PASS 182 – Disability Management Officer – (Non-Occupational)
Since 1855, schools within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board have given witness to the truth that Jesus Christ is the foundation and the heart of Catholic Education and the centre of its community. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board provides academic and co-curricular excellence within a Christ centred learning environment to 28,000 JK – Grade 12 students at 56 schools throughout the city of Hamilton. Central to our vibrant and student focused system, is our vision of the child as uniquely created in the image of God. This commitment is expressed and realized in our Mission which is:
“In union with our Bishop, is to enable all learners to realize the fullness of humanity of which our Lord Jesus Christ is the model.”
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is committed to creating an appropriate and challenging learning environment:
- in which members of the school community exemplify the teachings of Jesus Christ;
- which reflects Gospel values and responsible use of human, financial and natural resources; and, which promotes academic and co-curricular excellence.
Date of Appointment: As soon as possible
Reporting to: Senior Manager of Labour/Employee Relations
The Disability Management (DM) Officer is responsible for implementing the Disability Management Program (all injured or ill employees), while ensuring compliance with applicable legislation. The DM Officer must exercise considerable independent judgment, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external contacts.
Description: Duties include but are not limited to:
- Claims Management – monitors STD (short term disability) sick leave, LTD (Long term disability) and WSIB claims
- Researches, analyzes information/data, prepares and presents-arguments with facts and rationale as required to dispute a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claim or appeal a WSIB decision
- Manages caseloads for employee in various stages of absence continuum
- Manage claims in collaboration with WSIB to ensure resolutions and closure of active claims.
- Communication – Assists senior management and HR staff in identifying needs, assessing, and understanding medical restrictions, communicates options to facilitate early, safe return to work (RTW) and stay at work (SAW) plans.
o Maintains contact with the employee and his/her Supervisor while participating in a RTW/SAW plan
o Develops and implements RTW plans, provides consultation on worksite accommodation, including investigating the need for ergonomic assessment and/or acquirement of assistive devices, if required.
o Outsource and/or contract services and equipment, when required.
o Maintains regular contact with WSIB, to ensure speedy resolution of active cases
o Liaison with WSIB/Health Professionals as needed i.e. Specialty Clinic Assessments, FAE providers
- Documentation – Reviews medical information and verifies that the documentation supports the medical reason for absence in relation to the demands of the job.
o Maintains confidential information as legally and ethically required.
- Return to Work – Determine issues to address when an employee returns to work.
o Assesses information received regarding an employee’s functional abilities and decides the appropriate intervention approach;
o Works with Supervisors and ill/injured employees to help identify accommodations to address physical and emotional needs, to make referrals, where applicable, to internal or external resources to ensure appropriate treatment is being sought, as per physician’s recommendations. Based on information obtained, formulates realistic rehabilitation goals, and provides support and counselling to ensure a successful RTW/SAW.
o Lead and facilitate RTW meetings with the employee, WSIB, LTD carrier, Union representatives, and Supervisors/Principals.
- Grievances/Appeals/Tribunals o Assist Senior Manager of Labour Relations and Labour Relations Officer by providing case material (specific to grieved action and background) and reviewing grievance responses related to DM
o Initiate a WSIB appeal by preparing comprehensive objection letters to appeal a decision and requesting access to file
o Coordinates the compiling of documentations such as witness reports statements in preparation for appeals, tribunals/responses to WSIB in review of questionable and complex cases.
Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in a DM related field with an equivalent combination of work experience.
Three (3) years’ experience in Disability Case Management, Workplace Accommodation and Rehabilitation. Excellent collaboration and negotiation skills
Experience in a unionized environment an asset.
Excellent communication skills in both oral and written.
Sound knowledge of legislated policies, employment standards and collective agreements.
Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize and successfully complete projects with conflicting deadlines and urgency.
90 Mulberry Street
Professional Administrative Support Staff (PASS 7)
($70,739.00 to $88,373.00)
Last date for consideration: July 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Applicants shall submit a resume and cover letter. Please include the full posting title within the subject line. Thank you to all applicants who submit their application. Please note only those applicants eligible for an interview will be contacted.
The HWCDSB is also an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If you are contacted regarding an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources (or the hiring manager) if you require an accommodation.
Reference ID: PASS 182
Application deadline: 2020-07-20
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $70,739.00 - $88,373.00 per year
- Disability Case Management, Workplace Accommodation & Rehab: 3 years (Required)