Early Childhood Educator

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 45 years Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation and collaboration.  Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs. Terra Centre staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects and celebrates our families and staff. If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider joining our team.

The Early Childhood Educator is a 10 month, full time position (37.5 hours per week) working September-June with hours of work between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  There are summer school hours in July which would be paid hourly in addition to the salary.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide a quality care and early learning experience for infants and toddlers registered at Terra Child and Family Support Centre Braemar School site
  • Provide parenting information and support to teen parents
  • Provide a positive role model of child-adult interactions
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective team relationships
  • Maintain confidentiality of client records and information
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the emerging trends within the child care field
  • Promote program planning and teamwork to meet organizational goals, mission, vision and values
Qualifications
  • Require Child Development Supervisor Certificate (formerly level 3)
  • Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care (equivalencies may be considered)
  • Experience working with young children and their parents
  • Experience providing an enriched experiential environment for young children
  • Experience working with children and families from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in a team environment
Knowledge and Abilities
  • Demonstrated superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to adapt communication and working style to best suit audience when interacting with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Works independently, and effectively while under pressure and with minimal supervision
  • Must also be able to problem solve, be flexible, have critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and personnel management skills
Other Requirements
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check that are dated within 90 days of the start date

We are an equal opportunity and non-discriminatory employer and recognize the importance of a diverse workforce. We welcome all qualified applicants.

Salary Range: $32,600 – $36,000 (dependent on experience) for 10 months from September-June.  This would be prorated based on start date.  This range includes Alberta Government Accreditation funding. Upon completion of a probationary period, we offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package including RRSP contribution.

To apply for this opportunity, please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca.  Please include the Early Childhood Educator – Terra Centre in the Subject Line of the email.

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found.


Group Program Development Contract

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 45 years, Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation and collaboration. Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs. Terra Centre staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects and celebrates our families and staff. If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider applying for this contracted work that will support our Housing Support Services program delivery.

Contract Overview

The contract focus is to create a practical guide for group programming in the Successful Families housing support program. Accountable to the Manager, Housing Support Services, the Contractor will be responsible for developing and documenting a group program facilitation manual based on current research evidence, emerging practices from the program development team and existing program content.

Job Conditions

This is a contractual arrangement and the successful candidate will be responsible for managing their own schedule to achieve the identified outcomes in the contract. The contractor will provide regular invoices for payment of funds up to a maximum amount allocated in our budget and itemized in the contract, and will also be responsible for GST payments and any insurance required to cover work related liability. Payment schedule and timelines will be negotiated between Terra and the successful candidate; the deliverables must be completed and received by Terra no later than July 31, 2018.

Deliverables and Outcomes
  • Develop a group facilitation manual that will be used to support young parents to live successfully within community based housing.
  • Review and summarize research evidence on supporting youth/young parents in successful tenancy.
  • Review and document current group content and program practices and approaches.
  • Seek out additional information as directed by the Program Manager to augment group content.
  • Work directly with the Housing Support Services team to document current group programming and practices.
  • Work cooperatively and in partnership with housing provider and evaluation team to understand and contribute to the developing program model.
Qualifications
  • Diploma or Degree in Education or the Human Services field that may include Social Work, Child and Youth Care and Human Ecology.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to synthesize information into practical and tangible approaches and program content.
  • Previous experience with program development is an asset.
Knowledge and Abilities
  • Experience or knowledge in group facilitation with youth.
  • Understanding of youth/young parents and housing needs or gaps.
  • Knowledge of the principles of adult learning that can be applied to youth based work.
  • Organized and independent.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Other Requirements
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check that are dated within 90 days of the start date
Compensation

The value of the contract will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on estimation of time required for completion.

We are an equal opportunity and non-discriminatory employer and recognize the importance of a diverse workforce. We welcome all qualified applicants.

To apply for this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca Please include the job title in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: October 11, 2017

Please Note: Although the contractor will have opportunity to experience the positive workplace culture of Terra, the Employment Benefits section below does not apply to this position.

 


Employment Benefits

  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Extended health care
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Start with 3 weeks holidays in years 1 through 5; 4 weeks thereafter
  • 12 sick days
  • Agency-hosted annual staff appreciation day
  • Agency-hosted staff Christmas party
  • Ongoing staff celebration and recognition
  • Opportunity and funds for professional development
  • First Aid, Suicide Prevention and Cultural Awareness training at agency expense
  • Years of Service Recognition
  • Free downtown parking
  • Agency and unit-specific team-building activities
  • Additional paid holiday time between Christmas and New Years

Terra is also a member of the City of Edmonton Corporate Wellness Program which provides employees, (and their immediate family members living in the same household,) discounts on admissions to City operated sports and fitness centres. This includes:

  • Annual Pass – receive a 20% discount on Adult and Family Annual Passes.
  • Continuous Monthly Pass – a 20% discount off the Continuous Monthly Membership Program
  • Multi Admission Pass – a 15% discount on our already discounted multi admission pass (starting at 5 visits)

Terra Code of Honour

The Code of Honour was developed in 2009 after a comprehensive process which included dialogue and the opportunity for all staff to participate in determining the Code of Honour. It was updated in 2012. The Code of Honour reflects how we work together, what we hold each other accountable for and our values as a staff team.

  • We believe in our mission. We can better serve our participants by always being aware of our purpose in everything we do.
  • We believe in respecting our diversity and celebrating it. Our differences can come together positively to strengthen our team as a whole.
  • We believe that each of us can choose our own attitude. By being positive and respectful we can create a healthy work environment and set a good example for our participants.
  • We believe in being supportive to each other. Terra is a team and a team member in need should always be supported and never be left behind.
  • We believe in supporting the communities we serve. In working collaboratively with other agencies, we can open ourselves up to new opportunities for programs, partnerships and possibilities to help our participants.
  • We believe in dealing with issues as they arise. Bringing forth conflicts in an open, honest and courteous manner will allow us to address them in a non-confrontational way so we can continue working towards the success of our organization.
  • We believe in being accountable. By taking responsibility for our mistakes and supporting colleagues through theirs, we can learn from them, move past them, and be successful.
  • We believe in celebrating successes and taking time to have fun! By committing to positivity in the workplace, we all can further enjoy the work we do.