Facility Health and Safety Officer

HRHSE Health Safety and Environment

Competition No.  -    A114951906
Closing Date  -    Dec 08, 2023

While this position welcomes applications from the public, please note that preference will be given to current employees at the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $67,095 - $111,831. 

Location - Work primarily takes place at North Campus, Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department

About Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment:

“Hire great people and give them freedom to be awesome.” — Andrew Mason

Thriving organizations are built on people. The Human Resources, Health Safety and Environment (HRHSE) portfolio is composed of exceptional people creating a people focused culture to support the institution's vision.

At the U of A, safety is central to how we work, study, and conduct research. Our Health Safety and Environment team plays a key role in promoting and maintaining safety as a core value. Building a robust and sustainable safety culture where everyone owns their safety performance and that of others, HSE leverages its expertise to enhance the health, safety and environmental well-being of the university community.

Join our practical, results-driven, energized, and engaged team and see firsthand how we live our values, drive change and lead with purpose!

Position Summary

As a member of the HSE Regulatory and Consulting Services Team, the Facility Health and Safety Officer is a primary resource and subject matter expert to the university’s Utility operations while also supporting effective health and safety management across the university including the other units of the Facilities and Operations portfolio.

The Officer engages equally well with senior leaders, supervisors and front line workers and fosters positive, solutions-focused relationships  Willing to listen to understand, the Officer is comfortable in the conference room and walking the plant floor. Able to consult effectively, the Officer is a coach and subject matter expert who is willing to challenge the current state to drive needed change.

Work environments include high risk and complex industrial utility operations involving hazardous energy sources as well as other worksites involving chemical, biological, radiological and environmental hazards. The Officer will work within a large, decentralized complex organization involving numerous multi-disciplinary teams. Due to the size and nature of the university’s operations the Officer will operate within a diverse regulatory and policy environment.


The Facility Health and Safety Officer is responsible for building an enhanced health and safety culture while managing compliance with Occupational Health and Safety legislation, the University’s Health, Safety and Environment Management System and Utilities Health and Safety Management System, policies, practices and standard operating procedures. As a member of the HSE team with 0.5 FTE dedicated to the university’s Utilities Department, the Officer will:

  • Provide health and safety regulatory and consulting expertise associated with occupational health and safety within an industrial utilities operation
  • Enhance  Utilities’  Health and Safety Management System in alignment with the University’s Health, Safety and Environment Management System
  • Working with the Office of Emergency Management maintain and audit Utilities’ emergency response plan and procedures; participate in HSE after hours On-Call
  • Develop and implement strategies, programs and initiatives to enhance health and safety practices, compliance with regulations and procedures
  • Act as a coach, mentor and trusted advisor to the Utilities leadership team and frontline workers related to health and safety matters
  • Undertake inspections, audits, incident fact finding and investigations and ensure corrective actions are implemented
  • Maintain and audit health and safety documents and records, analyze health and safety data and provide reports and dashboards
  • Develop and apply change management strategies to enhance safety culture and performance
  • Develop and provide health and safety training programs
  • Participate in and lead special projects and initiatives

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience working in large industrial and public sector settings such as utility operations, government or education
  • Minimum 2-year diploma in Occupational Health & Safety or Bachelors degree in a related field; completion of other related post-secondary education with relevant work experience may be considered for equivalency
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation, in good standing, required
  • Approximately 10 years of progressive, related utilities or industrial safety management experience in a professional capacity
  • Full (non-GDL) Class 5 driver license is required   

Preferred Qualifications

Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), Canadian Risk Manager (CRM), Process Safety or equivalent designations would be beneficial.

How to apply

Resume and Cover Letter as one document

Proof of current, valid Professional Safety Designation(s) - attach document under "Other" 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.