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Manager, Health and Safety

  • Organization SWITCH BC
  • Location Vancouver
  • Closing Date July 5, 2022

SWITCH BC was established in November 2020 to provide organizational basis for an innovative collaborative initiative to influence, invest in and support province-wide activities to improve occupational health and safety.

Our purpose is two-fold:

  1. To promote safe and health workplaces at all worksites throughout the BC healthcare sector; and,
  2. Through cooperation among unions, employers, and Doctors of BC, to develop and pursue a provincial framework, systems and programs aimed at improving the health and safety of BC’s healthcare workers.

Our organizational model, unique in Canada, brings together representatives of employers, unions and physicians who serve as Directors and are joined by observers from the Ministry of Health and WorkSafeBC.

If you are ready to work in a fast paced start up environment, have exceptional collaboration skills and love living in the grey, we are looking for you! Join our team and help to make a difference in the lives of close to 330,000 healthcare workers and physicians in this province.

Opportunity Summary

Reporting to the Project Director, the Project Manager, Health and Safety leads and promotes the strategic adoption of the Health and Safety Management System CSA Standard across the provincial healthcare system. As Project Manager, you will collaborate with provincial partners, including employers, unions, and Doctors of BC to foster health and safety and establish supports and solutions that improve the health and safety of healthcare workers in British Columbia. You will also establish metrics and create data collection strategies to monitor and improve implemented supports and solutions.

The successful candidate works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and inspires others through excellence in facilitation, communication, and creation of a just, safe culture in which individuals can thrive. The Project Manager provides leadership, guidance and support to project team (up to 4 Project Leads); works with stakeholders to facilitate consensus; consults, negotiates, and shares information; and liaises across the healthcare system to support the achievement of SWITCH BC’s outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Collaborates with the Project Director and SWITCH BC’s leadership team to identify priorities and define projects arising from these priorities, including scope and objectives.
  2. Leads implementation of the Canadian Standard for Health and Safety Management System in the healthcare sector.
  3. Serves as a consultant and support for stakeholders in the areas of workplace health and safety management, safety culture, and H&S data metrics; keeps current of healthcare industry standards, best practices, emerging practices, and current evidence for occupational health and safety; scans for best practice in industries beyond healthcare, to cultivate integration of learning.
  4. Maintains a strong working knowledge of applicable and intersecting legislation, regulation, collective agreements, and workplace standards within the BC and Canadian context.
  5. Manages team (up to 4 Project Leads) by hiring staff, setting work plan priorities, establishing and monitoring performance expectations, and managing workload to meet operational requirements; performance management of assigned staff up to and including termination, as required.
  6. Under the direction of the Project Director, is accountable for developing project budgets (projects up to $2,000,000.00) within the context of operational demands and environmental and resource constraints.
  7. Creates detailed project charters, plans, decision logs, stakeholder maps, governance, metrics and objectives to establish timelines, budgets and project deliverables. Executes project plan according to project management methodologies, provides leadership and direction to project team members, ensures successful and coordinated completion of project components, facilitates consensus with stakeholders as needed, and assesses readiness prior to project implementation.
  8. Takes a leadership role in contract negotiations and relationship management. Responsible for managing contract(s) with vendors directly associated with the assigned project(s). Establishes evaluation and feedback mechanisms to ensure strong contract management and vendor relationships.
  9. Supports, encourages, and establishes ongoing opportunities to partner with peer health organizations, community agencies, and service providers. Represents SWITCH BC as an active participant in cross-jurisdictional and provincial forums to facilitate collaboration and informs future directions.
  10. Actively fosters a safe, just work environment, encouraging and welcoming open identification of issues, non-violent dialogue, cultural humility practices for cultural safety.
  11. Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Travel may be required for this position. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of SWITCH BC in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Required Education, Experience and Skills

A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in a health related field, including but not limited to Health Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety, Organizational Development, Leadership, Project Management, Health Care Administration, or research-related  field and at least seven (7) years experience working in a large organization, ideally within the healthcare system.

  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience consulting and advising across organizational structures, identifying needs, and designing, developing, and delivering health and safety solutions.
  • Experience facilitating complex issues and delivering through consensus and dialogue strategies and action plans.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing and developing organization development interventions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the delivery of transformational organization development.
  • Detailed knowledge of project management principles and methodologies.
  • Expert-level system implementation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess feasibility and rapidly review/adjust plans to meet volatile, uncertain and complex sector contexts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with the ability to write or edit high quality business documents (e.g. project charters, master project plans, risk management plans, communication plans, progress reports, project wrap-up documentation).
  • Excellent presentation, interviewing, facilitation, and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated strength in relational practice as well as personal commitment to cultural safety and humility practices.
  • Certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CSRP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) an asset, but not required.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the role.

Compensation and Benefits

In joining SWITCH BC, we are pleased to offer you a challenging and rewarding career. In recognition of your skills and experiences, and in alignment with our core values of building safe and healthy work environments, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous extended health, pension and long term disability benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick leave allowances
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Professional development and membership opportunities

As a key organization within the BC Healthcare sector, we also encourage current health sector employees to ask about pension and benefits portability options, which may also be available.

SWITCH BC is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce. We recognize that there are a variety of experiences that contribute to the overall qualifications for each role. If you feel that you could excel in this position, but do not necessarily meeting the formal requirements, we still encourage you to apply. While this is a permanent full-time role, we are looking for the right candidate, if temporary, part-time or secondment is more suitable for you, please let us know when you apply.

In particular, we encourage: women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of equity deserving groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to SWITCH BC to apply.

Please note that this is a remote worker position (must reside in BC), and that occasional travel may be required.

We wish to thank all applications for their interest and effort in applying; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing Date: July 5, 2022

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