New job Senior Investigator in Nova Scotia

Senior Investigator

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $6,124 - $7,673 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

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Competition # : 31117

Department: Office of the Info & Privacy Comm

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 6/30/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) (formerly known as the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Review Office) provides impartial oversight of compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Privacy Review Officer Act, the Municipal Government Act and the Personal Health Information Act. The OIPC delivers its mandate by conducting investigations and mediations of complaints and reviews, issuing formal public reports, developing educational materials and providing independent advice on access and privacy matters at the request of public bodies, municipalities and health information custodians.

About Our Opportunity

The Senior Investigator is the subject matter expert in privacy law with a particular focus on health privacy law.

The Senior Investigator leads and conducts complex and specialized formal access to information and privacy investigations, carrying out duties necessary for the investigation of compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Privacy Review Officer Act, the Municipal Government Act Part XX, and the Personal Health Information Act.

Primary Accountabilities

Some of the primary accountabilities in this role includes:

  • Planning, conducting, and reporting on high-profile privacy investigations, as the senior member of the investigation/mediation unit, including leading Investigator(s) assigned to support an investigation.
  • Managing a caseload of complex investigation files, mediating resolutions, researching and providing advice internally and externally, preparing reports, and educating stakeholders about access to information and privacy matters.
  • Providing expert advise to the Review Officer/Commissioner and management staff on investigations, by having knowledge and thorough understanding of programs and services delivered by Public Bodies.
  • Writing and developing comprehensive reports, including recommendations on specific issues to the Review Officer/Commissioner for public reporting, through the development of investigative summaries, briefings, consultative and final report documents.
  • Monitoring and initiating follow up on the implementation of recommendations made to Public Bodies. Meetings are held with senior government officials and solicitors to maintain dialogue through the implementation of both formal and informal recommendations.
  • Promoting compliance with access and privacy legislation by developing and facilitating comprehensive training to access and privacy professionals of Public Bodies through workshops, presentations, information sessions and site visits through Nova Scotia.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a related university or college degree (e.g. law, public administration, law enforcement, information management, political science) and 2 years of relevant experience, or an acceptable equivalent combination of experience and training in a legal, policy or research environment.

As the ideal candidate you possess extensive knowledge of legislation and regulations (federal, provincial and/or municipal) related to privacy and access to information and be able to use that knowledge to make competent, defensible decisions and plans. Must have experience conducting investigations or informal resolutions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate above average verbal and written communication skills. A proven ability to employ discretion and deal appropriately with confidential and secret documents is also essential.

You demonstrate a high level of integrity, ethics, impartiality, empathy, and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential matters. A high level of confidentiality must be maintained while addressing a variety of issues related to the administration of four home statues and the application of 600+ statues that intersect with access and privacy laws, and associated regulations, bylaws, policies and procedures.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:

Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

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