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Specialist, Contractor Safety Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Risk

Job ID: 19472

Updated: October 11, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Environmental Health and Safety Team is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Specialist, Contractor Safety Management for approximately 2 years.

The Specialist, Contractor Safety Management reports to the Director, EHS. This position is responsible to develop and execute an implementation plan for the updated Contractor Safety Management Program. The individual understands contractor work occurring on our campuses and works with internal and external stakeholders to eliminate or reduce the impact that contractor work has on workplace health and safety or public safety.

The successful individual is an integral part of the EHS Team and a resource to the university community. In particular, they will support Supply Chain Management, Facilities Development and Facilities Maintenance to manage contractor safety requirements. The individual will also work with other groups across campus who hire and manage contractors for construction and/or maintenance projects. As a member of the EHS Team, the individual must be familiar with the EHS management system and associated risk control programs.

The Specialist, Contractor Safety Management directly supports the Eyes High strategy that the University will be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities as it relates environmental and occupational health and safety management system and its associated risk control programs. The individual will be a resource for interpretation, implementation and application of the Contractor Safety Management Program across four campuses and a ranch.

The successful individual must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, as the position requires liaison with various members of the university community and external agencies, third party consultants or contractors to provide expertise and consultation on the application of the contractor safety management program and all other applicable EHS risk control programs. An ability to work with and influence others to achieve desirable outcomes for the university regarding the compliance with environmental and occupational health and safety legislation is essential.
The individual requires the ability to use discretion, maintain professionalism, confidentiality and composure under pressure, demonstrate initiative and adaptability, and provide efficient, quality service often requiring multi-tasking.

The position may involve physical exertion including climbing to heights and entry into restricted spaces and as such the individuals must be physically able to wear personal protective equipment. In addition, on occasion the Specialist, Contractor Safety Management 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):

Contractor Safety Management Program Leadership and Support

  • Develop and execute an implementation plan based on the updated requirements of the Contractor Safety Management Program
  • Analyze and interpret contractor safety data and make recommendations to improve contractor safety performance
  • Coache and mentor university contract owners, contract leads and EHS personnel on the effective implementation of the contractor safety management program
  • Provide expert consultation across the university on EHS management system and technical EHS matters

Compliance and Management Systems

  • Assess, develop, improve and implement the EHS risk control programs as a key component of the University Occupational Health and Safety Management System and Environmental Compliance Management System
  • Write and review program documents including plans, standards, procedures and protocols as it relates to specific hazards (e.g. confined and restricted spaces, working at heights, field safety, ranch safety, and control of hazardous energy)
  • Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to interpret legislative requirements and integrate changes into university operations
  • Conduct and report on inspections or audits of EHS risk control programs or management system elements, as required
  • Evaluate findings from inspections, audits and investigations to develop proposals, in consultation and collaboration with EHS and clients that lead to improved safety performance and increased compliance assurance
  • Identify, recommend and prioritize corrective actions for deficiencies determined to have broader impact across the university
  • Lead or participate in incident investigations where subject matter expertise is required including identifying causal factors, root causes and corrective actions as part of management system improvements
  • Assume responsibility for technical content, quality and functionality of safety programs within the EHS management system
  • Perform other duties, as requested that support the strategic goals and objectives of the Environment, Health and Safety Department and the Risk portfolio

Leadership, Administration and Communications

  • Lead, chair, or advise project working groups or advisory committees, within EHS or with clients, responsible to review, develop and improve solutions to reduce risk of activities undertaken by the university community
  • Display a professional and ethical responsibility to protect privacy, use information appropriately, and maintain the confidentiality and security of all personal and institutional information
  • 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 reports on activities, indicators and outcome related to EHS risk control programs, projects and initiatives

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree in occupational health and safety or related field or an equivalent combination of experience and education is required
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in a position where the primary role is environment, health and safety is required
  • An OHS related professional designation (e.g. CRSP, CRST, CSP, CIH, or ROH) or eligibility and willingness to pursue such accreditation
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and lead projects related to the design, implementation, assessment, and improvement of contractor safety related systems and processes is required
  • Expert technical knowledge of relevant federal and provincial environmental, health, and safety legislation, standards, and effective industry practices is required
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, tactical, initiate and manage change, work collaboratively, negotiate, influence without authority, facilitate, solve problems, make decisions, work independently, manage multiple priorities, lead and deliver results is required
  • Extensive experience with ISNetworld (system development, data management, metrics, reporting and auditing protocols / tools and practices is highly desired
  • Proven experience in assessment, development, improvement and implementation of specific risk control programs is required (e.g. confined and restricted spaces, working at heights, field safety, ranch safety, and control of hazardous energy)
  • Demonstrated capability in project management, including but not limited to, project initiation, execution, and evaluation along with change management considerations for projects involving internal and/or external resources and multiple stakeholder groups is required
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality, use independent judgment, take initiative, to work independently and to anticipate needs, plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work with minimal supervision is required
  • Work experience inside a large complex organization including working with all levels of employees and management is an asset
  • Knowledge of the governance, policies, procedures and operating requirements of the University of Calgary is an asset
  • Must have demonstrated commitment to client service and satisfaction
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Intermediate knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office-based software (i.e. SharePoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required
  • Must possess a valid Alberta Class 5 Driver's License with no current suspensions and fewer than six (6) demerits

Application Deadline: October 18, 2019

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 Technical Career Band, Level 3 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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