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Location:Prince George
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Competition #:05350020
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT
Close Date:JANUARY 22, 2018*

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the VP Human Resources, the Regional Director, Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) leads the planning, strategic development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of WH&S policies, programs and services to minimize the potential for occupational illness and injury, increase employee wellness and improve quality of work life. The Regional Director has health authority wide responsibility and accountability for WH&S practices and regulatory compliance and assists leaders and managers with the development of long-term sustainable health and safety management support. As a member of the HR leadership team, the Regional Director supports the development of NH’s mission, strategies, goals and service delivery and contributes to the development of broader human resource policy and direction.

The Regional Director engages in ongoing contact with a variety of external agencies such as WorkSafeBC, HEABC, HBT, unions, Health Canada, and education institutions and may lobby for funding to support health and safety initiatives, negotiate the provision of services, influence partnerships between these agencies and support provincial best practices. The Regional Director develops relationships with colleagues in private and public sector organizations to monitor workplace health trends and foster the development and knowledge transfer of best practices.

The Regional Director provides leadership to a team of WH&S professionals that motivate team members to make decisions, accomplish their roles and assume new challenges.

- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of ten (10) years’ recent, related experience in
progressively more complex management/leadership roles in a large multi-union environment, or an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to act with integrity and trust, build a team environment, communicate clearly, and foster potential.
- Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders including
management and staff at all levels, provincial and local union representatives, WorkSafeBC, government
agencies, vendors/contractors, and other health authorities.
- Comprehensive knowledge of employee health and safety and HR theories/practices and an understanding of a
complex multi-union healthcare environment to identify, develop and implement policies, strategies and initiatives
for the organization in line overall NH/IH strategies.
- Ability to apply superior conflict management skills and judgment to facilitate consensus, persuade/negotiate
effectively, and to implement service/organizational change and transition both internally and externally to the
- Ability to identify emerging initiatives, trends and industry best practices and ensure full consideration in the
development and implementation of service delivery goals and objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to design, develop and implement WH&S infrastructure, policies and strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to lead complex planning processes, aligned with the Strategic Plan.
- Comprehensive knowledge of current health and safety legislation, regulations and statutes, and applicable
bargaining unit language.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with higher levels of leadership in both and advocacy and collaborative
- Demonstrated ability to create and support innovation and manage and implement change.
- Effective verbal, written and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated leadership, planning and management skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to a team-based collaborative approach to managing.
- Demonstrated ability to provide progressive and innovative approaches to service delivery issues.
- Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a highly dynamic environment.
- Demonstrated ability to problem-solve complex issues.
- Demonstrated ability to use best practice, benchmarking and research to improve performance.

Prince George is one of the larger cities in British Columbia with a population of approximately 75,000. Built on the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers, Prince George is close to the geographic center of British Columbia and has become a transportation hub as well as an important link in the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor. It is a major centre for shopping and a service centre for surrounding communities, as well as home to the University of Northern British Columbia. In Prince George, BC’s Northern capital, you are just minutes from being fully immersed in the wonders of our natural surroundings – this is a true outdoor person’s paradise. A warm, friendly and diverse population attests to our community spirit. You can be assured of discovering a myriad of entertainment and recreational options year-round, from heritage and cultural opportunities to good old family fun.

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