OHS Surveillance Scientific Lead
Alberta Labour, Edmonton. Each day in Alberta, more than two million people go to work and fuel Alberta's economic engine. The Ministry of Labour provides supports to meet the needs of both employees and employers. Our work focuses on building a skilled workforce for the jobs of today as well as tomorrow, and maintaining safe, fair and healthy workplaces.
To learn more about the ministry, please click here: http://work.alberta.ca/
The Strategy and Policy Division provides legislation, and policy development, to ensure Alberta's workplaces are safe, fair, and healthy. Working with employers, labour associations, safety associations, and workers directly, this division ensures workplace-related legislation responds to the needs of Alberta's workers and employers.
The Occupational Disease and Injury Prevention unit directs research, surveillance, and evaluation for Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program. It is the catalyst for the creation of a knowledge and evaluation system that can direct the development and implementation of OHS policy, prevention initiatives and programs. The work of the Unit is closely linked with OHS Medical Services, OHS Policy and Legislation, and OHS Innovation and Strategic Priorities Units. This is a new cutting edge area which will be leading the way in occupational disease prevention for other provinces and jurisdictions to follow.
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Fact: The importance of occupational disease is not well recognized, however the reality is that occupational disease is the primary cause of work related deaths and is one of the primary causes of all cancer.
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety continues to break new ground as this position helps drive a paradigm shift across the province towards the first recognition of the magnitude of the problem and to motivate employers towards action to prevent occupational disease. If this is something that interests you, we have a temporary two year (with the possibility to become permanent) opportunity that might be just what you are looking for!
This position is part of a highly skilled team to support research, epidemiology, informatics, strategic initiatives and the development of evidence-based practices for the identification of exposures, incidence and causation that will ultimately lead to the prevention of occupational diseases in Alberta. Specifically, this position requires a scientific epidemiological approach, involving the monitoring of occupational health and injury patterns in an effort to identify emerging threats and to prevent future incidents.
This role is responsible for overseeing the OHS Surveillance Program, including the establishment of surveillance systems, the acquisition and analysis of primary as well as secondary data, and the application of research and statistical methodology; managing projects; and producing the resulting evidence-informed reports. It is also seen as the surveillance scientific expert of the unit as it is responsible to participate in interdisciplinary surveillance and development projects, while providing consultation and advice to stakeholders.
Your ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, from colleagues to lay people, while building and maintaining strong partnerships, will be extremely important in this role. The OHS surveillance lead will investigate opportunities for collaboration on surveillance projects and be the liaison between the ODIP and other surveillance groups. The successful candidate will have experience in advanced levels of epidemiological work and will be able to demonstrate personal surveillance achievement.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Epidemiology or other related discipline (Occupational Hygiene, Industrial Hygiene, etc), supplement by five years of progressively responsible recent related experience including epidemiology for surveillance, and a high level of proficiency using statistical software. Educational equivalencies such as a graduate degree (Master's Degree, DVM or MD), supplemented by 7 years related experience; or a University graduation in a related field, supplemented by 9 years related experience may be considered.
Assets / Nice-to-Have
-Project management experience and experience using the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code would be considered assets
-Practical experience using epidemiology for surveillance would be considered an asset
-Practical experience and a high level of proficiency using statistical software would be considered assets
-Educational equivalencies of a graduate or undergraduate degree will be considered with additional years of experience
Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.
The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:
Competencies required for this opportunity:
Systems Thinking: The successful candidate must provide strategic advice, professional expertise and support to the OHS Program in the development and implementation of the surveillance program. The successful candidate must understand how their work is part of a larger integrated and interrelated environment.
Creative Problem Solving The ideal candidate has the ability to engage different perspectives in seeking out root causes by bring the right people together to solve complex problems. The successful candidate must use several analytical techniques and sources of knowledge to break apart complex problems while using judgment to assess and address risks when moving new ideas forward.
Agility: The successful candidate will be able to readily adapt to diverse and complex issues and anticipate priorities.
Develop Networks: The successful candidate must be able to proactively build networks, connecting and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders when working to enhance surveillance capacity across the ministry.
Build Collaborative Environments: The successful candidate leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve surveillance outcomes. The successful candidate must work with others to encourage diverse views and ideas to flourish.
Salary: $3,472.34- $4,609.18 bi-weekly (Approximately $90,619 - $120,294 per annum). Closing Date: February 27, 2017. Job ID # 1040536.
This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across government at the same or lower classification.
Final candidates may be asked to undergo a security screening.
Apply at www.jobs.alberta.ca . All applicants will be required to complete pre-screening questions at the time of submitting your application. These questions will be used as part of the screening process.
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education and experience. Your resume will be used as a screening tool.
Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith.Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/iqas. It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
If you have any questions, please contact our HR office at 780.644.8315.
We thank all candidates for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
Although this competition is closing on February 27, 2017, please continue to check jobs.alberta.ca for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.
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