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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:

FAMILY SUPPORT - INTAKE WORKER: Brenda's House: Full-time 

Competition #: FSIW 

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. 

All successful candidates must complete a Police and Child Welfare Check.

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.

Responsibilities:

  1. Phone screening, intake, and 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.

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 #: FSIW to dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca


FAMILY COACH: Bridgeland Crisis Nursery: Permanent, Full-time (1.0 FTE)

Competition #: CNCF 

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 experienced and professional individuals to support the Society’s in- home visitation needs.

Responsibilities:

  1. Assists with the admission and discharge process within the Crisis Nursery, completing Family Appraisals to determine which families would benefit from ongoing support with a CCS Family Coach and referring families to community resources when appropriate.
  2. Establishes and maintains a trusting relationship with families by providing regular contact through home visits. Establishes and maintains relationships with parents who may be facing multiple challenges.
  3. Uses observation skills to identify family concerns and implements effective interventions. Maintains knowledge of substance abuse and domestic violence and their effect on families. Practices intervention strategies as appropriate.
  4. Applies knowledge of parent-child interactions, child development and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect to teach positive parenting and child management techniques.
  5. Utilizes advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies in working with families.
  6. Appropriately establishes boundaries and sets limits in relationships with families.
  7. Supporting and encouraging self-reliance parents through making appointments for doctors, social service agencies, etc. Acts as a liaison between families and other community agencies. Teaches families these skills.
  8. Using the Family Outcome Star assessment tool, conducts in depth family assessments, develops unique family directed goals and supports the family to achieve their goals.
  9. Meets with supervisor on a regular basis.
  10. Attends team meetings and trainings as requested or recommended by supervisor.
  11. Maintains a strong knowledge and understanding of community resources and uses these appropriately to meet the needs of the family.
  12. Completes case notes that document home visits observations and activities in a complete, concise, and timely manner as required (within 48 hours of a home visit or client contact)
  13. A willingness and comfort level in working with diverse families and those from a wide variety of cultures.
  14. Using the ASQ and ASQ-SE assessment tools regularly completes developmental assessments with parents and makes recommendations to services, provides strategies to further support child development and implements recommendations using the Hand in Hand model.
  15. Completes accurate and timely data entry into ETO Database.
  16. Completes a nominal role at the end of each month.
  17. Works within the framework of Nurturing Parenting when providing support and interventions to families.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum Diploma in Human Services Field.
  2. Minimum three years of experience working with vulnerable families.
  3. Maturity and experience in successfully working with infants, young children and parents.
  4. Experience working in the community.
  5. Valid driver’s license and use of personal vehicle.
  6. Solid understanding of healthy child development.
  7. Valid standard first aid certificate.
  8. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results.
  9. Ability and willingness to work flexible hours to meet the needs of a family.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrates skills in supporting families, reducing family stress, and teaching positive parent-child interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of family dynamics, child development, family problems and stresses of parenting, substance abuse, and domestic violence.
  3. Knowledge of, and belief in, non-violent approach to disciplining children.
  4. Able to work from a strength based approach to supporting families.
  5. Ability to work as part of team and independently.
  6. Skill in crisis intervention, teaching, listening and basic problem solving.
  7. Strong interpersonal communication skills and professional boundaries.

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 #: CNFC to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca 


PAYROLL AND BENEFITS COORDINATOR: Full-time

Competition #: PBC 

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 Payroll & Benefits Coordinator will be responsible for the timely and accurate processing of payroll, payroll reports and benefits administration. This position works 8:30am to 4:30pm (40-Hour work week) at Suite 204, 2120 Kensington Road NW Calgary

Responsibilities:

  1. Process hourly and salaried payroll (approximately 145 employees) according to set timelines.
  2. Prepare and enter payroll journal entries into QuickBooks after each pay run.
  3. Verify accuracy of payroll related transactions against Ceridian and QuickBooks.
  4. Administer WCB account including reconcile and review quarterly payments and complete annual filings.
  5. Attend United Way Benefits Plan Meetings and report back to HR Associate.
  6. Provide support for internal and external audits.
  7. Reconcile all general ledger accounts related to salaries and benefits.
  8. Prepare, update and maintain employee files.
  9. Maintain sick and vacation tracking spreadsheets and information in payroll software.
  10. Prepare and provide management with monthly sick time and vacation records per department.
  11. Prepare all salary and benefits related year end accruals.
  12. Annual T4 review and reconciliation.
  13. Utilizes all internal software and defined processes to ensure payroll compliance, optimal productivity and accuracy. Can make recommendations to streamline internal processing.
  14. Assist the Director of Finance on an ad hoc basis.
  15. Back-up for accounts payable.
  16. Administer the health and dental and benefits program.
  17. Administer the group insurance/pension programs.
  18. Act as a liaison between the employees and the benefits providers.
  19. Reconcile and review group benefits on a monthly basis.
  20. Assist in on-boarding and off-boarding processes.
  21. Assist with Staff Appreciation activities.
  22. Assist the Human Resources Associate with HR metrics.
  23. Provide offer letters with direction from the HR Associate.
  24. Work collaboratively with the HR Associate to develop and maintain HR policies and job descriptions.
  25. Ensure that all Employee files and records are complete.
  26. Ensure that staff Access data base is up to date and train managers to enter ongoing data.

Qualifications: Required

  1. Post-secondary education in Accounting or Business.
  2. PCP certification (certification must be current).
  3. Minimum 5 years of experience in full cycle start to finish payroll processing.
  4. Minimum 5 years of experience in benefits administration.
  5. Understanding of Alberta Employment Standards.
  6. Understanding of CRA payroll and benefits related guidelines.
  7. Understanding of basic accounting principles.
  8. Strong Microsoft Office experience.
  9. Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy.
  10. Highest degree of integrity, confidentiality and discretion.

Qualifications: Preferred

  1. Experience with Ceridian products and services including Powerpay and Dayforce.
  2. Experience with QuickBooks.
  3. Payroll and benefits experience in a not-for profit organization.
  4. Experience processing payroll for salary, shift and on-call workers.
  5. Accounting/bookkeeping experience.

Attributes and Other Skills:

  1. Reliable and punctual.
  2. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  3. Capacity to multi task and complete tasks and project work within assigned timelines.
  4. Ability to organize, prioritize and manage work tasks and follow up in a timely manner.
  5. Ability to problem solve.
  6. Aptitude to collaborate, take direction and both work independently and/or within a team.

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 #: PBC to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca 

 


RELIEF COOK: Bridgeland Crisis Nursery 

Competition #: BCNRLFCK 

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 Manage and Full time cook. The relief Cook is responsible for overseeing the kitchen. Undertakes cooking lunch and supper for children, volunteers, child care workers every other weekend.

Responsibilities:

  1. Education in Safe Food Handling
  2. Minimum 2 years’ experience cooking in a home like environment
  3. Driver’s License and Vehicle to purchase groceries.

Qualifications:

  1. Prepares menus as designated by the Full Time Cook.
  2. Carries out the designated cleaning routine.
  3. Appropriately documents work completed.
  4. Ensures kitchen area is left clean after meals.
  5. Assists with other position related tasks as directed by the Manager.
  6. Supervises and assists volunteers to work in the kitchen.
  7. Ensures kitchen and storage area of the house follows the directions of public health.

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 #: BCNRLFCK  to jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

 


RELIEF COOK: Brenda's House (Weekdays, holidays, weekends)

Competition #:BHRLFK 

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. Hours are 10:30am to 6:30pm.

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.

Qualifications:

  1. Completed high school; a diploma or degree is welcomed.
  2. A valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment.
  3. A Food Safe Certificate is required.

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 #:BHRLFK  to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 


CHILD SUPPORT WORKER: CRISIS NURSERY (Part-time, .88 FTE)

Competition #:CNCSW 

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 part time Child Support Worker role alternates between two 12 hour shifts: day shifts are from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., and night shifts are from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

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 #:CNCSW to Janet Hettler, Manager, Crisis Nursery careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 


RELIEF FAMILY SUPPORT WORKERS: Brenda's House (Daytime)

Competition #: BH-FSWRD

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 empathic, non-judgmental view toward families with multiple needs.

Responsibilities:

  1. Screen potential client families and support their transition into the shelter.
  2. Complete intakes and develop a service plan with families that will focus on their transition back into housing in the community.
  3. Interact with families in residence;
    1. Provide non-judgmental, family centered and strength based service;
    2. Coordinate staff team work with family members and focus on progress and action required to support transition plan;
    3. Provide families with assistance in housing search and progress towards goals
    4. Support families with their daily routine in shelter, and monitor the daily physical and emotional wellbeing of the family members;
    5. Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries;
    6. Act as a role model showing positive interaction and problem solving;
    7. Be present at all times in the day use areas to ensure that harmony is maintained between families, adults, and children.      
  4. Ensure a healthy environment for children:
    1. Promote positive social interactions and help ensure child safety;
    2. Coordinate referrals to child care/respite;
    3. Be present at all times in the day use areas to ensure that children are receiving appropriate parental supervision and care;
    4. Support and coach parents in the care of their children while at Brenda’s House;
    5. Provide support and activities when needed outside of scheduled child care hours.
  5. Assist in the daily shelter routines to ensure a safe, clean and healthy shelter environment
  6. Collaborate with Brenda’s House Case Managers and Housing Locator in the development and updating of service plans, transition to housing strategies, and housing funding methods.
  7. Work collaboratively partnering agencies and community resources, and provide referrals as needed to community services.

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with families who have complex needs
  • Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with related experience
  • Experience working in a residential setting
  • Experience working with homeless families is an asset
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  • Current Police Security 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 #: BH-FSWD to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


RELIEF FAMILY SUPPORT WORKERS: Brenda's House (Awake Overnight)

Competition #: BH-FSWRN

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 empathic, non-judgmental view toward families with multiple needs.

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: 

  • Completed High School Education.
  • At least one year completed towards a Diploma or Degree in a human services field.
  • Experience working in a residential setting is an asset.
  • Experience working with homeless families or families with complex needs is an asset.
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B.
  • Able to complete required training and attend staff meetings during daytime hours.
  • Current Police Security 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 #: BH-FSWN 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: