Senior Privacy Advisor – General Manager

 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 14/12/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 19/11/2020


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.


The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

    • Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
    • Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
    • Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
    • Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
    • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
    • Services related to the psychological welfare of children
    • Adoption & Alternative Care

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

The practical application of Data Protection and Privacy Law and compliance requirements to Tusla’s statutory remit.


Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide expert guidance with regard to the practical application of Data Protection and Privacy Law, including, but not limited to, the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 in the context of the legislative environment within which Tusla operates i.e. Public, Administrative [including Child Protection] and Constitutional Law.
  • Monitor and respond to industry and regulatory developments in Data Protection Law and Privacy Law.
  • Monitor changes in applicable Data Protection and Privacy Law and keep the Data Protection Unit and the Agency advised and up to date on legislative developments.
  • Support the design and provision of data protection training and awareness programs across the Agency.
  • Support the drafting of internal and external data protection and privacy policies and their implementation.
  • Provide expert guidance on data transfers [national and international] and draft necessary agreements.
  • Respond to data protection and privacy related queries from a wide range of multi-disciplinary stakeholders across Tusla and provide guidance that is capable of practical application to support the Agency’s statutory remit and service delivery model.
  • Draft and negotiate data protection related provisions of data sharing, commercial and technology contracts, including vendor/service provider agreements, data sharing, data transfer and other data protection agreements.
  • Manage the scheme of delegations in Tusla.


Key relationships / interfaces

    • Tusla Board and Committees
    • Office of the CEO (OCEO)
    • Data Protection Officer (DPO)
    • Tusla Directorates
    • Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA)
    • Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC)
    • Data Protection Commission (DPC)


Leadership and development:

  • Coordinate and lead junior members of staff within the wider data protection/legal team.
  • Promote a positive work ethic within the team.
  • Lead, manage, organise and motivate staff to function effectively in a complex and changing environment.


Communications and Stakeholder Management

  • Demonstrate pro-active commitment to all communications with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop strong working relationship with key stakeholders.


Education & Training

  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of professional knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at courses as appropriate.
  • Engage in career and professional development planning.
  • Oversee the provision of a framework for the promotion of staff development and training by making recommendations with regard to the ongoing education, mentoring, training and in-service needs of the team.


The role, responsibilities and reporting arrangement pertaining to this post are developing in the context of evolving structures within Child and Family Agency, Corporate Services and OLS and are therefore subject to reasonable amendment.  


The DPO/Head of Legal Services, will assist in finalising and implementing new arrangements when they are known.



Health & Safety


  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.



The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:


  • Enrolled as a solicitor or a barrister in the State for at least 2 years
  • Recognised qualification in GDPR and Data Protection Law
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in data protection regulation and compliance
  • Experience in a legal advisory role, communicating legal guidance that is capable of practical application to internal and external stakeholders in a legislative environment similar to that within which Tusla operates
  • Experience in a legal advisory role, encompassing the management of a wide range of substantial data protection and data privacy matters involving complex issues in a medium to large organisation



A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.



Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good



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