Return to Work and Occupational Health & Safety Specialist and Occupational Health & Safety Prevention Coordinator

Competition Number: 22348


Job Title: Return to Work and Occupational Health & Safety Specialist and Occupational Health & Safety Prevention Coordinator

Department: Corporate Services

Position Type: 1 Permanent Full Time (CUPE Local 2011) Position and 1 Permanent Full-Time (Exempt) Position

Salary: Annual Salary range of $89,615 to $101,700 for RTW and OHS Specialist position or $44.21/hr for OHS Prevention Coordinator position, and an excellent benefits package and pension plan

Posted Date: November 1, 2022

Closing Date: November 22, 2022

Last Modified: November 1, 2022, 4:03 pm

Status: Closed


The District of Saanich is the largest municipality on beautiful Vancouver Island home to approximately 114,000 citizens, blending an urban and rural environment. As an award winning, COR certified employer since 2009, we pride ourselves on exceeding industry standards in health and safety and injury management systems. Our workforce, of more than 1500 staff, are our greatest asset and we strive to attract and retain the best talent to provide excellent services to our citizens.

We provide a supportive, team-focussed work environment that consistently attracts top-quality people, enables them to perform at their best and continue to develop their skills. Our competitive wages, excellent benefits package, gold-plated pension plan, various flexible work arrangements, inclusive work environment and progressive initiatives make the District of Saanich a highly desirable place to invest your talent.

RTW & OHS Specialist: The District of Saanich is looking for a proven professional to co-lead the development of and coordinate the corporate-wide Workplace Injury Management (WIM) Program and elements of the District’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program. The RTW & OHS Specialist responds to workplace incidents and injuries, with a dual focus of supporting injured or ill workers and preventing incident recurrence. The position supports, guides and coaches leaders, managers and supervisors, and provides evidence-based opinions and recommendations, both proactively and reactively, to assist them in effectively supporting the stay at work and return to work planning of their injured or ill employees.

The RTW & OHS Specialist coordinates the timely reporting and effective responses to workplace injuries and other incidents, including safe and early return to work and effective incident investigations. The position liaises with WorkSafeBC, healthcare providers, workers, managers, supervisors, union representatives, payroll, human resources, and other stakeholders.

An in-depth knowledge of Disability Claims Management principles and practices and the related legislation (e.g. Workers Compensation Act, WorkSafeBC Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual, WorkSafeBC practice directives, human rights and privacy legislation) is essential, as this position coordinates all aspects of claims reporting and management, providing and soliciting expert input and advice. The RTW and OHS Specialist has strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to influence and reach joint understanding and consensus among employees, supervisors, managers, unions, WorkSafeBC representatives and other stakeholders.

We encourage you to share with us your education and experience that includes a post-secondary degree in a related field; five years of OHS or disability management experience in a unionized environment; certification as either a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation, Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC), Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP), Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM) or Canadian Occupational Health Nurse (COHN(C)); and a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence.  Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

OHS Prevention Coordinator: This position provides inspection and other field services, interpretations, and decisions to ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC requirements and COR standards. In addition, the Coordinator is responsible for developing and providing training programs for staff to continuously improve a workplace health and safety system and promote an organization culture of safety, therefore playing a lead role in implementing COR maintenance audits and action plans.

This position leads and guides workplace parties in conducting hazard identifications, risk assessments, and in developing safe work procedures. The successful candidate will be required to apply a broad and diverse knowledge of OHS hazards, risks and controls and the related best-practices and legislative requirements. Excellent communication skills are essential to improve safety behaviours and build the District’s capacity to recognize hazards and minimize the risks of injury.

We look forward to learning about your combination of education and experience that includes a degree in an Occupational Health and Safety related field; three years related health and safety experience in a municipal, construction or heavy industrial sector; designated or eligibility as a Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP); certification(s) in one or more of the following – an industrial trade, ergonomics, disability management, construction safety officer or other certification related to OHS and possession of a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence.  Possession of an Occupational First Aid Level II certificate would be an asset.  Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

We look forward to your application for one or both positions. Candidates will be assessed based on their qualifications (including a combination of education and experience) and may be considered for either position. 

Important Information:

The District of Saanich has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to help keep our employees and community safe. The requirement remains in effect until April 8, 2022 after which, the policy will be suspended. It is important to know that the requirement may be reinstated and unvaccinated employees may not be able to work. In order for the District to respond to any changing vaccination requirements for staff, we request that you verify your COVID-19 vaccination status with us during your first week of employment.