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Specialist, EHS Systems, Environmental Health & Safety

Job ID: 16162

Updated: August 10, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety within Risk is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Specialist, EHS Systems.

The Specialist, EHS Systems reports to the Manager, EHS Systems and Compliance and is broadly responsible for the management of EHS performance and compliance through the enhancement of University processes, practices and programs. Working with a small team, the Specialist, EHS Systems will use their expertise in EHS management systems and in-depth knowledge of legislation to design develop, assess and improve the University's Environment, Health and Safety Management Systems. 

The normal hours of work for this position are a 35 hour work week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. In addition, on occasion the EHS Consultant may be required to be available for after-hours callout, in the event of an emergency.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Compliance and Management Systems

  • Provide input into and assist in the design, development, assessment, and improvement of the University's environment, health and safety management system, processes and programs
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in the University's EHS management systems and develop processes and programs to follow through on these opportunities (e.g. hazard assessment process, incident investigations)
  • Participate in the development of a compliance and management system audit program and execution of audits in faculties and business units across the university
  • Analyze and interpret findings from audits, inspections and reviews and build institutional action plans to address non-conformances; monitor and report on the status of the action plans
  • Work with faculties and departments to create corrective action plans stemming from management system and compliance audits; follow-up and report on the status of the implementation of these plans
  • Develop and use data management systems to collect and validate OHS information from internal and external sources and databases
  • Analyze and apply data to measure and report on performance, identify trends and provide a framework for decision making
  • Assume responsibility for technical content, quality and functionality of safety programs within the EHS management system

Leadership/Program Management

  • Display a professional and ethical responsibility to protect privacy, use information appropriately, and maintain the confidentiality and security of all personal and institutional information
  • Lead/chair working groups within the EHS Department and within the greater university community 
  • Provide expert consultation across the University on EHS management system and technical EHS matters
  • Support the Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee by preparing materials for review by the committee, tracking of actions items arising from committee activities and assisting with other requirements as the need arises


  • Work collaboratively with diverse teams, reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from stakeholders and EHS team members
  • Facilitate meetings, groups and teams, including managing controversial subjects
  • Build or contribute to regular reports on activities, indicators and outcomes related to the EHS management system and regulatory compliance
  • Work with Communication professionals to develop communications and change management plans related to implementation of new EHS initiatives

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5-7 experience in a position where the primary role is environment, health and safety with a focus on management systems, programs and processes
  • A degree in occupational health and safety preferably, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Preference for one of the following designations (CRSP, CSP, CIH, ROH, P.Eng) or eligibility and willingness to pursue such accreditation
  • Strong organizational, communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence others towards positive outcomes end ensure progress on initiatives
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities with tight time frames
  • Advanced knowledge of environment, occupational health, and safety legislation and standards
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with EHS management system theory and implementation practice including the development of specific hazard control programs is required
  • Strong knowledge EHS compliance and management system auditing including development of assessment criteria, conducting audits, communicating results and development and implementation of action plans is required
  • Knowledge of risk management principles and practices and experience in their application is required
  • Demonstrated capability in project management, including but not limited to, project initiation, execution, and evaluation along with change management considerations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint) is required
  • Experience with Archibus, ISNetworld and Sivco Sofware Suite is an asset
  • Understanding of University operations is an asset
  • Possess a valid Alberta Class 5 Driver's Licence

Application Deadline: August 24, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level III of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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