Reporting to the University Secretary, the FOIP/Policy Coordinator ensures that Athabasca University (AU) is in compliance with Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act by acting as an advisor to the AU community and as a liason between AU and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). This position acts as a source of information and makes recommendations for projects, new and current practices and policies regarding FOIP requirements and AU FOIP compliance.
The access provisions of the FOIP Act assume the ability of public bodies to identify, locate and produce records in response to requests. This ability is crucial both in making information routinely available to the public and in responding to FOIP requests.
The position also acts in an advisory role in the development of all AU policies and associated procedures. In conjunction with the appropriate AU staff members, the position reviews and advises on all policies and associated procedures in keeping with the university approved Policy Framework. The FOIP/Policy Coordinator maintains the Athabasca University Policy and Procedure manual.
University Degree in a related field, with a minimum of five years related experience in an access and privacy, and policy environment. Experience in interpreting and implementing legislation is required. Enrollment or completion of the Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate (IAPP) would be an asset. Equivalencies will be considered.
Expert ability to comprehend, interpret and apply legislation.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including:
o Ability to earn trust, build strong relationships, collaborate, coordinate and partner effectively, to manage and resolve conflict, and maintain composure in stressful situations
o Mastery as a writer for diverse applications and audiences
o Political sensitivity, tact, diplomacy
o Superior listening, research and analytical skills
Strong technical and analytical skills including:
o Expertise in process design and redesign
o Proven investigative, and problem-solving abilities
o Ability to apply principles and knowledge to new situations
o Creative skills and ability to identify and employ new technological applications to support change
o Expert skills in use of the Microsoft Office Suite and internet applications
– Leadership and team skills
– Flexibility, adaptability, ability to thrive in times of change and ambiguity
– Ability to serve in many capacities, responding to multiple and sometimes conflicting demands
– Ability to demonstrate University values of respect, fairness, helpfulness, competence, openness and impartiality
Other qualifications – This position requires thorough knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act and any other related Acts. The incumbent must understand standard severing practices and the application of various related sections and internal and external FOIP reference resources.
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For further information regarding this position, please contact Carol Lund at (780) 675-6271 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 3/16/2018