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Director of Employment and Training

Website Prince George Native Friendship Centre

About the Organization

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre (PGNFC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to serving the needs of urban Aboriginal people and improving the quality of life in the community as a whole. Fundamental to this is recognizing the inherent worth of all peoples regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or culture and promoting this view in the community at large.

Our principles and philosophy are grounded in family-based, community development activities and understandings. The PGNFC also believes strongly in the provision of client-centered, holistic and respectful programming to all individuals and families accessing our services.

Our guiding values and beliefs are embedded in respectful and culturally appropriate practices as directed by Elders and other leaders versed in cultural and traditional ceremonies.

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre (PGNFC) was established in 1969, by a group of young Aboriginal people interested in providing cultural, recreational and social programs for other Aboriginal people in the community.

The PGNFC has grown over the past 48 years to become the largest Friendship Centre in British Columbia, and is, in fact, the largest Friendship Centre in Canada!

Vision Statement: “We are a dynamic team facilitating individual, family and community growth, well-being and mutual understanding through the “Power of Friendship””.

To learn more about how our people make a difference in the community, please visit our website.

About the Opportunity

The PGNFC is currently seeking a Director of Employment & Training to join our team in Prince George, BC.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for ensuring the coordination of all employment and training programs and services within the Prince George Native Friendship Centre. The Director of Employment & Training will also develop new employment and training initiatives and corresponding funding opportunities.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Hiring, orientation, training, professional development, supervision, performance evaluation, and scheduling for the personnel management of all staff within the Department Employment & Training.
  • Program management: staff supervision/evaluation, scheduling, program delivery, financial responsibility, case management and reporting coordination.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive staff morale, effective team building and efficient personnel management systems and processes.
  • Ensuring effective communication with staff, peer members of the Senior Management Team and the Executive Director, ensuring that important information and/or concerns from his/her department is shared in a timely manner with the Executive Director.
  • With input from the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team, managing multimillion-dollar budgets and prepare financial projections on behalf of the Employment & Training Department.
  • Overseeing the preparation and submission of grant funding proposals within his/her department, and will be active in all discussions with respect to funding agreement terms and conditions.
  • Ensuring the day-to-day financial management of programs within his/her department, and ensuring financial accountability and transparency of all financial practices within the Department of Employment & Training.
  • Keeping current of all education, training, employment and/or social issues, trends, research and practice impacting his/her program area.
  • Liaising with government personnel, Ministries and funders specific to his/her programs.
  • Attending Board meetings on behalf of his/her department, preparing, submitting and presenting verbal and written reports on a monthly basis, and as requested.
  • Developing and implementing enhanced marketing and public relation plans to create an awareness of programs within his/her department, and the organization when appropriate, particularly with funders and the community at large.
  • Overseeing and supporting Program Coordinators’ efforts with respect to program and service design, implementation and evaluation, ensuring such programs and services are compatible with the organization’s mission statement, goals and objectives, and that program policies and procedures are aligned with community needs.
  • Ensuring high quality standards for all programs and services are achieved and will provide rationale for continued funding and staffing of current program areas.
    Participating in the “Weekend On-Call” rotation in response to critical incidents and provide other supports to the PGNFC.
    Performing other varied and diverse duties and complete other tasks and activities as assigned by the Executive Director.
    To succeed in this role, you must have a history of demonstrated dynamic leadership, ideally in an employment and training related or social service organization that targets urban Aboriginal people.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in administration, education, social service field, or other related human service fields (or possess an appropriate combination of education and experience).
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience working at a management level in a community-based not-for-profit organization.
  • Proven experience in proposal writing and writing reports on activities, strategic work plans, goals and objectives.
  • A thorough appreciation and awareness of Aboriginal history culture, as well as an understanding of the complexities of working with diverse populations.
  • Superior communication skills including presentation skills, writing ability, and authentic interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with computers.
  • The ability to work with diverse clientele on an individual and group basis.
  • Demonstrated team work and leadership skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of the social service sector, community based programs and services, funding sources, community and board relations.
  • Successful candidates must also complete a Criminal Record clearance, including Enhanced Security Clearance. A valid driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract and the flexibility to work on-call, on evenings and weekends is also required.


About the Benefits

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will receive a competitive salary, based on your experience, skills and qualifications. You will also receive access to a great range of employee benefits, including full medical, dental, vision and extended health benefits and a registered retirement savings plan.

That’s not all. When you join our team, you’re joining a dynamic and compassionate team committed to facilitating individual, family and community growth, well-being and mutual understanding through the “power of friendship”.

If you share these values and want to use your skills and experience while working with a highly regarded community service delivery agency, Apply Today!

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