Highbanks Society is a successful and innovative local non-profit organization based in the northwest Calgary community of West Hillhurst. It was founded 15 years ago in response to an identified need for safe, affordable, centrally located long-term housing for parenting youth and their children in the City of Calgary. Since then more than 80 young families have called Highbanks home.
Highbanks provides a safe, affordable home and a nurturing community where young single mothers and their children can learn and grow. Highbanks teaches valuable parenting and life skills to empower young women and develop healthy children. The organization’s long-term support and education for young moms increases their confidence, independence and participation in the community. Examples of positive outcomes include 97% of alumni graduating high school and 90% of alumni paying market rent. Highbanks alumni have developed careers as nurses, social workers and entrepreneurs.
The Highbanks program is dependent on the commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers who assist with all facets of both governance and operations including strategic planning, program development, administration, building maintenance, support and fundraising.
This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the success of a unique and highly effective organization.
The Program Support Worker is responsible for developing and facilitating a summer program at Highbanks for resident families, assist with set mandatory programs and coordinating volunteers. Additionally, they will assist with communications and provide administrative support as needed.
The Summer Program Support Worker will gain experience in observing, planning and facilitating community programs while engaging with a vulnerable population and assisting Highbanks staff in operating an efficient agency while fostering a nurturing environment.
This position is part-time (30 hours per week) and based in Highbanks’ Calgary office from May to August.
Key Responsibilities Include
- Responsible for planning and facilitating weekly community outings for residents
- Assisting with the coordination of retreats and events
- Manage Kids Up Front ticket distribution
- Plan and facilitate children’s programming events
- Assist Program Manager in practical and basic case work as needed
- Organize and facilitate a past resident event
- Research and communicate supports and opportunities for past residents
- Assist with setting up fall semester program support materials
- Assist with client move out/in procedures
- Help maintain a welcoming and inclusive community at Highbanks
- Maintain communications board with upcoming events and relevant information and resources
- Assist with development of residents newsletters and social media communications
- Assist with blogging as needed
Volunteer Coordination Support
- Update volunteer opportunities to volunteer database
- Communicate volunteer opportunities to volunteers
- Assist in volunteer management, communication and appreciation
Office Administration Support
- Support the administration team in document retention
- Enter resident data into database
- Assist with any office errands as needed
- Records Management
- Some education in the fields of social work, social sciences or early childhood education
- Experience working with children and youth
- Prior knowledge of social service field and agencies in Calgary is an asset
- Strong interpersonal communications skills and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population
- Skilled oral and written communicator
- Skilled with using social media as a communication tool
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to develop and deliver a clear and detailed program plan
- Knowledge of Microsoft and Apple software
- Experience with data entry
- Ability to multi-task and remain on focus despite interruptions
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
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Only those candidates meeting the selection criteria established by Highbanks Society will be contacted further.