Occupational Health & Safety Lead

As we serve vulnerable youth, all employees working for Covenant House Vancouver must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required prior to your start date.

About Covenant House Vancouver

Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver has provided relentless support for youth experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, homelessness. We provide support to young people age 16 to 24 who have experienced a wide range of early life and ongoing, complex trauma; including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. Our purpose is to serve all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and provide a safe and supportive environment for all youth in need.

The Impact the Occupational Health and Safety Lead can make:

Reporting to the Director, People & Culture, the Occupational Health and Safety Lead will play a vital role in fulfilling Covenant House Vancouver’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace at our 3 downtown Vancouver locations. Your proactive approach for implementing strategic occupational health and safety programs, fostering a culture of health and safety awareness, and ability to lead the development of a comprehensive safety program and lead investigations are key to enable Covenant House to remain a renowned workplace.

How You Will Contribute:

The OH&S Lead provides positive and constructive support, guidance, coaching and technical expertise to Covenant House leadership, employees, and joint committee. Reporting to the Director, People & Culture, the OH&S Lead is accountable for anticipating, evaluating and monitoring health and safety risks. They develop and implement agency strategies to address and control risks, facilitate the application of H&S policies, requirements, and standards, and assist in ensuring regulatory compliance.

Main Duties:

Workplace culture and policies

  • Develop and implement strategies that create a culture of safety engagement amongst employees and leadership.
  • Champion health and safety within Covenant House Vancouver and ensures compliance with legislation and agency policies and standards.
  • Provide leadership and education to all employees on Health and Safety.
  • Promote, monitor and evaluate safety programs and practices to make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work closely with Programs and Operations teams to identify safety risks, build preventative responses, and foster a culture of shared responsibility and commitment
  • Provide leadership and serve as a point of escalation to managers on all safety matters
  • Lead projects for the continuous improvement of Covenant House safety programs, including consulting with leadership to develop action plans and programs
  • Drive health and safety initiatives that support achievement of agency goals.

WorkSafe BC

  • Manage WSBC claims and oversee Stay at work and Return to Work programs.
  • Manage response to WSBC Orders and Notice of Compliance responses
  • Act as point of contact for WSBC.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee

  • Co-chair Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee
  • Function as the central point of contact to support applicable incident and near-miss reporting, investigation and follow-up.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Covenant House’s OH&S Committee(s), ensuring that they are meeting regulatory requirements as well as program/department needs.
  • Support employees in investigating incidents, lead all serious incident investigations and prepare reporting, root cause analysis and follow-up of the recommendations.

Safety Information Management

  • Provide reports and statistical information to management as required
  • Analyze safety data, identify risks, and conduct research and audits
  • Develop and implement ‘best practices’ annual safety plans and programs.
  • Provide ongoing administrative support to Covenant House’s safety program, including managing documentation, creating and updating templates, researching best practices, and developing processes.
  • Keep current on all relevant safety legislation and regulations, and ensure Covenant House remains compliant with regulatory and accreditation requirements.

Training, Coaching & Audit

  • Lead agency Audits and safety training.
  • Monitor policy changes and government initiatives, and share with leadership updates on Safety performance, H&S incident trends, root causes of issues, corrective actions, policy changes, etc.
  • Build and maintain relationships with operational and functional management teams to inspire, coach, influence and challenge behaviour and leadership with the intent of driving a culture of H&S and caring for our employees.
  • Provide coaching and advice to operational leadership on best practices in order to facilitate the implementation of strategic goals and awareness of emerging trends and policies.
  • Conduct department-level assessments to determine compliance with safety programs, policies, and regulations, including gap analysis and review of regulatory requirements.
  • Perform safety audits and inspect work areas, offices, and worksites to identify possible safety issues, and implement mitigation measures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Who We Are Looking For?

Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary education in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Possession of or working towards CSSE, CRSP or similar designations a very strong asset
  • Minimum of 2 years of occupational health and safety experience, including identifying needs, planning, and providing guidance and advice on safety initiatives
  • Level 1 Occupational First Aid ticket or higher
  • WHMIS training and certification

Competencies:

  • Understanding of concepts and best practices of occupational health and safety.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety management especially as relates to the social services sector.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and develop recommendations using facilitation and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation Project coordination/management experience an asset.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office suite and online meeting platforms.

Compensation

Compensation:

The successful candidate can expect a starting salary of between  $68,268.20 and $85,321.60, depending on factors such as internally equity, experience, competencies, and education.  Once hired, salaries are reviewed annually following the annual performance review and successful employees have the opportunity for their salary to increase, over time, up to the maximum of the pay band, currently $102,393.20. 

Total Rewards

This position has flexible working arrangements with a hybrid in office expectation; excellent extended health and dental benefits for you and your spouse & children, including generous counselling benefits. During the first year, employees receive three weeks’ paid vacation, increasing to four in the second year; we have paid sick and personal leave and a matching Registered Pension Plan, investment in professional development, and more.  If you’d like more information on what we offer, please ask! 

We have been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2024!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Covenant House Vancouver is a secular organization that welcomes and serves young people from all backgrounds. While the international federation to which we belong was founded in the 1970s by members of the Catholic Church, we are not aligned with any specific faith traditions.

CHV is committed to upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • Persons from groups marginalized due to race, ancestry, colour, religion/spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible (physical) and/or invisible (mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women;
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and
  • Indigenous persons.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, diversity, equity, and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all at Covenant House Vancouver.

We love what we do and try to make a difference every day. Covenant House Vancouver offers a competitive salary with a great benefits package and excellent opportunity for training and career advancement. If you are looking to join a place where we have a purpose and aim to achieve positive outcomes, please join us by applying.

If our recruitment process does not work for you, let us know. Let’s see how we can work together to get to know you and see what might be a great fit!