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Our Information & Privacy team is seeking a full-time Privacy Compliance Officer. This position works with all departments with respect to privacy incident response, compliance duties and special projects, as well as providing training for employees. The Privacy Compliance Officer also builds and improves the existing Privacy program at the Law Society of BC.

The Privacy Compliance Officer is responsible for:

Compliance Duties/Efforts

  • Provide leadership for the organization’s privacy program.
  • Develop, regularly review and update processes and procedures to encourage compliance with the Law Society’s protection of privacy and anti-spam obligations under legislation, regulation and policies – in particular, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Bring privacy compliance issues to the attention of the Supervisor, Privacy, Records and Information Management, Director, Governance, Privacy & Information Management, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Leadership Team and Directors/Managers.
  • Monitor the Law Society’s compliance with privacy obligations and propose updates as appropriate by carrying out special projects, such as a review of the Law Society’s disclosure and privacy practices.
  • Assist as required in reviewing Information Protection Agreements and Schedules to ensure consistency with privacy law requirements.
  • Assist with the development of Information Sharing Agreements between the Law Society and other organizations, as required.

Employee Training

  • Develop and deliver an annual privacy awareness and training program for staff to increase employee understanding of the Law Society’s privacy policy, information handling practices and procedures, and legal obligations.
  • Conduct ongoing privacy awareness and training activities, such as regular (annual) updates, regular communication about privacy concerns and other guidance materials.
  • Assist with the delivery of privacy awareness training as part of the orientation process for new employees.

Build & Improve the Privacy Program

  • Maintain, review and update as appropriate the Law Society’s organization-wide Privacy Impact Assessment process and procedures to ensure the development of new products and services is consistent with the Law Society’s privacy policies and legal obligations. This includes assisting staff with the completion of Privacy Risk Management Checklists and Privacy Impact Assessments.
  • Communicate with Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner, responding to privacy complaints and reporting privacy breaches.
  • Work with departments and senior management to advocate for best practices in privacy protection and data security issues.
  • Provide advice and information on privacy issues.
  • Draft policy and perform regular reviews and updates.
  • Review and update forms to ensure appropriate collection notices are included.
  • Review and update contract provisions to ensure compliance with privacy and security obligations under legislation and to reduce risk.
  • Liaise with IT and operations, management and staff to ensure both existing and new services comply with privacy and security obligations for the protection of personal information.
  • Liaise with communications and other staff concerning public disclosure of personal information (e.g., website postings and news releases).
  • Back up and assistance for the Information and Privacy Officer as necessary. Such other duties as the Supervisor, Privacy, Records and Information Management, Director, Governance, Privacy & Information Management and/or Chief Executive Officer may require.

Incident response

  • Mitigate effects of an unauthorized use or disclosure of personal information by employees or service providers.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of prevention strategies.
  • Review and respond to all complaints concerning the Law Society’s privacy policies and procedures.

Qualifications

  • University degree in related field or completion of recognized paralegal program.
  • Five years of related work experience, preferably in a legal setting.
  • Knowledge of privacy legislation and its application, particularly in the context of modern software and technology.
  • Ability to research, interpret and apply legislation and case law.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with management, staff and outside bodies.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to assert organizational requirements proactively, but tactfully and effectively, to management and staff at all levels.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject “Privacy Compliance Officer”. The closing date for this competition is August 9, 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All Law Society employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless approved for an accommodation.

The Law Society of BC supports hybrid work schedules. This position is located at the Law Society of British Columbia office in the Yaletown area of Vancouver, BC.

845 Cambie Street

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6B 4Z9

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Contact the HR department at personnel@lsbc.org if you do not receive an email confirming that the Law Society has received your application.

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The information on this web page is collected under authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996, c. 165, s. 26(c). The information will be used to process your application for employment at the Law Society. If you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this information, contact the Human Resources Manager, Law Society of British Columbia, 8th Floor, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4Z9, Tel. (604) 669-2533.