Director, Project Services

Position summary

The Director, Project Services oversees the Department project development planning processes related to terrestrial and marine engineering design and project risk management for projects by PRPA, tenants or proponents. In fulfilling the duties of this role, the incumbent supports the Port’s long-term strategic capital projects and infrastructure development objectives.

Major accountabilities

• In collaboration with gateway operations and business development teams, works with project proponents in their project investigation and development activities including site selection, project feasibility planning, gateway master plan integration, and project construction coordination.
• Works closely with V.P.s, Operations & Planning and Trade Development & Communications, in the development of start-up plans for all Port projects and ensures that projects during the planning phase stay on track and meet the intended strategic objective.
• Oversees the engineering design of the Port’s Master Gateway Rail, Road and Infrastructure Plan with tenants and project proponents.
• Leads the review of development projects within the Port of Prince Rupert to ensure the planning, design, engineering and operations meet appropriate building codes, standards of safety, risk management parameters and comply with all applicable Port Policies, laws and regulations necessary to meet the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s authorization.
• In conjunction with Director, Environmental Planning & Compliance, ensures that engineering design is based upon environmental sustainability objectives and project authorization mitigation requirements.
• Manages in conjunction with the Director, Infrastructure & Delivery, the tendering and bid evaluation activities required to seek Board and or Executive approval for award of contract(s).

• In conjunction with the Director, Infrastructure & Delivery, ensures that all projects are costed and scoped appropriately given the nature and timing of the project; ensures appropriate engineering design, site and environmental risk allowances are captured in budget contingencies.
• In conjunction with Vice President, Commercial & Regulatory Affairs and Director, Infrastructure & Delivery, assists with Construction Contractor contract price and terms and conditions negotiation.
• Negotiates consultant service contracts.
• Ensures that consultant service contracts track budget and schedule.
• Directs the selection process of engineering and risk assessment consultants engaged by the Port.
• Supports and encourages safe works practices and ensures employees have required training and certification. Supports environmentally conscious development and construction. Proactively addresses any issues that arise.
• Provides inputs into the development of the Strategic Business Plan.
• Develops and implements policies, strategic initiatives, and budgets for the Infrastructure & Engineering and Asset Management Departments.
• Prepare submissions for presentation to Board of Directors by executive management.
• Trains, develops, and motivates employees.



• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – Civil or Geotechnical
• Registered with EGBC as a P. Eng.


• 7 to 10 years’ of related experience in development of major infrastructure projects, ideally in a marine-related environment
• Demonstrated track record of success in a broad-based engineering, construction, or consulting management role


• Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
• Strong consultation, facilitation and coaching skills
• Excellent spoken and written communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and attention to detail
• Superior judgment and tact in dealing with sensitive issues and confidential information
• Excellent relationship building skills. Able to establish and maintain effective working relationship with peers and superiors.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to effectively handle changing priorities
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated. Works well individually as well as in a team environment.
• Creative and intuitive thinker
• Demonstrate commitment to the Port’s Vision and Mission.
• Proficient in MS Office, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
• Able to obtain clearance under Transport Canada’s Security Clearance Program
• Possess valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License

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The Port of Prince Rupert is located on the scenic North Coast of British Columbia. As Canada’s second largest West Coast port, the Port is strategically situated on the Pacific Rim, with the deepest natural harbour in North America and direct connections to the North American continent by CN Rail’s network reach. Its facilities include modern, high-throughput coal and grain terminals, two cruise terminals and an innovative, intermodal container terminal anchoring the fastest and most reliable trade corridor on the West Coast.

Prince Rupert is home to amazing wildlife and wilderness adventures, unique history and cultural experiences, and the spectacular scenery of the rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Great Bear Rainforest. Easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry or car, Prince Rupert’s attractions include First Nation cultural works of art, fine North Coast galleries and boutiques, parks and walking trails, restaurants and coffee shops. A balanced lifestyle might include enjoying a round of golf or spending time out on the water kayaking, fishing, or taking in the scenery. Additionally, there are organized sports, volunteer opportunities, modern recreation facilities, community groups and festivals all contribute to a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle for those living in this community.

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Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the Manager, Occupational Health and Safety is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive range of employee health and safety programs and services to meet the goals and legal obligations of Prince Rupert Port Authority. These functions include, but may not be limited to, the assessment, facilitation and evaluation of injury prevention, environmental safety, occupational health and safety, employee and family wellness and the development, implementation, and consultation on safety policies. The Occupational Health and Safety Manager oversees all activities of the Occupational Health and Safety department and provides advice to management and employees.


  • Critical Thinking
  • Risk Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Current Regulatory Knowledge


  • Responsible for the management of Prince Rupert Port Authority’s occupational health and safety policies, procedures, and programs, including incident investigation and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Develop annual health and safety plans for the company based on a full review of health and safety-related needs (assessment of hazards, analysis of database, audits, changing legislation and best practices) as required by the Ministry of Labour.
  • Support the Senior Manager, Safety & Security in health and safety related components of port operations, including emergency response.
  • Review occupational health and safety legislation, amendments, and best practices to optimize occupational health and safety programs, including annual audits, as well as the planning, development, and implementation of any such programming.
  • Provide guidance and advice of Health & Safety matters to PRPA management, including reporting on Health & Safety programs, auditing, and metrics.
  • Liaise with external Health & Safety stakeholders where appropriate.
  • Develop, arrange, and present safety orientation and training for all new employees, existing employees, and visitors to ensure complete and effective understanding of potential risks and expected behaviours within the company.
  • Develop a matrix for training requirements, maintain records of all health and safety-related training and assist in the development of rollout programs, including the management and maintenance of the DATS software.
  • Coordinate health and safety supplies by ensuring appropriate supplies are identified and purchased in a timely and cost-effective manner and used appropriately.
  • Act as a resource to or serve as a member on the Joint Health and Safety Committee, assisting and providing information and responses on behalf of the company.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Work is split between an office environment and field work.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Regular, full-time position (37.5 hours per week). Regular working hours are Mondays to Fridays. 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM with 1 hour lunch break (unpaid).


Formal Education

  • Post-secondary school diploma or degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related field of study.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Certificate, as per the Occupational Health & Safety Act/Regulations, a CRSP (Registered Safety Professional) would be seen as an asset.

Related Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ related experience with occupational health and safety management (Federal regulatory experience is considered an asset).
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety management, Workplace Safety & Insurance Act, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations and applicable Human Rights Act.
  • Knowledge of WSIB/WCB/STD/LTD processes and procedures, including WSIB/WCB claims management and related legislation.
  • Experience with disability management, accident investigation, workplace inspection and job hazard analysis are preferred.
  • Experience in developing hazard prevention plans, OHSMS (Occupational Health, Safety, Management System), safework practices and job hazard assessment programs.

Other Requirements

  • Willing to actively participate in continuous professional development throughout the course of employment.
  • Proven ability to maintain the confidentiality of information and records.
  • Service and team-oriented leader who pays specific attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Tact, diplomacy, flexibility, listening and persuasion skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with database applications and administration systems, specifically Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Port’s Vision and Mission.
  • Able to obtain security clearance under Transport Canada’s Security Clearance Program.
  • Possesses valid Class 5 Driver’s License.

Individuals of Indigenous descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in confidence by
May 18, 2021 (Tuesday) to:

Director, Human Resources
Prince Rupert Port Authority
200 – 215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, B.C., V8J 1A2
Fax: (250) 627-8980
No telephone inquiries please.