We are seeking a well-versed privacy professional to join our General Counsel team, who brings with them a combination of experience in privacy and access and between three and five years of legal experience. Ideally this experience has been gained working in post-secondary and/or the public-sector.
An employee in this classification is excluded from the bargaining unit as defined in the Labour Relations Code.
Reporting to the General Counsel, the Chief Privacy Officer and Legal Counsel plays a key role in enabling the university to meet its commitments in the realms of privacy and access through the development and implementation of processes and systems for privacy management; the administration of requests for access to information about the university’s functions and to an individual’s own personal information; and the coordination of privacy, records management and personal information security programs and initiatives.
In addition, the Chief Privacy Officer and Legal Counsel is responsible for the provision of legal advice to administrative and academic leaders on privacy and access matters.
Summary of roles, functions and areas of focus:
- Propose, implement and coordinate privacy-related policy, procedure, guidelines, forms and tools at the University.
- Initiate, deliver and promote training and educational activities to foster privacy awareness and good privacy practices at all levels of the university.
- Lead the university’s response to privacy incidents and complaints, by investigating, reporting and assisting units affected by a privacy breach to contain the breach and by recommending and implementing action, mitigation and follow up.
- Oversee formal request for personal and institutional information process, ensuring the application of access legislation to the responsive records and delivery within the statutory timelines.
- Work closely with units across the university to coordinate plans and activities related to personal information management
- Liaise with external regulatory bodies and serve as the university’s internal and external spokesperson on privacy and access.
- Lead and manage the university’s privacy and access office.
- Assume other responsibilities relating to the provision of legal services as assigned by the General Counsel.
The qualifications for the position include:
- Called to the Bar of B.C. or eligible for call, with a minimum of 3 years of experience with a significant portion of practice dedicated to solicitor’s work, including privacy and information access work
- Experience in privacy management in a large and complex environment, including its legal and technical aspects
- Experience in the administration and management of access requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in an organization of comparable size and complexity to the university
- Extensive knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Key job-specific competencies
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement and provide legal opinions, options and advice that are clear and responsive, taking into account and understanding the needs of others to achieve helpful results.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, and tact, diplomacy, discernment and confidentiality.
- Sound knowledge of and ability to analyze, research evaluate and interpret relevant case law, and provincial and federal legislation applicable to the operations of a University.
- Exemplary ability in legal writing and drafting legal documents, and in the preparation of correspondence, summaries and reports.
- Demonstrated ability to engender trust and respect from others and build and maintain positive relationships with multiple stakeholders/clients under circumstances that may by sensitive.
- Demonstrated ability to build and support teams and delegate responsibility.
- Demonstrated ability to independently organize workload and adapt to a dynamic client-focused environment that may include high volume, frequent interruptions, multiple tasks and shifting priorities and deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences, including the ability to negotiate and persuade others.
- Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills, in order to interpret complex issues where considerable variation in interpretation is possible.
- Ability to establish clear expectations and provide effective guidance in adversarial situations.
- Ability to work under broad direction without formal guidelines or precedent.
- Computer proficiency with a variety of relevant software applications.
Closing Date: 13 March 2019