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Senior Investigator


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Competition # : 31117 

Department: Office of the Info & Privacy Comm

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/30/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) (formerly known as the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Review Office) provides impartial oversight of compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Privacy Review Officer Act, the Municipal Government Act and the Personal Health Information Act.  The OIPC delivers its mandate by conducting investigations and mediations of complaints and reviews, issuing formal public reports, developing educational materials and providing independent advice on access and privacy matters at the request of public bodies, municipalities and health information custodians. 

About Our Opportunity


The Senior Investigator is the subject matter expert in privacy law with a particular focus on health privacy law.


The Senior Investigator leads and conducts complex and specialized formal access to information and privacy investigations, carrying out duties necessary for the investigation of compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Privacy Review Officer Act, the Municipal Government Act Part XX, and the Personal Health Information Act.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role includes:


  • Planning, conducting, and reporting on high-profile privacy investigations, as the senior member of the investigation/mediation unit, including leading Investigator(s) assigned to support an investigation.
  • Managing a caseload of complex investigation files, mediating resolutions, researching and providing advice internally and externally, preparing reports, and educating stakeholders about access to information and privacy matters.
  • Providing expert advise to the Review Officer/Commissioner and management staff on investigations, by having knowledge and thorough understanding of programs and services delivered by Public Bodies.
  • Writing and developing comprehensive reports, including recommendations on specific issues to the Review Officer/Commissioner for public reporting, through the development of investigative summaries, briefings, consultative and final report documents.
  • Monitoring and initiating follow up on the implementation of recommendations made to Public Bodies. Meetings are held with senior government officials and solicitors to maintain dialogue through the implementation of both formal and informal recommendations.
  • Promoting compliance with access and privacy legislation by developing and facilitating comprehensive training to access and privacy professionals of Public Bodies through workshops, presentations, information sessions and site visits through Nova Scotia.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a related university or college degree (e.g. law, public administration, law enforcement, information management, political science) and 2 years of relevant experience, or an acceptable equivalent combination of experience and training in a legal, policy or research environment. 


As the ideal candidate you possess extensive knowledge of legislation and regulations (federal, provincial and/or municipal) related to privacy and access to information and be able to use that knowledge to make competent, defensible decisions and plans.  Must have experience conducting investigations or informal resolutions. 


The successful candidate will demonstrate above average verbal and written communication skills.  A proven ability to employ discretion and deal appropriately with confidential and secret documents is also essential. 


You demonstrate a high level of integrity, ethics, impartiality, empathy, and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential matters. A high level of confidentiality must be maintained while addressing a variety of issues related to the administration of four home statues and the application of 600+ statues that intersect with access and privacy laws, and associated regulations, bylaws, policies and procedures.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: 

Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


The work takes place in a typical office setting. Travel is rarely required. If required, travel may be throughout the province. Driving may be in variable weather conditions including day and nighttime travel and overnight accommodations. Work hours may extend beyond regular hours.

Additional Information


This is a permanent opportunity.


Your cover letter and resume must clearly outline your experience and how you meet these qualifications.  Failure to do so will result in your application being screened out.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedule.



Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to