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Privacy Advisor

Job ID21-968-07-086-2266
Date Posted2021-05-28
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryPublic Administration
Closing Date 2021-06-30
Reference Number 21-968-07-086
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens

Location Ottawa, ON
Salary Range $73,970 - $89,970
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Language Requirement Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Job Summary

  • Assess the privacy obligations and potential risks posed by new or substantially modified CSIS programs / activities;
  • Determine whether or not, the circumstances outlined in section 6.3.1 of the Directive on Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) apply to Service programs and activities;
  • Document decisions in accordance with 6.3.2 and 6.3.3 of the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Directive on PIAs;
  • Draft PIAs in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Implement the Service's process for addressing privacy breaches, in accordance with TBS guidelines;
  • Identify, create and update the Service's Personal Information Banks (PIBs) and ensure these are registered and updated with TBS;
  • As policy centre, establish and update internal policies, standards and procedures in relation to the administration of the Privacy Act;
  • Prepare reports and correspondence related to the administration of the Privacy Act, including reports mandated by the Privacy Act, for senior Service managers, for TBS, for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) and/or for Parliament;
  • Assist and support Service managers on the application of the Privacy Act regulations with respect to the collection, usage, dissemination, retention and disposal of personal information;
  • Provide advice, guidance and interpretation of the Privacy Act and on the TBS Directive regarding PIAs;
  • Keep current on Privacy Act policy changes, privacy issues, technology issues, public concerns etc., that involve the protection of personal information;
  • Assist colleagues in activities such as research and/or analysis required for various ERC related reviews and/or inquiries.


  • Undergraduate degree and two (2) years of experience
  • College degree and four (4) years of experience

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. 

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


  • Experience interpreting and applying policy provisions, guidelines or laws.

Candidates must also possess:

  • Two (2) years of experience producing a variety of written reports, such as briefing notes, reports, assessments, summaries and/or memorandums; and
  • Experience researching and analysing information in order to draw inferences and/or make recommendations;
  • Experience interacting with individuals at different levels, both within and outside the organization, in order to obtain or provide information.


  • Experience in drafting Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA).
  • Knowledge of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.


  • Advisory (Ability to provide advice)
  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Skills/Multitasking

Conditions of Employment

Upon appointment, an employee shall remain in the Branch or Region for a period of one year before any lateral movement outside of the Branch or Region. 


Please clearly demonstrate in your resume and cover letter how you meet each Education and Experience criteria by providing concrete examples including where, when and how these qualifications were acquired.  Failure to do so will result in the screening out of your application.

A written exam will be used as part of the overall assessment combined with the competency-based-interview.  

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

For more information, visit CSIS for Privacy Advisor