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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: Bridgeland Crisis Nursery (Full-Time)

Competition #: C-SWCN

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-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 #: CSWCN to jhettler@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

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

2. Interacts with children: 

  1. Carries an adjusted child care work load.
  2. Sets up a daily child care plan with staff to ensure quality child care.
  3. 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:

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

3. Interacts with parents:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reports to parents on how their child is adapting.  Discuss specifics of the child’s daily activity.
  5. Completes Health Check at admission and ensures that health checks are done by other child care staff at admission.
  6. Collaborates with Family Support re necessary referrals.

4. Interacts with Child and Family Services Staff:

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

5. Interaction with Family Support Team/Family Coaches:

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

6. Record Keeping:

  1. Documents all interactions with parents and workers.
  2. Documents relevant interactions with children.
  3. Documents all significant assessment information.
  4. Inputting into ETO database.
  5. 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:

  1. Degree in child care or related human service field; diploma with additional years of relevant experience will be considered.
  2. Minimum of five years experience working with infants/young children and their families.
  3. Minimum of one year experience in a supervisory role.
  4. Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with developmental screening
  5. Understanding of child protection and the Calgary Child and Family Services system.
  6. Knowledge of community services and resources for families and young children.
  7. Skill with brief solution focused approach to supporting families, crisis intervention, and collaborative problem solving.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 jhettler@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 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: 

  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.

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: