Workplace Wellbeing Strategist (4671)

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Workplace Wellbeing Strategist
Organization:  The University of British Columbia
Province:  British Columbia
Location:  Vancouver
Job Start Date:  26-Jun-2017

Are you an experienced Workplace Wellbeing Strategist looking to grow your career with a world-class institution? If so, we would love to hear from you. Consistently ranked as one of B.C.’s top employers, The University of British Columbia offers an exceptional work environment, career progression opportunities, and a competitive compensation package. We are dedicated to creating the best possible environment for learning and research in the safest, simplest, and most sustainable and efficient way. Take the first step towards a rewarding career by applying to the Workplace Wellbeing Strategist position today.


The Workplace Wellbeing Strategist is a role with broad-reaching influence across the University and is responsible for advocating, promoting and leading strategic, University-wide workplace wellbeing actions or initiatives that support the UBC Strategic Plan, the UBC Focus on People strategy, and the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges to create an outstanding work environment and a sustainable, healthy workplace.

The position engages strategically, collaboratively and through inquiry with senior leaders and stakeholders in diverse portfolios across the institution, advocates for the physical and mental wellbeing of faculty and staff, influences organizational strategies and priorities related to workplace wellbeing, and promotes opportunities and actions that reinforce the University's mission, values, and culture and recognize that individual health practices as well as the social, physical and psychological environment are important factors that collectively contribute to each faculty and staff member's personal success and positive contribution, and ensures the University is a healthy, safe and supportive place to work.



Leads, advocates for, promotes, and influences strategic, cohesive and comprehensive University-wide workplace wellbeing actions and initiatives in partnership with faculties, departments and administrative units that ensure faculty and staff benefit from a physically and psychologically safe and healthy work environment and have access to opportunities to adopt healthy and productive lifestyle practices and coping skills. Educates leadership and managers on the factors that influence and promote wellbeing in the workplace.

Oversees a systematic and coordinated evaluation of the wellbeing of the University's workplace to identify trends and psychosocial risk factors that have a negative impact on the work environment, analyzes the root causes and creates an integrated and collaborative approach to developing plans and/or new actions or initiatives based on those findings. Monitors and evaluates outcomes to ensure effectiveness of actions of initiatives.

Guides the project definition and management of wellbeing actions or initiatives, ensures projects are effectively resourced and executed with the right people at the right time, manages relationships with a wide range of project contributors, oversees the work of consultants, allocates resources, and ensures delivery of projects on time and on budget.

Identifies and recommends organizational priorities, strategies, and themes related to developing a sustainable and healthy workplace at the faculty, administrative unit and department level under FOP's Outstanding Work Environment, the UBC Strategic Plan, the UBC Wellbeing Action Frameworks, and the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges. Collaborates with the Workplace Engagement and Learning Team, UBC Wellbeing and HWB colleagues to analyse Workplace Experiences Survey results and other internal and external data to inform recommendations.

Develops reports and presentations related to workplace wellbeing for multiple audiences and stakeholders, including UBC's Board of Governors and executive team.

Advises HR leadership and colleagues across the University on strategic priorities that enhance the mental health and wellbeing of faculty and staff and support a physically and psychologically safe work environment.

Leads marketing/tendering processes for external vendor resources and services related to wellbeing, including managing contracts and relationships for the effective provision wellbeing resources and services.

Works closely with the University's internal communications team to ensure alignment between UBC's workplace wellbeing strategies and the University's internal communications strategy.

Develops, manages and monitors related budgets, adhering to financial guidelines, ensuring value for money and acting as appropriate within delegated authorities.

Develops and monitors metrics, measurement and feedback mechanisms to ensure objectives are achieved.

Sources and responds to award opportunities that bring recognition to UBC's workplace wellbeing actions and initiatives and other reputational opportunities. Leads the completion of award applications in collaboration with UBC colleagues.

Leads wellbeing planning and implementation in collaboration with HR colleagues for the VP HR portfolio.

Performs other related duties as required


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of five to seven years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience conceptualizing, planning, leading, and implementing successful workplace wellbeing strategies and plans in a large complex organisation. Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of the issues that impact wellbeing in the workplace and outside the workplace and actions or initiatives that support workplace wellbeing.

Human Resources Advisory or Generalist experience an asset. Demonstrated experience in managing projects, meeting deadlines and resolving unexpected and/or ambiguous situations or issues. Proven strategic, big picture thinker with strong "business acumen" and understanding of complexities within large organisations. Ability to build effective relationships. Proven ability to influence others across and at all levels of the organisation. Ability to analyse and understand workplace data and develop compelling and authentic workplace narratives that inform organisational decision-making and priority setting. Ability to lead, manage, and develop others. Experience delivering influential change management actions and communications. Facilitation and coaching skills. A thorough and analytical approach to planning and managing projects. Excellent organisation and time management skills. Commitment to personal learning, development and improvement in pursuit of own objectives and those of the team and organisation. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to make effective presentations. Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

To view the complete job description and to apply for the Workplace Wellbeing Strategist position, please visit (Job ID #26390).

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We look forward to hearing from you!