Advocate (WCB and LTD)

Advocate (WCB and LTD)

HSA is working towards equity and encourages people who experience marginalization (including but not limited to people of the global majority, women, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and diverse faiths) to apply for career opportunities within our organization.   HSA recognizes the efforts of our employees and is committed to excellent compensation, superior benefits and ongoing recognition to maintain work/life balance. 

Position Summary  
Under the general direction of the Membership Services Coordinator - Disability Management, the Advocate will:  (a) represent HSA members in matters arising from worker’s compensation claims and serve as an internal resource to senior staff on issues related to worker’s compensation; and (b) represent HSA members and assist stewards with respect to issues arising from Long Term Disability claims and appeals. 

Duties and Responsibilities 
• Manage member cases involving Workers’ Compensation claims, prepare and present member appeals to the WCB
• Act as a resource to union staff colleagues on matters regarding WCB regulations and claims 
• Liaise with counterparts in other unions, health care organizations and the WCB to keep informed of developments in the WCB field
• Represent members as necessary in Long Term Disability appeals, including requisitioning and interpreting medical reports, identifying and tendering relevant evidence, and preparing lengthy and comprehensive written submissions
• Act as a resource to union staff colleagues on matters regarding multiple LTD plans
• Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements 
• Candidates must have significant experience in WCB advocacy.  Specifically, candidates must possess one of the following: o An undergraduate degree in a related discipline and a minimum of seven years’ recent experience in WCB advocacy; or o A law degree and a minimum of five years’ recent experience in WCB advocacy.  
• Demonstrated experience in: o Collective agreement administration 
  o Conducting disability claims management and appeals  
  o Liaising effectively with various stakeholders  
• Extensive knowledge and understanding of: 
  o Human rights legislation 
  o Privacy legislation o Relevant arbitral jurisprudence o Integrated disability management programs, and disability benefit programs   o Government, community and other resources available to disabled employees  
• Outstanding written, verbal and presentation skills  
• Excellent listening skills and capacity for empathy  
• Solid communication, organizational and conflict resolution skills in order to effectively drive positive case management outcomes  
• Ability to handle high pressure workload, problem solve difficult cases, and negotiate potentially contentious situations  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills    
• Excellent time management, prioritization and follow-up skills  
• Commitment to trade union principles  
• Possession of a valid BC Driver’s Licence and vehicle is required  
• Ability to travel throughout province as required 

Closing Date: Sunday, June 18, 2023  Please forward applications which includes a cover letter & resume by e-mail:  To:   Evelyn Tsang Human Resources Coordinator Health Sciences Association via e-mail at: