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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 DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST: Brenda's House (Temporary, Full-time)

Competition #: BHCDS 

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 empathetic, 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 a 5-month temporary position, based on a 40 hour work week, Monday – Friday; some evening work may be required.

Responsibilities:

  1. 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.
  2. Operate a fun, safe, welcoming and educational childcare space for children in residence from newborn to school age, on a daily basis.
  3. Support the Team Lead to oversee the work of volunteer child care providers.
  4. Coordinate scheduled programming for children and youth in residence appropriate to a range of ages and needs.
  5. Provide developmental screening for children and referral for support as needed.
  6. Provide mentorship and learning opportunities to parents regarding parenting skills and caring for their children in a shelter setting.
  7. Liaise with schools to ensure the transfer and registration of school-aged children.
  8. Prepare child development program reports, and contribute to agency reporting.
  9. Participate in ongoing communication with agency staff and community partners involved with the children served and their parents.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children who have complex needs.
  2. Degree in human services (preferred), or diploma with related experience.
  3. Experience with early childhood care and understanding of child care centre standards.
  4. Experience with early childhood developmental screening, specifically the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, is an asset.
  5. Strong understanding of children’s developmental stages and needs from infancy to adolescence, and ability to develop programming for older children and youth.
  6. Experience working in a residential setting and/or with complex families.
  7. Supervisory or leadership experience.
  8. Experience working with volunteers.
  9. Proficient computer skills.
  10. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  11. Valid Standard First Aid Certificate.
  12. Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle.
  13. Current Police Clearance 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 #: BHCDS 11/03/2019 to dboustead@childrenscottage.ab.ca 


COMMUNITY RESPITE PROGRAM AND FAMILY SUPPORT SUPERVISOR: (1.0 FTE)

Competition #: CRPFSS 11/03/2019

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 strong leader to join our organization as a Supervisor with the Family Coaching & Healthy Families Program.

This position exists in order to ensure that quality services in the areas of the In Home Infant Respite Program, Family Support (Crisis Nursery) and Volunteer Daycare services are maintained.  The position exists to further develop these areas to their full potential.  In addition, this position exists to facilitate collaboration between the existing programs of the Society, the existing partnerships of the Community Respite Program, Crisis Nursery Family Support and related community initiatives.

The working hours for this position is based on a 40 hour work week, Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30 pm.

Education:  Degree in a Human Services field, or a combination of a diploma and experience.

Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the ongoing development of the In-Home Infant Respite Program and Family Support (CN) and Volunteer Daycare services.
  2. Responsible for the work performance of his/her assigned workers through the provision of regular supervision and development of both professional development and performance improvement plans as appropriate.
  3. Adhere to, respect, and promote the vision, mission, values and beliefs of the Society.
  4. Responsible for the quality implementation of community respite services.
  5. Reports to Crisis Nursery Manager to ensure proper procedures are followed to enable clients to utilize the programs.
  6. Collaborates with Crisis Nursery Team Leads and Supervisor of Family Coaches to ensure quality of services at the Crisis Nursery.
  7. Ensures that all documentation on client records meets accreditation standards.
  8. Communicates regularly with direct reports, and volunteers.
  9. Assists Manager with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of the Respite and Crisis Nursery Services and support the implementation of quality improvement strategies.
  10. Engages in weekly review of client data entry into ETO.
  11. Assists in preparing reports as per funding requirements and reviews with Manager, prior to submission.
  12. Responsible for being the primary contact person with all collaborating partners in this program area.
  13. Responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training and quality assurance in relation to respite workers, respite volunteers and Family Support workers.
  14. Responsible for the recognition of all volunteers involved in this program.
  15. Maintains fiscal awareness of the program at all times.
  16. Provides input to develop the program’s annual budget.
  17. Adheres to, respects and promotes the philosophy of the Society through all work related activity.
  18. Networks and participates on related program committees.
  19. Works collaboratively with the staff of the Society.
  20. Speaks publicly when called upon.
  21. Performs other functions that may arise as needed and as assigned by the Manager.
  22. Support the work of the respite programs with the integration of the most current research and best practices regarding important concepts such as the core story, attachment theory and trauma informed practice.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of direct service work with parents and infants and preschool children.
  3. Experience in program management.
  4. Understanding of Trauma Informed Practice.
  5. Understanding of current research on Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  6. Strong knowledge of the developmental requirements of young children and tools to support.
  7. Knowledge of community resources in Calgary and surrounding areas.
  8. Experience in community based programming.
  9. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  10. Experience working in outcomes driven programming.
  11. Ability to plan program directions with strategic thinking principles.
  12. Knowledge of Children’s Services (CS) processes.

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 #: CRPFSS 11/03/2019 to jhettler@childrenscottage.ab.ca 


FAMILY COACHING AND HEALTHY FAMILIES SUPERVISOR: (1.0 FTE)

Competition #:FCHFS 11/03/2019

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 strong leader to join our organization as a Supervisor with the Family Coaching & Healthy Families Program.

Education:  Degree in a Human Services field, or a combination of a diploma and experience.

Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the ongoing development of the Family Coaching and Healthy Families Programs.
  2. Responsible for the work performance of his/her assigned workers through the provision of regular supervision and development of both professional development and performance improvement plans as appropriate.
  3. Monitor the client waitlist and assign families to Family Coaches and Home Visitors.
  4. Provide support to the admission and discharge role at the Crisis Nursery and as required provide coverage for this task.
  5. Adhere to, respect, and promote the vision, mission, values and beliefs of the Society.
  6. Create intentional working relationships with supervisors from other CCS teams to increase connectivity between programs.
  7. Responsible for the quality implementation of community based services.
  8. Ensures that all documentation on client records meets accreditation standards.
  9. Communicates regularly with direct reports, and volunteers.
  10. Assists Manager with the ongoing analysis and evaluation of the programs and supports the implementation of quality improvement strategies.
  11. Engages in weekly review of client data entry into ETO.
  12. Assists in preparing reports as per funding requirements and reviews with Manager, prior to submission.
  13. Responsible for being the primary contact person with all collaborating partners in this program area.
  14. Responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training and quality assurance in relation to respite workers, respite volunteers and Family Support workers.
  15. Maintains fiscal awareness of the program at all times.
  16. Provides input to develop the program’s annual budget.
  17. Adheres to, respects and promotes the philosophy of the Society through all work related activity.
  18. Networks and participates on related program committees.
  19. Works collaboratively with the staff of the Society.
  20. Speaks publicly when called upon.
  21. Performs other functions that may arise as needed and as assigned by the Manager.
  22. Support the work of the programs with the integration of the most current research and best practices regarding important concepts such as the core story, attachment theory and trauma informed practice
  23. Participate in the provision and facilitating of training for Healthy Families staff both within the Society and with the Healthy Families Collaborative.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of direct service work with parents, infants and children.
  3. Experience in program management.
  4. Understanding of Trauma Informed Practice.
  5. Understanding of current research on Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  6. Strong knowledge of the developmental requirements of young children and tools to support.
  7. Knowledge of community resources in Calgary and surrounding areas.
  8. Experience in community based programming.
  9. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  10. Experience working in outcomes driven programming.
  11. Ability to plan program directions with strategic thinking principles.
  12. Knowledge of Children’s Services (CS) processes.

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 #:FCHFS 11/03/2019 to lpereira@childrenscottage.ab.ca


ADAPTIVE CASE MANAGER: Housing Programs

Competition #: HL-ACM 06/03/2019

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 Adaptive 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 families to assist them in maintaining the stability of their housing, addressing risk factors and building on their strengths to ensure successful community integration.

The Adaptive 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 shelters.
  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 flexible caseload.
  4. Monitor the wellbeing of the families post-transition and provide support
  5. 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;
  6. Act as a role model showing positive interaction and problem solving;
  7. Liaise with landlord to ensure good relations and proactive resolving of issues;
  8. Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Work collaboratively with sector agencies, key stakeholders, and community resources.
  12. Refer families and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.
  13. 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.

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 #: HL-ACM 06/03/2019 to fahmad@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


PART-TIME COOK: Brenda's House (Every other weekend)

Competition #:BHCOOK 28/02/2019

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 Part-Time cook to work every 2nd weekend Friday - Sunday from 10:30am – 6:30 pm (24 hours); some general holidays may be included. 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.

Qualifications:

  1. Completed high school; a diploma or degree is welcomed.
  2. A valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment.
  3. A Food Safe Certificate is required.

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 #:BHCOOK 28/02/2019 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca 


RELIEF COOK: Brenda's House (Weekdays, holidays, weekends)

Competition #:BHRLFK 28/02/2019

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. Hours are 10:30am 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:

  1. Completed high school; a diploma or degree is welcomed.
  2. A valid First Aid Certificate which must be obtained within 3 months of employment.
  3. A Food Safe Certificate is required.

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 #:BHRLFK 28/02/2019 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca


 CHILD CARE WORKER: CRISIS NURSERY (Full-time, Comp 1.0)

Competition #:CNCCW 22/02/2019

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 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 1.0 and works 12 hours shifts, a rotation of days and awake nights.

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

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

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 #:CNCCW 22/02/2019 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca


CHILD SUPPORT WORKER: CRISIS NURSERY (Part-time, .88 FTE)

Competition #:CNCSW 22/02/2019

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 part time Child Support Worker role alternates between two 12 hour shifts: day shifts are from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., and night shifts are from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

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 #:CNCSW 22/02/2019 to Janet Hettler, Manager, Crisis Nursery careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca


HEALTHY FAMILIES HOME VISITOR: AIRDRIE (Full-time)

Competition #: HFAIRDRIE 15/02/2019

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.

This role serves Airdrie and surrounding communities and has an office space that is located in Airdrie, AB.  Some travel is required Calgary for trainings, staff meetings, and supervisions.

Responsibilities:

  1. Thorough knowledge of early childhood development and experience with developmental screening
  2. Serve families in their home in Airdrie and surrounding communities, personal transportation is required as there is frequent travel. 
  3. Establish and maintain a supportive and mentoring relationship with complex families by providing regular services through home visits.  Averaging a caseload of 15 families.
  4. Use reflective coaching skills to address identified family concerns and implements effective interventions with families, utilizing advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies.
  5. Act as a liaison between families and other community agencies and promote family self-reliance.
  6. Establish and implement a family support plan with self-assessments, goals, strategies and activities developed with parents. 
  7. Utilize developmental assessment tools (ASQ / ASQ-SE) for children and make recommendations to parents.
  8. Provide parenting support and child development information (Nurturing Parent Program) 
  9. Assist parents with referrals and self-advocacy to community services and resources as required.

Qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency as a Home Visitor, and experience in supporting parents who are raising infants/young children.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Experience with early childhood developmental screening, parent mentoring, and crisis intervention; ability to recognize the need for professional intervention.
  6. Strong knowledge base re: community resources for children and families, and understanding of CFS child protection and family enhancement services.
  7. Ability to work independently in the community providing home-based service.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; a second language is an asset.
  9. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record, valid ASIST certification, valid First Aid. 
  10. Nurturing Parent Program and Ages and Stages training would be an asset. 
  11. Able to work 40 hours a week, adaptable to suit program needs, some evening work is required from time to time.
  12. Current Police Clearance 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 #: HFAIRDRIE 15/02/2019 to lpereira@childrenscottage.ab.ca


PART-TIME RESPITE CARE WORKER 

Competition #: P/T-RCW - 01/24/2019

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 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.

Responsibilities:

  1. Work with families and volunteers as assigned to provide respite care.
  2. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities.
  3. Interact with infants and engage them in activities that support optimal development.
  4. Assess amount of respite required.
  5. Care for and interact with infants in a positive, gentle and sensitive manner.
  6. Provide information about and demonstrate good infant care and positive parenting practices.
  7. Help families connect with community resources as needed.
  8. Conduct developmental assessments using Ages and Stages Developmental screenings.
  9. Complete paperwork as required and enter into client database (Efforts to Outcomes). Keep filing up-to-date.
  10. Complete Core Respite training.
  11. Consult with Community Respite Supervisor on a regular basis.
  12. 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:

  1. A minimum of 2 years of infant care experience.
  2. Some post-secondary training in Early Childhood Development would be an asset.
  3. An understanding of the developmental needs of infants.
  4. Be responsible, dependable and have a non-judgmental attitude.
  5. Able to work independently in the community.
  6. An awareness of resources available in the community.
  7. Second language an asset.
  8. Clear oral and written communication skills.
  9. Competence with technology including email, cell phones and navigating programs.
  10. Standard First Aid and Infant CPR (CPR Level B).
  11. Pass a Police Security Clearance and Child Intervention Record Check.
  12. Must have a reliable vehicle and insurance.

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 #: P/T-RCW - 01/24/2019 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca  


HEALTHY FAMILIES HOME VISITOR: 6-Month and 12-Month Contract (Temporary, Full-time, Maternity Leave Coverage)

Competition #: Temp-HealthyFamilies 02/20/2019

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.

We have two exciting opportunities to fill:

  1. 6 month Temporary Contract (Full-Time)
  2. 12 month Temporary Contract (Full-Time)

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency as a Home Visitor, and experience in supporting parents who are raising infants/young children.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Experience with early childhood developmental screening, parent mentoring, and crisis intervention; ability to recognize the need for professional intervention.
  6. Strong knowledge base re: community resources for children and families, and understanding of CFS child protection and family enhancement services.
  7. Ability to work independently in the community providing home-based service.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; a second language is an asset.
  9. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record, valid ASIST certification, valid First Aid. 
  10. Nurturing Parent Program and Ages and Stages training would be an asset. 
  11. Able to work 40 hours a week, adaptable to suit program needs, some evening work is required from time to time.
  12. Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results.

Application Deadline: Until successful candidates are 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 Competition #: Temp-HealthyFamilies 02/20/2019 to careers@childrenscottage.ab.ca   


CHILD SUPPORT WORKER: Crisis Nursery (Temporary, Full-time, Maternity Leave Coverage)

Competition #: CNCSW - 12/07/2018

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”.

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-judgmental 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 #: CNCSW - 12/07/2018 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: