OHS Surveillance Scientist
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, programs and prevention initiatives. The work is closely linked with OHS Medical Services, OHS Policy and Legislation, and OHS Innovation and Strategic Priorities Units, as well as OHS Delivery. This is a new cutting edge area which will be leading the way in occupational disease prevention for other provinces and jurisdictions to follow.
Our team is also ...
- Dedicated to honouring commitments
- Inclusive in acknowledging and appreciating others
- Concerned for Alignment
- Prepared to provide and receive professional and personal constructive feedback
- Always working towards empowerment
... and most importantly, we have FUN!
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 occupational health surveillance 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.
The OHS Surveillance Scientist is part of a highly skilled team supporting 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 position supports 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. This position advises and supports Alberta OHS programs in decision making, compliance direction, policy development and prevention practices to eliminate occupational diseases and injuries, safeguard worker health and prevent injuries. The work being performed by this position is considered 'new' work for the province, with many unstructured aspects. This requires a high degree of leadership, problem solving, creativity, and project management skills.
Salary: $2,775.64 - $3,638.48 bi-weekly (approximately $72,444 - $94,964 annually). Closing Date: March 20, 2017. Job ID # 1040925.
Qualifications: Masters degree in Epidemiology or other related discipline (Occupational Hygiene, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, etc.), supplemented by two years of progressively responsible recent related experience, including epidemiology for surveillance. Educational equivalencies such as a Ph.D. in a related field; or a University graduation in a related field, supplemented by four years related experience may be considered.
- Experience using statistical software (i.e. SAS).
- Experience with project management, and/or a related Project management certification.
- Knowledge of occupational health and safety principles and practices.
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 bringing 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.
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.
Interviews are scheduled to take place on March 30, 2017.
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.
All applicants will be required to completed 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.
Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities: https://www.jobs.alberta.ca/pprofile/pp1040925.htm
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 March 20, 2017, please continue to check jobs.alberta.ca for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.
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