Manager, Health and Safety

City of VictoriaVictoria, BC6 months ago

Competition #20/198

Internal/External Posting 

Closing date: January 26, 2021


Manager, Health and Safety (Continuous)

Human Resources Department


Victoria is a vibrant and sustainably focused city, renowned as a globally recognized tourist destination and a place with an exceptional quality of life for its residents. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria is home to over 80,000 people and is the economic and cultural centre for the Capital Region’s 350,000 residents. The city is experiencing change and growth with increased levels of development, and is home to an active and eclectic arts and culture community. 


The City of Victoria is recruiting for a Manager, Health and Safety to lead the Health and Safety Division as a member of the Human Resources management team. The ideal candidate is an experienced leader and safety professional who thrives in a fast paced environment and has previously worked in the public sector, preferably for a local government. We are seeking a relationship-builder and effective communicator to champion a proactive safety culture, and foster a culture of engagement with all internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will seek innovation and best practices to continue to modernize the division’s programs and systems.


A competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package is offered. This position is excluded from union membership.


Position Summary:  


Under the direction of the Head of Human Resources, and as a collaborative member of the HR management team, the Manager, Health and Safety is responsible for leading the Health and Safety Division to provide occupational health and safety, disability management, workplace wellness and related programs in support of the City of Victoria’s strategic and operational plans.


Major Accountabilities:


Develop and manage the provision of health, safety, disability management and wellness programs for the organization. Promote safety awareness and an effective and proactive safety culture.  


Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic plan goals for the Department consistent with the City’s strategic plan. 


Provide professional advice to senior leaders and staff to guide, promote and ensure compliance with the Worker’s Compensation Act, OHS Regulations, BC Human Rights Code, collective agreements, and other relevant legislation, policies and bylaws. Research, develop and implement health and safety related systems, programs and policies and ensure effective reporting of divisional activity. Oversee and manage rehabilitation, accommodation and return to work processes; disability and claims management; the Employee and Family Assistance Program; safety committees and safety related initiatives; and safety management software systems.  


Supervise 3-5 professional staff of the Health and Safety Division including setting objectives and priorities; providing work direction, performance feedback and coaching; and responding to employee grievances.


Represent the Department to other organizations, government agencies and the public including: union representatives on safety and rehabilitation issues and grievances; insurance carriers and benefit trust administrators; acting for the City before WorkSafeBC, Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal and BC Human Rights tribunals and appeals; coordinating the services of contractors and consultants; actively liaising with other local governments and similar organizations on health, safety and wellness best practices and developments. 


Develop and manage the division’s annual budget.


Perform other related activities.



  • Bachelor Degree specializing in health and safety management. 
  • Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in health, safety and disability management in a unionized environment.
  • Certification in Disability Management would be an asset.



To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume


City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.  

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at

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