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Supportive Community Strengthening Families, Coordinator - Calgary

Job #CGY Category: Calgary

Inclusion Alberta, as a family advocacy organization, is committed to providing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with personalized advocacy that contributes to a meaningful and inclusive life.

This position will assist families in the Calgary Region in planning for their child’s inclusion in community and creating a vision for their future transition to adulthood. The Coordinator will work to enhance the capacity of Calgary and area communities to respond to families who have children with developmental disabilities in accessing inclusive recreation and leisure activities and, where needed, assist families to secure any necessary supports to ensure success.

In addition, the Coordinator will supervise and mentor one full-time and one half-time Supportive Community Strengthening Families (SCSF) coordinator in Edmonton and liaison with Inclusion Lloydminster.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work directly with youth with developmental disabilities and their families in the Calgary region to develop a vision for an inclusive life in community, including planning for adulthood, and creating a personalized and individualized action plan towards achieving this vision. 
  • Provides resources, information and support to families to plan for and access community inclusion, including inclusive recreation and other community activities. 
  • Assist families to obtain and utilize support staff to facilitate their child’s participation in community life.  
  • Develop and support the networking of families who are committed to pursuing inclusion. 
  • Building family knowledge and capacity to learn how to use the resources available within their communities. 
  • Provide support to youth with developmental disabilities and their families to further understand the importance of planning and preparation needed in high school, to create opportunities for a meaningful life in adulthood. 

Community Development:

  • Work with community organizations and businesses in the Calgary Region to enhance their capacity to enable and facilitate the inclusion of children and youth with developmental disabilities. 
  • Establish partnerships with interested community organizations to facilitate inclusion and membership. 

Team Mentorship:

  • Coordinate and supervise SCSF coordinators who are located in two communities within Alberta. 
  • Support the SCSF coordinators to develop workplans to meet contractual outcomes.
  • Organize and facilitate developmental growth opportunities for the SCSF coordinators.
  • Prepare and submit required reports and updates.

Inclusion Alberta:

  • Participate in and contribute to family leadership.
  • Coordinate with individual and family advocacy, community engagement and all other Inclusion Alberta initiatives.
  • Complete contractual commitments and reporting obligations on time.

Other Duties as assigned by the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement.

Qualifications:

  • A university degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated values-based training and track record reflective of a commitment to inclusion
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience related to personal futures planning, inclusive community participation and any other roles youth with developmental disabilities can plan for, during and after high school.
  • Deep understanding of inclusion and community capacity development
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration across multiple community stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Competent writing ability

Working Conditions:

This position will be located in Calgary and area. Candidates will require a vehicle and the capacity to travel within Alberta on a regular basis.

This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with experience. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Competition closes when suitable candidate is found.

Please forward your resume with a cover letter to: Catherine Oakleaf, Provincial Coordinator of Community Engagement at mail.calgary@inclusionalberta.org.

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