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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: 

HOUSING EDUCATOR - HOMEBRIDGE

Full Time Permanent (1.0 FTE)
Competition #HE - 051701

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 Housing Educator in our HomeBridge Program. This exciting new position will incorporate aspects of client work with community engagement and education to support the work of ending family homelessness in Calgary.

The majority of the work completed in the HomeBridge program will take place in community agencies. The successful candidate will assist in developing and customizing training programs for a wide variety of community stakeholders, providing them with information and the required skills to support families in remaining in their own homes. This individual will also work directly with families when needed, providing support, assessment and resources to ensure families remain housed.

The Housing Educator will be required to work occasional evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with additional related experience
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of family-related community resources and services
  3. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  4. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  5. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

EXPERIENCE: 

  1. Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  2. A strong understanding and passion for prevention and diversion work is an asset
  3. Experience working with families in a community setting
  4. Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base
  5. Proficient computer skills required
  6. Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  7. Experience developing and leading educational workshops
  8. Skill in developing and maintaining community partnerships

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Establish and maintain strong working relationships with community partners
  2. Develop and deliver educational workshops that will enable the larger community to identify and support families who may be at risk of losing their housing.
  3. Liaise with relevant community groups and organizations
  4. Develop new community initiatives as required
  5. Develop an outreach plan to ensure maximum reach for both educational opportunities and for families who may be insecurely housed
  6. Collaborate with community agencies to support client needs
  7. Complete requests for Alberta Works emergency placement with families and assist them with the request process.
  8. Develop a plan of action that identifies the family’s risk factors as well as their goals, strengths, and current support systems; establish objectives with the family that will help resolve their emergency placement situation and access on-going shelter or housing.
  9. Assist the families to implement their immediate plan of action to reduce risk factors and help address their priority objectives. Coordinate with Alberta Works designated staff to help ensure that the goals set by them for families are also addressed.
  10. Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  11. Be fully informed on the services and resources offered by Alberta Works; work with the Children’s Cottage Housing Locator to explore any available housing resources.
  12. Refer families as needed and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition #HE – 051701 toDawn Boustead, Manager, Brenda’s House: dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca


HOUSING COACH - HOMEBRIDGE

Full Time Permanent (1.0 FTE)
Competition #HC - 051701

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 Housing coach in our HomeBridge Program.

The majority of the work completed in the HomeBridge program will take place in community agencies. HomeBridge staff will liaise with staff from a wide variety of agencies who are likely to be connecting with families who are unstably housed. The Housing coach will support their ability to assess each family’s situation and provide targeted support and resources to ensure stable housing.

The Housing Coach will also deliver support directly to families in identified agencies, providing them with personalized assistance that will address the immediate risk of homelessness along with connections to additional resources identified as being helpful in stabilizing their current situation.

The Housing Coach will often be required to work evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with additional related experience
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of family-related community resources and services
  3. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  4. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  5. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

EXPERIENCE: 

  1. Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  2. Case Management experience is required, preferably within the homeless sector
  3. A strong understanding and passion for prevention and diversion work is an asset
  4. Experience working in with families in a community setting
  5. Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base
  6. Proficient computer skills required
  7. Excellent written and oral communication skills required

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Receive community referrals for families when space or other housing options are not possible, for families with children under the age of 18 years.
  2. Collaborate with community agencies to support client needs
  3. Complete requests for Alberta Works emergency placement with families and assist them with the request process.
  4. Ensure supportive, efficient and safe transition into temporary housing and or hotel accommodation and provision of food and immediate basic needs for families.
  5. Make alternative arrangements for families unable to access Alberta Works emergency hotel placement.
  6. Provide brief solution-focused outreach support for a caseload of 15 families at a time.
  7. Develop a plan of action that identifies the family’s risk factors as well as their goals, strengths, and current support systems; establish objectives with the family that will help resolve their emergency placement situation and access on-going shelter or housing.
  8. Assist the families to implement their immediate plan of action to reduce risk factors and help address their priority objectives. Coordinate with Alberta Works designated staff to help ensure that the goals set by them for families are also addressed.
  9. Monitor the wellbeing of the families during their hotel stays and provide brief immediate support to them in the community.
  10. Complete F-SPDAT’s and refers eligible families to the CHF CAA Family Placement Committee for case management services.
  11. Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  12. Be fully informed on the services and resources offered by Alberta Works; work with the Children’s Cottage Housing Locator to explore any available housing resources.
  13. Work collaboratively with the programs of the Children’s Cottage, Alberta Works, Inn From The Cold, Hotels, Motels and other key community service providers as indicated by each family’s unique situation and needs.
  14. Refer families as needed and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition #HC – 051701 to Dawn Boustead, Manager, Brenda’s House: dboustead@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 students@childrenscottage.ab.ca and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.

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