Senior Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Specialist

The Halifax Group has a won contract opportunity with one of our Government of Canada clients. The selected resource will be required to work with the responsible program area to complete a list of PIAs based on sensitivity and Departmental priority. All PIAs must assess and evaluate privacy and security risks associated with the collection, retention, use, disclosure and accuracy of personal information by Departmental programs and activities. This is a remote role with occasional onsite meetings in the National Capital Region.

Start Date: ASAP

Security Clearance: Secret


  • Undertake preliminary meetings with Departmental program area to obtain additional background information on the nature of the work, including: program objectives; the current planning and reporting context; and available data sources;
  • Make suggestions and consider the privacy implications associated with the program and outline the proposed approach and scope of the PIA;
  • Liaise with the internal program managers, and key departmental stakeholders to update/finalize the PIA;
  • Present the proposed draft PIA and outline the associated risks and the proposed mitigations to the Team lead (project authority); and,
  • Present a draft version that is compliant with government and Departmental policy, and ready to for submission to the OPC and TBS where required.
  • PIA creation and management will require close collaboration between program or activity areas, information technology (IT) security, departmental security and other departmental stakeholders such as privacy advisors and, when warranted, legal counsel.
  • Within 5 business days of initial meeting with the responsible Departmental program area, the consultant must provide the PIA Team Lead (TL) and Deputy Director (DD) with a project plan includes an overview of the PIA and a draft outline and timetable for key activities to complete the PIA.

Role Requirements:

  • 10 years of experience administering and interpreting the Privacy Act, Privacy regulations and TBS Policies and Directives specifically; specifically interpreting and applying sections 4-8 relating to contentious and complex issues.
  • 10 years of experience writing, reviewing, preparing and coordinating sensitive or complex PIAs that involve sensitive personal information or multiple functional program areas.
  • 8 years of experience developing privacy related policies and documents, such as privacy protocols, consent statements, privacy notices and advice and guidance to a federal government entity.

The Halifax Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, national origin, or any other protected status. Visible minorities, women, LGBTQ candidates, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.