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Manager, Health & Safety

Division or Department: Health & Safety

Term: Permanent Full-Time

Core Function:

The position manages a team of safety professionals involved in identifying, developing, and implementing best practice Occupational Health and Safety programs and services to the City of Saskatoon in support of the development and implementation of a robust Health and Safety culture which is aligned with the core values.

The Manager Health and Safety provides coordination, oversight and direction for the day-to-day operations; program, policy and procedure development and implementation; across all city operational, service and support functional areas. The incumbent will be a trusted advisor with a deep understanding of the health and safety needs of all business and functions of the City of Saskatoon.


  1. Provides leadership, guidance, coaching and mentorship to a team of safety professionals, ensuring the team is equipped with the right skills, tools and perspectives necessary to develop high impact business relationships and deliver innovative, effective and sustainable programs
  2. Manages assigned staff; hires, assigns work schedules, assesses staffing needs, identifies and pursues other resources if necessary and performs layoff and recall.  Plans and approves staff development.  Conducts performance management and, when required, disciplinary action
  3. Mitigates risk by ensuring fair treatment and a balanced approach for those impacted by the implementation of new policy, programs, procedures and/or organizational change, problem resolution and human capital decisions
  4. Builds trust and strong relationships across all levels of the organization in-order to effectively deliver integrated safety programs
  5. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with external stakeholders and regulatory bodies as well as with other municipality safety departments
  6. Coaches Safety team members on Safety policies and processes to promote a culture of continuous growth and development
  7. Provides direction and oversight for the design, development and implementation of best practice safety programs.
  8. Collaborates with the Director, Occupational Health and Safety and organisational leaders to develop service delivery standards that effectively meet client’s service demands and needs by identifying service gaps and opportunities for service improvements and enhancements with current and emerging issues.
  9. Maintains awareness of changing organizational priorities and regulatory requirements to proactively shifts strategic focus and activities
  10. Engages key stakeholders, remains open to different perspectives looking to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and maintains relationships to support mutual sharing of information
  11. Oversees, enhances and monitors Safety service level agreements.
  12. Coordinates the development of training programs based on identified training needs related to performance improvement, performance measurement and data analytics
  13. Coordinates change management across divisions and departments through establishing corporate standards, align customer service, including online, and ensure programs, plans and initiatives support the achievement of corporate goals.
  14. Communicates trends, legislation changes, and other relevant related information and recommends a course of action to effectively manage change.
  15. Provides direct support to clients in the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate Health and Safety Management system policies and programs
  16. Provides leadership and supports for the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) training and implementation. 
  17. Acts as the Director, Occupational Health and Safety, as required
  18. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Degree in a related field, supplemented with formal training and education in occupational health and safety, disability management and health promotion. 
  • Registration as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) preferred.
  • Possession of, or eligible to obtain, membership in the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
  • Seven to nine years’ progressively responsible experience in occupational health and safety and three to five years’ experience in supervising staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of provincial legislation related to occupational health and safety, worker’s compensation, human rights, disability management and the employer’s duty to accommodate.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and present complex technical reports.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with civic staff, civic officials, representatives of other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement to make decisions in complex and confidential situations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, delivery, implementation and sustainment of Safety strategies, programs and tools (health and safety management system, leadership development, strategic talent management, organizational learning, culture, engagement)
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, trust-based partnerships across all areas of the organization. Recognized within the organization as a trusted advisor able to help solve complex problems with practical solutions
  • Demonstrated ability in issues management and process improvement, combined with the ability to influence and engage with varying layers of management and employees
  • Demonstrated ability to build a high performance team and to mentor, coach and develop staff.
  • Ability to prioritize (and re-prioritize) in a fast-paced environment while problem solving complex projects.

Salary: $115,645.92 to $135,883.44 per year (2021 rates)

Closing Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00 pm

Labour Group: ESA 292