a related field is required.
  2. Demonstrated Leadership in the homeless serving sector.
  3. Previous case management experience.
  4. Three to five years’ experience working in a management role.
  5. Valid Alberta driver’s licence in good standing.
  6. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills in a team environment that includes staff, clients and external service providers.
  7. Respect and awareness to cultural differences and needs in individuals.
  8. High level of creativity, organization and anticipation of needs.
  9. Strong problem solving and decision making skills.
  10. An understanding and working knowledge of the principles of Housing First.
  11. Works from a Trauma Informed lens.
  12. Current First Aid/CPR/assist is mandatory.
  13. Familiarity with Accreditation standards for case management practice. 
  14. Competence with technology including email, cell phones and navigating programs.
  15. Pass a Police Security Clearance and Child Intervention Record Check within a designated time period upon hire.

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting competition Competition #: FTSUP - 09/20/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 


 

CHILD SUPPORT WORKER for Crisis Nursery (Part-Time, .68 FTE, Maternity Leave Coverage)

Competition #: CNCSW - 08/21/2018

The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Preventing harm and neglect to all children and building strong families through support services, respite programs, and crisis nurseries”. Our vision is to achieve “Safe Children in Healthy Families”.

Reporting to the Crisis Nursery Manager in consultation with the Team Leads, the Child Support role is responsible for day to day care and planning of activities according to the developmental needs of the children staying at the Crisis Nursery. Interacts with the parents daily by phone and when Family Support is not available, will complete admissions and discharges with the parents. This role ensures that files are completed and data has been entered on data base.

The Child Support Worker position is mainly 8 hour shifts of 7am-3pm and 2:30pm -10:30pm, and participates in one 12 hours day and one 12 hour night shift.

Responsibilities:

1. Interacting with children:

  1. Providing quality care for each child.
  2. Maintaining a safe environment
  3. Assisting children in their daily routines keeping in mind the child’s developmental stage.
  4. Assisting children to cope with feelings of separation from parents.

2. Interacting with parents:

  1. Taking crisis nursery calls, offering non-judgemental assistance to all families pursuing help from the Children’s Cottage.
  2. Interviewing parents upon arrival in an empathetic and supportive manner when family support workers are not available.

3. Record keeping.

4. Overseeing and assisting childcare volunteers as they provide care for children.

Qualifications:

  1. Diploma in the human service field.
  2. Minimum of one year experience working with children and their families.
  3. Current first aid/CPR/suicide intervention, aboriginal training, diversity training.
  4. Knowledge base in: solution focused conversation, community resources, skills in crisis intervention and basic problem solving.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6.  Proficient use of computers including ability to document using a database.

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting competition Competition #: CNCSW - 08/21/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 

 

 


  

PRACTICUM STUDENTS:

The Children’s Cottage Society believes that providing students with hands-on experience to support their in class learning is important. Students are given the opportunity for placement in the following programs:

We offer a variety of opportunities to students who are interested in developing their expertise and skills, and in being a part of making a positive change in the lives of families and their children in our community. Please send us your resume to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.

CCS IS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY: