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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.



Family Support Intake Worker - Full time

Competition # FSIW

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis care, shelter, respite and support programs for vulnerable children and their families. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families,” we are looking for an experienced and professional individual to join the Brenda’s House program for families experiencing homelessness as a Shelter Support Worker. Brenda’s House provides 24/7 shelter and cares for 14 families at a time in a spacious, home-like and family-friendly setting located in Killarney.

This position is Full-time Monday to Friday 11 am – 7 pm.


  • Diploma in the human service field.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with families with complex needs. Experience in a residential program setting is an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR (level B) certification
  • Understanding of solution-focused support, family homelessness issues and community resources for families.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Competence with computers, including the ability to document using a client database.
  • Understanding regarding serving the needs of families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Must complete a Police Information Check and a Child Intervention Record Check with satisfactory results.


    1. Respond to calls from families experiencing homelessness or imminent loss of housing, offering supportive and non-judgmental assistance and information regarding shelter access and community resources.
    2. Over the phone, screen for eligibility with respect to Brenda’s House and other agency services.
    3. Document all calls and follow-up contacts.
    1. Work collaboratively with Family Support Key Workers, Case Managers, and Child Development Specialists.
    2. Manage resident access to the facility, and greet all visitors and volunteers at the door.
    3. Provide support to the team by scanning / faxing documents, filing and following up on referrals.
    4. Monitor when vacant rooms are ready for occupancy and organize admissions for new placements.
    5. Keep the communication binder up to date, and help distribute and track petty cash and gift cards.
    1. Respond to family questions and requests for support regarding residence-related issues.
    2. Assist families with transportation needs by distributing bus tickets and providing taxi vouchers.
    3. Direct families towards relevant community services and resources as needed.

All successful candidates must complete a Police and Child Welfare Check.

Please submit your cover letter and resume quoting competition# FSIW by email to


Relief Cook                                             

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 is required. A vehicle is required and mileage is paid. 


  1. Prepare lunch and dinners for 45-60 residents; following Brenda’s House nutrition plan.
  2. Ensure sanitation and safety of the kitchen. 
  3. Be friendly and respectful to families during their stay at Brenda’s House. 
  4. Other responsibilities as requested by the Food Services Coordinator/Manager.


How to Apply: Please send resume to or quoting "competition BHRLFCK"

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


Development Assistant 


The Development Assistant position will provide support to the development office in order to enhance the philanthropic activity of the Society’s annual operating as well as capital campaign. The position will enter and manage reports to understand and track philanthropic activity, pledges, and contributions. The Development Assistant will manage and update donor databases, respond to member queries and sometimes approach benefactors for appeals. The position will conduct research, analyze data and compile reports on current or prospective donors. The position will participate in and support fund raising activities and events. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative support to the Director of Development and the Capital Campaign and Fund Development Coordinator and the Operating Campaign, such as typing, filing, photocopying, preparation for meetings, and website maintenance.
  • Facilitates recognition of donors through letter recognition, provision of tax receipts, data entry, coding revenue received, managing online donations and ensuring the mailing of donor letters and receipts.
  • Responding to questions by donors by phone and email.
  • Organizing, supervision and feedback of volunteers relevant to fund development activities.
  • Conducts prospect research on potential donors.
  • Assists and attends all special events, this will include working flexible hours including evenings, early mornings and weekends.

Skills or Other Qualifications


  • Must have intermediate skills in MS Office package, and intermediate skills using Raiser’s Edge (certificate preferred).
  • Requires sensitivity to the privacy and confidentiality of prospective and current donors.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Excellent communication skills; fluency in English and English grammar a must.
  • Able to take initiative and follow through on assigned responsibilities with minimal support.
  • Ability to be proactive, anticipate problems and/or issues, and address these in a timely manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the use of a reliable personal vehicle with a willingness to travel. Five (5) years of supporting philanthropic activities.
  • Ability to type at 70-75 wpm.
  • Completion of an administrative or business program; diploma preferred.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # DA2020
Elisha Jackson, Director of Development:

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:


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”.


  •  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.


  • 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 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:


Development Coordinator

Competition #DC2020

 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.”

 We are looking for a results-orientated individual to support achieving the goal of $1.5 M for the organization.  Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will be a well-rounded and experienced professional in the fund development arena of the non-profit sector. This is an exciting time to join the Society as we are embarking on a new chapter of growth and in the midst of a Capital Campaign.

 Major Responsibilities:

  • Achieve operational fundraising goals through the implementation of annual, corporate, foundation, major gifts programs; including the preparation and creation of grant applications, direct mail, and corporate proposals;
  • Develop the annual Fund Development plan and budget in collaboration with the Director of Development;
  • Willing to learn the Raiser’s Edge program in order to analyze and manage donor data for ongoing use in development planning;
  • Research and prioritize prospects for potential donations. Work with the Development Director to develop relationships with donors through a donor stewardship program;
  • Lead the coordination, planning, development, and implementation of special events for the Society;
  • Manage fundraising correspondence, report on outcomes, and provide reports to donors and the Society as required;
  • Create and manage peer-to-peer fundraising platform as required for special events;
  • Participates in speaking engagements;
  • Support and attend third party events taking place weekdays, evenings or weekends; and,
  • Support the Capital Campaign.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area and direct experience in fund development;
  • Proven track record of successful goal achievements in fund development;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain  relationships with corporate partners, individual donors, volunteer boards, committees, peers and support staff;
  • Familiarity with current communication and marketing trends and the usage of social media;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven public speaking abilities;
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills in all Microsoft Office programs; and,
  • Intermediate knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunities is an asset. Experience with a similar database management system will be considered.

Application Details: Please send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations quoting "Competition # DC2020" to Careers:

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:



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 and we will contact you as soon as a practicum opportunity becomes available.