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Abilities Partner

August 4 2020
Categories HR, Training, Industrial psychology, Career transition, Reassignment, Health, Security, Disability, HR support
Mississauga, ON

Contract position, to January 31, 2021

As a Disability Management, Return to Work, Human Resources or similarly qualified professional with client-focused case management expertise, you welcome this opportunity to play a key role in facilitating the safe and early return to work of Peel District School Board (PDSB) employees.

Reporting to the Senior Partner, Abilities, Wellness & Attendance, you'll work within a team of Abilities Partners responsible for managing claims for staff that are absent from work due to non-occupational illness or injury, including attendance support concerns, as well as Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims for workplace injuries and/or industrial diseases. This will range from administering the Health Promotion Attendance Support Program, to establishing return-to-work programs and working closely with the WSIB, doctors, staff and unions/federations to ensure affected employees return to work in a safe and timely manner.

As an Abilities Partner, you'll maintain a claims management process that varies according to the history and complexity of the claim, and act as a resource to Superintendents, Principals and Supervisors, maintaining regular contact with absent employees and assisting them in identifying and implementing rehabilitation goals. Maintaining the confidentiality of all medical records and other case-related documentation is a daily requirement in this job, as you provide information to employees on the Abilities Management Program, review and provide statistical reports, and participate in the appeals process. This will include reviewing and preparing appeals materials and representing the Board up to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) level.


With a diploma or degree related to Human Resources, Legal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Public Policy, Disability Management Certificate/Diploma, Healthcare, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation or equivalent, related education, you have a solid foundation for success in this vital role.  As an Abilities Partner, you'll also put the following to work on a regular basis:

  • Three (3) to five (5) years' experience in human resources, case management, client-focused rehabilitation, occupational and/or non-occupational, attendance support, workplace accommodation and rehabilitative employment.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and monitoring early and safe return to work and/or attendance improvement programs.
  • Ability to adjust comfortably to the needs of diverse audiences (Superintendents, Managers, Health Care Professionals, Third Party Insurer Representatives, Staff and Union Representatives).
  • Demonstrated high degree of professionalism and ability to respond constructively to pressure, and emotional situations, and deal with conflicts or complaints.
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities, to enable effective interaction with employees, management, unions, third-party insurance carriers, and medical professionals on sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Excellent organization, time management, problem-solving and record-keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with constant demands, deadlines and interruptions.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills, with demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human resources practices and processes, collective agreements, School Board Policies and Procedures, and legislations specific to W.S.I.B, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Employment Standards Act, and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint).
  • A valid driver's licence and access to a reliable vehicle.

·       Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.


  • Professional designation such as, but not limited to: Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) or Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP/L), Human Resources Certificate, Disability Management Certificate/Diploma, Paralegal, or Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN).
  • Familiarity with Parklane.

Salary range: $74,041 - $92,553 per annum

To apply for the position of Abilities Partner, please complete an online application through Apply to Education. Your completed application package on Apply to Education must include your cover letter, resume and supporting educational credentials. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020.

The Peel District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Canada, with more than 155,000 students in 257 schools.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be interviewing selected candidates.

For the safety of students, successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal background check prior to the commencement of any employment duties. Recent changes made by the RCMP have resulted in significant processing delays for some candidates. You may wish to start the process to obtain your criminal background check as soon as possible.

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We will provide reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance. network