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Main Office

#2, 929 - 106 Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC  V1G 2N8
Phone 250-782-2628
1-800-905-9933
Fax 250-782-2643
obair@pris.bc.ca

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday
(There might not be anyone here over noon hour.)

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Fort St John

Our Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers in Northeast BC program is periodically offered in Fort St John.  When there, we use the Carriage Room at the Northern Grand Hotel.

Carriage Room
Northern Grand Hotel
9830 - 100 Avenue
Fort St John, BC

Staff are available locally only when an intake is occurring.
For more information call:
1-800-905-9933

Chetwynd
Our Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers in Northeast BC program is periodically offered in Chetwynd. The space we use depends on what is available in the community at the time.

Staff are available locally only when an intake is occurring.
For more information call:
1-800-905-9933

OUR AWESOME TEAM

Photo, Beth Wilson, Executive Director, Obair Economic Society

Beth
Wilson

Executive Director

Photo, Nancy Hall-Prince, Career Practitioner, Obair Economic Society

Nancy
Hall-Prince

Career Practitioner

Photo, Marilyn MacArthur, Training Counsellor, Obair Economic Society

Marilyn MacArthur

Training Counsellor

  • Beth Wilson - Beth joined the Society in 1991 when she was hired as a part-time instructor following her completion of the Social Services Worker Diploma program at Northern Lights College.  Soon an opportunity arose to add duties as an assistant manager increasing her position to full-time.  Her role evolved into the position of Executive Director as the number of contracts held by the Society increased and more senior staff moved on to new opportunities.  In 2011 she completed a Master of Arts in Leadership degree at Royal Roads University.

    Beth's job is quite comprehensive as she must be intimately familiar with all aspects of the Society's operations. She secures funding for day to day operations, oversees daily operations, administers contracts, acts as liaison with local agencies and ministries, supervises staff, develops new programs and services, and works with the Society's board. When time allows, she enjoys filling in as a workshop facilitator. She still has time for any who walk into her office.

    Beth enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her four (almost 5 now!) grandchildren. Any spare time she enjoys can find her reading, doing one of a variety of 'creating' pursuits, or learning something new.
  • Nancy Hall-Prince - Nancy began working for the Society in 2008.  Her qualifications include a Social Services Worker Diploma from the College of New Caledonia. She has experience in other aspects of the Social Services field (such as Native Court Worker, Youth Development Worker, and Mental Health Worker) as well as experience as an employment counsellor. Nancy likes to be continuously learning and regularly attends workshops and participates in online courses. In November 2016 she obtained recognition as a Certified Career Development Practitioner from CCDA.

    Nancy's job involves planning, organizing, and implementing intakes where she is the lead Training Counsellor. As part of the process she interviews potential clients for acceptance into the program, facilitates group sessions during the intake, and provides support to participants as they complete of the program. 

    Nancy is 'mommy' to two four-legged fur babies and is an avid gardener. She also enjoys volunteering in the community and has done volunteer tax preparation for seven years.
  • Marilyn MacArthur - Marilyn began working for the Society in December of 2017.  Her qualifications include a Certificate and Diploma in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and a variety of other designations and training related to rehabilitation and economic development.

    Marilyn's job involves working as a co-Training Counsellor and shares responsibility for success program delivery.  This involves planning, organizing, and implementing intakes.  As part of the process she interviews potential clients for acceptance into the program, facilitates group sessions during the intake, and provides support to participants as they complete of the program.

    In her off duty hours, Marilyn enjoys time with her two cats and riding motorcycles with her husband and friends.

OUR
HISTORY

The Obair Economic Society was formed in 1987 by a group of citizens concerned about unemployed workers in our community. They wished to provide services to assist the unemployed to become employed, especially those who were having the most problems getting a job. They had noticed that often the ones who needed the most help were the ones least likely to receive help.
Since then, the society has been able to provide a variety of programs and services related to employment. Funding is provided by a variety of ministries of both the Federal and Provincial governments. As governments change their policies, the programs and services we are funded to provide change as well.
Many people wonder where our name came from and what it means. "Obair" is a Gaelic word that means "work", and the name was chosen to represent the work that we do.

Work for Obair

We have varying needs for employees depending on the number and types of contracts we currently hold with funding agencies.  With any of our positions, a key requirement is a desire to help people make positive changes in their lives and to be welcoming and inclusive of all while maintaining the guidelines and responsibilities of our contracts and the parameters of the services.

Generally speaking, we hire those who have related training and education for the type of work they wish to do with us.  Our jobs are complex and varied in their duties and responsibilities, so a key attribute we seek in employees is the ability to think creatively.

The Obair Economic Society is looking for an Executive Director to provide leadership and management for all aspects of the operation of the Society. The Society provides employment related programs and services to people in the Northeast region of BC; the head office is located in Dawson Creek, BC. The position will require minimal travel to other areas in the region as required by the needs of the programs and services.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Executive Director will be fully committed to the Obair Economic Society’s mission and values. He or she will have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:
• At least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (equivalent combinations of directly related skills, experience, and training/education can be considered)
• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and services and results oriented evaluation of outcomes
• Excellence in organizational leadership and management with the ability to coach staff, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage financial processes including budgeting
• Successfully work with a Board of Directors with the ability to successfully integrate into a working relationships with fully established board members
• Strong marketing, public relations, contracting, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and segments of society
• Superior written and verbal communication skills in English
• Advanced computer and technology skills
• Be a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
• Have multidisciplinary project skills
• Be action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and have an innovative approach to planning and implementing society business
• Exemplify qualities of passion, idealism, integrity, a positive attitude, and be mission driven and self-directed

A full job description is available upon request to obair@pris.bc.ca or by calling 250-782-2628

Closing date: February 15, 2019

Apply with cover letter and resume via email to obair@pris.bc.ca or in person at Unit #2, 929 106 Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC 

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