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Director of Safety

Date: March, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Secretary of University
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Safety Administrator, Senior Safety Officers and Safety Officers
Location: Safety Office

USG 15

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Responsible for directing the effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of assigned health, safety and environmental program services to support the achievement of the University’s strategic goals, facilitate successful endeavors by all members of the University community and ensure that persons accountable for University operations are informed of risks and compliance requirements

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Provides forward-thinking and tactical leadership, including:


Development, implementation and maintenance of the department's strategic plan according to University’s requirements; and


Preparation and implementation of annual and multi-year budgets consistent with the objectives set forth in that plan.


2.  Determines department plans for development and implementation of a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environment Program which contains the following core areas:


3.  Oversees direction for  Health, Safety and Environment System:


4.Ensures office serves as a resource that is professional, responsive, reliable, courteous, effective and efficient:


5.  Directs compliance:


6.  Champions organizational effectiveness and relationship management:

Position Requirements


Undergraduate degree related to Health, Safety and Environment

Professional Designation in Health and Safety including Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH/CIH) and/or equivalent

Extensive ongoing professional development is required to maintain competency


Extensive expertise with proven track record of achievement managing Health, Safety and Environment programs in a university or similar diverse environment.

Demonstrated leadership in strategic and tactical thinking, innovating, weighing risks and applying sound judgement to decision making.

Expert interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

Substantive experience with building collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholder groups and senior leadership.

Strong written and presentation skills.


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Expert knowledge of Health, Safety and Environment legislation and management systems.

Expertise in conducting occupational and environmental hygiene sampling/measurement, interpretation and use of equipment.

Superior ability to direct implementation and maintenance of Health, Safety and Environment computer databases.

Maintain membership competency in hazardous materials response team

Extensive knowledge of safety management, building and laboratory systems.

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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Deals with confidential materials and must exercise sound judgement, tact, unquestionable degree of integrity and diplomacy using well-developed interpersonal communication skills to handle at times emotional concerns, often more perceived than concrete.

Internal:  Communicates with all members of University community including with senior leadership to deal with, influence and motivate others, and to promote, justify and settle matters that are often highly sensitive.

Resolves situations as a consensus facilitator with creative abilities to achieve success for the University.

External: Liaises with professional and government regulators and agencies representing the University on matters that are highly sensitive, confidential and critical to the deliverables of the University of Waterloo. 



Level of Responsibility:

Under legislative and legal requirements the University and its Officers and Directors must exercise due diligence. The position is responsible for provision of expert advice and compliance with health, safety and environment program for all aspects of the University.

uWaterloo Policy #34 outlines position responsibilities for reporting concerns and recommendations to senior administration.

Decision-Making Authority:

The position ensures that all reasonable precautions are taken. A hesitation to pursue a health, safety and environment issue or fault in the health, safety and environment program could result in serious disruption to academic/research programs and campus services while damaging the institution’s reputation.

The position determines the signing authority for Safety Office accounts and negotiating supplier contracts.


Physical and Sensory Demands:

Varied physical positions and occasional climbing, lifting and carrying required.

Occasional concentrated sensory use particularly during program development, resolving concerns and responding to incidents.

Working Environment:

Involves visiting varying work areas and locations in and outdoors at all times of the year normally within normally Monday to Friday hours however is often required to vary schedule to respond to events and incidents.

Handles hazardous materials and enters higher hazard work areas (construction projects; injury and fire scenes).

Uses various personal protective equipment (PPE) however majority of time is in an office type environment where PPE is not required.