Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness within the Human Resources department. Reporting to the General Manager of Human Resources, the Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness acts as the City’s wellness ambassador, provides strategic leadership to the organization’s health and safety, disability management, benefits, wellness, and workplace accommodation functions and programs. Has input to and implements the organization’s long-term strategic human resources priorities to develop and foster a healthy, safe, supportive and responsible workplace. The Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness functions as part of the Human Resources department management team in setting departmental priorities related to the Corporate Strategic Plan, and divisional work plans.  As an integral member of the City’s management team, the Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness is expected to develop an understanding of the various operations and departments within the City as well as effective, cooperative and collaborative working relationships within all levels of the organization. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.


  • Provides consultative and strategic leadership, development and guidance to a team of staff in the promotion of a healthy and safe workplace, while aligning and supporting the City’s strategic directions and priorities.
  • Develops and implements health, safety, and wellness vision that includes evidence based, leading edge programs and policies and establishing indicators of success.
  • Establishes programs to minimize and/or reduce costs associated with assigned program areas such as WSIB and short and long term disability claims management by overseeing early intervention strategies or employee health and dental benefit cost containment.
  • Recommends strategies and initiatives to management based on regulatory requirements, industry standards and corporate needs.
  • Provides oversight, guidance, and advice to management, staff and committees on all matters related to occupational health and safety, benefits and disability claims management.
  • Through collaboration and liaison with external agencies and service providers, establishes relationships and service agreements to meet the needs of the section.
  • Implements policies, programs, and practices to develop a strong foundation to support a culture committed to employee safety at all work locations.
  • Prepares, monitors, and administers the sections budget.

Customer Service

  • Responsibility for the development of policies and programs ensuring a “best practices” approach to occupational health, safety and wellness and supporting all facets of the corporation with the same.
  • Oversees the timely provision of occupational health, safety and wellness services and inquiry response to both management and employee.
  • Provides advice to staff at all levels of the organization and works collaboratively with departments to proactively address their issues.

Divisional Management

  • Provides leadership to professional staff; establishes objectives and evaluates performance of staff; monitors results and provides coaching, training and development opportunities as needed.
  • Develops and nurtures a work environment that is inclusive, respectful and motivating for staff.
  • Works collaboratively with the General Manager and other Human Resources Department Managers to ensure that the activities and programs of the division align with departmental and organizational strategies.
  • Represents the division at Executive Team, Council Committees, and Council meetings as required. Develops or directs the development of reports and presentations as required.
  • Ensures the Corporation is in compliance with all legislated requirements, such as the Employment Standards, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, etc.

Performance Monitoring and Measurement

  • Develops and implements benchmarking, market reviews, and performance measures to increase timeliness, efficiency, and effectiveness of service delivery. Monitors and reports annually on performance metrics for the division.
  • Creatively employs technology, continuous improvement methodologies, and external providers where necessary to increase efficiency and effectiveness of employee and labour relations programs.


  • Extensive experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a University degree in Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety and/or Disability Management and extensive experience in one or more of the following areas (health and safety, disability management, benefits, wellness, or workplace accommodation functions). Municipal experience is preferred. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience supervising, leading and motivating staff.
  • WSIB Basic Certification, and Workplace Specific Hazard Certification.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Ontario Human Rights Code and other employment legislation.
  • Leadership skills possessing sound judgment and ability to deal with and resolve escalated issues in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to design and implement leading edge programs and strategies in a workplace with multiple employee groups, including unionized groups.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders (e.g. employees, union executives, Council, external legal counsel, media outlets etc.) including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to successfully manage budgets and achieve performance targets.
  • Ability to set priorities, solve problems and meet deadlines under pressure and with minimum supervision.
  • A Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and/or Certified Disability Management Professional designation is an asset.


$100,663.91 – $125,829.89

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Thursday, February 25, 2021. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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