Youth Leadership Coach

Mission:                Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed 

Vision:                    Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our Community 

Job ID:                   24-011 TERRA 

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 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:  

The Youth Leadership Coach is responsible for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the Youth Leadership Program.  The Youth Leadership Program’s primary goal is to work with young parents to strengthen their leadership skills, enhance their sense of identity and belonging, and support their engagement with the wider community. The program includes delivery of the Peers Educating-Peers program across Edmonton with young parents as co-facilitators, coordinating Speaker Series, developing and delivering group programming within Terra Centre, and connecting participants with volunteer opportunities in the community.

Job Conditions:  

This is a full time (35 hours/week) with flexible hours Monday through Friday, 1-2 evenings/week, and the occasional weekend based on the needs of families and staff and to support day/evening programming. The position will be working out of the Terra Centre located at 10320-146 Street and Braemar School located at 9359 67a Street.

Key responsibilities:  

  • Seeks to build supportive and responsive relationships with participants utilizing a trauma-informed and resiliency perspective.  
  • Develop and deliver group and 1:1 programming to increase leadership skills in participants with a focus on communication, public speaking, self-awareness, self-regulation, and boundaries.  
  • Works with participants to create personalized leadership goal plans that align with the components of the Youth Leadership program. 
  • Co-facilitate Peers Educating Peer presentations in junior/senior high schools and community agencies with Youth Leadership participants. Taking a lead in building awareness of the Peers-Educating-Peers programming.
  • Support participants with accessing volunteer activities within and outside of Terra. This includes working with community resources and other Participant Program staff to coordinate scheduling, provide training, and day-of support.   
  • Engage participants in opportunities to represent Terra internally and within the community.   
  • Participate effectively in community and inter-agency functions as a Terra representative. 
  • Serve as a strong advocate on behalf of Terra and its young parents.  
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration and other methods of working cooperatively with other community agencies and partners to meet the needs of participants. 
  • Develop and maintain an effective community referral network and resource base.  
  • Conduct interaction with participants in a professional manner, maintaining healthy professional boundaries in all participant interactions.  
  • Complete monthly statistical information and collect outcomes measures data and evaluation activities as required 
  • Adhere to Terra’s policies and procedures and to the professional code of ethics of applicable professional associations 
  • Work to build an integrated service team and consult with the team to ensure participant needs are addressed 
  • Positive contributions to conversations during Community of Practice and Team Unit Meetings, Internal and External committees and resource fairs to increase staff awareness and capacity 
  • Plan and facilitate day and evening group programming across all Terra sites and in the community to support partnerships and collaborations programming 
  • Expand personal sensitivity and knowledge regarding different cultures 

Qualifications/Requirements: 

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in Human Services, Social Work, or Child and Youth Care/Worker 
  • Experience providing life skills coaching and training 
  • Experience working with low income and marginalized participants, including people facing multiple barriers  
  • Experience in public speaking, employment readiness training, curriculum development, and group facilitation

Knowledge and Abilities:  

  • Ability to work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and develop positive, effective, professional rapport and relationships with youth 
  • Knowledge of issues associated with people impacted by mental illness and substance abuse 
  • Knowledge of referral services and supports within the Edmonton community and/or the ability to research and connect with community resources  
  • Knowledge of child/youth development and child-parent attachment
  • Understanding and knowledge of the issues pregnant and parenting young people face 

Other requirements:  

  • A valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle with 2 million liability insurance 
  • Current clear Drivers Abstract 
  • Ability to work flexible hours  
  • Current Standard First Aid (Level C Intermediate) 
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Clear Police Information Check and Child Intervention Check

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  

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.  

Compensation: The starting salary for the position is $45,00-$47,857.   

Upon completion of a probationary period, we offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package including RRSP contribution. Staff have three weeks of vacation, and, in addition, the agency is closed between Christmas day 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 “24-011TERRA Youth Leadership” in the subject line of the email.    

Closing Date: June 27, 2024.