Safety Abroad Officer

  • Anywhere

Location: Winnipeg St James Assiniboia NW, MANITOBA

Job Type: FullTime

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director, International Education, and working closely with other on campus stakeholders, the Safety Abroad Officer works directly with faculties and academic support units in the development and implementation of safety abroad programs and protocols.

The Safety Abroad Officer will manage activities related to international travel with a focus on risk management for McGill student travel for University-sponsored activities. The incumbent will work closely with University stakeholders to evaluate new and established protocols and procedures in relation to risk awareness while travelling abroad. Additionally, they will establish travel safety preparedness information and orientation sessions (i.e. Predeparture Orientation) and serve as an advisor to students, faculty, staff and administration on matters related to student travel risk and security.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a University-wide resource related to safety abroad and provides expert advice on global safety and security to University leadership, committees, faculty, staff and students.
  • Provides proactive risk assessment, analysis and mitigation for international programs and initiatives on the health, safety and learning aspects when planning international learning that may be impacted by particular circumstances (disability, sexual orientation, gender, religion, ethnicity, etc.) and/or the program location, with a particular focus on elevated risk regions.
  • Proactively liaises with faculties that sponsor out-of-country student programs and advises on the management of risk associated with international activities.
  • Makes recommendations on active cases and presents related documentation/case analysis.
  • Provides support in the design, implementation, and evaluation of risk management and safety abroad protocols, procedures, and programs
  • Provides advice, analysis and on global risk and security
  • Monitors Global Affairs Canada and Health Canada information for changes in risk ratings
  • Manages emergency response and crisis management support activities
  • Develops, delivers and monitors safety abroad information, training and outreach
  • Promotes the use of the travel registry among the university community. Oversees the maintenance of the safety abroad registry and website; ensures training and support mechanisms are in place
  • Oversees the administrative procedure for reviewing travel requests to areas of elevated risk (travel exemptions)

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

  • Post-secondary degree in a related field is considered an asset;
  • Experience in a related safety/study abroad role in a post-secondary environment considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with complex issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion, preferably as they relate to the student experience.
  • Knowledge and ability to design and facilitate information sessions and risk assessments to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse communities of students and promoting inclusion; strong interpersonal skills and intercultural sensitivity; guiding intercultural development opportunities.
  • Ability to handle emergency situations and effectively prioritize and execute tasks.
  • Knowledge of current Canadian laws and best practices pertaining to international activities.
  • Experience in: working with university policy and regulations governing study abroad; risk management.
  • Intercultural understanding and diplomatic skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills (English and French).
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong decision-making skills and sound judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a decentralized or complex environment with diverse stakeholders including senior management.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Three (3) years’ related experience

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 04) $57,330.00 – $85,990.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


Associate Director, International Education

Position End Date (If applicable):


Deadline to Apply:


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [email protected] .

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