At carya (formerly Calgary Family Services), we know that the strength of our community is rooted in its people. That’s why we’ve dedicated more than 110 years of service to creating healthier, more connected communities in Calgary.
With numerous programs for youth, families, and older adults, we provide a spectrum of mental health and social inclusion services for people of all ages - from babies to youth to older adults - and their support networks. Our highly skilled team encourages thousands of Calgarians each year to discover their full potential and build flourishing relationships with their families and community.
This position reports to the Supervisor, Bowmont Families Together & Prime Time and is part of the Multigenerational Wellness in Community department.
As a member of both the Bowmont Families Together and Prime Time teams you will be an integral part of creating, implementing and facilitating programs and groups for families and community members in the neighborhoods of Bowness, Montgomery and Greenwood Village and in the neighborhoods surrounding Village Commons in Calgary’s East Village. This position will support both teams and the communities in which they work and encompass a spectrum of community development and family work. This looks like reaching out to engage the softer voices or isolated individuals and families in community as well as providing opportunities to people to connect to each other in groups, networks, and gatherings that are meaningful to them. You will also support community members and families as they build their own resources and natural supports that strengthen their lives. This role is relational and will require coming alongside individuals as they discover and share their strengths in their families and with community. This position will activate connections, learning, growth, leadership and play amongst residents in these neighborhoods.
What you’ll be doing
- Demonstrate a growth mindset by approaching community development work from a place of learning, curiousity, creativity and cooperation
- Demonstrate strength-based philosophies in all aspects of community work, recognizing what’s right, what’s possible, and what’s strong
- Demonstrate creativity, agility, possibility thinking and courage: working in fluid, changing and often ambiguous environments
- Highly engaged team player with confidence in presenting and facilitating groups
- Demonstrate knowledge, open-mindedness and desire to build relationships in the many arenas of community life
- Build trust with both individuals and groups in community through strong relationships, welcoming environments, purposeful gathering, and community responsiveness
- Exhibit knowledge, understanding and application of community outcomes as they relate to our program, agency and funder goals
- Establish and maintain strong relationships with residents, community partners, and colleagues
- Build, host, support, and facilitate group opportunities that meet the needs of the community, promote social inclusion and support people to thrive
- Work openly and collaboratively with diverse individuals and organizations
- Demonstrate an awareness of personal and cultural humility, ethical priorities and an ability to reflect on, understand and value the impact of these on practice
- Act as connector between community agencies and residents to maintain and build more alliances and resources to support the community
- Provide gathering, learning and leadership opportunities in response to community interests or needs
- Assist residents as they take action on their interests and further their leadership skills in community life
- Identify possibilities for community engagement and leadership, including attending relevant community meetings and networks
- Experience with families, caregivers and young children with a focus on parenting knowledge, attachment and early childhood development an asset
- Completion of the Brain Story Certification an asset
- Training or experience using Parent Child Mother Goose, Circle of Security, Theraplay or Natural Supports Framework an asset
- Demonstrated ability to work openly and collaboratively with diverse individuals with awareness and sensitivity to cultural safety and inclusion.
- Communicate clearly, timely and consistently in person, by phone, and in writing
- Demonstrate effective hosting and facilitation skills in the various arenas of community life and in the agency as a whole
- Produce timely and accurate written correspondence and reports as required
- Maintain familiarity with carya and external community programs to ensure program participants have access to appropriate services and resources
- Participate effectively in ongoing direct supervision, team meetings and department meetings
- Participate fully in reflective practice staff groups and in individual and team professional development opportunities and apply learnings to work
- Maintain ongoing records pertaining to community & family activities and outcomes
- Contribute to the evaluation of our community development approaches through innovative, creative and responsive outcome methods
- Ensure proper records and outcome data are maintained as required by carya and by funders
- Submit data of outcomes in a timely manner into appropriate systems
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in fields relevant to community development work, family work or social work (or combination of education and experience)
- Two years proven track record of a range of community development experiences ranging from engaging families with young children to adult learning opportunities
- Effective facilitation, hosting of groups, coordination and community organizing experience
- Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team, as well as independently
- Experience, excitement and a passion for working in community and with families from a strength-based, participant-centered perspective
- Successful completion of a Criminal Records Check and Intervention Record Check
- Strong organizational abilities and experience balancing multiple demands
- Superior written and oral communication skills with attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible in time, place of work and engagement strategies
- Innovative and person-centered in approach
- High ethical standards and integrity
- Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with ability to engage stakeholders of diverse and at times competing interests to works towards achieving a common agenda
This position requires successful completion of a Criminal Records Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check.
The safety of carya employees and our clients is our top priority. All employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of employment.
Full Time Regular (1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours per week)
$49,500 - $60,588
carya offers a comprehensive benefits package, excellent work/life balance and paid time off
January 21, 2022
If you are seeking a genuine challenge in a workplace where excellence is valued and the atmosphere is supportive, please send your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources at email@example.com
Carya is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.