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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:  

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.


 

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

1 Year Maternity Leave Coverage

Competition #DOF -10/02/2017

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”.

Interim Director of Finance (15 Months Maternity Leave Coverage)

Reporting to the CEO, The Interim Director of Finance will be responsible for and undertake all finance, accounting, and financial reporting activities. The hands on Interim Director of Finance will lead all day-to day finance operations of a budget of $6 million and will supervise a team of 2 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll & benefits, and funds raised through development activities. The Interim Director of Finance will ensure that the Children’s Cottage has the systems, policies, and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and to conduct flawless audits. The Interim Director of Finance will work closely with program managers, directors and the CEO in order to ensure appropriate budget management.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Prepares Charitable returns and GST
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Coordinates and leads all audit activity
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of the Society’s financial status
  • Provide The Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and the Board of Directors with timely financial reports and analysis. Present financial reports and budgets to the Committee’s and to the Board
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget
  • Administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
  • Initiate the engagement of the finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working collaboratively with the program managers, director of Programs, Director of Development, and the CEO
  • Continuously collaborate with leadership to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines
  • Strategically participate in the Society’s Executive Team participating in organizational leadership and planning.

Qualifications:

  • Proven work experience as a Director of Finance with seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience, including accounting and audit, experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to board members, executive teams and external stakeholders
  • Experience in a nonprofit that has multiple programs and funders
  • CA/CPA or CMA/CPA essential
  • Strong communication skills, written, presentation and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail is essential
  • Able to work effectively with others
  • Computer skills include working knowledge of QuickBooks, Excel, Ceridian and Power Pay

Hours:  Full time (40 Hour work week)

Start Date:  December 18, 2017

Closing date: The closing date will occur upon finding a successful candidate.

Please send a cover letter and resume quoting Competition # DOF – 10/02/2017 to Taryn Barrie, Human Resources Associate: tbarrie@childrenscottage.ab.ca We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.


 

HOME VISITOR - HEALTHY FAMILIES

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 experienced and professional individuals to support the Society’s In- home visitation needs. This position will serve clients in Airdrie and surrounding communities.

This is a Temporary 8 month position (With chance of extension), based on a 40 hour work week, allowing for some flexibility, as there are occasional evening visits.

Responsibilities:

  1. Establishes and maintains a relationship with complex families by providing regular contact through home visits.
  2. Uses observation skills to identify family concerns and implement effective interventions.
  3. Utilizes advanced strength-based, solution focused strategies in working with families.
  4. Acts as a liaison between families and other community agencies and encourages family self-reliance.
  5. Establishes and implements a family support plan with goals, objectives, and activities identified with parents.
  6. Utilizes developmental assessment tools for children and makes recommendations to parents.
  7. Records home visit observations and activities in a complete, concise, and timely manner as required.
  8. Assists parents with applications as required.
  9. Recording of Documentation and Outcomes in Efforts to Outcomes Database (ETO).

Qualifications:

  1. Diploma or Degree in human service field
  2. Minimum of one year of experience working with children and their families Demonstrates proficiency as a Home Visitor and or demonstrates maturity and experience in supporting parents in raising infants/young children (Newborn to 3 months of age).
  3. Current first aid/ CPR/Suicide Intervention, Aboriginal Awareness training and diversity competence.
  4. Knowledge of family dynamics, child development, family problems and stresses of parenting, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Applies knowledge of parent-child interactions, child development and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.
  5. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and safe driving record.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Second languages are an asset.
  7. Proficient use of computers including ability to document using a data base.
  8. Excellent knowledge base and skills in: Early Childhood Development, family and community resources as well as skill in crisis intervention, teaching, listening and basic problem solving.
  9. Ability to recognize the need for professional intervention, to be non-judgmental, to be motivated to learn from direct experience, as well as, from training and supervision, and to work independently.
  10. Willing to work flexible hours to meet families needs.

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 quoting Competition HFHV-09/28/17 to Lucila Pereira, Senior Supervisor, Healthy Families: lpereira@childrenscottage.ab.ca

 


 

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: