Group Coordinator/Facilitator

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 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 (https://terracentre.ca/what-is-terra/careers/). If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider joining our team.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Supervisor, Collaborative Services, the Group Coordinator/Facilitator is responsible for coordinating, delivering, and reporting group programming, in the following areas:  Living for Literacy, Digital Literacy, and Financial Literacy.  This position also provides support to the Supervisor, Collaborative Services, with the development of group promotional material, registration processes, ordering supplies, and supporting volunteers across a range of group programming.

This position operates from a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach and has a strong understanding of adolescent and emerging adult development.  Programming is designed to address the needs of teen parents with children 0-6 years, supporting overall personal development, strengthening communication skills, and nurturing healthy parent and child relationships. The learner will be provided with opportunities to develop learning skills and habits that build confidence in seeing themselves as self-directed independent learner.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Take the lead in connecting with Terra participants using face-to-face and virtual strategies.
  • Develop relationships with participants using trauma-informed principles and provide guidance and support to volunteers in delivering services through a trauma-informed lens.
  • Develop and deliver programming that is designed to meet the developmental needs of both adolescents and emerging adults.
  • Provide leadership and vision in designing and implementing literacy focussed programming for young families.
  • Create promotional material (print and social media) to attract participants to Group programming in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator
  • Recruit participants for the Living for Literacy, Financial Literacy, and Digital Literacy group programs using face-to-face and virtual strategies.
  • Follow the developed curriculum that is concept-based, make improvements based on need, and ensure effective delivery of lesson plans.
  • Determine relevant capacity-building activities for program staff to facilitate literacy programming
  • In partnership with the Supervisor, Collaborative Services and Volunteer Services Coordinator recruit and support childminding staff and/or volunteers
  • Collect evaluation data using surveys, observations, participant feedback, and demographic data from all program participants
  • Provide support to Supervisor, Collaborative Services, to complete funder reports and applications
  • Participate in self-evaluation, peer evaluation and volunteer/student evaluation
  • Conduct interactions with young parents in a professional manner, maintaining healthy professional boundaries in all interactions
  • Serve as a strong advocate on behalf of Terra and its participants
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration and other methods of working cooperatively with other community agencies and partners to meet the need of participants
  • Develop and maintain an effective community referral network and resources base

 

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Diploma or Degree in Early Learning and Care, Human Ecology, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, or related Human Service Program.
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate dated within 6 months.
  • Police Security Clearance (CRIM) dated within 6 months.
  • Child Intervention Check (CWIS) dated within 6 months.
  • Valid Driver’s License, Insurance Coverage (with 2 million Liability), own vehicle and a clear Drivers Abstract dated within 6 months.

 

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with group facilitation, preference is given to experience facilitating to adolescents and emerging adults
  • Experience developing and facilitating literacy programming
  • Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning
  • CALP Essentials for Family Literacy Programs
  • Prosper Canada Financial Literacy Facilitator Training, preferred

 

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
  • Program Planning: design, plan, coordinate, facilitation of groups
  • Finance: manage allocated financial resources for program delivery
  • Communication skills: excellent both written and oral; evidenced in grant writing and reporting to funders
  • Community Relations: well-developed engagement skills, strong networking

 

Diversity

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 Black Indigenous and People of Colour.  Engaging in ceremonies and cultural activities is stressed to promote experiential learning. The Strategic Plan includes intentional actions to advance the agency’s 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 the 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.

 

Vaccine Policy

As a condition of employment, all Terra employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencement.

 

Salary: The salary range for the position is $44 850 – $48 750/year.

 

Upon completion of a probationary period, we offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package including RRSP contribution.  A Wellness Fund is allocated to staff to support their ongoing well-being.  Staff have three weeks vacation, and, in addition, the agency is closed between Christmas and New Years.

As a learning organization, Terra supports ongoing professional development among employees through formal training, informal mentoring, and personalized growth plans.  Terra is continuing to grow our programming and there are anticipated opportunities for further professional growth within the agency.

 

To Apply:

Please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include 22-018TERRA in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date:  Until a suitable candidate is found.