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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: 

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  

 

 


"AWAKE OVERNIGHT" FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER: Brenda's House (FTE .875)

Competition #: BHFSWN - 12/10/2018

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. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and planning with families to assist them in their efforts toward housing. All successful candidates must complete a Police and Child Welfare Check.

Job Purpose: This position exists to ensure that families receive support to obtain housing while residing at Brenda’s House.

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:

  1. Maintain a secure and safe environment for all families staying at Brenda’s House.
  2. Ensure policies and procedures of Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda’s House are being maintained. 
  3. Provide families support throughout the night including
    1. Read Key Worker notes on families to be familiar with needs should a family need support. 
    2. Interacting families who need support.
    3. Providing child care respite when needed
    4. Role models positive interactions and conflict resolution
  4. Follow emergency protocols. 
  5. Assist in the daily routines to ensure a safe, clean, healthy environment.
    1. Floor checks
    2. Assigned cleaning duties
    3. Assisting in kitchen duties
  6. Provide crisis intervention if needed.
  7. Interact with children:
    1. Provide childcare when needed to families outside of child care hours.
  8. Record keeping:
    1. Document relevant interactions with parents and children
    2. Document data for evaluation purposes
    3. Complete nightly reports
  9. Participate in shift work schedule.  
  10. 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 or with homeless families or families with complex needs is an asset.
  4. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B.
  5. 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 Competition #:BHFSWN - 12/10/2018 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  

 


FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER - INTAKE Bridgeland Crisis Nursery - Permanent (.875 FTE)

Competition #: BCNFSW - 11/13/2018

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”.

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of Calgary’s vulnerable children and families?

The Bridgeland Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour care for 3-day periods, for up to 14 children under the age of eight when their families are in crisis and have no other alternatives for child care help. The program is located in a large, child-friendly Victorian style home in Bridgeland. The Intake Family Support Worker plays a central role in facilitating family access to this program and to community respite support, and helps to ensure that parents receive the help they need during times of crisis.

HOURS: This position consists of a 4 days on/4 days off rotation which includes weekdays and weekends, and statutory holidays with the exception of December 25th. The hours of work for this position are, Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday/Sunday 9:00am – 7:00pm. Statutory Holiday Hours 9:00am-7:00pm.

Responsibilities:

  1. Taking crisis calls from parents and process respite care requests; offer supportive and non-judgmental assistance to all families.
  2. Over the phone, interviewing the parent in an empathetic and supportive manner to assess:
    1. need for service and current crisis information
    2. family’s strengths  and risk factors present
    3. children’s health, socialization, development, and special needs
    4. community and family supports available
    5. parent’s ability to cope with the crisis, and priority of need
  3. Screening calls for the In-Home Infant Respite Program and maintaining an ongoing waitlist.
  4. Processing requests and coordinating placements for the Volunteer Daycare Program.
  5. Completing admissions and discharges with families, providing supportive, educational intervention to promote family growth and change using brief solution-focused strategies, crisis intervention skills, motivational interviewing and family goal setting.
  6. Completing pre and post evaluation forms with parents for the Volunteer Daycare Program.
  7. Guide and support the work of volunteers assisting in the Intake office.
  8. Share Intake information and serve as liaison between Intake and the relevant Program Managers and staff teams for the Crisis Nursery, Family Outreach, and Community Respite.
  9. Input and maintenance of ETO.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum 2 years related experience.
  2. Self-directed, organized and able to multitask well.
  3. Strong communication and client interview skills
  4. Experience with family crisis support and brief solution-focused approach.
  5. Experience with using an electronic client database – knowledge of ETO is an asset.

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 #: BCNFSW - 11/13/2018 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

 


CHILD SUPPORT WORKER for Crisis Nursery (Full-Time)

Competition #: CNCSW - 11/05/2018

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 - 11/05/2018 to Janet Hettler, Manager, Crisis Nursery at  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: