Privacy Officer

Position Type : Full-time

Closing Date : Monday, April 17, 2023 by 4:30 p.m.

Tajikeimɨk is seeking a privacy professional to take on the new role of Privacy Officer in our developing organization. The Privacy Officer will lead the design and implementation of a strategic and comprehensive privacy management program for Tajikeimɨk to ensure that Tajikeimɨk is complying with applicable privacy legislation as well as OCAP®, and fostering an organizational culture of privacy and First Nations data sovereignty. The Privacy Officer will also play a pivotal role in supporting Mi’kmaw health centres in Nova Scotia with the ongoing development and implementation of their privacy management programs.

What you’ll do:

  • Build a strategic and comprehensive privacy management program for Tajikeimɨk including defining, developing, maintaining and implementing policies, procedures and processes, which enable consistent and effective privacy and OCAP® practices, minimize risk and ensure the confidentiality of personal information (PI), personal health information (PHI), and First Nation-identifying information.
  • Establish processes to track, investigate, and report inappropriate access and disclosure of PI, PHI and First Nation-identifying data and conduct related ongoing compliance monitoring activities
  • Lead privacy breach determination, management, response, notification and prevention processes, as required under applicable legislation
  • Perform or oversee initial and periodic information Privacy Impact Assessments and Threat Risk Assessments, as required
  • Deliver or oversee privacy and OCAP® training for Tajikeimɨk and health centre staff, and facilitate activities that foster information privacy and OCAP® awareness within the organizations
  • Represent Tajikeimɨk’s information, privacy, and OCAP® interests with various levels of government and on external committees
  • Foster effective relationships with Mi’kmaw health centres; support them with the ongoing development, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of their privacy management programs; and provide advice on managing and responding to privacy breaches, if requested.
  • Serve as an information resource to Tajikeimɨk and Mi’kmaw health centres in NS for privacy and OCAP® related issues
  • Provide privacy and OCAP® support to the Mi’kmaw Client Linkage Registry, including reviewing data sharing agreements, research agreements, data access applications, and policy development
  • Provide privacy and OCAP® expertise, leadership, and support in the health transformation process.
What we’re looking for:
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to foster collaboration, build/maintain partnerships, trust, and cooperation
  • Ability to solve problems, make well-structured recommendations, think critically and creatively, determine course of action, and address concerns
  • Ability to handle sensitive and complex situations with sound judgment, confidence, tact, and discretion/confidentiality
  • Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to coach professionals
  • Passion, personal alignment, and commitment to Mi’kmaw health and wellness through self-determination over health resources.

Your qualifications:

  • University degree in law, health information management, or a related healthcare field
  • Recognized privacy certification such as CIPP-C or Certified Information Privacy Manager
  • Minimum of five years of recent experience in a similar privacy leadership role
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing privacy management programs
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the application of OCAP® principles
  • Previous experience and demonstrated competencies in conducting Privacy Impact Assessments and Threat Risk Assessments
  • Previous experience and demonstrated competencies in overseeing, designing and delivering effective and engaging training and learning activities with a diverse audience
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, in the Mi’kmaw language would be an asset
  • In-depth knowledge of provincial and federal privacy legislation, health care and human resources relevant legislation, and standards for the protection of both personal information and personal health information
  • Knowledge of and experience with Indigenous culture and organizations.

Salary: to be negotiated based on experience.
Location: Membertou, Millbrook, or to be determined

Please email your resume and cover letter, in confidence, to: by April 17, 2023 at at 4:30 p.m.

Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Organization: Tajikeimɨk

Tajikeimɨk | Mi’kmaw Health and Wellness is the new and developing health and wellness organization being created to lead health transformation on behalf of Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia. In collaboration with Chiefs, Grand Council, and Health Directors, Tajikeimɨk will build on and evolve the health and wellness services and programs used by Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia; improve health service delivery; and strengthen coordination with Federal and Provincial health system partners—with the goal of improving overall health for Mi’kmaq and communities.

If you are a highly creative and critical thinker, seeking an exciting position in a dynamic environment where you can make a difference, Tajikeimɨk is looking for you.

Elukuti’kw wjit Naji-Wlo’ltinenew Utanminal. ~ We are working toward better health for all in our communities.

Join us on this journey

Community organizations and members will have opportunities to help shape and develop health and wellness programs and service priorities for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. Stay up to date with progress by following us on social media.

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