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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Network – St. Joseph's Health Centre site

Full Time Temporary
Monday to Friday; Days
Under Review

Full Time Temporary (1 year contract; approximate)

The successful candidate for this role may be required to work at any of the three network sites in future.

On August 1, 2017, Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph's Health Centre and St. Michael's Hospital integrated to form a new health network called Unity Health Toronto. United, the three organizations serve patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education. This is an important and exciting milestone for each of our organizations and the people we care for as we work towards our vision of advancing the health of our patients and our urban communities.

As a member of the privacy team, the Privacy Specialist supports the Manager of Privacy, FIPPA & Information Access in ensuring organizational compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

The primary role of the Information Access & Privacy Specialist position is three-fold:

1. To assist the Manager to implement, sustain, monitor and improve a comprehensive privacy program in a complex healthcare environment,
2. To complete privacy-related deliverables for new projects, including but not limited to PIAs, PIA summaries, obtaining risk mitigation sign off, self-assessments, construction of supportive policies & procedures, and
3. To assist the Manager in implementing operational compliance programs (e.g. auditing, research protocol review)

The Specialist will promote and pursue the adoption of relevant best practices and standards, and provide formal and informal analyses and guidance to a variety of stakeholders, with a focus on continuous quality improvement. The Specialist has a considerable degree of interaction with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including: project managers, vendors, consultants, government/regulatory bodies, expert peers in the healthcare field, clinicians, patients/clients, and members of the public. Leadership and communication skills are required to build credibility and trust, and to accomplish goals with the assistance of internal and external teams.

• Supports the development of the privacy and information access program by:
o Identifying, escalating and tracking risks
o Providing guidance compliant with legislative requirements, regulator's expectations, best practices, and organizational risk tolerance
o Planning activities to implement, sustain, monitor and/or improve pieces of the privacy and information access program
• Keep abreast of changing requirements and trends in privacy and information access
• Conducts research and environmental scans on privacy controls and emerging trends
• Supports the development of projects and other initiatives by: (a) conducting privacy impact assessments (PIAs); (b) providing guidance on technical, manual, procedural and administrative controls recommended to enhance privacy; (c) assisting internal teams to implement recommended controls; and (d) providing feedback on contract and RFS/RFP response content.
• Develops hospital policies & procedures
• Produces documentation to meet internal and external reporting requirements
• Conducts reviews of research applications & provides strategic guidance to researchers setting up research projects and/or programs
• Represents the organization externally

1. University undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g., business, public or health administration, library sciences or information management) required.
2. Canadian certification with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/C) or an equivalent credential is an asset.
3. Minimum 5 years work experience with interpreting and applying provincial and federal privacy and freedom of information legislation, including PHIPA and FIPPA. Experience in a hospital or long-term care environment required.
4. Minimum two years of experience acting as the "member knowledgeable in privacy" on a research ethics board, or otherwise providing privacy guidance to researchers/research administration.
5. Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of a piece of an operational privacy program (for example, implementing a training program, piloting an audit regime, operationalizing a policy on the clinical front-lines or administrative back offices).
6. Demonstrated experience providing privacy guidance and conducting privacy impact assessments (PIAs). Completion of PIAs or provision of guidance on IM/IT projects required.
7. Excellent interpersonal, communications and customer service skills. Experience responding to complex inquiries from patients is an asset.
8. Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to respond to a multiplicity of demands and prioritize work activities.
9. Demonstrated consensus-building capacity in working with internal and external stakeholder groups.
10. Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat and other office software.
11. Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
12. Information Security training or experience is an asset.
13. Project management experience an asset.
14. Excellent presentation and training skills.
15. Ability to work independently, with little day-to-day supervision.
16. Satisfactory attendance record.

How To Apply

If you are interested and qualified for this position, we invite you to send us your resume by one of the following methods.

  1. Upload your resume using the form below. Please note that only PDF or Word Documents may be uploaded.
  2. Email your resume to To be properly considered for a position, both the job title and department to which you are applying, must appear in the subject line of your email. Please note, St. Joseph’s Health Centre recommends using our resume uploader as a more secure means of transmission of your personal details. While we accept resume submissions from personal email accounts as well, we cannot ensure the security of submissions sent via third-party email providers.

In support of persons' with disabilities, St. Joseph's Health Centre asks that job applicants with disabilities who require accommodation in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if contacted for an interview/testing, so that a suitable accommodation can be arranged. (In compliance with AODA, 2005, Integrated Accessibility Standards 2011, Employment Standards). If you require assistance in completing a job application due to a disability please contact Human Resources directly at 416-530-6460.

Current St. Joseph's Health Centre employees who wish to apply for the above position must submit an electronic transfer request to Human Resources.

Electronic transfer requests can be submitted internally by choosing the position from this link, clicking "APPLY NOW", and completing the form. To access the Electronic Transfer Request system from outside the Health Centre, please click on the "For Staff" section of this site, found in the top right corner, and log-in to Access SJNet. Postings are located under the Human Resources Section of SJNet.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.

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