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School District No. 62 (Sooke) is presently seeking an Occupational Health and Safety Manager. For full job descriptions/required qualifications, you may visit www.sd62.bc.ca.

Adjacent to Victoria on southern Vancouver Island, School District 62 (Sooke) is the fastest growing school district on the island. Currently with 11,100 students and 27 schools, the district is expected to grow at 300 students per year (3 to 4% annually) over the next ten years. School District 62 operates in four municipalities, Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood and Langford and serves three First Nations communities. The district is financially stable with an operating budget of $130 million plus.

The school district offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. For further information, please visit the district’s website at www.sd62.bc.ca or www.makeafuture.ca/sooke.

A complete resume and three business references will be accepted until Friday, December 7, 2018 at (4:00 p.m.) to:

Dawn Israel, Human Resources Assistant
3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC
V9B 5R1, Fax: (250) 474-9893, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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Position Summary

The Manager of Occupational Health and Safety is responsible for leading the strategic direction, and continuous improvement of the comprehensive occupational health and safety programs for the school district. The Manager facilitates and supports the development and sustainment of an internal responsibility safety management system, fostering a collaborative and positive and proactive culture committed to employee and student safety. 

The manager is part of the HR management team and reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversee the management, development and operational planning for the assigned portfolio, representing the portfolio in District initiatives.

Provide organizational leadership, expertise, guidance and support to management and other persons involved in planning, implementing, controlling and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for work and study.

Prioritize, design, implement and evaluate injury and occupational disease prevention strategies based on reviews of organizational operations (with other teams external to HR, identifying and assessing occupational risks and hazards) and incident/injury trends within the district and education sector.

Develop, implement and evaluate written health and safety policies, procedures and programs for all aspects of occupational health and safety (ensuring compliance with relevant legislation). Working with the management to develop strategies for the implementation of these policies and programs.

Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive organizational health and employee wellness program for the Sooke School District.

Develop and present annual budget recommendations to cover on-going operating expenses and predict future expenses related to occupational health and safety. Monitor budget performance and approve authorizations of expenditures.

Ensure compliance with collective agreement, and regulatory and statutory requirements regarding workplace health and safety (including WorkSafeBC).

Develop and maintain a comprehensive claims management process aimed at attaining and maintaining the lowest possible accident and insurance rates.

Represent the employer throughout WorkSafeBC Review Division and Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal appeal processes including attending oral hearings.

Lead the strategy, development and implementation of the Certificate of Recognition auditing program (CORE).

Represent the district on related internal and external committees, including making presentations on behalf of the district.

Develop and maintain strong partnerships with key stakeholders, health authorities, local governments, outside agencies, community contacts and related professionals.

Act as the district’s representative in connection with WorkSafeBC inspections and investigations, and responds to WorkSafeBC inquiries, Inspection Reports and Orders. 

Lead the appeal/legal processes including the collection, preparation, presentation and submission of evidence to regulatory bodies on occupational health and safety related issues.

Conduct and oversee full scope of investigation of serious incidents or accidents.

Assess health and safety related learning and training needs across the district, and either develop and present, or arrange learning and training opportunities for a broad audience (senior management, Principal/Vice Principals, joint committee members, Union representatives, employees) in various areas of occupational health and safety and injury management to ensure compliance and support district’s safety culture.

Assess need for and either arranges for/or assists other departments in arranging for occupational health and safety testing and/or evaluations by external agencies/consultants.

Prepares, presents and distributes various reports, statistics, correspondence, agreements, records, and compliance documents on behalf of the organization.

Provide advice, guidance and support to Principals/Vice Principals and Managers to return injured employees back to productive work as soon as medically able. Liaise with insurers, rehabilitation providers and employees. Facilitate accommodations as needed, in keeping with BC Human Rights provisions. Develop return to work plans as necessary including complex cases.

Represent the employer and provide advice at duty to accommodate and grievance meetings, and respond to union inquiries related to health and safety and disability management.

Participate and provide professional guidance in the on-going development of the district’s emergency preparedness programs, including reviewing school, site and district emergency plans and procedures; as needed liaising with provincial and local emergency planners and response agencies, and attending applicable regional planning meetings.

Ensure appropriate response to emergency situations, fire alarms, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, violence in the workplace or other unforeseen events which may affect the occupational health and safety of all employees, students or visitors.

Act as the employer’s co-chair of the District Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, working collaboratively with the union co-chair to ensure committee effectiveness and partnership.

Liaise with all site/school joint occupational health and safety committees to ensure the committees meet their mandate as established by the Workers Compensation Act.

Ensure all required documentation related to accident and injuries, including WorkSafeBC and District Insurance programs are completed and submitted in a timely manner to relevant areas as required.

Liaise and collaborate with other departments (e.g. Student Support Services, Facilities) to ensure health and safety initiatives are in keeping with and compliment departmental programs/needs.

Support the Executive Director of Human Resources as needed and perform other related duties as assigned.

Maintain a visible presence to ensure occupational health, safety and fire regulations for persons, school properties, buildings, equipment, and work procedures are compliant with regulations.

Identify and implement required action, including the immediate cessation of any activity where exposure to an immediate danger could result in serious injury, disease or death.

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