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Manager, Policy


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Competition # : 31228 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/25/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


 At the Department of Agriculture, our vision is to create a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We work to support the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia.  


 Agriculture’s Policy unit also serves the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

About Our Opportunity


Keeping in mind the key role the Nova Scotia agricultural and seafood sectors play in rural economy, this position will manage a team of policy professionals to promote and support effective policy analysis, implementation and evaluation for the Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture.


As the Manager of Policy, you will provide corporate support, strategic policy advice, information and analysis to clients and senior executives across the department. This includes managing the legislative policy agenda for the department, including submissions to Executive Council, coordinating the development and amendment of departmental policies and procedures, and providing tools and supports across the department. This also involves managing the department priority planning process, corporate reporting, and administrative appointment processes.

Primary Accountabilities


You will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in the department to support the advancement of policy, planning and strategy. You will achieve this through:


  • Mentoring, coaching, and monitoring your team to ensure priorities and objectives are met, aligning with the interests and objectives of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture;
  • Establish streamlined, modernized legislation, regulations, and policies related to the development and protection of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture industry;
  • Implement and manage effective policy development frameworks that support legislative requirements;
  • Collaborating across the Departments and working on the development of accountability frameworks and requirements inclusive of targets, measures and milestones;
  • Consulting with stakeholders and enabling shared understanding of objectives;
  • Ensure the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy workplace, demonstrating the leadership competencies.

Qualifications and Experience


Typically to ensure success within this role, you will have post-secondary education in a related area (such as Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, etc.) as well as progressive experience in a similar field with time spent in a supervisory role. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


 In addition to the above you will also possess the following:


  • strong organizational skills while being capable of prioritizing and delegating high level work;
  • the ability to work with multiple stakeholders with tact and diplomacy;
  • strong negotiation, consultation and facilitation skills;
  • excellent writing skills for items including policy briefing materials, presentations, and reports;
  • experience in policy development, including experience in legislative/regulatory processes;
  • the ability to exercise sound judgement under pressure and in ambiguous situations;
  • a broad understanding of corporate and government issues and priorities; and
  • proven experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring performance indicators to support outcomes-oriented decision making at the organizational level.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


 We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,368.38 - $4,220.16 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to