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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.





Competition #: BHRLFCK – 02/21/2018

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.

This position reports to the Food Services Coordinator. This is a relief position.  

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 are 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 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.

Salary: $16.71 per hour

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition #: BHRLFCK – 02/21/2018 to  
We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.



Competition #: RCW – 04/05/2018 

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”. 

The primary focus of this contract will be to work collaboratively with agency staff to streamline and refine our current client related documents to ensure clarity and readability. This is a Monday to Friday 40 hour work week.


  • Gather and audit all existing forms to evaluate clarity and readability
  • Provide support and recommendations in developing program forms that are easy to understand and are consistent across the agency.
  • Ensure the accuracy of all content in program materials.
  • Ensure the consistency of style across all documents.
  • Assist in reviewing all agency program related materials to ensure that they are consistent with program accreditation standards.
  • Develop a process that will support the ongoing updating of program forms.
  • Assist in the editing and writing of client handbooks and program manuals.


  • Current enrollment in post-secondary education with preference given to students studying in a related field such as journalism.
  • Must intend to return to school in the fall of 2018
  • Education and / or experience in technical writing
  • Experience working in a not for profit environment would be considered an asset
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision as part of a busy multidisciplinary team
  • Clear oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written skills in English
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Competence with technology including email, cell phones and navigating programs.
  • Ability to pass a Police Security Clearance and Child Intervention Record Check.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # RCW – 04/05/2018 t;
Lisa Garrisen, Director of Programs: 

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited.We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.
Hiring for this position is dependent on approval of STEP grant funding.




Competition #: HF – 03/5/2018

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, respite, and family support programs for vulnerable children. To achieve our vision of “Safe Children in Healthy Families” we are looking for an experienced and professional individual to work with the Society’s Healthy Families Home Visitation program.


  • Work collaboratively with the Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team (AVIRT) and Child & Family Services Caseworkers to strengthen families, reduce risk factors and enhance family preservation.
  • Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with developmental screening
  • Serve families in their home in Calgary, personal transportation is required as there is frequent travel throughout the City. 
  • Establish and maintain a supportive and mentoring relationship with complex families by providing regular services through home visits.  Averaging a caseload of 15 families.
  • Use reflective coaching skills to address identified family concerns and implements effective interventions with families, utilizing advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies.
  • Act as a liaison between families and other community agencies and promote family self-reliance.
  • Establish and implement a family support plan with self-assessments, goals, strategies and activities developed with parents.
  • Utilize developmental assessment tools (ASQ / ASQ-SE) for children and make recommendations to parents.
  • Provide parenting support and child development information (Nurturing Parent Program) 
  • Assist parents with referrals and self-advocacy to community services and resources as required.


  • Degree in a Human Services field, with a minimum of three years of experience working with children and their families is preferred; diploma with additional experience would be considered.
  • Demonstrated proficiency as a Home Visitor, and experience in supporting parents who are raising infants/young children.
  • Proficient in the use of computers including ability to document in a data base and with Microsoft Office.  Strong organizational skills to meet deadlines as set by the Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative.
  • Understanding of how to support families with complex issues, and strong knowledge base re: parent-child attachment, early childhood development, the stresses of parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.
  • Experience with early childhood developmental screening, parent mentoring, and crisis intervention; ability to recognize the need for professional intervention.
  • Strong knowledge base re: community resources for children and families, and understanding of CFS child protection and family enhancement services.
  • Ability to work independently in the community providing home-based service.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; a second language is an asset.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record, valid ASIST certification, valid First Aid. 
  • Nurturing Parent Program and Ages and Stages training would be an asset. 
  • Able to work 40 hours a week, adaptable to suit program needs, some evening work is required from time to time.
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results

Application Deadline: Monday, March 19th, 2018. Email letter of interest & resume to: 
We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however we will only contact those invited for an interview.







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.