Mission:          Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed

Vision:             Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our Community

Job ID:             23-021TERRA

Group 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 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. 

Job Overview

Reporting to the Supervisor, Collaborative Services, the Group Facilitator is responsible for facilitating and coordination of group programming: development of promotional material, registration processes, coordinating of volunteer placement, ordering and picking up of supplies. This position will be responsible for driving group programming and the activation of the Terra West building, ensuring that participants are accessing relevant and engaging programming.

Central to the program philosophy is creating opportunities for learning in a safe positive environment where social circles can be expanded, relationships enriched, and learning can be inspired. 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 participant will be provided with opportunities to develop learning skills and habits that build confidence.

Terra Centre believes that engaging, high-quality group programming creates a sense of belonging, community, and learning in our participants. Groups are developed and delivered to reflect the unique needs of pregnant/parenting adolescents and emerging adults.

Job Conditions:  

This is a full-time (35 hours/week) with flexible hours Monday through Friday, 2-3  evenings/week, and occasional weekends based on the needs of families and staff and to support day/evening programming. The position primarily will be working out of the Terra main office located at 10320-146 Street.  Travel to other site locations to be expected.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with participants using trauma informed practices, a strengths-based approach, and their knowledge of adolescent and emerging adult brain development.
  • Create safe and welcoming environments for all participants, including alumni 
  • Lead group programming with energy, engagement and alignment to Terra’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Develop and facilitate programming that is designed to meet the developmental needs of both adolescents and emerging adults, knowing that these are two distinct developmental stages.
  • Create promotional material (print and social media) to attract participants to group programming in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator
  • Follow the developed curriculum that is concept-based, make improvements based on need, and ensure effective delivery of lesson plans.
  • 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 planning and execution for large Terra Participant events, i.e. Family BBQ, Holiday Events 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
  • Take the lead in planning of group programming with the goal of streamlining processes, ordering, and coordination and communication of and to volunteers/staff.
  • Ensure group programing aligns with identified group outcomes by using evaluation tools consistently and capturing data using the Terra Centre’s database.

Qualifications  

  • Diploma or Degree in Early Learning and Care, Human Ecology, Child and Youth Care, Social Work or related Human Service Program. 
  • Experience developing and facilitating literacy programming   
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with group facilitation to adolescents and/or emerging adults 

Requirements 

  • Clear Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Intervention Record Check that are dated within 90 Days of the start date. 
  • Current Standard First Aid CPR-C & AED. 
  • Current Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) or plan to get within 6 months of employment. 
  • Valid Driver’s License and clear drivers abstract 
  • Vehicle for occasional transportation between locations required, with 2 million liability insurance 
  • Ability to work flexible hours required.  
  • Manual dexterity required to operate various appliances and equipment.  
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

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.

Intention Statement

Terra recognizes that it operates within a society and systems shaped by white supremacy and colonization and institutionalized discrimination and the exclusion, exploitation, and marginalization of Indigenous, Black, and people of color.

Terra strives to understand and be accountable for how white supremacy continues to impact its work at an organizational and systemic level and to address harm; implicit and explicit biases

Our intention is:

To build a foundation of awareness, knowledge, and skills to be an anti-racist organization. To respond to systemic racism that creates barriers and inequality in the workplace and in society. To be an organization that embeds the principles of equity and anti-oppression to everything it undertakes.  Our goal is to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through an antiracism lens through policies processes and practices.

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, tenfold@terracentre.ca Please include 23-021TERRA- Groups Facilitator in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date:  Until a suitable candidate is found.