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Senior Specialist, Privacy

At Ontario Health, we are committed to developing a strong organizational culture that connects and inspires all team members across the province. Our vision is that together, we will be a leader in health and wellness for all. Our mission is to connect the health system to drive improved and equitable health outcomes, experiences and value. How we work together is reflected through our five values: integrity, inspiration, tenacity, humility and care.

What Ontario Health offers:
Achieving your career goals is a priority to us. Benefits of working at Ontario Health may include the following based on employment type:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage from your first day
  • Health care spending account
  • Premium defined benefit pension plan
  • 3 personal days and 2 float days annually
  • Individual contributors start at 3 weeks’ vacation with 4 weeks at 2 yrs.
  • Career development opportunities
  • A collaborative values-based team culture
  • Wellness programs
  • Participation in Communities of Inclusion

Want to make a difference in your career? Consider this opportunity.
Ontario Health is seeking privacy professionals who thrive in a fast-paced, project-focused complex environment to fill the role of Senior Privacy Specialist. In this role, you will bring your specialized knowledge to Ontario Health’ expanding Privacy Office as part of a dedicated team of professionals that lead the development of a fit-for-purpose privacy program for some of the most exciting and transformative health initiatives in Ontario.

Reporting to the Manager, Privacy you will support lead and facilitate activities related to the development, implementation, and maintenance of and adherence to the Ontario Health Privacy Program. You will apply and improve policy analysis, act as an advisor by completing privacy impact assessments and provide consultation on a diverse range of complex, multi-stakeholder health privacy issues and Information Technology initiatives. You will play a key role in championing and establishing privacy-by-design principles and best practices for Ontario Health. Through your collaborative style, you will engage with internal and external stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to emerging, complex privacy issues.

Here is what you will be doing:

  • Conduct privacy impact assessments including, on new IT systems, programs, and complex initiatives.
  • Lead and advise project teams to implement and track risk mitigation activities.
  • Lead and participate on project teams as the privacy Subject Matter Expert, providing advice into the design and development of new and revised products in accordance with OH privacy policies and procedures, relevant privacy legislation, agreement(s) obligations and privacy best practices.
  • Review and contribute to program and/or project related documents, such as business or architecture requirements documents.
  • Keep abreast of current and new privacy legislative and regulatory requirements through a variety of knowledge and information seeking str4ategies.
  • Ensure alignment between OH’s information practices and OH’s privacy legal requirements and industry standards.
  • Develop strong relationships with various internal and external stakeholder4s to foster a culture of privacy.
  • Coordinate and conduct privacy breach investigations and identify the appropriate mitigating strategies and enterprise level recommendations where appropriate.
  • Complete and/or support privacy projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Privacy Office.
  • Deliver general and role-based privacy training for OH employees and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct research and provide analysis on privacy-related issues, as required.

Here is what you will need to be successful:

  • Demonstrated relevant experience including conducting and/or providing oversight for Privacy Impact Assessments including developing privacy requirements, risk mitigation plans, corporate policies and developing and/or delivering training content.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of access and privacy requirements and practices, preferably related to the health and public sectors, including knowledge of privacy legislation (Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)).
  • Thorough understanding of “privacy-by-design” and best practices
  • Knowledge of technology architecture and infrastructure, digital health solutions and services, enterprise and corporate IT including information and cyber security preferred.
  • Direct operational level privacy experience preferably in a health sector and/or IT environment is considered an asset.
  • Working knowledge of digital health technologies and information security industry standards.
  • Exceptional analytic and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong communication skills to communicate effectively and efficiently, both verbally and in writing, to diverse audiences/stakeholders.

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a university (bachelor) program; holds an undergraduate or master’s degree in health, policy, IT, security, law or a related discipline.
  • Recognized access and privacy designation (CIPP/C) is preferred.
  • Recognized security certification or designation is an asset.
  • Direct operational level privacy experience preferably in a health sector and/or IT environment is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience conducting privacy impact assessments. Health privacy experience is preferred.

Employment Type: Permanent Full-time

Paygrade and Zone: 5

Location: Ontario (currently virtual; subject to change)
All applicants must be a resident of Ontario to be considered for roles at Ontario Health.

Note: As part of the initial recruitment screening process, applicants must confirm that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If applicants are not fully vaccinated, they will be asked to identify any accommodation needs pursuant to a protected ground under the Code. If no such accommodation is identified, the applicant will not be eligible to proceed through the recruitment process.

We encourage applicants with accessibility needs to notify us if they have any accommodation needs in the application and/or interview process.

Ontario Health encourages applications from candidates who are First Nations, Metis, Inuit and urban Indigenous; Francophone; Black and racialized; members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities; trans and nonbinary; and disabled.

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