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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:  

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

1 Year Maternity Leave Coverage

Competition #DOF -10/02/2017

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”.

Interim Director of Finance (1 Year Mat Leave)

Reporting to the CEO, The Interim Director of Finance will be responsible for and undertake all finance, accounting, and financial reporting activities. The hands on Interim Director of Finance will lead all day-to day finance operations of a budget of $6 million and will supervise a team of 2 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll & benefits, and funds raised through development activities. The Interim Director of Finance will ensure that the Children’s Cottage has the systems, policies, and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and to conduct flawless audits. The Interim Director of Finance will work closely with program managers, directors and the CEO in order to ensure appropriate budget management.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Prepares Charitable returns and GST
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Coordinates and leads all audit activity
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of the Society’s financial status
  • Provide The Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and the Board of Directors with timely financial reports and analysis. Present financial reports and budgets to the Committee’s and to the Board
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget
  • Administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
  • Initiate the engagement of the finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working collaboratively with the program managers, director of Programs, Director of Development, and the CEO
  • Continuously collaborate with leadership to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines
  • Strategically participate in the Society’s Executive Team participating in organizational leadership and planning.

Qualifications:

  • Proven work experience as a Director of Finance with seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience, including accounting and audit, experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to board members, executive teams and external stakeholders
  • Experience in a nonprofit that has multiple programs and funders
  • CA/CPA or CMA/CPA essential
  • Strong communication skills, written, presentation and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail is essential
  • Able to work effectively with others
  • Computer skills include working knowledge of QuickBooks, Excel, Ceridian and Power Pay

Hours:  Full time (40 Hour work week)

Start Date:  January 29, 2018

Closing date: The closing date will occur upon finding a successful candidate.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # DOF – 10/02/2017 to Taryn Barrie, Human Resources Associate: tbarrie@childrenscottage.ab.ca We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

 

HOME VISITATION SUPERVISOR - HEALTHY FAMILIES

1 Year Full – Time Contact (with chance of extension)
Competition #HFSUPCT-09/20/17

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 within the Home Visitation Program area. This unique position will provide leadership to front line staff from two program areas; Healthy Families and the Family Coaching program offered through our Crisis Nursery.

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services field is preferred. A Diploma with additional significant experience may be considered.

EXPERIENCE: 

  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 for data entry and reporting.
  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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition # HFSUPCT-09/20/17 to Joelle Berard, Senior Manager, Home Visitation Programs: jberard@childrenscottage.ab.ca. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

HOME VISITOR - HEALTHY FAMILIES

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. This position will serve clients in Airdrie and surrounding communities.

This is a Temporary 8 month position (With chance of extension), based on a 40 hour work week, allowing for some flexibility, as there are occasional evening visits.

Responsibilities:

  1. Establishes and maintains a relationship with complex families by providing regular contact through home visits.
  2. Uses observation skills to identify family concerns and implement effective interventions.
  3. Utilizes advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies in working with families.
  4. Acts as a liaison between families and other community agencies and encourages family self-reliance.
  5. Establishes and implements a family support plan with goals, objectives, and activities identified with parents.
  6. Utilizes developmental assessment tools for children and makes recommendations to parents.
  7. Records home visit observations and activities in a complete, concise, and timely manner as required.
  8. Assists parents with applications as required.
  9. Recording of Documentation and Outcomes in Efforts to Outcomes Database (ETO).

Qualifications:

  1. Diploma or Degree in human service field
  2. Minimum of one year of experience working with children and their families Demonstrates proficiency as a Home Visitor and or demonstrates maturity and experience in supporting parents in raising infants/young children (Newborn to 3 months of age).
  3. Current first aid/ CPR/Suicide Intervention, Aboriginal Awareness training and diversity competence.
  4. Knowledge of family dynamics, child development, family problems and stresses of parenting, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Applies knowledge of parent-child interactions, child development and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.
  5. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Second languages are an asset.
  7. Proficient use of computers including ability to document using a data base.
  8. Excellent knowledge base and skills in: Early Childhood Development, family and community resources as well as skill in crisis intervention, teaching, listening and basic problem solving.
  9. Ability to recognize the need for professional intervention, to be non-judgmental, to be motivated to learn from direct experience, as well as, from training and supervision, and to work independently.
  10. Willing to work flexible hours to meet families needs.

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 quoting Competition HFHV-09/28/17 to Lucila Pereira, Senior Supervisor, Healthy Families: lpereira@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 

PART TIME (.68 FTE) CHILD SUPPORT WORKER - CRISIS NURSERY

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 participates in 12 and 8 hour shifts, a rotation of days, evenings and one awake night. This is a Part Time position.

Responsibilities:

  1. Interacting with Children
  2. Providing quality care for each child.
  3. Maintaining a safe environment
  4. Assisting children in their daily routines keeping in mind the child’s developmental stage.
  5. Assisting children to cope with feelings of separation from parents.
  6. Interacting with parents:
  7. Taking crisis nursery calls, offering non-judgemental assistance to all families pursuing help from the Children’s Cottage.
  8. Interviewing parents upon arrival in an empathetic and supportive manner when family support workers are not available.
  9. Record keeping
  10. Overseeing and assisting childcare volunteers as they provide care for children

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in the human service field.
  • Minimum of one year experience working with children and their families.
  • Current first aid/CPR/suicide intervention, aboriginal training, diversity training.
  • Knowledge base in: solution focused conversation, community resources, skills in crisis intervention and basic problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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 quoting Competition #CNCSW-08/08/2017 to Janet Hettler, Manager, Crisis Nursery: jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 

RESPITE CARE WORKER (9 Month Contract) - RESPITE PROGRAMS

Competition # RCW-08/29/17

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 is a Monday to Friday 40 hour work week, allowing for some flexibility, as there occasional evening visits.

 Responsibilities:

  • Work with families and volunteers as assigned to provide respite care.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Interact with infants and engage them in activities that support optimal development.
  • Assess amount of respite required.
  • Care for and interact with infants in a positive, gentle and sensitive manner.
  • Provide information about and demonstrate good infant care and positive parenting practices.
  • Help families connect with community resources as needed.
  • Conduct developmental assessments using Ages and Stages Developmental screenings.
  • Complete paperwork as required and enter into client database (Efforts to Outcomes). Keep filing up-to-date.
  • Complete Core Respite training.
  • Consult with Community Respite Supervisor on a regular basis.
  • Assist with other position-related tasks as directed by the Community Respite Supervisor, Home Visitation Programs Senior Manager, Director of Programs and/or Executive Director.

 Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of infant care experience.
  • Some post-secondary training in Early Childhood Development would be an asset.
  • An understanding of the developmental needs of infants.
  • Be responsible, dependable and have a non-judgmental attitude.
  • Able to work independently in the community.
  • An awareness of resources available in the community.
  • Second language an asset.
  • Clear oral and written communication skills.
  • Competence with technology including email, cell phones and navigating programs.
  • Standard First Aid and Infant CPR (CPR Level B).
  • Pass a Police Security Clearance and Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and insurance.

 Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #RCW-08/29/17 to Joelle Berard, Senior Manager, Home Visitation: jberard@childrenscottage.ab.ca. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


WEEKEND COOK - BRENDA'S HOUSE

 Competition #:  BHWECK – 09/12/2017

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 weekend position based on a Friday Saturday Sunday 10:30 am to 6:30pm

 Qualifications:

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

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #:  BHWEFCK – 09/12/2017 to
Dawn Boustead, Manager, Brenda’s House: dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

PART TIME COOK - CRISIS NURSERY

Competition #:  BCNWECK – 09/12/2017

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 is a Part Time Every Other Weekend Cook Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 5:30pm

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

Qualifications:

  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.

Responsibilities:

  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

 Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CNCSW-08/08/2017 to Janet Hettler, Manager, Crisis Nursery: jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.caWe appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

RELIEF COOK - BRENDA’S HOUSE

Competition #: BHRLFCK – 07/31/2017

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 based on a Friday Saturday Sunday 10:30 am 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:

  • Completed high school and a diploma or degree is welcomed.
  • A valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment
  • A Food Safe Certificate
  • A vehicle is required and mileage is paid.

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #:  BHRLFCK – 07/31/2017 to Dawn Boustead, Manager, Brenda’s House: dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 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 admin@childrenscottage.ab.ca and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.

CCS IS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY: