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Professional Practice & Privacy Officer, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline April 21, 2017
Windsor Site

Position Summary

Reporting to the CEO/MOH, the successful applicant will be responsible for providing organizational oversight to privacy practices at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit ensuring compliance with provincial legislation including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). In addition, the applicant will report to the Chief Nursing Officer to support the CNO initiative according to the Ontario Public Health Standards to enhance nursing practice through professional development, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement initiatives related to public health programs and services and professional nursing practice.

This position supports the on-going operations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assists in the identification, implementation and maintenance of WECHU’s privacy policies and procedures
  • Oversees, directs, and delivers, or ensures delivery of privacy training and orientation to all employees, students and volunteers
  • Performs on-going compliance monitoring activities related to privacy, auditing and professional practice issues
  • Works with legal counsel and the Senior Management Team to ensure WECHU has and maintains appropriate privacy and confidentiality consent and authorization forms
  • Establishes and maintains a mechanism to track access to personal health information
  • Oversees and ensures the right of WECHU clients to access, amend and restrict access to their personal health information
  • Ensures a process is in place for receiving, documenting, tracking and investigating and taking action on all complaints and potential breaches related to personal health information
  • Ensures compliance with privacy policies and initiates disciplinary actions for failure to comply with privacy practices
  • Coordinates the development of privacy impact assessments for the agency
  • Establishes an internal privacy audit program for Ministry based databases such as Panorama
  • Initiates, facilitates and promotes activities that create a culture of privacy and awareness within the organization
  • Serves in a leadership role for the Privacy Committee and is a member of the Nursing Practice Council
  • Works with Information Technology to ensure appropriate measures are taken for information security including the on-going review of retention and destruction policies within WECHU
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable municipal and provincial laws regarding privacy
  • Contributes to practice development activities to strengthen the public health nursing workforce
  • Implements continuous quality improvement initiatives related to professional practice
  • Participates in new staff orientation programs and student preceptorship initiatives
  • Liaises with academic institutions to ensure quality nursing student placements  
  • Facilitates activities that support research, education, and leadership development in nursing
  • Coordination of CPR training for all internal staff

Position Qualifications

  • The position requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in public health and 1 year experience in a leadership role
  • A BScN Degree and current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • A Master's Degree in Nursing or Health Administration would be an asset  
  • Knowledge and experience in public health programs
  • Demonstrated management skills (planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating), resource management skills (human, information) and change management skills
  • Demonstrated organization, facilitation, communication and presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of College of Nurses Practices standards and nursing practice issues
  • Working knowledge of relevant acts and legislation including the Health Protection & Promotion Act, Ontario Public Health Standards, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Familiarity with government legislation in the area of occupational health and safety
  • CPR certified with training experience would be an asset
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s Licence and access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours
  • A valid certificate of insurance and proof of automobile insurance in the amount of a minimum of $2,000,000 public liability
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required
  • Bilingualism in French and English is considered a strong asset.

Application Process

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a résumé in confidence by email to with Reference #29, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday April 21, 2017.    

Thank you for your interest in this posting, those that are selected for in interview will be contacted.