Human Resources / Safety Advisor – City of Port Alberni

6 July 2023

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City of Port Alberni 

Human Resources / Safety Advisor

The City of Port Alberni is a community of over 18,000 people. Located centrally on Vancouver Island, we are a well-serviced and growing municipality that offers residents affordable west coast living, as well as proximity to oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains.

The City of Port Alberni is currently looking for a Human Resources / Safety Advisor to join a progressive and dynamic organization that provides a full range of programs and services to taxpayers. This position reports to the Director of Human Resources.

Key Responsibilities:
This position is responsible for supporting the delivery of the City’s human resources and occupational health and safety functions including:

  • Providing advice, support and assistance to all City departments regarding a broad range of human resource matters
  • Leading and supporting staffing-related functions including identifying staffing needs, leading full-cycle recruitment initiatives, developing and implementing creative recruitment solutions
  • Supporting the development, implementation and maintenance of human resource and occupational health and safety programs, policies, standards and practices
  • Assisting managers in resolving employee and labour relations inquiries, grievances or issues in accordance with applicable collective agreement provisions, policies and/or legislation
  • Coordinating the City’s occupational health and safety program, promoting and supporting health and safety in the workplace, and acting as a resource for all safety initiatives for the City
  • Advising staff on relevant legislation and regulations, programs, procedures and best practises
  • Supporting various safety processes including hazard assessments, safety inspections and investigations, and developing safe work procedures
  • Maintaining the City’s WorkSafeBC Certificate of Recognition (COR) program and conducting internal audits as required

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Completion of a degree or diploma in Human Resource Management or a related field. A certificate in Occupational Health and Safety would be an asset.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ related experience in human resource management and/or safety administration, preferably in a unionized environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and directly related experience may be considered.
  • A sound knowledge of human resource management and occupational health and safety principles, best practices and applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and research skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative and self-direction; ability to multi-task and prioritize a high volume of work.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete OFA Level 1 and CPR-C/AED certifications, as well as the Certified Internal Auditor certification (BC Municipal Safety Association) within 6 months.

This is an exempt position. A competitive salary is offered in addition to a comprehensive benefit package and a flex-day work schedule. Interested candidates may apply by forwarding a resume and cover letter by 4:30 pm on July 31, 2023:

Attention:         Human Resources
By mail:            City of Port Alberni, 4850 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V8
By email:

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.