The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Full-time - Permanent

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Department of Facilities Management invites applications for the position of Safety Officer.

Classification: MPA, Level 3
Starting Salary: $56,141 per annum (Range: $56,141 to $68,304)
Start Date: ASAP

Application Process:

If you require an accommodation at any time during the application process, please let us know. Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on June 6, 2023.

What you'll do


Reporting to the Director of Facilities Management, the Safety Officer is responsible for the overall facilitation of Health & Safety as defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Act of Nova Scotia and will be the University Liaison with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. This includes overseeing legislative compliance and developing & delivering safety training to the University community. The Safety Officer will also be responsible for the overall facilitation of Fire Safety in accordance with the guidelines as laid out in the National Fire Code of Canada, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes, as well as the Nova Scotia Fire Safety Regulations. They will be the University liaison with the Halifax Fire Department and the Halifax Fire Prevention Office. This person is based in-person on campus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Finalize and maintain an Emergency Response Plan and work with critical departments to create and maintain Departmental Emergency Plans.
  • Conduct regular and regulatory safety audits and hazard assessments.
  • Design, implement, maintain and track safety and fire prevention training for all students, faculty and staff. Measure and report on the success of The University's Health and Safety Program.
  • Responsible for the promotion of an effective safety culture throughout the MSVU community.
  • Act as the University's resource person for Health and Safety and respond to emergencies as required.

What you'll need


Completion of a two-year Community College diploma with two years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience working in municipalities, academic institutions, school boards, and health authorities is considered an asset. Organizational ability and high level of attention to detail is a must in this position. Supporting all of these skills is a strong commitment to excellent customer service. Candidates should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and have an aptitude for, or previous experience, using business enterprise systems.

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Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us.