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Children’s Cottage Society employs over 150 staff who are dedicated to fulfilling the agency’s vision: Resilient children blossom in healthy families.

We are passionate about making positive changes in the lives of families and their children in our community.  

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES:

Home Visitor for Cochrane (12 Month Contract)

Competition #HVCochrane

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.”

A Home Visitor works using a strength-based framework and evidence-based practice. The Cochrane Home Visitation program is available for families that live within Cochrane and surrounding communities as determined by Children’s Services.  Our program provides support prenatally through to 6 years old. The Home Visitor supports parents to develop and enhance positive parenting skills, support healthy child development and connect to community supports.  All services are typically provided in the family’s home.  Services are voluntary and adaptable to meet the needs of families.  The intensity and length of service vary based on vulnerabilities, risk factors, and needs of caregivers.  The program is designed to support a nurturing and safe environment for children, support the parent/child relationship, and provide rich child development information as well as connecting families to community resources and other formal supports as required

This position is for a maternity leave coverage for approximately 12 months.

HOURS: A Home Visitor will work a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday typically within standard working hours however the ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of a family is required.

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Minimum Diploma in Human Services Field.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with vulnerable families.
  • Experience working with infants, young children and their parents.
  • Knowledgeable about healthy child development.
  • Knowledgeable about community resources.
  • Experience helping families manage stressful situations.
  • Valid driver’s license and use of personal vehicle.
  • Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level C.
  • Current Police Security and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results.
  • Brain Story Certification Course (online training).
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
  • Experience using Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) or similar client data bases.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with vulnerable families with complex needs.
  • Demonstrates a willingness and comfort level in working with diverse caregivers and families and those from a wide variety of cultures.
  • A willingness and comfort level working with formal and informal interpreters to help improve communication and understanding between the family and the Home Visitor.
  • Able to work from a strength based approach to support families.
  • Have a thorough understanding of positive parenting practices and child development.
  • Knowledge of, and belief in a non-violent approach to disciplining children.
  • Knowledge of parent-child interactions, child development and the dynamics of child abuse.
  • Demonstrate skills in supporting families, reducing family stress, and teaching positive parent-child interaction skills.
  • Knowledge of family dynamics, child development, stressors in parenting, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence.
  • Ability to work as part of team and independently.
  • Skill in crisis intervention, teaching, listening and basic problem solving.
  • Proficient computer skills required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Ability to flex hours from time to time.
  • Ability to model and teach appropriate behaviours such as communication, conflict resolution, positive parenting, problem-solving, and self-advocacy.
  • Knowledge of Cochrane and area resources and how to access them.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Home Visitation

    1. Contact a referred family within 48 hours to arrange an initial visit.
    2. Establish and maintain a transparent and trusting relationship with families that have risk factors and may be facing multiple challenges.
    3. Provide regular contact through weekly home visits of about 60-90 minutes in duration. 
    4. Use self-assessments, screening tools and observation to identify alongside the parents family strengths and challenges and implement effective strategies to empower the parent and child relationship, family functioning and resiliency. 
    5. Maintain a working knowledge of alcohol and substance abuse and family violence and their effect on families. Practices intervention strategies as appropriate.
    6. Support and encourage parental resiliency through a coaching model and by promoting access to services or making referrals as appropriate. Acts as a liaison between families and other community agencies.
    7. Work with all members of the family, both adults and children; applying knowledge of parent-child interactions, child development, and positive parenting to promote healthy family relationships. 
    8. Use the ASQ (Ages and Stage Questionnaire) and ASQ-SE (Ages and Stage Questionnaire – Social Emotional) developmental screening tools with parents and make developmental support plans, recommendations to services, provides strategies to further support child development and implement recommendations using the Infant Mental Health Hand in Hand model.
    9. Work within the framework of the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum when providing support and interventions to families.
    10. Communicate concerns regarding safety and wellbeing to parents and supervisor.
    11. Utilize Goal Planning tools to conduct family assessments, develop unique family directed goals and support the family to achieve their goals.
    12. Maintain strong knowledge and understanding of community resources and use these appropriately to connect a family and build self-advocacy and resiliency in a family.
    13. Appropriately establish boundaries and sets limits in relationships with families.
    14. Meet with supervisor on a regular basis for reflective supervisions, regular direct observation of in home visits, and regularly reviewing of files in order to meet accreditation and provincial home visitation guidelines.
    15. Attend team meetings, case consults and trainings in a timely manner as well as actively participating. 

2. Documentation

    1. Complete all admission, discharge paperwork following guidelines of evidence based practice.
    2. Accurately complete paperwork with parents in home visits.
    3. Accurately input data into ETO database a in timely manner (within 48 hours of a home visit or client contact).
    4. Complete a nominal role and other month end documentation at the end of each month for submission to Family Resource Network. 
    5. Liaise with Supervisor and Family Resource Network as required for accuracy and corrections of data when needed. 
    6. Completes case note that document home visits observations and activities in a complete, concise, and timely manner as required (within 48 hours of a home visit or client contact).
    7. Adhere to program accreditation and provincial guidelines.

3. Other Duties as Required

    1. Actively participate in program staff meetings.
    2. Home Visitation is a reflective practice and as such a Home Visitor is expected to work and be supported by a supervisor within that style. 
    3. Participate in other duties as required by the Calgary West Home Visitation Program, Program Manager, Director of Programs or CEO.

Please send a cover letter and resume by email quoting Competition #HVCochrane to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca.

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

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


Child Support Worker

Competition #CNCSW2020

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 combination of 12 hour day shifts and 12 hour awake night shifts. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Interacting with Children
  • Providing quality care for each child.
  • Maintaining a safe environment
  • Assisting children in their daily routines keeping in mind the child’s developmental stage.
  • Assisting children to cope with feelings of separation from parents.
  1. Interacting with parents:
  • Taking crisis nursery calls, offering non-judgemental assistance to all families pursuing help from the Children’s Cottage.
  • Interviewing parents upon arrival in an empathetic and supportive manner when family support workers are not available.
  1. Record keeping and data entry.
  2. Overseeing and assisting childcare volunteers as they provide care for children.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in the human service field.
  • Minimum of one year experience working with children and their families.
  • Current first aid/CPR/suicide intervention, aboriginal training, diversity training.
  • Knowledge base in: solution focused conversation, community resources, skills in crisis intervention and basic problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proficient use of computers including ability to document using a database.

Hours of work: 12 hour day and 12 hour awake night shifts.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CNCSW2020 to Janet Hettler, Manager Crisis Nursery: jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca.

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

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


Child Care Worker

Competition #CNCCW

Reporting to the Team Lead in consultation with the Crisis Nursery Manger. The Child Care worker is responsible for day to day care of the children staying at the Crisis Nursery. This role assists with planning daily activities for the children according to their developmental needs.

This position is a Comp .85 (approx. 36 hours per week) and works 12 hours shifts, a rotation of days and awake nights.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing quality care for children who are newborn to age 8.
  • Maintaining a safe environment.
  • Assisting children in their daily routines.
  • Assisting children to cope with feelings of separation from their parents.
  • Documentation of children’s daily activities.

Qualifications:

  • Early Childhood Certificate an asset
  • Minimum of three years’ experience caring for children. Must be particularly experienced caring for infants and toddlers.
  • Current first aid/CPR/suicide intervention, aboriginal training, diversity training.
  • Must be available to work within an environment that provides 24/7 child care.
  • Must have the ability to work day shifts and awake overnight shifts, and can be responsive to be called into work on short notice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Hours of work: 12 hours shifts, a rotation of days and nights. 

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #CNCCW to jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca.

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

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


Volunteer Coordinator

Competition # VC2020

Reporting to the Volunteer Manger, the Volunteer Coordinator will coordinate volunteers to support the delivery of programs and service at Brenda’s House. Hours of Work will consist of 5 to 8 hour shifts (32 hours per week), with some early evening and occasional weekends.

 RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinates Volunteers in various areas within Brenda’s House.
  2. Oversees volunteers throughout the volunteer experience at Brenda’s House including recruitment, screening, supervision, evaluation, recognition.
  3. Works collaboratively with Brenda’s House Manager to plan for and meet program needs;
  4. Help develop volunteer programs to support children, youth and parents who are staying at the residence.
  5. Provide support to agency staff who are involved in program specific volunteer coordination.
  6. Coordinate ‘Days of Caring’ and other volunteer group initiatives taking place at Brenda’s House.
  7. Maintain volunteer data base and track statistics/outcomes related to volunteer activity at Brenda’s house and Crisis Nursery, and communicates data base and related information to Volunteer Manager.
  8. Helps to maintain agency volunteer information, manuals, and volunteer orientation content as it relates to Brenda’s House.
  9. Provide information/articles/pictures for newsletters, website and annual report.
  10. Develops, implements and monitors volunteer program materials and procedures to ensure program delivery; ensures compliance to agency and program standards and policies.
  11. Manages volunteer personnel matters in a manner compliant with the Canadian Code of Volunteer Ethics and Accreditation Guidelines.
  12. Helps the Volunteer Manager with stats, and coordination of volunteer recognition event and as needed.
  13. Participates in other program areas as requested by the Board, the CEO, or the Director of Programs.
  14. To help Volunteer Manager with administrative and other duties as needed.

EDUCATION: Diploma or Degree in a Human Services field. An equivalent combination of experience, education and training in Volunteer coordination will be considered.

EXPERIENCE:

  1. At least two years supervisory experience.
  2. Experience in the coordination of volunteers.
  3. Excellent interpersonal and oral / written communications skills.
  4. Proficient computer skills.
  5. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle.
  6. Experience working with families who are currently homeless is an asset
  7. Experience with Better Impact database an asset.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition # VC2020 to Paula Bannerman, Manager, Volunteer Program: pbannerman@childrenscottage.ab.ca

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

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


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.

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

Application Deadline: Until a qualified applicant is found. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, we will only contact those selected for an interview.

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


Respite Care Worker

Competition # P/T-RCW

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.

Hours of work: 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.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting "Competition # P/T RCW" to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca.

Application Deadline: Until a qualified applicant is found. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, we will only contact those selected for an interview.

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


PRACTICUM STUDENTS: 

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: