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Privacy Specialist – Info Privacy & Security – Full-time

Grand River Hospital

This is a Contract position in Kitchener, ON posted February 8, 2021.

Job Description

POSITION VACANCY: Information Privacy & Security OfficePOSITION: Full-Time Privacy Specialist
HOURS OF WORK: 7.5 Hour Shifts Monday-Friday, Days; flexibility of work hours is expected




Under the direction of the Chief Privacy Officer, the Privacy Specialist coordinates the organizations privacy related activities. The Privacy Specialist will lead the development, implementation and maintenance of processes and policies to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develop and manage internal privacy training, and promote privacy awareness across the organization;
• Provide expertise, assistance and leadership on privacy, access to information and release of information matters;
• Lead response process to both internal and external incidents, complaints, and privacy related inquires;
• Provide advisory services, including the review of system access requests, data sharing agreements, contracts, and business processes that require access to PHI;
• Manage all aspects of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests including gathering records, applying exemptions to disclosure, redacting documents, mediating and preparing representations as required for requests or appeals;
• Lead privacy impact assessments related to internal and external systems;
• Manage consent directives, PHI review and correction process;
• Perform regular privacy audits;
• Develop, revise and publish privacy policies, procedure and standards;
• Track and report on privacy risks, remediation activities and status of privacy program activities;
• Monitor privacy trends in the internal and external environment and advise on impact to the organization information and privacy practices;
• Liaise with external government and regulatory bodies (i.e. IPC, College of Nursing, LHIN, etc.)



• Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a privacy-related role, preferably healthcare
• Canadian certification with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/C) or an equivalent credential (or must be willing to obtain within 1 year of employment)
• Previous work experience with privacy and information security in a health care setting considered an asset
• Understanding of lifecycle data management (collection, use, transmission, disclosure, and retention of personal and/or confidential business information)
• Demonstrated understanding of shared solutions; Regional/Provincial solutions and legislative compliance related to same
• Knowledge of digital health landscape (ie. eHealth standards) in Ontario is considered an asset
• Ability to work independently and with limited supervision
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in training and presentations
• Responsible, energetic individual with above average ability to organize and prioritize duties
• Ability to thrive in an extremely busy environment; where multi-tasking is essential and the quality of work must not be compromised
• Good attendance record