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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:

 

Brenda's House Child Care Worker - Full Time Position

 Competition # BHCDS

 

Brenda’s House is a residential program for families experiencing homelessness, providing shelter and support services to 14 families at a time. We are looking for an experienced professional to join our team with an empathic, non-judgmental view toward families with complex needs. The successful candidate will support healthy child and youth development, provide quality child care for children from newborn to school age during the day, and organize evening child and youth programming, and enhance parenting capacity.

 

This position is full time, based on a 40 hour work week, Monday – Friday; some evening work may be required.

 

CHILD CARE WORKER

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Support the development and implementation of a quality Child Development Program at Brenda’s House to promote health, safety and wellbeing for children and youth of families in residence
  • Operate a fun, safe, welcoming and educational childcare space for children in residence from newborn to school age, on a daily basis
  • Support the Team Lead to oversee the work of volunteer child care providers
  • Coordinate scheduled programming for children and youth in residence appropriate to a range of ages and needs
  • Provide developmental screening for children and referral for support as needed
  • Provide mentorship and learning opportunities to parents regarding parenting skills and caring for their children in a shelter setting
  • Liaise with schools to ensure the transfer and registration of school-aged children
  • Prepare child development program reports, and contribute to agency reporting
  • Participate in ongoing communication with agency staff and community partners involved with the children served and their parents

 

 

 Qualifications:

 

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children who have complex needs
  • Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with related experience
  • Experience with early childhood care and understanding of child care centre standards
  • Experience with early childhood developmental screening, specifically the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, is an asset
  • Strong understanding of children’s developmental stages and needs from infancy to adolescence, and ability to develop programming for older children and youth
  • Experience working in a residential setting and/or with complex families
  • Supervisory or leadership experience
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # BHCDS
dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

For more information about the Children’s Cottage, please visit: www.childrenscottage.ab.ca

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Brenda's House Cook - Part Time Position 

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.

 We require Part-Time cook to work 2nd weekend Friday – Sunday 10:30am – 6:30 pm (14 hours); some general holidays may be included.

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.

MAIN 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.

 

 Please send resume to or dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca

quoting competition BHRLFCK

We thank all applicants but will only respond to those who are invited to an interview.

 

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Key Worker (Family Support at Brenda's House) - Full Time Position (1.0 FTE)

Competition #BHKW

 The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, community respite, and family support programs to more than 3,500 children each year. 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 an experienced professional with an empathic, non-judgmental view toward families with multiple needs. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting families while in residence and planning with families to assist them in their efforts toward becoming rehoused in the community as quickly as possible.

 

The Key Worker position is full time, and participates in a rotating schedule of morning and evening shifts Monday to Friday 7am – 3pm and 1pm – 9pm.

 

 

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 on a daily basis:
    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
  • Able to work day and evening shifts, and to flex hours from time to time

 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #BHKW to: dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

 

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Maintenance Coordinator - Full Time Position (1.0 FTE)

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.

Essential Functions

  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.

 

  1. 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 afterhours support.
  • Work with and lead volunteers/oversee volunteer groups to achieve the ongoing maintenance of the yards and buildings.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Other maintenance-related duties as required.

 

Skills or Other 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 a qualified applicant is found.  

We appreciate the interest of all applicants however only those contacted will be invited for an interview. Please send a cover letter and resume to jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 

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Family Coach - Full Time Position (1.0 FTE)

Competition #CNFC

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

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CNFC

We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

Email resume to: LHollohan@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

 

 


 

CHILD CARE SUPPORT TEAM LEAD: Bridgeland Crisis Nursery

Competition #:TLCN 

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”.

This position exists to ensure that children receive quality care while they are admitted at the Children’s Cottage. The individual will advocate on behalf of families to informal and formal community support systems including Child and Family Services. This position will act as a liaison to the Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland. This position provides supervision, leadership and mentorship to child and family support workers. The hours for this position are 1:30pm – 9:30pm Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

1. Leadership role

  • Direct Report for Child Care Workers
  • Assists with Supervision of Child Support Workers
  • Supports the Crisis Nursery Manager in the human resource management of child support positions.
  • Participates in orientation for new employees, students and volunteers.
  • Participates in supervision and evaluations of staff.
  • Maintains a motivational work environment.
  • Assists child care staff in achieving success in areas they may have direction to improve upon.

2. Interacts with children: 

  • Carries an adjusted child care work load.
  • Sets up a daily child care plan with staff to ensure quality child care.
  • Ensures daily that the Crisis Nursery is providing a safe environment for the children, staff, and volunteers. Communicates with Manager as necessary.

      In Conjunction with Child Support Workers provides the following:

  • Assists children in their daily routines keeping in mind the child’s developmental stage.
  • Assists children to cope with feelings of separation from their parents.
  • Make daily observations of the physical and emotional wellbeing of the children.  Report observations to the nurse.
  • Administers medications and treatments under the supervision or approval of the nurse on duty.
  • Completes assessment of children using an in-depth developmental screening tool.

3. Interacts with parents:

  • Takes phone calls offering non-judgmental assistance to all families pursuing help from the Children’s Cottage when Family Support Intake is not available. Determines which service is most appropriate for the family – Volunteer Day Care, Crisis Nursery or Infant Respite.
  • If family is admitted to the Crisis Nursery - Interviews parents upon arrival and discharge in an empathic and supportive manner when Family Support Intake and Family Coaches are not working. The admission and discharge notes will be interim until a Family Support Intake worker or Family Coach is in the next day.
  • When a family requests Volunteer Day Care or Infant Respite ensure documentation is completed and Family Support Intake Worker is made aware the next day so there is appropriate follow up.
  • Reports to parents on how their child is adapting.  Discuss specifics of the child’s daily activity.
  • Completes Health Check at admission and ensures that health checks are done by other child care staff at admission.
  • Collaborates with Family Support re necessary referrals.

4. Interacts with Child and Family Services Staff:

  • Receives child(ren) from Child and Family Services at the Crisis Nursery in a caring and comforting manner.
  • Collaborates with FSW to gain all necessary information to best care for the child(ren).
  • Reports to worker regularly on how child is adapting to the new environment.

5. Interaction with Family Support Team/Family Coaches:

  • Acts as liaison between child care team and family support team to ensure all relevant child information is forwarded.

6. Record Keeping:

  • Documents all interactions with parents and workers.
  • Documents relevant interactions with children.
  • Documents all significant assessment information.
  • Inputting into ETO database.
  • Reviewing staff input into ETO database.

7. Provides a mentorship role for new staff and students. Orientates new staff members and supervises students during their practicum.

8. Facilitates appropriate communication with community agencies and manager/Chief Executive Officer/Director of Programs during the weekday hours.

9. Oversees and assists childcare volunteers as they provide care for children.

10. Participates in other program-related areas as assigned by the Manager, Director of Programs, Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors.

11. Maintains a valid First Aid/CPR and Suicide intervention certificate and participates in yearly Aboriginal and Diversity trainings.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in child care or related human service field; diploma with additional years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of five years experience working with infants/young children and their families.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a supervisory role.
  • Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with developmental screening
  • Understanding of child protection and the Calgary Child and Family Services system.
  • Knowledge of community services and resources for families and young children.
  • Skill with brief solution focused approach to supporting families, crisis intervention, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in use of computers including ability to document using a data base; knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) client data base is an asset.
  • Current First Aid & CPR certification.

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 #: TLCN  to lgarrisen@childrenscottage.ab.ca 


RELIEF COOK: Brenda's House 

Competition #:BHRLFCK

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.

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: 

  • Prepare lunch and dinners for 45-60 residents; following Brenda’s House nutrition plan.
  • Ensure sanitation and safety of kitchen. 
  • Be friendly and respectful to families during their stay at Brenda’s House. 
  • 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 #: BHRLFCK  to dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


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

Competition #:BHFSWN - 05042018

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. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and planning with families to assist them in their efforts toward housing.

The Family Support Worker - Awake Overnight position is scheduled as a condensed work week of four 10-hour overnight shifts, 4 on 4 off rotation. FTE .875.

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain a secure and safe environment for all families residing at Brenda’s House..
  • Ensure policies and procedures of Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda’s House are being properly implemented.
  • 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.
  • Follow all emergency protocols.
  • Assists in the daily routines to ensure a safe, clean, healthy environment: complete checklist of overnight tasks during each shift.
  • Provide crisis intervention if needed.
  • Interact with children:
    1. Provide childcare when needed to families outside of child care hours.
  • 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.
  • Participate in shift work schedule.
  • Other responsibilities as requested by management. 

All Successful Candidates must complete a Police and Child Welfare Check. 

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.
  • Suicide Intervention Certificate

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 #: BHFSWN – 05042018, by e-mail to: 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 careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.

CCS IS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY: