The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest labour union with over 700,000 members across the country, with offices in more than 70 locations and an annual operating budget of over $200 million.

Applications are invited for the bilingual position of Senior Advisor, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) to work in the Human Resources Department at the National Office located in Ottawa, Ontario. If you meet the qualifications listed below, we invite you to email your resume and cover letter to our Human Resources department at:


Reporting to the Managing Director, Human Resources, the incumbent is responsible for planning, developing and managing the delivery of OHS advice and services which include: review of policies and programs; development, implementation and delivery of procedures and training; investigation of incidents, hazards and complaints.

Although this position has no formal supervisory responsibilities, the incumbent does provide functional direction and guidance to administrative support staff as part of the projects and activities that fall under their responsibility.

The incumbent also works closely with Labour Relations staff.


  • Plan, organize and manage the delivery of OHS advisory services by determining priorities, setting the agenda, planning, and assigning and coordinating special projects.
  • Ensure that CUPE is in compliance with all relevant legislation.
  • Maintain and ensure the integration and implementation of health and safety policies, programs, standards, and compliance plans.Research, develop and deliver awareness and education programs for CUPE managers and employees regarding OHS programs, policies, standards, and practices.
  • Provide support and technical advice on OHS issues to managers, supervisors, and the Health and Safety Committees.
  • Analyze the data collected from investigations and risk assessments to determine the underlying or root causes.
  • Prepare reports of findings and recommendations for short and long term solutions, required actions, mitigation measures and training.
  • Advise managers, supervisors and employees about safe work practices, and safety standards and regulations.
  • Recommend appropriate procedures and equipment for safety, and for compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to investigate, amongst others, emergencies, safety complaints, safety and environmental incidents, hazardous occurrences and work refusals.
  • Carry out other related tasks, as they are assigned.


  • University degree with specialization in occupational health and safety and/or experience equivalent to that usually acquired by the degree.
  • Recognized professional designation in safety or equivalent (i.e. Canadian Registered Safety Professional CRSP).
  • Five to seven years of practical experience dealing with health and safety issues, ideally in a union environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of Canadian occupational health and safety legislation, and current health and safety issues.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of federal and provincial health and safety legislation and regulations.
  • General knowledge of data analysis management and research skills.
  • Knowledge of CUPE’s political and organizational structures considered an asset.
  • Ability to:
    • communicate in both official languages at an above-average level, orally and in writing;
    • communicate effectively, respectfully and co-operatively;
    • build strong working relationships, provide organizational support and demonstrate leadership;
    • plan, organize and resolve problems in an effective manner;
    • manage projects while respecting budgets and deadlines;
    • preserve confidentiality;
    • negotiate and influence people;
    • of supervision in a high-pressure environment;
    • work with a high degree of accuracy;
    • use advanced Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn new software.


$111,423.93 to $114,951.20 (plus 7% bilingual bonus)


CUPE offers a significant benefits package including a superior Defined Benefits Pension Plan and an excellent Extended Health and Dental Care Plan, Prescription Drugs, Vision Care, Life Insurance, and Long Term Disability coverage.

*As part of its commitment to Employment Equity, CUPE encourages applications from qualified members of the five designated groups:  women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people and LGBTQ2+ people. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.