Risk Management Specialist - Occupational Health and Safety

EMPLOYER: University of Ottawa


Position Purpose

Reporting to the Assistant Director, Occupational Health and Safety, oversees the development and implementation of strategic and operational risk management at uOttawa in alignment with the strategic objectives of the University. The goal of the position is to oversee implementation of risk management programs in their respective field of expertise (Occupational Health and Safety), policies impacting the University’s facilities, properties, academic programs, and research enterprise, as well as ensures compliance with federal, provincial and international standards, guidelines and statutes by students and employees through proactive and reactive programs and to resolve issues when they occur.

The Risk Management Specialist is responsible for keeping abreast of the external regulatory environment to ensure that the risks and impacts associated with their field of expertise (Occupational Health and Safety) are well communicated to the University community, and implemented in a fashion consistent with the strategic and financial objectives of the University

Essential Qualifications

Post-secondary degree (post-graduate an asset for some positions) with acceptable specialization relevant to the position (e.g. Occupational Health and Safety, Relevant scientific disciplines such as Applied sciences, Engineering, etc.)
Minimum 5 years working experience in risk management, with expertise in Occupational Health and Safety
Professional certification in Occupational Health and Safety is an asset (e.g. Canadian Registered Safety Professional)
Knowledge of international, federal, provincial, and municipal legislation/regulations and best practices.
Knowledge of legislative requirements for research-based laboratory environments.
Knowledge of University and research environments.
Experience in assessing policy and regulatory requirements and in the methods and procedures for ensuring compliance.
Ability to apply critical thinking to analyze complex problems or situations and develop innovative and risk-based solutions that optimize resources
Superior communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work with management, academic, research, medical and administrative staff, as well as student populations (graduate and undergraduate)
Experience in the interpretation of regulations codes and standards and providing services to both academic and non-academic environments as typically found in a University setting.
Experience in conducting risk analysis, inspections and audits including preparing assessment reports.
May require a police background check or enhanced security clearance based on the needs of the program
Ability to analyze problems, identify relationships and develop solutions.
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize a workload
Ability to collaborate, negotiate, develop, and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders
Ability to work in a stressful environment.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to supervise consultants / contractors as required
Possess superior analysis, resolution, and crisis management skills
Participates in office’s on-call program, which may include wearing a pager and/or cell phone during both working and off hours
Participates in University Committees as required
Bilingualism (spoken and written) French and English.

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section "Useful links" on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


The University of Ottawa embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We foster a culture of respect, teamwork and inclusion, where collaboration, innovation, and creativity fuel our quest for research and teaching excellence. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from qualified Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment. The University is also committed to working with applicants with disabilities requesting accommodation during the recruitment, assessment and selection processes. Applicants with disabilities may contact hrtalentmanagement@uottawa.ca to communicate the accommodation need. 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Note: if this is a union position: The hiring process will be governed by the current collective agreement related to the union affiliation noted above; you can click here to find out more.

Apply directly to: https://uottawa.njoyn.com/CL2/xweb/XWeb.asp?NTKN=c&clid=27081&Page=JobDetails&Jobid=J0421-0149&BRID=280077&lang=1 

START DATE: 07/05/2021

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