Senior Lead, Workplace Wellbeing Strategies

UBC Sauder - Vancouver, BC (25 days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Human Resources

Classification Title:
Human Resources, Level D

Business Title:
Senior Lead, Workplace Wellbeing Strategies

VP Human Resources

HR-Health,Wellbeing & Benefits

Salary Range:
$82,302.00 (minimum) - $102,877.00 (midpoint) - $128,597.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:


Desired Start Date:

Funding Type:
Budget Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Senior Lead, Workplace Wellbeing Strategies provides leadership and management of strategic workplace wellbeing and systemic change initiatives as part of the Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits unit, and strategic projects within Total Compensation, with broad-reaching influence across the University. The Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits unit advocates, promotes, implements, and leads strategic, University-wide workplace wellbeing actions, shifting workplace practices, initiatives, and benefit plans that support the UBC Strategic Plan, Wellbeing Strategic Framework, the UBC Focus on People strategy, Inclusion Action Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan, and the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges that supports a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant workplace where all people, places, and communities can flourish.

The Senior Lead, Workplace Wellbeing Strategies works closely with the Director, Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits (HWB) and team members across HWB, Total Compensation, and UBC Wellbeing. The Senior Lead provides leadership and management towards the achievement of innovative and integrated approaches to workplace wellbeing strategies and ensuring unit operations align with the strategic goals of the portfolio and UBC. This includes developing project proposals and partnerships, program and project planning, comprehensive assessment design and implementation, assessment and evaluation of outcome measures, identifying and recommending new and innovative approaches, and providing managerial oversight to cross-functional strategic plans, projects, policies, processes, and initiatives. The Senior Lead fosters effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and oversees operational support functions for the unit, including supervising the Workplace Wellbeing Specialist and Associate.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Director, Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits, and works collaboratively with other internal and external stakeholders, including those in the Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits unit, Workplace Health Services, other HR portfolios, the VP Students portfolio, UBC Wellbeing, and within faculties, departments and administrative units. Liaises externally with other health and wellbeing professionals, consultants, and/or service providers.

Work Performed

Leads workplace wellbeing strategies, initiatives, assessments, projects, planning, and strategic reporting activities to align to and achieve priorities and desired outcomes of UBC's organizational and mid-level strategic plans and frameworks in an integrated manner. Leads related strategic projects in Total Compensation.

Leads the development and implementation of workplace wellbeing strategies, including leading and facilitating cross-functional team members in the design of approaches, service and program assessment resulting in new and innovative shifts in workplace practices, programs and services for faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, leaders, managers, and workplaces. Includes embedding wellbeing in a broad range of workplace strategies, such as: performance reviews, performance objectives, leadership development, competency pay practices/frameworks, orientations, onboarding, policies, practices, and procedures.

Engages and influences leaders and stakeholders in units across the VP HR portfolio, Faculties, units, and departments to adopt and integrate approaches and practices to embed workplace wellbeing in plans.

Oversees the co-development, ongoing monitoring, and assessment of the effectiveness of a Workplace Wellbeing dashboards in Workday that builds capacity and enables portfolio and unit-level leaders, managers, and supervisors to plan, take action, and measure success of workplace wellbeing strategies.

Manages third-party health and workplace wellbeing providers through identification, recommendation, evaluation, and in accordance to services standards and adherence of contract terms for the effective provision of quality of services and programming. Oversees third-party vendor audits and leads request for proposal processes.

Leads the planning and facilitation of community engagement at UBC to develop insights and engagement in the design of existing, new, and innovative health and wellbeing approaches to ensure alignment and resonance with community members.

Leads the preparation of grant applications and funding proposals to support Health, Wellbeing, and Benefits strategic initiatives. Ensures successful proposals and grants are implemented and evaluated as per proposal/grant agreements. Works in collaboration with UBC researchers to manage collaborative research projects and ensure integrity of research ethics, as necessary.
Manages projects and directs cross-functional teams from feasibility analysis through to planning, implementation, and evaluation. Develops detailed project plans including scope, design, budget, communications, schedule, performance measurements, and project team responsibilities. Monitors and reports on progress.

Manages and oversees the workflow of a team of professional and support staff, including coaching and managing staff performance and providing training and development opportunities.

Cultivates, builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders.

Develops policies and practices that promote wellbeing.

Leads or participates as a member of University committees, task forces, and other related initiatives as required.

Participates in relevant internal and external networks.

Writes formal reports, including applications for funding.

Performs other related duties as required.

Supervision Received

Works under direction within board objectives. Exercises considerable independent judgment and initiative in addressing complex issues related to strategic projects and operational matters. Keeps the Director informed of actions through reports and discussions.

Supervision Given

Manages a small operational support team including the Workplace Wellbeing Specialist and Workplace Wellbeing Associate. Manages projects and directs the work of consultants, student employees and other HR professionals as required. Provides consultation and coaching to other staff to build their understanding, knowledge, and capacity related to workplace wellbeing.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Inadequate workplace wellbeing actions, shifts in practices, and initiatives could result in lost opportunity to help prevent or reduce the negative impact of psychological and physical illness in faculty, and staff including reduced psychological health and safety in workplace environments, which in turn may affect absenteeism, disability, turnover and lost productivity. Errors in judgment could have operational implications, resulting in financial repercussions for the University and a loss of credibility related to UBC's commitment to Wellbeing and organizational priorities in supporting a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant workplace where all people, places, and communities can flourish.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master's degree preferred (e.g., Educational Psychology, Behavioural Sciences, Organizational Development, and/or Adult Education), supplemented by Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, or within a year of PMP certification. Minimum of seven to eight years of related experience and 3 years in area of specialization or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferably in a large organization, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Human Resources Advisory or Generalist, or Organizational Development experience an asset.

Proven skills in leadership, strategic planning, and operational project management in a complex work environment.

Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of the legislative environment impacting workplaces, issues that impact wellbeing both in and outside the workplace, and actions or initiatives that support workplace wellbeing.

Experience in developing, managing, supporting and evaluating programs.

Ability to create, develop, implement and evaluate complex programs and projects, while paying attention to the local context, unique client needs, and needs of the institution.

Highly effective interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders including colleagues, academic and administrative leaders, practitioners, and staff.

Demonstrates a strong personal commitment to removing barriers preventing the inclusion of marginalized groups, works respectfully and embraces working with students, staff and faculty who hold a range of worldviews. Takes initiative to learn about issues relating to equity and inclusion and actively embeds this learning in their work.

Effective facilitation and coaching skills.

Ability to manage staff and financial resources effectively.

Ability to exercise a high level of diplomacy, tact and discretion when working with information of a confidential or sensitive nature and in dealing with various levels of senior administration and external agencies.
Ability to adapt to changing priorities, take initiative, work under pressure and meet deadlines within allocated time and resources.

Ability to take initiative and work independently and collaboratively within a team and with others.

Experience leading and managing programs, projects, and people towards clear and defined outcomes, while demonstrating the ability to adapt and change in the face of new information.

Commitment to personal learning, development and improvement in pursuit of own objectives and those of the team and organization.

Intermediate to Advanced level computer experience required (Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint and PowerPoint).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.