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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:  

CASE MANAGER FOR THE HOMELINKS PROGRAM

Competition # HL-011816

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, community respite, and family support programs to more than 3,500 children each year. Brenda’s House is a residential program for homeless families that enables transition to housing using a “housing first” model of service. The HomeLinks Project serves chronically homeless families with complex barriers, residing at Brenda’s House or other family shelters in Calgary. HomeLinks provides housing location and case management support that begins with the quick rehousing of families, and that goes on to prevent the return of these families to homelessness by providing on-going service for one to two years, to help families reduce their acuity level and maintain their stability once re-housed in the community.

 

The Case Manager is an experienced professional with an empathetic, non-judgmental view toward families with complex needs. The Case Manager is responsible for supporting and planning with 13 families to assist them in maintaining the stability of their housing, addressing risk factors and building on their strengths to ensure successful community integration, over a period of one to two years.

 

The Case Manager position reports to the HomeLinks Case Management Supervisor.

 

The Case Manager position is full time (40 hours per week), Monday to Friday; some evening and week-end work may be required. Work hours will be adjusted based on client needs.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  1. Complete a structured assessment - in collaboration with shelter Key Workers - to assess family’s acuity level, history of homelessness and complexity of needs; develop a transition and follow-up plan for families exiting Brenda’s House or other shelter for homeless families.
  2. Develop a plan of action that identifies the family’s risk factors as well as their goals, strengths, and current support systems; establish objectives with the family that will build and maintain stability post-transition into housing in the community.
  3. Provide quality case management for a caseload of 13 families.
  1. Monitor the wellbeing of the families post-transition and provide support to them for one to two years in the community;
  2. Assist the families to implement their plan of action to reduce risk factors and related chronic system usage / risk of homelessness, to decrease family acuity rating, to increase protective factors and to improve network of community support;
  3. Act as a role model showing positive interaction and problem solving;
  4. Liaise with landlord to ensure good relations and proactive resolving of issues;
  5. Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  6. Collaborate with shelter Key Workers and the Housing Locator in the development and updating of service plans, transition to housing strategies, and access to subsidies.
  7. Be fully informed on the services and resources offered by Alberta Works, and be a resource to the team regarding this information; work with the program Housing Locator to gain access to Project funds for housing and other subsidies, when unavailable from other sources.
  8. Work collaboratively with sector agencies, key stakeholders, and community resources.
  9. Refer families and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.
  10. Maintain regular home visits in the community and phone contacts, in line with Case Management Standards.

 Qualifications:

 

  1. Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with additional related experience
  2. Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  3. Case Management experience is required, preferably within the homeless sector
  4. Experience working in with families in the community and in their home is required
  5. Experience working in a residential setting is an asset
  6. Proficient computer skills required
  7. Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  8. Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base is an asset
  9. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  10. Valid Suicide Intervention training.
  11. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  12. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results
  13. Able to adjust hours during the evenings and on week-ends as needed

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however we will only contact those applicants selected for an interview. Please quote Competition # when submitting your resume.

 

Please submit your letter of interest and resume to by e-mail to:

Email: careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Competition # BHCDS- 01/05/17

 Brenda’s House is a residential program for families experiencing homelessness, providing shelter and support services to 14 families at a time. We are looking for an experienced professional to join our team with an empathic, non-judgmental view toward families with complex needs. The successful candidate will support healthy child and youth development, provide quality child care for children from newborn to school age during the day, and organize evening child and youth programming, and enhance parenting capacity.

This position is full time, based on a 40 hour work week, Monday – Friday; some evening work may be required.

 Responsibilities:

 

  • Support the development and implementation of a quality Child Development Program at Brenda’s House to promote health, safety and wellbeing for children and youth of families in residence
  • Operate a fun, safe, welcoming and educational childcare space for children in residence from newborn to school age, on a daily basis
  • Support the Team Lead to oversee the work of volunteer child care providers
  • Coordinate scheduled programming for children and youth in residence appropriate to a range of ages and needs
  • Provide developmental screening for children and referral for support as needed
  • Provide mentorship and learning opportunities to parents regarding parenting skills and caring for their children in a shelter setting
  • Liaise with schools to ensure the transfer and registration of school-aged children
  • Prepare child development program reports, and contribute to agency reporting
  • Participate in ongoing communication with agency staff and community partners involved with the children served and their parents

  

 Qualifications:

 

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children who have complex needs
  • Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with related experience
  • Experience with early childhood care and understanding of child care centre standards
  • Experience with early childhood developmental screening, specifically the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, is an asset
  • Strong understanding of children’s developmental stages and needs from infancy to adolescence, and ability to develop programming for older children and youth
  • Experience working in a residential setting and/or with complex families
  • Supervisory or leadership experience
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # BHCDS- 01/05/17to
careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

HOUSING EDUCATOR - HOMEBRIDGE PROGRAM

FULL TIME POSITION

Competition # HE-12/18/17

 

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 motivated self-starter to join our organization as a Housing Educator in our HomeBridge Program. This exciting new position will incorporate aspects of client work with community engagement and education to support the work of ending family homelessness in Calgary.

The majority of the work completed in the HomeBridge program will take place in community agencies. The successful candidate will assist in developing and customizing training programs for a wide variety of community stakeholders, providing them with information and the required skills to support families in remaining in their own homes. This individual will also work directly with families when needed, providing support, assessment and resources to ensure families remain housed.

This positions schedule is a Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30, and may require working occasional evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with community partners
  • Develop and deliver educational workshops that will enable the larger community to identify and support families who may be at risk of losing their housing.
  • Liaise with relevant community groups and organizations
  • Develop new community initiatives as required
  • Develop an outreach plan to ensure maximum reach for both educational opportunities and for families who may be insecurely housed
  • Collaborate with community agencies to support client needs
  • Complete requests for Alberta Works emergency placement with families and assist them with the request process.
  • Develop a plan of action that identifies the family’s risk factors as well as their goals, strengths, and current support systems; establish objectives with the family that will help resolve their emergency placement situation and access on-going shelter or housing.
  • Assist the families to implement their immediate plan of action to reduce risk factors and help address their priority objectives. Coordinate with Alberta Works designated staff to help ensure that the goals set by them for families are also addressed.
  • Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  • Be fully informed on the services and resources offered by Alberta Works; work with the Children’s Cottage Housing Locator to explore any available housing resources.
  • Refer families as needed and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with additional related experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of family-related community resources and services
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  • Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

EXPERIENCE: 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  • A strong understanding and passion for prevention and diversion work is an asset
  • Experience working with families in a community setting
  • Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base
  • Proficient computer skills required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Experience developing and leading educational workshops
  • Skill in developing and maintaining community partnerships

 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #HE-12/18/17 to
careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

 


 

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER - INTAKE - BRIDGELAND CRISIS NURSERY

FULL TIME PERMANENT POSITION (.875 FTE)

Competition # BCNFSW – 12/14/2017

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. The hours of work for this position are, Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday/Sunday 9:00am – 7:00pm.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Taking crisis calls from parents and process respite care requests; offer supportive and non-judgmental assistance to all families.
  • Over the phone, interviewing the parent in an empathic and supportive manner to assess:
  • need for service and current crisis information
  • family’s strengths and risk factors present
  • children’s health, socialization, development, and special needs
  • community and family supports available
  • parent’s ability to cope with the crisis, and priority of need
  • Screening calls for the In-Home Infant Respite Program and maintaining an ongoing waitlist.
  • Processing requests and coordinating placements for the Volunteer Daycare Program.
  • 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.
  • Completing pre and post evaluation forms with parents for the Volunteer Daycare Program.
  • Guide and support the work of volunteers assisting in the Intake office.
  • 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.
  • Input and maintenance of ETO.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Diploma in a Human Services related field – Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years related experience.
  • Self-directed, organized and able to multitask well
  • Strong communication and client interview skills
  • Experience with family crisis support and brief solution-focused approach
  • Experience with using an electronic client database – knowledge of ETO is an asset

 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # BCNFSW – 12/14/2017 to: careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited.  We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR - ADMIN

Competition #CC – 11/7/2017

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”.

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 and operational needs as well as supporting the communication needs of the upcoming capital campaign. 

This individual will be the primary person responsible for the development and production of graphic design and marketing materials, communications; including written articles, website content, program guides, newsletters, etc. The successful candidate will split 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 and events.

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

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 3 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 well independently on several projects concurrently, and possess 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 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.
  • 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

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CC – 11/7/2017 to Taryn Barrie, Human Resources Associate at careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

TEAM LEAD - CRISIS NURSERY (FULL TIME TEMPORARY 1 YEAR MATERNITY LEAVE COVERAGE)

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 1 year Temporary position, based on a 40 hour work week.

 Responsibilities:

Organize and participate in daily programming for children:

  • Ensure and help provide quality care for each child in residence.
  • Maintain a safe and nurturing environment for children.
  • Develop a daily plan of activities for the children with the team for child support and child care workers to implement, and individual care plans for children with specific support needs.
  • Ensure that children are assisted to cope with feelings of separation from their parents, and that any behaviour challenges they present are appropriately responded to by the team.
  • Ensure that developmental assessments are completed for children in a timely manner.

Interact with parents:

  • Help respond to Crisis Nursery calls, offering non-judgmental assistance to all families requesting help from the Children’s Cottage.
  • Complete admissions with parents upon arrival and assist with discharge, where needed, in an empathic and supportive manner when Family Support Workers are not available.

Provide a leadership role to the child support and child care staff:

  • Help deliver orientation and training to new staff members, practicum students and volunteers.
  • Provide mentorship, supervision and evaluation to child care staff and practicum students. Ensure that policies, standards of care and proper procedures are maintained.
  • Cultivate a positive and motivational work environment.
  • Oversee and support volunteers as they participate with the team in caring for children.
  • Ensure that proper documentation is maintained in paper files and in the client data base.
  • Interact with Family Support Workers (Intake Workers and Family Coaches): act as liaison between the Child Support team and Family Support team to ensure all relevant child information is shared and continuity of service is maintained.
  • Ensure that On-Call nursing and management support are advised and consulted wherever needed.
  • Communicate with the family’s community support systems including Calgary Child and Family Services.

 Qualifications:

  • Degree in child care or related human service field; Diploma with additional years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of four years’ experience working with infants/young children (up to age 8) and their families.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a supervisory role.
  • Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with Nipissing and ASQ/ASQ-SE developmental screening
  • Understanding of child protection and the Calgary Child and Family Services system.
  • Knowledge of community services and resources for families and young children.
  • Skill with brief solution focused approach to supporting families, crisis intervention, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Current First Aid & CPR certification

Hours: Monday to Friday, 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm. There is an expectation for the Team Lead to work an alternating Monday or Friday shift from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for paperwork and supervision purposes

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CNTL-10/20/2017 to: careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

 

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.


 

 

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: