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Privacy Lead

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted August 3, 2022.

Privacy Lead
Job Number: 97813
Job: Administrative/Service
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: 100 King St. West
Organization: PRIVACY & FOI
Status: Regular Full-time
Hours per week: 37.5
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: Non Union Employees
Minimum Salary: 44.3000 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 56.8000
Post Date: Aug 4, 2022, 4:29:14 PM

Close Date (Period for Applying) – External

: Aug 20, 2022, 3:59:00 AM

Unit Summary

The Hamilton Health Sciences Privacy and Freedom of Information (FOI) Office is committed to ensuring the privacy, confidentiality and security of its patients and staffs information. In a time of increasing transparency and accountability, the HHS Privacy and Freedom of Information Office is committed to ensuring that staff and patients understand the importance of the role that access and privacy play in the mission and culture at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Privacy Officer & Legal Counsel, the Privacy Lead will serve as the data and analytics SME in working with internal clients to develop a practical-based approach to the development and enhancement of our data and digital transformational activities, while ensuring ethical use of data and alignment with regulatory and legislative requirements.
The Privacy Lead will also support the execution of day-to-day privacy activities, including: privacy assessments, privacy compliance reviews, agreement reviews, delivering training, and promoting privacy practices and standards across the hospital.

The Privacy Lead is a primary resource on various research and data related Privacy projects and initiatives. The Privacy Lead is a key contributor to projects as well as providing expert guidance and counsel to other members of the department as well as key client groups such as the Research Department and the Digital Health Innovation Department, on the proper protocols for collecting, using and disclosure of identifiable and de-identifiable information.
The Privacy Lead is the first point of contact for questions or escalations related to complex or difficult data and research privacy matters, and provides guidance and consultation on internal and external privacy related issues and inquires as requested by external stakeholders (McMaster University, other hospitals), HHS staff, patients as well as leadership as identified internally in the Privacy Office.

Schedule Work Hours

Monday to Friday, Days


  • Undergraduate degree in related health discipline or equivalent with a health focus
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional designation
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to act as an informal leader, influencing performance driven teams while aligning with organization values, setting priorities and undertaking multiple tasks with tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to manage the Privacy requirements of a complex public sector environment.
  • Experience leading and successfully executing large scale, complex, enterprise-wide projects.
  • High level of integrity and trust.
  • Strong knowledge of Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and other privacy related federal and provincial privacy related legislation.
  • Demonstrated initiative, independent thinking, conflict resolution and creative problem solving skills.
  • Excellent relationship management.
  • Highly developed communication and facilitation skills.

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact Human Resources Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement
Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement
Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement
Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement
Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement