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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA EDMONTON REGION |


| CMHA-ER | www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Senior Director, Fund Development | Program Area: Administrative Services | Salary Level: Competitive salary and commensurate with similar positions | Application Deadline: February 28, 2020.

About: CMHA-Edmonton Region is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention. We support the resilience and recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention, peer connections, suicide, grief and family support, as well as advocacy and wayfinding. We provide safe, long term affordable housing for those living with mental illness and low income. CMHA-ER operates 211, linking the general public with community, social, and government services. We also operate the 24 hour 7 day a week Distress Line, staffed by highly trained volunteers.

The Position | CMHA-ER is seeking a Fund Development Director. This key position will enhance CMHA Edmonton’s strong potential to grow its programs and operations, with responsibility for developing and maintaining a robust fund development program, its strategy, planning execution, success and sustainability This is a senior level position within the organization. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Fund Development Director will: Review the existing fundraising program, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. Building on that review, develop a suitable fundraising program to increase, diversify and strengthen the organization’s existing revenue streams. Engage the Board of Directors in actively supporting fundraising thrusts. Identify & develop new sources of revenue. Develop, implement and cultivate a donor stewardship program. Develop, implement and cultivate a donor retention program. Develop, implement and cultivate a major gifts program. Review the existing fundraising events with a view towards enhancing their efficacy. Initiate the process of a Capital Campaign in order to broaden housing portfolio, including creating a feasibility study and identifying & cultivating potential donors. With the Executive Director, ensure specific, measurable targets are in place.

Reporting | This position reports to the Executive Director & serves as a part of the senior leadership team. The position supervises the Director Resource Development, and the Resource Development Associate. Within the agency, the position has primary relationships with the financial operation, senior leadership staff, and the Board of Directors. Outside the agency, the position coordinates with donors|prospective donors, sponsors & funding sources.

Key Qualifications | Typically, a bachelor’s degree & a minimum of 7 years fundraising experience in a senior position. Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected. Certification in fundraising (Certified FundRaising Professional) is preferred + Demonstrated experience in managing & implementing a comprehensive fund development program; Demonstrated experience in generating charitable contributions; Comprehensive management skills and experience including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluating, and directing staff; Strong oral and written communication skills; high level of comfort in public speaking and making public presentations; Experience in leading a board of directors & senior management in the process of a capital campaign is beneficial; Willingness to spend significant time in the community making and facilitating face to face donor visits; Demonstrated experience in mentoring and motivating fundraising staff and volunteers.

Key Competencies | The ability to articulate and convey to the public the work of the organization. An ability to speak with empathy, comfort and dignity in support of those living with mental illness. A keen understanding of the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics and motivations for all manner of charitable giving. Thorough knowledge of research and cultivation practices, as well as standard fundraising techniques. Understanding of fundraising measurement, metrics and evaluation. The ability to think strategically and work independently to drive new initiatives or enhance existing programs. The ability to promote a positive atmosphere within the organization and work cooperatively with all team members. Strong skills in proposal & grant writing; comprehensive knowledge of funding opportunities within the community. Ability to monitor external industry knowledge, trends and opportunities in order to respond to changes in the philanthropic environment. Familiarity with development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting. A high degree of competency with the MS Office suite and Raisers' Edge is necessary.

Other | Valid driver’s license and vehicle, with the ability to travel within Edmonton and surrounding communities. Ability to work flexible hours, should evening and weekend work be required. Successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Persons security clearance. References will be required. TO APPLY | Please reply with cover letter and resume by February 28, 2020 to: 

Ione Challborn, Executive Director

Friday, January 31, 2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-Edmonton | CRS-DC


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-Edmonton www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Community Resource Specialist – Database Curator (CRS-DC) | Terms:
Temporary Full-Time Contract | Closing Date: February 13, 2020. About: CMHA-Edmonton is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention through education. We support the resilience and recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention; safe, long-term and affordable housing; peer connections; suicide grief and family support; advocacy and wayfinding; and providing opportunities to improve your wellness. Join us and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and stressful situations including abuse, violence, and suicide.

Abstract: Reporting to the Team Lead, 211 Community Resource Database, the Community Resource Specialist – Database Curator (CRS-DC) is responsible for implementing activities relevant to the maintenance and expansion of 211 services across Alberta. 211 is a 24-hour information and referral line that connects people to community services such as non-emergency social, health and government services. The position is part of a team that manages the information and referral data utilized by 211, while ensuring adherence to required AIRS accreditation standards. The CRS-DC identifies and researches new and updated community services information to respond to the changing needs and resources of communities in Alberta.

Qualifications | Experience: Related post-secondary diploma or bachelor’s degree (in a Human Services or Social Science field preferred) • Minimum 1 year of experience in a data entry/administrative support role that included proofreading, editing documents or records management and/or experience developing relationships with community organizations and stakeholders • Acceptable attainment and maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check • Successful Completion of Gender Based Analysis + Training and Brain Story Certification are an asset • Knowledge of database principles, including taxonomy, is an asset.

Skills | Abilities: Strong interpersonal, verbal|written communication skills • Ability to proofread materials in different formats and utilize editing skills to make information clear and concise • Organizational and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail, a high degree of accuracy, and excellent time management skills • Ability to maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with other staff and volunteers • Ability to liaise effectively with community agencies and maintain good relationships • Ability to research, assimilate, organize, analyze and summarize information • Typing skills and the ability to effectively use MS Office and other program software • Ability to work independently and in a team environment • Ability to set priorities & allocate time|resources effectively • Initiative in completing tasks and projects • Ability to provide constructive & positive feedback to others & be able to accept the same. 

TO APPLY > Submit CV & cover letter to: 

Monday, January 27, 2020

RETREATS | SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT - Star of the North 2020


Star of the North | Feb-Mar 2020
Info. & Registration: 780.459.5511
Or visit us: www.starofthenorth.ca 

·       Power of Scripture to Transform: Faith, Freedom and Living Life to the Full: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI, leads three Thursday evening sessions – Feb. 6, 13 and 20 from 7 to 9 pm – on Scripture passages in which God meets our need to be loved, calms our inner storms and enables us to move from being stuck in grief to good grieving. Cost: $80.

Finding Serenity Through Surrender: A Recovery Retreat: This workshop/retreat is open to anyone interested in learning more about the addictive process, a spirituality of recovery, inner healing and the 12-Step program. The Feb. 7-8 event will focus on aspects of a life of sobriety that is joyful and free, serenity and surrender. Facilitators: Sylvain L. and Justin R. Cost for Live-ins, $150; Commuters, $100.

Slow Down Retreat Day: Em-Bodied Spirits: Embracing Our Physical Selves: Sandy Prather will lead the group in exploring the gift of our bodies with gratitude. Feb. 20, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost: $40.

Healing Through Celtic Spirituality: Fr. Matt Linn, SJ, leads a retreat focusing on how ancient Irish spirituality heals our relationship with creation, others, ourselves and God, who from the first moment saw that it was good. Feb. 28 to March 1. Cost: Live-in, $250; Commuters: $190.

Slow Down Day Retreat: Seven Sorrows of Mary: Sandy Prather reflects on this traditional devotion which portrays Mary as being pierced with seven swords, each representing a sorrow in her life. Thursday, March 12, 9:30 am to 3 pm. Cost: $40.

Mundane Mysteries: An Eco-Contemplative Bread-Making Retreat: Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark of Refugia Retreats lead this Saturday, March 21 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) of retreat, reflection and bread-making. Cost: $85 before Feb. 28 and $95 after Feb. 28.

Ignatian Prayer Retreat: Faith Nostbakken leads a weekend retreat (March 27 to 29) in the style of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which draws on his focus on Scripture as a source of prayer. Participants will be given guidelines about various ways of prayer that Ignatius emphasized which engage the mind and heart, the senses and the imagination. Cost: Live-in: $250; Commuter: $190.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

RETREATS | SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT - Star of the North 2020


STAR of the NORTH
January - February 2020
Register at: 780.459.5511

·       Cultural Festival of Lights Fundraiser: The Star of the North Retreat Centre celebrates 65 years of service to the St. Albert and Edmonton area on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 to 5 pm, at Holy Family Church, 75 Poirier Ave., St. Albert. Enjoy an afternoon of ethnic foods and presentations from a variety of cultures. Adults: $50; Families: $100 (max 2 adults & 3 children); Students: $35.00.

·       Shipwrecked on Malta with St. Paul: The biblical theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is drawn from St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta. It reflects the faith of St. Paul, divine providence and the ecumenical virtue of hospitality. Held Jan. 17-18 at Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. Facilitators: Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSM, and Julien Hammond. Cost: Live-in: $150; Commuters: $100.

·       Listening to Your Life: This Feb. 1 retreat will use ecological metaphor to engage and uncover what is stirring in your inner world through group dialogue and guided solitude time. Facilitators: Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark of Refugia Retreats. Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Cost: $95.

·       Power of Scripture to Transform: Faith, Freedom and Living Life to the Full: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI, leads three Thursday evening sessions – Feb. 6, 13 and 20 from 7 to 9 pm – on Scripture passages in which God meets our need to be loved, calms our inner storms and enables us to move from being stuck in grief to good grieving. Cost: $80.00

·       Finding Serenity Through Surrender: A Recovery Retreat: This workshop/retreat is open to anyone interested in learning more about the addictive process, a spirituality of recovery, inner healing and the 12-Step program. The Feb. 7-8 event will focus on aspects of a life of sobriety that is joyful and free, serenity and surrender. Facilitators: Sylvain L. and Justin R. Cost for Live-ins, $150; Commuters, $100.

·       Slow Down Retreat Day: Em-Bodied Spirits: Embracing Our Physical Selves: Sandy Prather will lead the group in exploring the gift of our bodies with gratitude. Feb. 20, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost: $40.

·        Healing Through Celtic Spirituality: Fr. Matt Linn, SJ, leads a retreat focusing on how ancient Irish spirituality heals our relationship with creation, others, ourselves and God, who from the first moment saw that it was good. Feb. 28 to March 1. Cost: Live-in, $250; Commuters: $190.

Monday, December 23, 2019

SEASONAL RESOURCES 2019 | COMMUNITY RESOURCES


COMMUNITY RESOURCES | For a variety of reasons, this can be a difficult time of the year for many people. You are not alone – in Alberta if you need support reach out to these numbers 💟

Health Link at: 811
Crisis for those homeless at: 211
Family Violence Info Line at: 310.1818
Addictions Helpline available 24/7 at: 1.866.332.2322
Child Abuse Hotline available 24/7 at: 1.800.387.5437
Child Intervention Crisis Unit available at: 1.800.638.0715
Mental Health HelpLine available 24/7 at: 1.877.303.2642
Income Support Centre available 24/7 at: 1.866.644.5135

Monday, December 16, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | ECALA - EDMONTON


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | ECALA https://www.ecala.org/ | Position: Communication and Operational Support | Terms: NEW Part-time position (35 hours per week). About: Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is a granting council which provides funding to non-profit agencies to support the delivery of adult foundational learning and literacy initiatives which are non-credit and part-time. The Communications and Operational Support position will support the Executive Director and ECALA staff with the day-to-day operation of ECALA and communication with funded agencies, government staff and other stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities: Assist ECALA staff in meeting deadlines for various tasks and projects as required; Establish, build and maintain communication and relationships with ECALA member agency practitioners and key stakeholders in the adult foundational learning and literacy community; Maintain accurate membership records and collect membership fees; Support the administration and report on analytics related to the ECALA website, twitter and other social media; Organize and schedule meetings, training, including contacting participants, booking rooms, ordering catering, room setup, maintaining accurate registration lists and tracking fees; Maintain accurate records of proposals received, agency allocations, agency correspondence, measurement & evaluation information & agency history; Support the Executive Director with correspondence, record-keeping of a confidential nature, program-professional development measurement & evaluation, and Annual Report; Provide regular communication through an e-newsletter to funded agencies & stakeholders on Edmonton-based learning, training + other relevant information; Complete emerging projects and other related duties as required.

Required Education & Experience: Diploma or Degree in a related filed, such as administration, business, computers, communications, office management and/or non-profit administration; An equivalent combination of education and related experience will be considered; Experience working in the non-profit sector is an asset. Compensation: Salary range will commensurate with experience, education and other similar non-profit organizations; Health Spending Plan of $2500.00 per fiscal year available after three month probationary period, in addition to RRSP contribution of 2.5% per salary after one year of employment. 

TO APPLY: forward CV|cover letter with salary range expectations by email to: Debbie Clark, Executive Director: ed@ecala.org | Closing Date: January 10, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. or until a suitable candidate is found. –

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA - EDMONTON REGION

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: Volunteer Resources Coordinator | Type: Maternity Leave Replacement (One Year) -- Full-time | Salary: $41,061.00 – $57,323.00 | Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found. ||| About: CMHA-Edmonton is a non-profit organization that envisions mentally healthy people in caring communities. We increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and suicide prevention through education. We support the resilience and recovery of people in distress including those affected by mental illness or suicide by providing crisis intervention; safe, long-term and affordable housing; peer connections; suicide grief and family support; advocacy and wayfinding; and providing opportunities to improve your wellness. Join us and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and stressful situations including abuse, violence, and suicide.

Position Abstract: Reporting to the Manager Community Engagement Services, the Coordinator Volunteer Resources is responsible for managing volunteer resources to assist in the delivery of the agency’s programs and services. The Coordinator is responsible for full cycle volunteer management (recruitment, screening, orientation, training, recognition and evaluation). The Coordinator is also responsible for providing guidance, support, resources and tools to staff who supervise volunteers. The position works primarily, but not exclusively, with the Helplines program, ensuring that there are qualified volunteers to take on roles as Distress Line Volunteers. The Coordinator will be an active member of a Distress Line Volunteer Work Group to ensure smooth recruitment, training, recognition and evaluation of Distress Line Volunteers. The Coordinator organizes gaming events (bingos|casinos) by recruiting, training and supervising the volunteers for these events, completing required paperwork and securing necessary licensing. The Coordinator also supports the volunteer needs of other agency service areas including practicum support, fund development, peer support, administrative services as well as education and awareness. The Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining all volunteer files, compiling program statistics, developing|maintaining a comprehensive volunteer recognition program, preparing monthly program reports & meeting the requirements of the agency communications plan. 

Qualifications – Experience | Post-secondary Certificate in Volunteer Management, or related post-secondary education/course work in a field related to the volunteer sector and an understanding of current trends, resources-information related to volunteerism; A minimum of 3 years of experience supervising and/or coordinating the work of volunteers or staff; Attainment of membership with the Volunteer Managers Group of Edmonton; Certification from, and membership in, the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources or the equivalent provincial association is an asset; Acceptable attainment and maintenance of a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check; Possession of a Class 5 Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with $2M in automobile liability insurance.

Skills – Abilities | Strong interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills; Demonstrated understanding of mental health, mental illness & recovery; information, referral services and crisis intervention; Skills in program development, evaluation and research; Ability to work independently, set priorities, be flexible, meet deadlines and allocate time & resources effectively; Organizational & problem-solving skills; Ability to deal effectively with the public & community agencies; maintain good public relations; Ability to lead, mentor, coach & guide volunteers to achieve results that are in the best interest of the agency; Ability to assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, make recommendations and/or resolve the problem; Ability to effectively use MS Office. TO APPLY | Submit resume & cover letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca