Disability Management Professional

Are you a professional in human resources or health care with experience in disability management, rehabilitation and/or return to work practices? We have a temporary opportunity for fifteen months for a disability management professional to help manage our employees’ health-related absences from work, including absences that arise out of occupational or non-occupational illness or injury. Your responsibilities will include the ongoing management of sick leave, WorkSafeBC claims and long term disability claims to provide early, appropriate, and on-going support to maintain an employee’s connection with the workplace and/or to return to work in a safe and timely manner.

In this role, you’ll work in partnership with WorkSafeBC employees, human resources professionals, managers, return-to-work coordinators, and health care providers to promote a safe, accessible, and healthy workplace. You will be part of a team encouraging health promotion and employee wellness and helping to reduce the cost of sick, long term disability, and WorkSafeBC leaves.

What you’ll do
As the manager, Disability Health you will:

  • Work as a part of a team whose focus is on consulting, guiding, and motivating clients, often who have physical and mental health issues, to achieve return to work and treatment goals
  • Communicate opportunities, alternatives, and recommendations for the resolution of health-related absences from work
  • Contribute to designing, building, and promoting a safe, accessible, and healthy workplace
  • Educate, introduce, and leverage best practices around return to work, disability management, and rehabilitation to a variety of audiences
  • Gather and analyze information and, in accordance with the language of a collective agreement’s policies and guidelines, make defensible decisions that may have a negative impact

Is this a good fit for you?
We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Communicate clearly and empathetically with clients in situations which include confidential and sensitive issues
  • Exercise discretion, tact, and judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Establish and maintain objective professional relationships with employees, managers, and union representatives in situations that may be adversarial and sensitive
  • Independently plan, prioritize and manage a complex and diverse caseload while dealing with changing priorities

Your experience and educational background:

  • A university degree in a related discipline such as disability management, health sciences, human resources, kinesiology, nursing or occupational therapy
  • A minimum of five years of experience in disability management, rehabilitation, and/or return to work practices
  • Experience managing an operation, mentoring, coaching, and motivating employees, and understanding business needs at a management level is preferred
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Who are we?
At WorkSafeBC, we’re dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers compensation system for today and future generations. We’re honoured to serve the almost 2.3 million workers and 210,000 employers in our province.

What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?
It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important and so are the people we do it for.

Our benefits
Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package may include vacation, optional leave arrangements, health care and dental benefits, and contributions toward a defined benefit pension plan. As a member of our team, you'll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life. Learn more about what we offer.

We’re an inclusive and accessible employer, committed to employment equity objectives, and we invite applications from all qualified individuals. Please note that this position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

To apply
Visit our career page at and select Current Opportunities to submit a resume and cover letter that details your characteristics, accomplishments, and prior work experience related to the requirements for the position. We can only accept applications submitted through our website.

Application deadline: January 4, 2018

Thank you, in advance, for applying. Unfortunately, we’re only able to contact those whose applications we will be pursuing further.

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