Manager, Health and Safety, Habitat for Humanity Canada

Position Type: Full time

Territory: Habitat for Humanity Canada (National)

Location(s): Toronto, Ontario

Date ad posted: Monday, April 6, 2021

Experience: 5-7 yearsApplication deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. We bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership and other housing solutions across Canada and around the world.

If you aspire to make a difference as an Occupational Health & Safety professional, leading organization-wide change, this may be the opportunity for you. As Manager, Health and Safety, you will play a lead role in the evolution of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Safety First culture. This will involve managing the development, maintenance, and administration of Habitat Canada’s National Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) programs, policies and resources as a means to guide and support Habitat affiliates as they manage OH&S programs across Canada. You will take a proactive approach to occupational health & safety to drive continuous improvement, partnering and collaborating with local Habitat OH&S leaders across the Habitat federation to achieve our safety, health, and environmental (SHE) goal of zero incidents.

Key responsibilities

Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Working with local affiliate leaders and OH&S coordinators/managers to assist them in developing and maintaining a Safety First culture in all areas of operations, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to and passion for safety.
  2. Leveraging your Health & Safety expertise to collaborate with and coach OH&S coordinators/managers by finding new and innovative ways to support federation wide learning and behavior change. Ideally, you have experience in professional training methods including applying hands-on learning approaches.
  3. Communicating on an ongoing basis about specific occupational health and safety concerns, learnings and successes. One opportunity will be to manage monthly webinar/web-conferencing calls with safety managers/coordinators across Canada.
  4. Managing quarterly Health & Safety Management Surveys including analysis of and reporting survey results. This will include compilation of data to calculate Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) for each affiliate based on hours worked and recordable incidents through each quarter.
  5. Expand and manage the use of the Site Docs platform. Work with the Site Docs support team along with Habitat affiliates utilizing Site Docs to promote and increase usage of the platform toward strengthening local OH&S programs along with taking advantage of this valuable paperless approach.
  6. Manage National Health and Safety (H&S) Management Review Audit Standard. Work with Director of Safety Awareness and Construction to design and implement the launch of this Review Audit Standard.
  7. Monitor, continuously research and stay abreast of new and revised legislation, industry trends and best practices to keep OH&S Resources and policies up to date and current, integrating new knowledge into Habitat Canada’s Safety First programs.
  8. Advising the Habitat Canada Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) and Divisional Health & Safety Reps supporting them in their role as they work to help create a safer workplace. This includes ensuring all members are trained and knowledgeable and active safety ambassadors. Just as importantly, you ensure that the JHSC and H&S Reps are meeting their requirements as laid out in the OH&S Act and Regulations.

Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence change, including a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a similar Health and Safety leadership role, preferably within the Construction or Retail industries.
  • Formal education and/or training in Occupational Health and Safety, preferably from a Human Resources background with a specialization in Health & Safety, or equivalent experience.
  • Certification as a Health and Safety Professional would be an asset (i.e. CRSP®/PSAC® or CSSE, NCSO).
  • Strong knowledge of the OHSA and other related Health and Safety legislation.
  • Safety knowledge in Fall Protection, Fire Protection, Safe Lifting and WHMIS.
  • Ability to support affiliate health and safety coordinators/managers across Canada, through coaching and sharing of best practices.
  • High level of professionalism and a demonstrated ability to balance competing priorities.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in incident investigation and site inspections.
  • Strong administrative, multi-tasking, time management, and planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent training and presentation skills with an attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong computer proficiency, specifically using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Office etc.).
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (both written and verbal), and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as within a collaborative team setting.
  • Valid driver’s license required with reliable access to a vehicle.
  • Experience using SiteDocs is an asset.
  • Willingness to travel to and participate in our various sites (Offices, ReStores and Build sites), as well as be available in the event of critical incidents.

How to Apply

Please note that we will be reviewing and evaluating applications on an ongoing basis and we therefore encourage early submissions.

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to forward their cover letter and resume as one document to with the subject line: (Manager, Health and Safety). Please indicate your salary expectations as well as where you saw the job posting.

Applications must be received before 5:00 PM EST on April 25, 2021

Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance. Habitat for Humanity Canada will arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted (no phone calls please). We are a committed to Equal Opportunity Employment.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 50 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.