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Manager, Child and Family Support Centre

Terra Centre

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Terra is a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens, in Edmonton for over 45 years.  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 can offer professional service to our participants please consider joining our team.

Reporting to the Director, Early Childhood Services, the Manager provides leadership, vision and supervision to a team of 27 staff at the Terra Child and Family Support Centre which is located on site at Braemar School.  The Director will provide ongoing mentorship to the successful candidate helping to ensure continuity of program quality. The Centre accommodates 77 infants and children while their moms attend school to complete their high school education.  The childcare centre provides exceptional early learning and care for children three weeks to three years of age placing a special emphasis on parent/child relationship development.  Our Early Childhood Educators play a pivotal role in the collaborative service delivery approach used by the agency.

This position is a permanent position working 37.5 hours of work.  Flexible hours are required to meet the needs’ of the Centre.  Upon successful completion of a probation period, there would be an attractive benefits package offered.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Delivery & Development:

  • Strong working knowledge of the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework; the centre has participated as a pilot site for the development and implantation of the curriculum
  • Support Early Childhood Educators practice guided by the new Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of well qualified staff to meet the needs of children and parents
  • Alignment of program goals to agency strategic plan, program outcomes and mission achievement
  • Ensure administration and operation of program aligns with Alberta Government regulations; Licensing and Accreditation
  • Supervision of Family Literacy Program (Books Babies and More)
  • Lead a dynamic staff of educators committed to best practise
  • Provide ongoing staff development ensuring a professional team and healthy work place environment
  • Responsible for data collection and program reporting


  • Serve as a contributing member of the Agency Operations Team and Integrated Service Team
  • Collaborate with relevant external agencies and associations
  • Contribute to the development of the agency strategic plan and implementation of the strategic activities.
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to the Centre Supervisor and the two Curriculum Facilitators


  • With support from agency Finance Director responsible for financial operations of the Child and Family Support Care Centre
  • Develop annual operating budget for the centre (staffing/ program and  resource  materials)


  • Degree or Diploma specializing in Early Childhood Development; (Early Childhood Educator/Alberta Child Development Supervisor or equivalencies)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a leadership position in a childcare setting or a combination of relevant experience

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Can work independently, and under pressure; with minimal supervision
  • Successfully juggles multiple projects with tight deadlines
  • Must also be able to problem solve, be flexible, have critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and personnel management skills

Other requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check completed within the last 6 months

We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, men, LGBTQ-identified persons, people of colour, and persons with a disability.

Salary Range $52,000 – $60,000 annually, 37.5 hour work week and hours are working 8:30 AM – 4:30PM

Closing Date July 21, 2017

Terra is an organization committed to work life balance and will consider contract flexibility.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please state your salary expectations in the cover letter. Please include Manager, Child and Family Support Centre in the Subject Line of the email.