At Kindred, we’re convinced the key to living well is healthy relationships with self, family, and others. But relationships are complicated and sometimes we find ourselves in vulnerable places, disconnected from those who matter most.
Kindred’s purpose is to realize the power of human connection, and it shapes everything we do. Whether biological or chosen, family is the most important relationship in a person’s life. So, we invest in the special bond between children and those that care for them. We provide road maps toward healing when essential relationships are ruptured. And we understand that accessing timely mental health support can inspire confidence with self and others. Healthy human connection is possible, and together we can realize it.
Job Title: Parent-Infant Coach, Early Parenthood and Infant Mental Health (EPIMH) Division
Job Type: Permanent Full-time (35 hours/week)
Hybrid Work Option Available
Do you have a passion to support young parents strengthen their parenting skills and relationship with their child(ren)? Do you have experience providing psyco-education and coaching on positive parenting approaches that are attachment-based and trauma informed, in a culturally responsive manner that respects and honors the differences in family systems?
The Parent-Infant Coach supports young parents to strengthen their caregiver capacity and increase their knowledge of attachment and healthy child development. This role helps young parents understand the importance of infant mental health and increase their ability to engage in responsive, caring and nurturing relationships with their child(ren). This role contributes to building a supportive and vibrant community for the young parents and their children across the EPIMH division at Kindred. Services are delivered in the community, clients’ homes, at Kindred main office, or virtually, in one-on-one, family, or group formats, and it includes occasional evenings. This position reports to the Supervisor of Community Based Services.
Key Accountabilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
- Complete assessments, screenings, and surveys to inform service delivery and create individualized client service plans;
- Provide psycho-education and coaching, and skill building on parenting practices, child development, and infant and young children mental health;
- Support clients with information and referrals to internal and external resources;
- Plan and facilitate group programs;
- Complete administrative tasks such as data collection, database input, and casework documentation;
- Participate in individual and group supervision, team/agency/division meetings, presentations in the community, live observations and professional development opportunities;
- Have regular consultations with supervisor, colleagues, natural supports, and other professionals;
- Work collaboratively with our Louise Dean Centre and community partners as well as other Kindred programs;
- Stay informed with emerging infant and early mental health research and best practices;
- Positively represent Kindred and the EPIMH division with sector partners, donors, volunteers and other stakeholders;
- Participate in committees and events that support the agency and the division;
- With support of supervisor, coordinate use of holiday time to best suit the needs of the program;
- Flexibility to support with other divisional needs, as they arise.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or in a directly related Human Services field;
- 3-5 years working experience with caregivers (related experience with youth is an asset);
- Eligible and in good standing with professional governing body if applicable;
- Experience with reporting, quality assurance, data management, program outcome measurements and evaluation;
- Completion of the Core Brain Story Certification through The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative is an asset. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of child development and attachment-based, trauma informed, and positive parenting practices
- Knowledge of youth development, domestic violence, ACEs, impact of trauma, substance abuse, and mental health;
- Proficiency using computerized tools (e.g., zoom, MS teams, databases) for communication and case management;
- Cultural humility and competence in working with Indigenous and gender and culturally diverse populations;
- Knowledge of perinatal wellbeing, systems theory, and working through a family lens;
- Group planning and facilitation skills, and flexibility to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team;
- Strong personal alignment with the Kindred values: compassion, courage, family, excellence, and humility;
- Embodies Kindred’s purpose (the power of connection) as demonstrated by prioritizing, embracing, and thriving in the work through strong relationships internally and externally.
- This position requires valid driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract, and use of a vehicle with appropriate insurance. There is an expectation of flexibility with hours to meet client needs; some evening work required.
Qualities and Characteristics
Embodies Kindred’s purpose (to realize the power of human connection) as demonstrated by prioritizing, embracing, and thriving in the work through strong relationships internally and externally;
Strong personal alignment with the Kindred values: compassion, courage, family, excellence, and humility.
Interested candidates are invited to apply online with a Cover letter and Resume. The application will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for your interest in this position. Please note, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Successful applicants for this Position must complete Police Information Check
and Alberta Intervention Record Check
Kindred offers a competitive benefits package, which includes health, dental, paid sick/personal days, generous vacation time, life insurance, AD&D, supplemental unemployment benefits plan, long-term disability, and group RRSP with employer matched contributions. We also offer on-going learning and development opportunities, and we hold employee appreciation and social events throughout the year.
The need for human connection is universal. At Kindred, we believe that everyone deserves to experience belonging regardless of where you come from, who you love, how much money you have or how you choose to pray. By embracing diversity of culture, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and thought, Kindred is committed to ensuring there is space for you. Kindred approaches its diversity, equity, and inclusion journey with curiosity and humility. We commit to creating a safe and inclusive environment for our staff, clients and anyone we have the privilege of being in connection with.