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Privacy Officer

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Privacy Officer
Department/Unit President's Office
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S196-23
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1
Salary $74,183 - $99,507 per annum
Classification ADM-07
Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Reporting to General Counsel, the Privacy Officer is responsible for the development, oversight and administration of Dalhousie University’s privacy policies, procedures and protocols and for the administration of requests for access under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP). The Privacy Officer role requires the ability to independently manage priorities and resources (includes supervision) with minimal oversight. The Privacy Officer supervises and delegates work to the Access and Privacy Specialist.
Key Responsibilities
  • Administers the University’s responsibilities in responding to requests for access under the FOIPOP – receiving and evaluating applications.
  • Reviews and provides advice to departments and units concerning the completion of privacy impact analysis on new and revised initiatives, applications, infrastructure and programs.
  • Administers the process to facilitate the University’s reporting requirements under the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act.
  • Develops and delivers education and training for university faculty and staff in relation to the University’s privacy obligations and best practices.
  • Develops best practices, guidelines and protocols in relation to the management of personal information to support the activities and programs across campus (including personal health information).
  • Work collaboratively with Legal Counsel, Information Technology Services and other units as required to respond to and provide advice regarding privacy breaches or incidents.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, with approximately seven years’ related experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Training and knowledge of privacy and access to information laws and regulations.
  • Strong analytical skills, high attention to detail, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Solid experience in working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a complex and multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).
  • Master’s degree in relevant field.
  • Experience in working in a post-secondary setting.
Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Self-Awareness & Professionalism
- Respect & Inclusion
- Thinking and Acting Strategically
- Relationship Building
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 05/19/2023
Close Date 06/12/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter