Privacy Officer - Legal Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority

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Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel and the Vice-President Performance Excellence and General Counsel, the Privacy Officer oversees the development, implementation, maintenance of and adherence to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) privacy principles, policies and procedures. The Privacy Officer is responsible for reviewing all activities with privacy implications, as well as monitoring all services and systems to ensure compliance with NSHA's privacy policies and practices. The Privacy Officer also advocates for the protection of patient privacy by serving as a key privacy auditor for patients with NSHA and managing patient requests regarding their personal health information.

The Privacy Officer ensures policy and procedures align with best practices as these relate to privacy in healthcare, current legislation and regulatory requirements and will propose solutions, develop and implement audit processes. In order to meet compliancy with privacy legislation within the Nova Scotia Health Authority, this position will develop an auditing framework, conduct random audits, audit and validate access breaches. 

The Privacy Officer is responsible to work with appropriate Nova Scotia Health Authority Personnel to process all requests and/or complaints received under the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP Act).

The Privacy Officer also provides direction to the Nova Scotia Health Authority Access to Personal Health Information team in the review and processing of all third party requests for the release of personal health information.


  • Possesses an undergraduate degree in Business, Computer Science, Law or related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience related to information systems audit and/or privacy protocols, policies or procedures or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • An information systems audit or security designation (e.g. CISA, CISSP, MCSA) would be an asset.
  • Experience in management would be an asset
  • Strong working knowledge of current personal health information legislation
  • Knowledge of the Fairwarning Audit Tool would be an asset
  • Knowledge of current health information systems would be an asset
  • Exceptional computer skills -  ability to learn and adapt to different health information systems
  • Demonstrates self awareness and is able to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong analytical and logical problem solving ability while maintaining an attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High degree of tact, diplomacy, integrity and impartiality required
  • Ability to function independently
  • Superior judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and work independently as required
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.   

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of work

  • Permanent full-time position; 75 hours biweekly


Privacy Officer: $33.1031 - $41.3786 hourly

How to apply

To pursue this opportunity please vist our website at and choose "Job Postings Open to the General Public". Please submit an application for the competition through job ID number, 1022138. The deadline for receipt of application is December 30, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Expiry Date: 
Wednesday, December 30, 2015