Data Protection Expert/Data Protection Officer

Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

Central European University is hiring a Data Protection Expert/DPO to support the University’s data management activities to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Duties and responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the in-house Legal Counsel/COO, the Data Protection Expert/DPO shall inform and advise on the daily management and protection of personal data in relation to EU GDPR and national law(s) and regulations.

Responsibility includes:
The Data Protection Expert/DPO will maintain expert knowledge of data protection law and practices, as well as other professional qualities, to ensure that the University continues to comply with EU GDPR requirements and relevant national data protection law(s) and regulations.

The Data Protection Expert/DPO will ensure that all documentation to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR - such as policies and procedures - is kept up to date. Furthermore, the Data Protection Officer will plan and schedule data processing audits regularly, and monitor core activities to ensure they comply with EU GDPR.

The Data Protection Expert/DPO is the main contact point for CEU employees and will liaise with all members of faculty and staff on matters of data protection.

In addition to serving as CEU’s Data Protection Expert/DPO, this role will also support the University in enhancing cross-unit compliance systems based on the experiences of the DPO role.

Key tasks of the Data Protection Expert/DPO:

  • To inform and advise all members of faculty and staff on their obligation to adhere to EU GDPR and national law(s) when dealing with personal data
  • To monitor compliance with EU GDPR and national law(s), conducting audits of processes relating to personal data
  • Advise and inform on the data protection impact assessment (DPIA), including monitoring performance of DPIAs against the requirements of EU GDPR
  • Liaise and cooperate with the supervisory authority
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of all University data protection policies, procedures and processes in relation to the protection of personal data
  • Advise management on the allocation of responsibilities internally to support ongoing compliance with EU GDPR and national law(s)
  • Ensure training and awareness is available and delivered to all members of staff involved in processing operations relating to personal data
  • To be the point of contact for data subjects with regard to the processing of their personal data
  • To monitor compliance with the Data Protection Policy throughout the University to develop/advise on procedures for effective security
  • To develop/advise on formal procedures for reporting incidents (EU GDPR and information security-related) and investigations
  • To contribute to the business continuity and disaster recovery planning process
  • To advise on and monitor the safeguarding of organizational record management
  • Work with information asset owners to ascertain the extent to which personal data is collected, held and/or used in the University, and that it is properly controlled and safeguarded from loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability from any cause
  • To ensure that records of the processing are retained by the University.


  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Hungarian and English (German is an advantage)
  • Experience of working in an international work environment (higher education or similar context is an advantage)
  • Bachelor’s or higher university degree in Legal Studies (data protection specialization is an advantage)
  • 3-5 years experience in data protection.

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for two referees.

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2020/013.


About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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