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Spring/Summer 2015 newsletter

Fri, September 11, 2015

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  • Halifax Regional School Board

    The Health and Abilities Specialist plays the lead role in case management of employees on short term sick leave and long term disability, including the development of return to work plans and accommodations, and supports supervisory staff and employees with attendance management, disability case management and sick leave absences. The Health and Abilities Specialist is responsible for developing and evaluating policies, processes, and programs that promote an attendance management service that supports employees in maintaining regular attendance at work.

    Qualifications:
    (a) University degree in a related field such as human resources, occupational health, rehabilitation studies or acceptable equivalent;
    (b) Experience working with health care professionals, insurers, unions, and other third party service providers;
    (c) Minimum three (3) years recent experience in the field of case management, preferably in a unionized environment;
    (d) Experience in a leadership role considered an asset;
    (e) Strong computer skills and proficiency using MS Office.

    Salary: This is a PEG (Professional Employees Group) position with a salary range from $58,799.34 to 77,174.14 on the NCR 8 scale.

    Please refer to job description for further details.

    The Halifax Regional School Board values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from African Nova-Scotians and other members of racially visible communities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and women in non-traditional roles. Applicants from these designated groups wishing to self identify may do so by completing the Diversity Management section under the Questionnaire heading in the online resume.

    Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Employment with the Halifax Regional School Board is contingent upon providing a satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Search.

     

    Title

    Health and Abilities Specialist– Human Resource Services

    Scope of Responsibilities

    The Health and Abilities Specialist plays the lead role in case management of employees on short term sick leave and long term disability, including the development of return to work plans and accommodations, and supports supervisory staff and employees with attendance management, disability case management and sick leave absences. The Health and Abilities Specialist will liaise with supervisory staff, treatment providers, Long Term Disability carriers and unions to effectively manage claims for employees (teaching and non-teaching) who become ill during the course of their employment. The Health and Abilities Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating policies, processes and programs that promote an attendance management service that supports employees in maintaining regular attendance at work. Working in a client service based environment, the Health and Abilities Specialist reports directly to the Coordinator, Human Resource Services.

    Competencies Required

    The Health and Abilities Specialist shall have the following competencies:

    (a) The ability to apply best practices and effectively manage an employee illness and abilities caseload;

    (b) The ability to use functional abilities assessments and assessments of cognitive demands/abilities;

    (c) The expertise to match functional abilities with position demands to identify the need for modification or other accommodations;

    (d) The ability to critically analyze functional assessments and treatment plans in order to ensure accuracy and thoroughness of information upon which to make decisions impacting accommodations and employee fitness for work;

    (e) The ability to apply best practices and reasonable standards in the design and delivery of effective attendance management programs;

    (f) The ability to maintain client records in an efficient manner using automated client management systems;

    (g) The ability to consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize employee wellness;

    (h) The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of labour laws and legislation affecting the management of employees in a unionized environment;

    (i) The ability to apply strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills;

    (j) The ability to apply knowledge, experience and commitment in the areas of race relations, cross cultural understanding, human rights and diversity;

    (k) The ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills in developing and maintaining positive relationships with employees, unions and third party providers;

    (l) The ability to apply effective oral and written communication;

    (m) The ability to develop training programs coupled with effective presentation skills;

    (n) The ability to work and communicate effectively within the Halifax Regional School Board, with schools, students, parents, community members and external groups such as third party health care providers and government agencies;

    (o) The ability to maintain, in strictest confidence, information received concerning confidential matters such as labour relations legal issues, staffing & recruiting, performance management and any other information deemed to be of a confidential nature;

    (p) The ability to utilize current technologies such as Microsoft Office and electronic client management systems;

    (q) The desire and ability to engage in continuing education and professional development.

    Qualifications

    (a) University degree in a related field such as human resources, occupational health, rehabilitation studies or acceptable equivalent;

    (b) Experience working with health care professionals, insurers, unions, and other third party service providers;

    (c) Minimum three (3) years recent experience in the field of case management and/or attendance management, preferably in a unionized environment;

    (d) Experience in a leadership role considered an asset;

    (e) Strong computer skills and proficiency using MS Office.

    Specific Job Components

    The Health and Abilities Specialist shall perform tasks as assigned by the Coordinator, Human Resource Services. These tasks may vary, from time to time, with the evolution of the organization and may include but not be limited by the following:

    (a) Plays the lead role in case management of employees on short term sick leave and long term disability including monitoring assessments, referrals and accommodation actions;

    (b) Supervises the Claims Administrator and ensures procedures are carried out in a timely and efficient manner;

    (c) Designs and develops return to work plans that are responsive to organizational needs and adhere to applicable labour legislation, including the Human Rights Act;

    (d) Develops return to work plans in conjunction with employee, employee’s treatment provider, supervisory staff and union representatives;

    (e) Educates and supports supervisory staff as well as employees with attendance management, disability case management procedures and collective agreement provisions pertaining to sick leave absences;

    (f) Closely follows an employee’s recovery to job readiness and advises and supports supervisory staff and human resources staff in the management of all absences;

    (g) Manages the health and abilities annual budget;

    (h) Regularly requests medical documentation and attendance leave management transaction forms to be completed and submitted appropriately;

    (i) Oversees time loss records and documents all discussions and actions for cases under active management;

    (j) Gathers necessary medical documentation to support all requests for medical accommodations on both a temporary and permanent basis;

    (k) Maintains appropriate communication and good employee relations with employees throughout the absence;

    (l) Reviews all information provided by the employee seeking the Board to purchase alternate tools, equipment or furniture as a medical accommodation under the Human Rights Act;

    (m) Examines absence data and performs trend analysis to help determine scope of absenteeism within the organization;

    (n) Researches best practices, current trends, changes and developments in legislation to ensure effective attendance related policies, procedures and processes;

    (o) Develops and provides education materials and educational sessions regarding the attendance management process to supervisors and employees;

    (p) Utilizes Microsoft Office, SAP and the in-house electronic client management system to regularly analyze absence records, claims data, and provide information and reports to LTD, other insurance providers and managers;

    (q) Works collaboratively with Workplace Injury Specialist to ensure efficiency and consistency in the claims management model;

    (r) Develops and maintains strong relationships with internal and external clients including HRSB staff, unions, and insurance and care providers;

    (s) Advises supervisory staff and employees on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize employee wellness;

    (t) Other duties as assigned


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