Director, Information & Privacy

PRES Info & Privacy Office

Competition No.  -    A106249409
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

In accordance with the Handbook of Terms and Conditions of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

Position Summary

The University of Alberta is currently seeking an experienced privacy professional for the position of Director Information and Privacy. Reporting operationally to General Counsel, the Director, Information & Privacy Office is primarily accountable for facilitating the compliance of the University as a public body with the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the "FOIPP Act") and the Health Information Act (the "HIA"). In addition to facilitating compliance with the FOIPP Act and the HIA, the Director, Information & Privacy is accountable for facilitating compliance with other relevant access and privacy legislation as it may from time to time apply to the operations of the University.

Providing oversight to the Information & Privacy Office, the successful incumbent will exercise the authorities delegated to this position by the Provost and Head as assigned through the approved Delegation Matrix accordance with section 85 of the FOIPP Act.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Leads and provides strategic direction to the staff of the Information and Privacy Office (IPO) to ensure that the IPO effectively discharges delegated responsibilities and provides services and programs within the strategic direction set by the University
  • Facilitates compliance by the University of Alberta with relevant access and privacy acts including but not limited to: FOIPand the HIA
  • Receives and manages all formal requests for access to information on behalf of the University in collaboration with affected offices of the University. The Director responds to complex and/or sensitive formal and informal requests on behalf of the University
  • Prepares Privacy Impact Assessments in collaboration with the University’s Chief Information Security Officer and University Records Officer
  • Oversees the IPO’s responsibilities for internal privacy and security reviews
  • In collaboration with the Chief Information Security Officer, manages the University breach response procedure
  • Makes final decisions on the release of information in accordance with the specific and limited exceptions of the FOIPAct
  • Advises FOIP liaison officers and University administration on the provision of responses to informal requests for access to information
  • Oversees the IPO's review and severing of all responsive records for release in response to formal requests for general information
  • Prepares and approves in collaboration with General and external counsel, all responses to formal reviews and investigations by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Develops, reviews, communicates, and facilitates the enforcement of University information and privacy policies, in response to provincial and national legislation in order to ensure University compliance on matters relating to access to information and protection of privacy
  • Communicates University information and privacy policy, procedures guidance and "best practice" to the campus and its communities through a variety of media and formats. Reviews and provides advice to other University wide and departmental policies and procedures as they may relate to information and privacy matters
  • Develops and maintains a strong communication network within the University of Alberta community and between the University and the broader community including the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta in order to facilitate the University effectively complies with information and privacy legislation
  • Provides advisory services within the University of Alberta community in order to facilitate the University's effective compliance with information and privacy legislation.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will possess the following skills and experience:

  • University degree in a related field required (a degree in Law or in Library & Information Studies is preferred; examples of other degrees or designations in a related field include Public Administration, Humanities or Social Sciences, or Business)
  • Formal qualifications in the access and privacy field preferred, such as:
    • A graduate of the Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) certificate program from the University of Alberta, or
    • A Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
  • A minimum of five years direct and proven experience working with access and privacy legislation in a large complex organization
  • Ability to provide leadership and manage a small department that interacts with all university administrative units
  • Ability to foster relationships and negotiate partnerships with professionals in a wide variety of disciplines
  • Knowledge of the complex, decentralized governance and administrative structure of a university is an asset
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other relevant legislation, and Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner's orders and guidelines
  • Ability to assess and review documents to ensure judgments balancing access and privacy principles
  • Ability to develop, write and analyze policy and procedure documents
  • Excellent proven communication, facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Personnel recruitment and management skills
  • Project and resource management skills

Please note: Resumes will be reviewed starting February 3, 2023 – posting will remain open until filled.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.