Executive Director, Health, Wellness, Safety and Ability Management, Island Health

British Columbia

Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 860,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea, and mainland communities north of Powell River. With more than 27,000 staff and over 2,900 physician partners, 1,000 volunteers, and the dedicated support of foundations and auxiliaries, Island Health delivers a broad range of health services, including: public health services, primary health care, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, acute care in hospitals, and much more across a huge, geographically diverse region.


The Executive Director, Health, Wellness, Safety, and Ability Management, is a pivotal role at Island Health. As the incumbent, you will be responsible for overseeing Occupational Health, Safety & Prevention, Disability Management, and provincial responsibilities within the OHS directorate. Additionally, you will serve as the senior leader at the Provincial Safety Agency. Your duties will include providing senior leadership for the provincial workplace health call centre, safety and prevention, and absence and ability management. This encompasses managing Accommodation and Health and Wellness programs, as well as processes that foster healthy work environments, facilitate the safe return to work of employees from disability claims, and prevent injuries. This is an opportunity to drive significant process and culture change, enterprise wide, for one of BCs largest and top rated employers.


As the ideal candidate, you bring relevant credentials such as a Master’s degree in occupational health, Business Administration or related discipline along with extensive leadership experience in Health, Occupational Safety and Prevention obtained in large multi-union environments. You bring sound knowledge of contemporary and best practice approaches in injury prevention and occupational health and wellness with a track record of program and services leadership. You are passionate about transforming safety culture and creating healthy work environments. You build high-performance cultures, supporting diverse teams to deliver on change mandates. A relationship builder, you bring superior leadership and development skills to the team demonstrating the LEADS capabilities of Leads Self, Engages Others, Achieves Results, Develops Coalitions and supports Systems Transformation. If you're a seasoned professional with a passion for promoting health and safety in the workplace, this is an opportunity to make a meaningful impact with Island Health.


To explore this opportunity further in confidence, please submit your resume and letter of interest to Sarah Shaikh at sarah.shaikh@odgersberndtson.com or online.


Island Health is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Island Health throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.


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