Chief Access to Information and Privacy Officer - Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance *AMENDED CLOSING DATE*

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 25, 2016
Date of Posting: 
November 7, 2016
Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance
Chief Access to Information and Privacy Officer
Full Time Position
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The University of Prince Edward is seeking a Chief Information and Privacy Officer who plays lead roles in the development and implementation of processes and systems for privacy management; in the administration of requests for access to information about the university’s functions; and in the coordination of privacy, records management and personal information security programs and initiatives. The purpose of the position is to enable the university to meet its commitments in the realms of privacy and access.


The successful applicant, reporting to the Vice President Administration and Finance will provide the following:

• Delivery and execution of the University’s Access to Information and Protection of Personal Information and Privacy policy
• Accountable for education of university staff on access to information and privacy
• Represent the University in interactions following an access request or privacy complaint
• Provide leadership in working with those responsible for records management, information security and information systems to coordinate activities and plans and achieve university-wide personal information management
• Promote and assure compliance with the Access to Information and Protection of Personal Information and Privacy policy
• Propose, implement and coordinate privacy-related policy, procedure, guidelines, forms and tools at the University. Develops best practices, guidelines and protocols in relation to the management of personal information to support the activities and programs across campus
• Receive and investigate reports of privacy incidents and complaints, recommend action, prepare reports, and make recommendations for mitigation and follow up. Receives and evaluates applications, works with applicants to better define requests, liaises with relevant university departments and units, making recommendations to the appropriate university head and anticipates issues related to access and privacy and recommends effective solutions
• Lead the university’s response to reports of privacy breaches.
• Initiate, deliver and promote training and educational activities to foster privacy awareness and good privacy practices. Reviews and provides advice to departments and units concerning the completion of privacy impact analysis on new and revised initiatives, applications, infrastructure and programs that collect, store, use, disclose or destroy personal information in accordance with University policy, procedures and guidelines


• Bachelor of Laws degree. A recognized professional privacy certificate would be considered a definite asset
• A minimum of five years’ experience in public administration and information access and privacy protection in a university, governmental or other large organization
• Demonstrated knowledge of current laws and regulations, as well as experience conducting investigations in response to privacy complaints or privacy breaches
• Demonstrated judgment, analysis and decision-making skills in dealing with highly sensitive and confidential matters
• The position requires considerable organizational, analytical and problem-solving abilities and demonstrated, superior attention to detail. The successful applicant honors commitments by tracking projects and meeting timelines
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and report-writing are necessary
• Knowledge of and experience in IT security and information management are desirable

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

P. Wheatley

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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