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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:

SENIOR MANAGER: HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS 

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 purpose of this full time senior management role is to provide leadership to Supervisors and staff of the Children’s Cottage Home Visitation and Case Management Programs in order to support and facilitate the work of the Children’s Cottage Society in reaching its vision and mission.

Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the development, implementation, evaluation, and maintaining of standards for the Society’s Home Visitation and Case Management Programs.
  2. Work in close collaboration with the Director of Programs and other Senior Managers.
  3. Act as back up for the Director of Programs during absences.
  4. Actively participate in the Children’s Cottage strategic planning processes, including relevant program budget development and management.
  5. Support Supervisors of relevant programs to operate under a balanced budget.
  6. Effectively lead, coach, develop and delegate to a team of program Supervisors.
  7. Manage critical timelines, deliverables and deadlines and assist Supervisors with setting priorities and developing action plans.
  8. Identify opportunities for program growth and new initiatives.
  9. Analyse outcomes and evaluate programs; provide reports as needed to the Director of Programs, and CEO for use with funders, donors, and needed reports.
  10. Assist with revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and the growth of Children’s Cottage Society through public speaking, report writing, and attending events as necessary.
  11. Participate as an active member of the Society’s Leadership Team and Management Team.
  12. Participate in community committees that support the Society’s leadership direction or is advantageous to the society.            
  13. When called upon, act as a spokesperson for the Children’s Cottage.
  14. Inform and advise and assist the Director of Programs relative to revisions or additions to policies and procedures.
  15. Ensure that all programs and staff maintain best practice and a high quality of service, and are fully compliant with accreditation standards where applicable. Actively participate in program preparation for accreditation.
  16. Participate in a rotating Management on-call system to support all programs of the Children’s Cottage after hours and on week-ends.
  17. Acts as back-up for Supervisors when needed.
  18. Other related duties as assigned by the Society.

Qualifications:

A degree in the Human Services area, Health Care or a related field is required with a minimum of 5 years of experience related to:

  1. management of community based programs
  2. leadership of staff
  3. development of programs
  4. management and development of budgets
  5. experience utilizing and analyzing outcomes for continuous quality improvement
  6. experience in report and grant writing
  7. experience in the coaching and supervision of employees

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Strong business acumen with a firm understanding of budgeting and financial sustainability.
  2. A proven track record in managing and administering a group of programs with a broad set of administrative responsibilities.
  3. A deep passion and understanding of the human services environment, with particular experience developing and implementing strategies and plans, writing proposals and reports and overseeing large initiatives.
  4. Experience in developing, implementing, and using practice program logic models, following an evaluation framework and an understanding of evidence based practice.
  5. Experience hiring and developing supervisor-level staff, coaching, evaluating performance, setting goals and measuring success.
  6. Must be able to work well with people with a very wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics.
  7. Exceptional communication and influencing skills.
  8. Must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
  9. Experience working in a variety of sectors including home visitation and homelessness.

This position is located in an office environment, with some travel throughout the city. Some evening and weekend work is required from time to time. Personal transportation is required. Competitive salary and benefits program commensurate with skills and experience.

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 to Lisa Garrisen, Director of Programs, lgarrisen@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 

HEALTHY FAMILIES SUPERVISOR (Full-time, Permanent, 1.0 FTE)

Competition #: HFSUP - 01/04/2019

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 strong leader to join our organization as a Supervisor with the Healthy Families Home Visitation Program.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services field, or Diploma with additional experience.

Responsibilities:

  1. Monitoring the work performance of team of six Healthy Families Home Visitors through the provision of supervision, annual performance reviews, mentoring and coaching.
  2. Working cooperatively as part of a three-Supervisor team within the Healthy Families program.
  3. Providing one-on-one supervision to assigned Home Visitors on a bi-weekly basis.
  4. Assisting in coordinating and facilitating semi-monthly program team meetings.
  5. Ensuring that Home Visitors meet client service and program quality standards.
  6. Coordinating and ensuring staff training and professional development.
  7. Participating on the Children’s Cottage leadership team and representing the program within the Supervisors’ team of the Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative.
  8. Supporting and monitoring complete and accurate data entry by Home Visitors into the agency’s Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database.
  9. Ensuring that complete and accurate data is collected for submission to the Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative and assisting with agency program report preparation.
  10. Working collaboratively with Calgary Child and Family Services and key community stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  1. At least 3 years of supervisory experience, preferably with a community-based family program.
  2. Strong knowledge of early childhood development and promoting positive parenting.
  3. Experience with providing in-home visitation support to families with complex needs.
  4. Experience working with child protective services.
  5. Strong knowledge of child and family serving community resources.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and oral / written communications skills.
  7. Proficient computer skills.
  8. Experience with using a client data base (experience with ‘Efforts to Outcomes’ data base is an asset).
  9. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle.

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 #: HFSUP - 01/04/2019 to Lisa Garrison, Director of Programs, lgarrisen@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 

HEALTHY FAMILIES HOME VISITOR: 8-Month Contract (Temporary, Full-time, Maternity Leave Coverage, 1.0 FTE)

Competition #: HF - 12/21/2018

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, respite, and family support programs for vulnerable children. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families” we are looking for an experienced and professional individual to work with the Society’s Healthy Families Home Visitation program.

Responsibilities:

  1. Work collaboratively with the Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team (AVIRT) and Child & Family Services Caseworkers to strengthen families, reduce risk factors and enhance family preservation.
  2. Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with developmental screening
  3. Serve families in their home in Calgary, personal transportation is required as there is frequent travel throughout the City. 
  4. Establish and maintain a supportive and mentoring relationship with complex families by providing regular services through home visits.  Averaging a caseload of 15 families.
  5. Use reflective coaching skills to address identified family concerns and implements effective interventions with families, utilizing advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies.
  6. Act as a liaison between families and other community agencies and promote family self-reliance.
  7. Establish and implement a family support plan with self-assessments, goals, strategies and activities developed with parents. 
  8. Utilize developmental assessment tools (ASQ / ASQ-SE) for children and make recommendations to parents.
  9. Provide parenting support and child development information (Nurturing Parent Program) 
  10. Assist parents with referrals and self-advocacy to community services and resources as required.

Qualifications:

  1. Degree in a Human Services field, with a minimum of three years of experience working with children and their families is preferred; diploma with additional experience would be considered.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency as a Home Visitor, and experience in supporting parents who are raising infants/young children.
  3. Proficient in the use of computers including ability to document in a data base and with Microsoft Office.  Strong organizational skills to meet deadlines as set by the Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative.
  4. Understanding of how to support families with complex issues, and strong knowledge base re: parent-child attachment, early childhood development, the stresses of parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.
  5. Experience with early childhood developmental screening, parent mentoring, and crisis intervention; ability to recognize the need for professional intervention.
  6. Strong knowledge base re: community resources for children and families, and understanding of CFS child protection and family enhancement services.
  7. Ability to work independently in the community providing home-based service.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; a second language is an asset.
  9. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record, valid ASIST certification, valid First Aid. 
  10. Nurturing Parent Program and Ages and Stages training would be an asset. 
  11. Able to work 40 hours a week, adaptable to suit program needs, some evening work is required from time to time.
  12. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

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 #: HF - 12/21/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


CHILD SUPPORT WORKER: Crisis Nursery (Temporary, Full-time, Maternity Leave Coverage)

Competition #: CNCSW - 12/07/2018

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 full time, and participates in 12 hours shifts, a rotation of days and awake nights

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-judgmental 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 - 12/07/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 


 

BRENDA's HOUSE RELIEF COOK 

Competition #: BHRLFCK - 11/22/2018

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of some of Calgary’s children and families? We have an immediate opportunity for a Creative Cook at Brenda’s House! 

Brenda’s House serves up to 14 children and families in a beautiful manor style facility with a modern kitchen and dining area in the Killarney Neighborhood in South West Calgary and reports to the Food Services Coordinator.

This is a relief position. We require completed high school and a diploma or degree is welcomed. As well, a valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment and a Food Safe Certificate are required. A vehicle is required and mileage is paid.

Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare lunch and dinners for 45-60 residents; following Brenda’s House nutrition plan.
  2. Ensure sanitation and safety of kitchen. 
  3. Be friendly and respectful to families during their stay at Brenda’s House. 
  4. Other responsibilities as requested by Food Services Coordinator/Manager.

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 #: BHRLFCK - 11/22/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 


RELIEF 'AWAKE OVERNIGHT' FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER: Brenda's House

Competition #: BH - 11/22/2018

Brenda’s House is a residential program for homeless families that enables transition to housing using a “housing first” model of service. Brenda’s House has been in operation since February 2009, and provides shelter and support services to 14 families at a time. We are looking for experienced professionals with an empathetic, non-judgmental view toward families with multiple needs.

Family Support Worker - 10-hour shifts.

Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain a secure and safe environment for all families residing at Brenda’s House.
  2. Respond to all calls to Brenda’s House during shift; screen potential clients and support transition to a shelter or prevention program.
  3. Ensure policies and procedures of Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda’s House are being properly implemented. 
  4. Provide family support to Brenda’s House during the overnight shift:
    1. Review Key Worker case notes and family service plans to be familiar with needs should a family require support; 
    2. Interact with families and provide non-judgmental, family centered and strength based service as needed;
    3. Role model positive interactions and assist with conflict resolution.
  5. Follow all emergency protocols. 
  6. Assists in the daily routines to ensure a safe, clean, healthy environment: complete checklist of overnight tasks during each shift.
  7. Provide crisis intervention if needed.
  8. Interact with children:
    1. Provide childcare when needed to families outside of child care hours.
  9. Record keeping:
    1. Document relevant interactions with parents and children;
    2. Enter HMIS data as needed for tracking and evaluation purposes;
    3. Complete nightly reports.
  10. Respond to requests from staff team for support with on-line research and other tasks which support on-going programming at Brenda’s House.
  11. Other responsibilities as requested by management.

Qualifications: 

  1. Completed High School Education.
  2. At least one year completed towards a Diploma or Degree in a human services field.
  3. Experience working in a residential setting is an asset.
  4. Experience working with homeless families or families with complex needs is an asset.
  5. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B.
  6. Able to complete required training and attend staff meetings during daytime hours.
  7. Current Police Security and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results.

The position is available immediately. We will interview when a suitable candidate is found and/or continue to post until a suitable candidate has been found. 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 #:BH - 11/22/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 

 


DATA ENTRY CLERK  (Part-time, 16 hours per week)

Competition #: RCW - 11/01/2018

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 primary focus of this position will be to provide data entry support to programs of the Children's Cottage Society.

Responsibilities:

  1. Enter and review client information into online database
  2. Enter data in system in a timely fashion
  3. Assist with collating of data for funders as per their data collection requirements
  4. Monitor quality of data collected and entered, for completeness and accuracy.
  5. Work with front line staff to ensure data is accurate
  6. May assist in preparation of data in order to complete monthly and annual reports

 

Qualifications:

  1. Strong working knowledge of office equipment and computer hardware
  2. Experience with data entry
  3. Experience with Excel other human service data systems such as HMIS and ETO is an asset
  4. Fast typing skills, knowledge of touch typing skills is preferred
  5. Ability to work in a very organized, accurate and detail-oriented way
  6. Ability to work independently
  7. Good problem solving skills
  8. Ability to stay organized, including strong time management skills and ability to multi task.

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 #: RCW - 11/01/2018 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: