Director, Safety & Community Services
Calgary, AB
At the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), we are the shapers. The makers. The originals, driven by a passion for excellence and results that count. We offer action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with partners from around the world. We are a global leader in applied education, an Alberta Top Employer and a destination workplace empowering people to make a difference in the lives of students. Now is an exciting time to join this one-of-a-kind place … SAIT.

The Director of Safety and Community Services will provide strategic direction and leadership for the overall administration and coordination of the Safety and Security programs for SAIT inclusive of security, public safety, and emergency management.
Reporting to the CFO and Vice President Corporate Services, the Director oversees a growing team of safety, emergency management, and security personnel. Reporting into the Director is a Manager, Safety and Emergency Services, and the Director will have responsibility for a team of approximately 10.
This role is intended to achieve the goal of a safe and secure campus environment for everyone in the SAIT community. The Director works in collaboration with all departments and faculties, collaborates with student leaders, staff, faculty and all campus constituents in setting the overall tone for safety and campus security.
The Director will maintain a high degree of visibility and engagement throughout the SAIT campus and surrounding community, assisting the Executive Management Council and OHS data and end of the year COR report. The Director monitors and responds to campus incidents involving safety and security matters and direct campus emergency procedures, providing leadership during emergency events. Additionally, the Director will develop and maintain relationships with local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

All interested candidates must contact:
Allan Nelson / Heather Fookes at Leaders International

Phone: (403) 263-0600 or Email:

Job Description

Oversees, manages, coordinates and maintains HS&E programs, systems and controls to better monitor and report on HS&E issues required by various federal, provincial and municipal regulatory agencies.
Coordinates with provincial and municipal environmental regulatory agencies to assure timely reporting, regulatory compliance, tracking, and implementation of corrective action plans regarding conditions and non-conformance/compliance.
Provides expertise and knowledge SAIT-wide regarding environmental health and safety procedures and technical specifications to develop and implement new procedures and practices when needed.
Attends special events as needed to support the overall mission of HS&E.
Confers, develops, and maintains close and cooperative communication and working relationships with the Facilities Management department and other academic and non-academic units.
Participates as a member of the HS&E 24-hour Emergency Response Team and meets all necessary obligations to respond to hazardous material releases or contamination emergencies.
Manages, communicates and maintains appropriate quality control systems to inspect, monitor, and manage all labs and hazardous material storage area, working closely with facility managers, project managers, lab personnel, and/or contractors as needed.
Reviews research protocols and operational procedures to correct any unsafe lab procedure or hazardous material use, storage or disposal.
Prepares the HS&E annual budget, including tracking and controlling all expenditures within assigned budget areas.
Works within Capital Program to provide leadership and program management oversight of capital efforts to equip schools with assets necessary to ensure the safety of instructors and students.
Identifies, evaluates, recommends and implements HS&E policies, departmental work procedures and HS&E industry best practices.
Evaluates contracts, leases, MOUs, research proposals, purchase procedures, and similar documents to identify exposures and potential risks related to environmental compliance, health and safety.
Interacts with deans, director and department heads and others to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and provincial and municipal regulations and SAIT safety policies.
Provides operational compliance oversight in all matters related to workplace safety, accident and injury prevention, occupational health, student and employee wellness, environmental compliance, environmental sustainability, facilities safety, and
laboratory safety, and enforces corrective actions for non-compliance.
Participates and/or leads institution-wide committees and work groups tasked with matters related to operational compliance, environmental, health and safety, or as otherwise assigned by SAIT.
Participates in strategic planning and accreditation aspects of appropriate academic schools, centers, institutes, and departments, as it pertains to environmental, health and safety and infrastructure operations.
Performs essential duties in any emergencies such as storms, and/or any other SAIT emergency closing. Is expected to be available to report to work as needed during SAIT emergency closing.
Using detailed analysis, provides strategic oversight in the development of programs and training initiatives that enhance health, safety and loss prevention.

Leadership Competencies:
Proactive Leader: Design and execute plans and actions that create a strong health and safety culture. Encourage new ideas. Understand and assess how change impacts stakeholders and develop appropriate strategies.
Communication & Influence: Ability to effectively communicate and get buy-in from diverse stakeholders. Engages and influences. Anticipates potential reactions and adapts successfully.
Coach & Develop: Builds a strong team. Facilitate staff development and encourage individuals to be personally accountable for their development. Foster an environment of engagement. Support and prepare staff for performing in high stress situations.Responsible Decision Making: Ability to make decisions with incomplete or contradictory data with a focus on outcomes. Recognizes underlying issues. Manage debate and challenge others to make timely decisions. Ability to make recommendations on various topics, detailed, controversial, simple or complex.
Strategic Mindset: Create strategies and partnerships that realize the vision and develop the organization’s image. Consider the projected direction, future developments, and trends of industry and SAIT.
Confident and Connected: Able to network effectively with business, industry and HS&E leaders. A skilled collaborator that easily connects with people. Ability to relate to a wide variety of people and to observe, listen, motivate, and provide

A master’s degree in occupational or environmental health and safety. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Professional designation from the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and/or Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists is preferred.
Minimum 10 years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility in the field of occupational health and safety and environment.
Five or more years in a leadership role in a large complex organization, dealing with budgets and business planning.
Knowledge of OHS act, investigation procedures, public safety training, life safety programs and operations.
Ability to train, plan and implement the OHS Act requirements.
Demonstrated ability to design and implement short- and long-range objectives.
Ability to manage critical incidents successfully.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including the ability to effectively communicate during crisis situations.
Why Work at SAIT

Enjoy a stimulating work environment, a beautiful campus overlooking downtown Calgary and a great benefits package including: comprehensive health and dental coverage, a defined benefit pension plan, professional development programs, generous paid time off, free access to our Wellness Centre, transit subsidies and more.

Why Work at SAIT


All applications should be made through our online system.

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Conditions of Employment
In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, all applicants to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology must complete and pass a police security clearance before employment is confirmed. Employment is conditional until a satisfactory police security clearance is obtained and confirmed. Employment with SAIT will not commence until the results have been provided and confirmed.

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