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New Job Information Access & Privacy Officer In Nova Scotia

Information Access & Privacy Officer

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $5,568 - $6,975 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 11/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Information Access & Privacy (IAP) Services is an integrated unit that provides access and privacy services to government departments. In addition to providing client departments with operational advice and guidance on access and privacy issues, the Unit also promotes a culture that supports openness and transparency.

About Our Opportunity

As the IAP Administrator, you are responsible for the administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act process, as well as other information access and privacy (IAP) processes, for the assigned client department(s).

Primary Accountabilities

Specifically, you’ll manage the processes as outlined in the Act, will make recommendations on FOIPOP applications and will represent the client department(s) on requests for reviews of departmental decisions by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Nova Scotia. You are also responsible for managing requests under departmental Routine Access policies, as well as facilitating pro-active disclosure where appropriate.

You will provide operational advice and guidance, including training and education, to client departments in matters regarding access and privacy and also promote a culture that supports openness and transparency. As a member of a corporate team, you contribute to the overall operations of the Unit and will keep abreast of current trends in other jurisdictions. You are committed to a work culture that supports other IAP team members to ensure cross training, skills development, and excellence in client service.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role, you will have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (i.e. Business, the Social Sciences, the Arts and Humanities, or studies related to Information Management) and at least two years of experience in a policy environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

You will have a sound knowledge of access and privacy legislation and a thorough working knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Privacy Review Officer Act (PROA),and the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act. Experience in administering complex processes on tight deadlines is required. Direct experience facilitating access to information requests, the development and review of Privacy Impact Assessments and agreements and management of privacy breaches or complaints is an asset. You will require an ability to research, analyze and synthesize the NS Information and Privacy Commissioner’s recommendations, those of Commissioners in other jurisdictions, as well as orders and decisions of the Courts on matters related to access and privacy.

You must be able to build relationships with applicants and staff in client departments, as well as negotiate, mediate, and resolve conflicts. A high level of diplomacy, sensitivity, and confidentiality is required for this position, in addition to excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills.

Qualifications and Experience Cont'd

Preference may be given to applications who have one or more of the following:

-Experience developing and delivering training

  • Experience in a high volume/high caseload environment.
  • Direct experience interpreting the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or similar legislation

The following competencies are required: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building and Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written assessments, 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.

Additional Information

On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.

What We Offer

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • countless career paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade: EC 10

Salary Range: $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected]