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An exciting opportunity for an exceptional educational leader to join our dynamic team.

Situated in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on southern Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley School District serves a population of almost 8,000 students of which 1,400 identify as Indigenous. We are honoured to be learning on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Quw’utsun, Malahat, Stz’uminus, Penelakut, Halalt, Lake Cowichan and Lyakson peoples. Our district extends north to Saltair, south to Spectacle Lake on the Malahat, and west to the Lake Cowichan region. The school district has approximately 1,300 employees, 22 schools, and over $100 million annual budget.

Reporting to the Secretary-Treasurer, this excluded position is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive health and safety programs to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for employees, students and volunteers in School District No. 79 and to ensure that facilities, equipment and work procedures comply with applicable statutory requirements.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Ensures that site emergency preparedness plans are current, accurate and clearly understood.
  • Provides leadership for School Principals in all aspects of school safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Liaises with municipal and provincial emergency planners to update plans, organize exercises and evaluate procedures.
  • Provides the Health and Safety orientation for new hires and assists HR with other parts of the new employee orientation.
  • Advises and assists senior management and other persons involved in planning, controlling and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for work and learning.
  • Develops and maintains a clear understanding of District objectives and overall strategies in order to effectively plan, prioritize and integrate Health and Safety resources.
  • Ensures that appropriate mechanisms and committees are in place to enable the District to provide healthy and safe work places for all workers, students and volunteers.
  • Analyzes work environments and designs programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury.
  • Represents the Board and acts as a resource to the District Health and Safety Committee.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget to cover operating expenses for health and safety.
  • Monitors the budget and approves authorizations of expenditures in this regard.
  • Receives safety suggestions from employees and/or appropriate site safety committees to determine the feasibility and desirability of suggestions.
  • Ensures immediate and appropriate accident and incident reporting, investigations and risk assessments occur as required, exercising discretion and adherence to WorkSafe BC legislation and regulation, providing assistance as required and follow up as necessary.
  • Acts in the capacity of the Employer’s representative in connection with worksite inspections, hearings and responses to WorkSafe BC Inspection reports and orders.
  • Processes and monitors all WorkSafe BC claims at the District level and liaises with SD 23 by providing the required information regarding claims, appeals, relief of costs, employer representation at hearings, etc.
  • Arranges for health and safety testing and/or evaluations of the workplace by external agencies/ consultants as may be necessary.
  • Ensures that adequate First Aid coverage is in place and that designated First Aid attendants are properly trained and certified.
  • Organizes and oversees health clinics, such as influenza immunizations for staff.
  • Attends grievance meetings as the Employer’s advisor in connection with bargaining, grievances and complaints related to alleged health and safety violations and responds to union inquires related to health and safety matters.
  • Conducts, or makes arrangements for, ergonomic assessments for district employees as required.
  • Works proactively with the medical community in regard to Return to Work and Stay at Work programs for injured employees.
  • Coordinates any health and safety training as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act.
  • Develops courses, prepares materials, schedules and conducts employee and student training presentations which heighten employee and student awareness of a healthy, sanitary, and safe environment.
  • Work closely with the HR department to assist in projects as required
  • Will on occasion be required to perform other related duties as assigned.

Please send us a cover letter and resume clearly highlighting how you meet the following education and experience qualifications:

  • A post-secondary diploma in Health and Safety supplemented by a minimum five (5) years’ experience in Health and Safety including hands on experience in designing/implementing safety initiatives preferably in a public sector environment (K-12 public education experience would be an asset).
  • Thorough knowledge of Workers Compensation Act, Worksafe BC OH&S regulations and claims management.
  • Demonstrated track record of managing occupational disability claims, return to work initiatives, accident investigations and worksite inspections.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice and support to principals, managers, supervisors, employees and Health & Safety committee representatives.
  • Advanced skill level in MSOffice programs and OH&S related databases; ability to retrieve and analyze data; develop reports and identify trends with safety programs and claims management activities.
  • Knowledge and experience in human resources would be an asset.

For further information about this exciting career opportunity, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer Jason Sandquist at 250-748-0321, Ext. 201.

Please apply in confidence, including three references, in one (1) attachment only, to:
Jason Sandquist, Secretary-Treasurer
Cowichan Valley School District #79
2557 Beverly Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2X3
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The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m., June 14, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted.




Updated June 5, 201