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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Halifax, NS
  • Number of positions available : 1

  • To be discussed
  • Starting date : 1 position to fill as soon as possible

We are a leading financial services provider committed to making decisions easier and lives better for our customers and colleagues around the world. From our environmental initiatives to our community investments, we lead with values throughout our business. To help us stand out, we help you step up, because when colleagues are healthy, respected and meaningfully challenged, we all thrive. Discover how you can grow your career, make impact and drive real change with our Winning Team today.

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Job Description

Do you have the passion required to develop and implement goal oriented vocational rehabilitation plans for our Plan Members?

Our National Rehabilitation Department is looking for s a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist located in the area of Halifax or Greenwood, NS or Edmonton, AB, providing vocational rehabilitation to eligible members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

In this role, you will be responsible for helping our plan members return to work through individual return to work strategies designed collaboratively by you, your claimants, our stakeholders and vendors. On a typical day, you could expect to accomplish visits with plan members and stakeholders, as well as coordinating with vendors to ensure a smooth back to work transition. Your responsibilities include budget management, planning and implementation of return to work programs. Duties may also include mediation and negotiation with claim related stakeholders. This role requires a high degree of multi-tasking, a flexible approach and the ability to prioritize as you will often be faced with conflicting demands with short turn around time requirements.

If you are the kind of person who enjoys helping others while working independently, has a strong health sciences knowledge, and thrives in a fast-paced environment, this position could be ideal for you.

Special Conditions: This role is from a home-based office and regional travel will be required.


  • Developing, monitoring and implementing innovative and goal-oriented vocational rehabilitation strategies for Plan Members in receipt of disability benefits.

  • Assisting with the transition process of ill and injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces by facilitating their return to work, post release.

  • Work with Plan Members and stakeholders to develop creative return to work solutions

  • Budget management

  • Provide effective communication to Plan Members, the Policy Holder and various medical professionals, often delivering complex and/or difficult messages.

  • Ensure the most effective and efficient supports are available to our Plan Members.

What are we looking for:

  • Related University degree; preference will be given to those candidates with Health Sciences related education with a focus in Psychology, Counseling or Nursing.

  • Accreditation may be an asset.

  • Some vocational rehabilitation experience or several years active rehabilitation experience.

  • Sound knowledge of Rehabilitation Industry Standards, Disability Insurance and medical terminology, and Disability and Rehabilitation management best practices

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Comfortable giving presentations to large groups

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience managing budgets in a professional setting

  • Valid driver's license and car is required to travel to various locations

  • Prior military experience or knowledge would be an asset


  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize when case loads may be large and complex.

  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills; the ability to find the win/win solution

  • Ability to make difficult decisions which may have significant impact on Plan Members and our Business independently and deliver those decisions as required.

  • Proven problem-solving skills.

  • Strength in working independently and in a cohesive team environment

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Proven analytical and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated ability to think of creative solutions to rehabilitation challenges

  • Interest in helping individuals return to gainful employment

What can we offer you?

  • A competitive salary and benefits packages.

  • A growth trajectory that extends upward and outward, encouraging you to follow your passions and learn new skills.

  • A focus on growing your career path with us.

  • Flexible work policies and strong work-life balance.

  • Professional development and leadership opportunities.

Our commitment to you

  • Values-first culture- We lead with our Values every day and bring them to life together.

  • Boundless opportunity - We create opportunities to learn and grow at every stage of your career.

  • Continuous innovation- We invite you to help redefine the future of financial services.

  • Delivering the promise of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion -We foster an inclusive workplace where everyone thrives.

  • Championing Corporate Citizenship -We build a business that benefits all stakeholders and has a positive social and environmental impact.

About Manulife and John Hancock

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Asia, Canada, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2022, we had more than 40,000 employees, over 116,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 34 million customers. At the end of 2022, we had $1.3 trillion (US$1.0 trillion) in assets under management and administration, including total invested assets of $0.4 trillion (US $0.3 trillion), and segregated funds net assets of $0.3 trillion (US$0.3 trillion). We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges, and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Primary Location

CAN, Nova Scotia - Full Time Remote

Salary range is expected to be between

$48,075.00 CAD - $80,125.00 CAD

If you are applying for this role outside of the primary location, please contact for the salary range for your location. The actual salary will vary depending on local market conditions, geography and relevant job-related factors such as knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience, and education/training. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in incentive programs and earn incentive compensation tied to business and individual performance.

Manulife offers eligible employees a wide array of customizable benefits, including health, dental, mental health, vision, short- and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance coverage, adoption/surrogacy and wellness benefits, and employee/family assistance plans. We also offer eligible employees various retirement savings plans (including pension and a global share ownership plan with employer matching contributions) and financial education and counseling resources. Our generous paid time off program in Canada includes holidays, vacation, personal, and sick days, and we offer the full range of statutory leaves of absence. If you are applying for this role in the U.S., please contact for more information about U.S.-specific paid time off provisions.


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