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Early Childhood Outreach Worker

Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre

This is a Full-time position in Edmonton posted May 3, 2019.

Full Time (35 hours per week)

19-008NCFRC

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Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre is an Edmonton based non-profit organization that has been supporting children and families since 1963, with a vision of Healthy Children, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities. Our programs and services are designed to strengthen and enrich families with children birth – 5 years old. Early childhood experiences are aimed at fostering optimal child development and healthy parent-child attachment.  Parent education opportunities are created to support building the capacity of families.  Family support services are provided to support families as the child’s first and most important teacher.  Information and referral is a key practice in supporting families to grow and learn within their own communities.  Programs are delivered using a holistic approach to support the social, emotional, intellectual, language, physical and creative needs of children and families in the community.  For more information, visit https://www.norwoodcentre.com.

Norwood provides the following:

  • Paid health, dental and vision premiums
  • 5 weeks of paid time off per year (1 week at Spring Break, 2 weeks at Christmas and 2 weeks vacation)
  • 12 sick/personal leave days per year
  • Service recognition and employee awards
  • 2 staff fun/appreciation days per year
  • Strong focus on employee wellness and work-life balance
  • Supportive of ongoing professional development
  • A compassionate team environment

Norwood is a pet friendly environment.

The Early Childhood Outreach Worker enhances the development of children in the Brain Builders program by providing developmentally appropriate and interest based programming in a safe and secure environment. The Early Childhood Outreach Worker supports families in the Brain Builders Program to enhance their knowledge and ability around positive parenting and child development. The Early Childhood Outreach Worker is responsive to the diversity of the participants served in the community.

This position requires a flexible work schedule that includes evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the families.

Norwood staff are guided by the following Team Charter: (SPIRIT)

  • Support – We utilize one another’s strengths to take on challenges and opportunities using positive communication, collaboration, and compassion.
  • Passion – We have the energy, attitude, and enthusiasm to be fully committed and engaged in our work with each other.
  • Integrity – We are honest, trustworthy, transparent, and accountable with each other.
  • Respect – We accept others without judgment and recognize that every individual is a person of value.
  • Inclusivity – We celebrate diversity and welcome people of all abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.
  • Team – We are all one group working towards improved outcomes for children and families.

If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider joining our team.

Reporting to the Children’s Programs Coordinator, the Early Childhood Outreach Worker is responsible for the following:

  • Facilitating group sessions such as Brain Builders and other workshops and courses to support participants skill development
  • Providing ongoing support to children and families through regular home, community and office visits based on program requirements
  • Providing strategies to support positive behaviours that guide children’s development in social, physical, language, intellectual, creative and emotional domains
  • Conducting formal and informal evaluations based on the funder and agency requirements, for example ASQ:3 and ASQ:SE2, surveys
  • Compiling and entering necessary data and documentation into agency and collaborative data systems while maintaining accurate, timely and complete paper and electronic files
  • Supporting the parent/caregiver as the child’s first and most important teacher and focusing on their strengths and capabilities
  • Role modeling for parents on appropriate play and engagement activities and communicating and identifying what works well for the child at home
  • Working alongside families to bridge the learning from Brain Builder learning sessions to the home and community environments
  • Providing supportive and information referrals
  • Collaborating with families, agency team members and community partners to provide optimal programs and services to participants

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Development
  • Child Development Supervisor Certificate (formerly level 3)
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with children and families from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience implementing programming based on best practice within the Early Childhood field
  • Experience conducting regular in home visits considered an asset
  • Experience in developing and facilitating groups considered an asset
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office and database systems
  • Possess a current Childcare First Aid certification
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driver’s abstract
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Welfare Intervention Record Check (findings will be reviewed on a case by case basis)

The starting hourly range for this role is $24.25 – $27.28 per hour ($44,135.00 – $49,649.60 per year) based on a 35-hour week.

Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre values diversity and welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, racialized, differently abled and LGBTQ2S communities.

Closing Deadline: Until Suitable Candidate is Found

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please submit your résumé and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please state in the cover letter how you align with the Norwood Team Charter and how you heard about the position. Please include Early Childhood Community Outreach Worker and 19-008NCFRC in the Subject Line of the email.