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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:

Communications Coordinator

Competition #CC2020

The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services” and our vision is “Resilient children blossom in healthy families.”

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Communications Coordinator will facilitate the implementation and development of communications strategies for the Children's Cottage Society’s current programs, community presence, and operational needs as well as supporting the communication needs of the annual funding and current capital campaign. 

This individual will be the primary person responsible for the development and execution of the Communications strategy and work plan. Activities will include but not be limited to the production of graphic design and marketing materials, communications including written articles/blogs, website content, program guides, newsletters, etc. The successful candidate will balance the hours of work between daily communication activities and capital campaign-related activities.

Major Responsibilities:

Communications

  • Provide organizational guidance to all staff to ensure established branding guidelines for the Society are followed.
  • Review appropriate internal and external, communication materials to ensure messages are consistent and adhere to branding.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate communications strategies and campaigns.
  • Write, produce and distribute marketing and communication materials, including, but not limited to; Annual Reports, Impact Reports, donor recognition materials, videos, banners, program flyers, brochures, advertisements, training materials, and recognition items. 
  • Responsible to maintain and design all print materials, including, but not limited to; brochures, parent information, newsletters, business cards, annual reports.
  • Responsible for photography relative to events and the proper filing of pictures.
  • Participate actively in the development, coordination, and implementation of fund development materials.
  • Support and encourage front line staff in connecting clients and their stories for sharing with the public.

Website/Social Media

  • Maintain, maximize, and track website impact, including content creation and working with the webmaster to update and implement improvements as needed.
  • Responsible to ensure that all social media forums are current and have daily and regular posts. 
  • Monitor the success of website/social media through analytical tools ensuring that this knowledge is used toward continuous improvements.

Community Relations

  • Coordinates planning, preparation, evaluation, and data collection for public awareness events/opportunities.
  • Work with agency leadership/volunteers to train and develop “ambassadors” to speak on behalf of the Children's Cottage Society.
  • Attend and speak at agency and community events.

Media Relations

  • Develop and maintain media relationships including building and maintaining a media database, media monitoring and reporting.
  • Responsible for writing and distributing press releases, media advisories, backgrounders, fact sheets, articles, key messages, speeches, PSA’s, media pitches and coordinating requests.
  • Coordinate media relations with fund development regarding events.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education required in Communications, Public Relations or Marketing
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Proficient skills with Adobe Creative Suite of tools (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro)
  • Proven skills and experience with website maintenance including CMS, HTML, and UX.
  • Proven PC skills and experience with Microsoft Office suite of tools.
  • The ability to work independently on several projects concurrently
  • Demonstrates excellent communication, organizational, and creative thinking skills.
  • Enjoys and is proficient in social media communications.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Action-oriented; a strong and efficient problem solver and able to make appropriate decisions and take action when needed.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong, creative writer with a strong knowledge of CP Style.
  • Positive attitude and ability to be a team player with an attitude of service.
  • Able to work independently in a small, hands-on work environment.
  • Positive attitude to work with students and with volunteers
  • Able to clearly articulate messages in written and verbal communications.
  • Display integrity, objectivity, confidence and commitment to excellence.
  • Experience and comfort in public speaking and presentations.
  • Must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check and Child Welfare Clearance Check.

Additional Assets

  • Experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Photography/videography skill and experience. 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CC2020: ejackson@childrenscottage.ab.ca

Application Deadline: Until the 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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Communications Assistant (Summer Student Position)

Competition #CAStudent2020

 The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services” and our vision is “Resilient children blossom in healthy families.”

 

The Communications Assistant will support the Children’s Cottage in the development and implementation of annual development activities along with social media and e-newsletter responsibilities. This position will also assist the Society to communicate information regarding our COVID-19 response and needs to community, staff, and volunteers

 HOURS:  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

               Some weekend and evening work may be required.

 QUALIFICATIONS:   Must be registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.

 SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Excellent written and communications skills, Intermediate knowledge of MS Office, Adobe Professional – In Design

 RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

 Social Media

  • Support Social Media platforms through creation, scheduling and posting content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Research and identify best practices for the Children’s Cottage Society to follow in regards to how many times to post each week, content and rotation of support, utilization of video along with photos
  • Work collaboratively with agency leads on COVID-19 in order to share program information and agency needs to the community at large.
  • Research and build calendar to ensure the Children’s Cottage Society is aware of Canadian and International important and newsworthy dates such as National Volunteer Week, National Nurses Week, Anti- Bullying Day, Orange Shirt Day,
  • Manage social media posts from community-based events
  • Summarize monthly analytics of social media platforms

 Client Communications

  • Assist in updating brochures to inform potential clients about our programs
  • Support programs in developing other platforms to reach out to clients
  • Maintain agency links to assist those in need on the CCS website.
  • Ensure COVID-19 services offered to families are clear on the Website.

 Intranet

  • Working with the Communications Coordinator, determine the best way to refresh the organization’s intranet and develop the plan for a long term engagement strategy to keep the tool of interest and meaningful to Cottage Assist the agency leads on COVID-19 to ensure that updates are clearly described to the CCS staff.

Signature Event

  • Creation of print material such as signs, donor thank you, scorecards
  • Creation and electronic distribution of bi-weekly updates to participants and sponsors as per Fund Development

 

Additional responsibilities will be explored over the course of the employment period.

 

Application Deadline: Until a 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 #CAStudent2020 to ejackson@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

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Maintenance Coordinator, 2 (two) - Part Time (0.5 FTE) Positions

Competition #MC2020

The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services” and our vision is “Resilient children blossom in healthy families.”

We are looking to fill 2 (two) part-time roles (20 hours per week), typically Monday – Friday, but at times may be asked to work outside of regular work hours for emergency or contractor purposes; early mornings, evenings or weekends.

The Maintenance Coordinator position exists to ensure that the preventative maintenance, on-going maintenance, and safety of the physical settings, properties of CCS, and relevant areas pertaining to the Kensington offices of the Children’s Cottage Society. Each Maintenance will be dedicated to assigned facilities.

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 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 manner, following policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain an active list of contractors to be used for large jobs and after-hours 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 maintains 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 spreadsheet. 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 extinguishers 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 action 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 (with hourly wage expectations) and resume to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  

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Relief "Awake Overnight" Family Support Workers for Brenda's House

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.

Family Support Worker – Awake Overnight Shifts

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a secure and safe environment for all families residing at Brenda’s House.
  • Respond to all calls to Brenda’s House during shift; screen potential clients and support transition to a shelter or prevention program.
  • Ensure the 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.
  • Review Key Worker case notes and family service plans to be familiar with needs should a family require support.
  • Interact with families and provide non-judgmental, family-centered, and strength-based service as needed.
  • 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.
  • Provide childcare when needed to families outside of child care hours.
  • Record keeping:
    • Document relevant interactions with parents and children.
    • Enter HMIS data as needed for tracking and evaluation purposes.
    • Complete nightly reports.
  • Respond to requests from the staff team for support with on-line research and other tasks which support on-going programming at Brenda’s House.
  • 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.

Competition Closure: 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, we will only contact those selected for an interview.

 Please submit your letter of interest and resume quoting Competition # BH-FSWN to by e-mail to: careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca

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Respite Care Worker

Competition # P/T-RCW

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”.

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 the 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 of Developmental screenings;
  • Complete paperwork as required and enter into the client database (Efforts to Outcomes). Keep filing up-to-date;
  •  Complete Core Respite training;
  • Consult with Community Respite Supervisor on a regular basis; and,
  • Assist with other position-related tasks.

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;
  •  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; and,
  •  Must have a reliable vehicle and insurance.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume quoting "Competition # P/T RCW" to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca Application Deadline: Until the successful candidate is recruited We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

Hours: This is a Part-Time, Monday to Friday 15-20 hours per week, allowing for some flexibility with days worked and hours worked. There will be opportunities to pick up more hours from time to time, if interested.


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

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 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: