Policy Analyst



Competition # : 39277 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities.  Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager, the Policy Analyst - Contractual Obligations is responsible for providing advice, recommendations, analytical review, and document preparation to the Department of Agriculture in the areas of funding agreements, policy, economic development and legislation.

The incumbent will lead internal reviews of Departmental funding obligations for program development and other projects by facilitating timely development, appropriate consultation, and proper navigation through the internal Departmental and Government-wide approval structures.


Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business, law (or acceptable education equivalent) is required, plus five (5) years’ relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in plus three (3) years’ relevant experience. 

Candidates will have experience and knowledge of policy, contracts, and legislative development in a government environment. The incumbent will have a proven ability to deal with complex processes, ideally through application of formal project management tools. Required interpersonal skills include a strong client service orientation and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment. 

Candidates must be able to communicate complex topics effectively in both written and oral forms; experience with public consultations would be an asset. The incumbent must be fully proficient in a Microsoft Office environment, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.  Experience with: analytical thinking; client orientation; adaptability & flexibility; effective interactive communication and outcome focus would be considered an asset. 




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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 2024. The appointment status (‘term’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.
  • Count less career paths. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,543.38 - $3,091.70 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.