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Manager, Compliance and Risk Assessment

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 19, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $74,918 - $93,647 - Annual
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Manager, Compliance and Risk Assessment

Posting ID : 11648
Apply By : 3/31/2020
Position Title : Manager, Compliance and Risk Assessment
Department : Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director, Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Manager, Compliance and Risk Management.

Reporting to the Director, Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM), the Manager, Compliance and Risk Assessment, has primary responsibility for the overall design, implementation and maintenance of the health and safety risk management system, compliance and incident management programs.

This position provides leadership, sets standards and develops plans and processes to ensure the effective delivery of services and programs to support risk and threat assessment; emergency management and response; workplace violence prevention; and compliance culture.

Manages the University’s environmental, health, safety and risk management system and supporting injury prevention programs. Ensures a relevant framework and infrastructure for supporting due diligence within the internal responsibility system, in a manner that advances innovation and progress of the mission and priorities of the University and its institutional regulatory obligations in the major University-wide areas of safety compliance, off-campus activities and research.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise and support to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments.

Positions that report to the Manager, Compliance and Risk Assessment are: Lead, WSIB Programs and Risk Control and Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer.

Accountabilities :

Specific duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Occupational Health and Safety Management System

  • Develops, implements, and maintains an EHS management system for the University in collaboration with the Manager, EHS
  • Monitors and communicates to applicable stakeholders any changes to provincial and federal legislation
  • Analyze data, i.e. safety indicators, make recommendations and report to Director, SHERM
  • Uses best practices to support stakeholders in developing a safety culture with focus on prevention practices
  • Organizes and conducts internal health and safety audits, confirming conformance with the requirements of the EHS management system
  • Develops and maintains job hazard analyses for all positions at the University in collaboration with department management

Risk Management and Assessment

  • Conducts risk assessments to assess and/or mitigate risks; independently or in collaboration with department management, as applicable
  • Provides critical assessment of existing research safety programs, processes, and procedures
  • Provides leadership with respect to implementation, training and maintenance of the safety programs at all campuses
  • Ensures risk and hazards are accurately and appropriately identified, assessed and corrective actions/controls are in place to mitigate and control risks
  • Works closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure health and safety compliance within and outside the University
  • Develops the health and safety risk management program in the areas of student experience, off-campus activities, on-campus events, research, and other University special projects or initiatives


  • Conducts audits of policy and compliance to standards, including liaison with the Internal Auditor
  • Establishes compliance performance indicators in collaboration with SHERM’s management
  • Performs compliance audits with contractors in collaboration with Manager, EHS
  • Ensures the compliance program is reviewed on a regular basis
  • Reviews the overall effectiveness of the compliance program at least annually
  • Provides input where compliance is factored into employee performance appraisal process in consultation with the Director, SHERM


  • Develops and implements effective marketing and communication strategies, policies and programs to enhance the University’s engagement in supporting safety and responsibilities including to meet legal obligations outlined in the internal responsibility system in conjunction with SHERM’s management
  • Provides support, education and training to employees to build risk awareness
  • Participates in the emergency management planning process
  • Provides oversight as needed to staff in developing and implementing programs in health and safety, and workers’ compensation
Qualifications :
    • University degree in Health and Safety or risk management or a related field and a minimum of 5-7 years of related work experience.
    • Minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership in compliance, risk management, or auditing, with experience in multiple areas preferred.
    • Must have a comprehensive knowledge of EHS management systems and principles of integrated risk management and due diligence; interpretation and application of related international, federal and provincial legislation, standards and regulatory regimes.
    • Knowledge of or previous work experience in emergency planning and preparedness is preferred.
    • Knowledge of or previous work experience in WSIB is preferred.
    • Experience and competence in assessing and writing policy and regulatory requirements, as well as in the methods and procedures for ensuring compliance and reducing risk.
    • Have ability to engage diverse community in a collaborative and deliverables-driven system to meet institutional compliance goals.
    • Must have ability to work as a leader and as a member of a team, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrate leadership ability including team building, supervisory and training skills and have a consultative management style.
    • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.
    • Have ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically both verbally and in writing with faculty, staff and students.
    • Project management and supervisory experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, oral and presentation) skills
Grade : MG-2B
Salary : $74,918 – $93,647
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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