Legal Counsel 

Office of the Ombud - Access and Privacy Division
Legal Counsel 
Open competition
Pay Band 5
Fredericton

The Ombud is an independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly with oversight responsibilities under various statutes, including the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act.

The Office of the Ombud is seeking an individual to join the investigation team in its Access and Privacy Division and to establish an inventory for similar future vacancies. The position of Legal Counsel reports to the Ombud. In conjunction with other staff on the investigation team, Legal Counsel assists in ensuring that the work conducted by the Access and Privacy Division is conducted in an impartial, timely, and confidential manner.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to: 

  • conducting an initial review of and attempting to informally resolve access and privacy complaints under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act, including communicating with public bodies, health care custodians, and complainants, as well as drafting initial findings on complaint files; 
  • reviewing and assisting with investigations of self-reported privacy breaches by public bodies under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and health care custodians under the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act; 
  • conducting research and analysis of legislation, policies, practices, and procedures relevant to matters under investigation as directed and to assist in the preparation of educational materials and guidance documents and formal investigations; and 
  • assisting with the preparation and delivery of presentations to the public bodies, health care custodians, and the general public about rights and responsibilities under both Acts.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Law degree and membership in good standing or eligibility for membership to the Law Society of New Brunswick; 
  • the ability to handle challenging situations and make decisions with appropriate guidance; 
  • ability to demonstrate a high level of motivation, maturity, and dependability under high pressure situations;
  • superior written and verbal communication skills; 
  • strong analytical and research skills; 
  • strong interpersonal skills; and 
  • excellent organizational and prioritization skills.

The position requires some evening and weekend work and occasional travel.

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified in your application.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • previous experience in administrative law and/or working for a regulatory body; 
  • previous experience working with and interpreting legislation; 
  • previous experience working with access to information legislation; 
  • previous experience working with privacy legislation; and 
  • previous experience in mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution.

SALARY: $2,174 to $3,037 bi-weekly, depending on education and experience.

Applicants may apply by e-mail to aip-aivpempl@gnb.ca or by mail at the following address by December 31, 2019:

Office of the Ombud - Access and Privacy Division 
Attn: Kara Patterson, Senior Legal Counsel 
230 - 65 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB
E3B 7H8

We thank all those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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