As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for 50 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.

Position Summary:

This position will appeal to an experienced professional who is inspired by the mission of Terra, and who enjoys a diverse range of responsibilities. Essential to the success of the position is the aptitude to work as part of a team and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment where opportunities are seized, and challenges are met positively.
The Director will ensure the continued delivery of high-quality services to young parents and their children while seeking innovative, collaborative, and responsive strategies to meet their current and emerging needs.

This position is a member of the agency’s Strategic Leadership Team comprised of agency Directors who work collaboratively with the Executive Director to:

  • model and safeguard the agency, mission, values and culture of the organization
  • implement the agency strategic plan • work collaboratively with other Directors to support their priorities
  • cultivate and participate in stakeholder relationships that bring value to the agency mission
  • bring creative strategic thinking to increase effectiveness and efficiency in agency service delivery and operations

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for the outcomes of community based services which includes Home Visitation, Cultural Supports, Housing Services, Educational Supports at Braemar School, and Group Programming.

This is a full-time position working 37.5 hours/week 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, however hours of work will vary based on the needs of the position and agency. This may include working occasional evenings and weekends.

Summary Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic direction to identifying new and improved service models; discovery, development, delivery, and evaluation
  • Prepare program funding and finance reports and support development of annual agency financial planning
  • Provide oversight to systems and processes required to collect relevant demographic and statistical data to ensure community needs and funder reporting requirements are maintained
  • Maintain current knowledge of foundational child and family based practise research
    as well regulatory obligations, accreditation standards
  • Identify strategies to move programs and services forward; set goals, create and implement actions plans, monitor and evaluate the progress and results. •
  • Identify emergent needs, opportunities and evolving practices Supervision of Program Managers that have responsibilities for service delivery at Braemar School and community based/home visitation services.
  • Coach and mentor staff to enhance supervisory, program management, and leadership skills to build effective teams
  • Ensure the integration of Terra values, mission alignment and inclusion practices into all HR matters
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with funders, community agencies, and other stakeholders to coordinate program and services and opportunities to enhance and advance programs
  • Represent and activate collaborative endeavors that align to the agency values and achieving the goals of the strategic plan
  • A Degree or Diploma in the field of human/health services, or community development
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in program and staff management in progressively senior leadership roles
  • A valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check dated within 90 days of start date
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all Terra staff volunteers and contractors. Successful candidates will be required to agreed to comply with Terra mandatory vaccine policy and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment before commencement.
Knowledge and Abilities
  • Demonstrated excellence in building authentic supportive relationships
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office, with particular expertise with advanced functions in Excel and databases
  • Experience with program budgeting and budget monitoring
  • Ability to prepare complex grant applications, evaluations and funder reports
  • Extensive knowledge of service delivery standards and practices
  • Knowledge of Human Resources best practices and legislation
  • Posses an innovative spirit
Core Behavioral Competencies

Terra values are core to the organization. We strive to hire individuals who possess these behavioral competencies at all levels of the organization.
Personal Leadership: Practices inclusion, communicates openly and effectively, demonstrates self-awareness
Productive Relationships: Develops networks, collaborates, develops self and others
Results Focus: Applies outcomes-based problem solving and systems thinking, demonstrates evidence-informed decision making
Service Excellence: Practices innovation, facilitates a culture of learning, demonstrates continuous improvement


Fifty one percent of the young parents served by Terra are Indigenous. The agency promotes and expects staff to invest in building knowledge and skills to be culturally competent in serving this population and all BIPOC. Engaging in ceremony and cultural activities is stressed to promote experiential learning. The Strategic Plan includes intentional actions to advance the agency efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

As an agency we are working to build a foundation of knowledge and skills to be an antiracist organization, to understand and respond to systemic racism that creates barriers and inequality in the workplace and in society. No person will be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to their abilities. Recruitment and advancement will not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristics under Alberta Human Rights or Canadian Human Rights legislation. Individuals will be recruited to positions based on their skills, qualifications and attributes required for employment and alignment to agency core values.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Please state salary expectations in your cover letter. Upon completion of a probationary period, we offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package including RRSP contribution.

To Apply:

Please email your résumé, cover letter and a one page narrative that demonstrates your alignment to the Terra values and core competencies; submit to: Human Resources, Please include 20-007TERRA, Director in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date:

Until position is filled