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Aboriginal Consultation Adv./Sr. Policy Analyst(Program Admin Off 4)


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Competition # : 31224 

Department: Energy and Mines

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/1/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Energy and Mines manages and promotes energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors. The Regulatory and Strategic Policy Division of the Department of Energy and Mines manages the development of legislation and regulations and is responsible for the development of all Executive Council submissions. The Division also leads strategic planning, Aboriginal Consultation, supports policy development, and advises on complex departmental, interdepartmental, and intergovernmental energy and mines issues.

About Our Opportunity


We are seeking an Aboriginal Consultation Advisor/Senior Policy Analyst to join our team. As member of the Regulatory and Strategic Policy Division you will lead the Department’s work with Aboriginal communities and provide corporate policy support and advice. Relationship building with the Aboriginal communities is an overarching priority for the Province and we have an opportunity to build and maintain positive lasting relationships with other government departments (all levels) and most importantly, with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and the Nova Scotian Mi’kmaq communities and organizations.

Primary Accountabilities


As Aboriginal Consultation Advisor/Senior Policy Analyst you will manage the Aboriginal Consultation for the Department, meeting the legal obligations of the Nova Scotia government and the policy objectives of the Department of Energy and Mines related to the duty to consult. You will also support engagement efforts, including economic and business development opportunities with Mi’kmaq communities.


You will also have an important role in leading policy formulation, coordination of research and analysis, and strategy development on a broad range of energy and mines related issues. You will use your ability to analyze, synthesize and provide sound recommendations.


You can expect to:


  • manage Aboriginal Consultation undertaken by the Department;
  • monitor issues pertaining to the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq communities and their priorities and identify opportunities or solutions for the Province;
  • lead or support policy development and research and analysis on a variety of complex issues related to energy and mines;
  • coordinate and prepare clear, accurate and timely briefing materials, presentations and correspondence;
  • represent the Department on interdepartmental, intergovernmental and/or tripartite committees; and
  • provide insightful policy advice on an on-going basis.


In this role, you will also have the opportunity to work on projects independently and / or participate in teams for other assignments, including participation on interdepartmental and / or intergovernmental committees. You will work proactively to balance priorities, and ensure effective coordination of departmental efforts.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have a Bachelor's Degree in a related field plus 6 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training an experience.


You will have experience in and knowledge of the legal and policy landscape for Crown Consultation and the Mi’kmaq community issues. In-depth understanding of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq communities and organizations, as well as a strong network within communities, is an asset. In addition, you will have experience in public policy and leadership.


To be successful in this role, attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and exceptional analytical, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required. You will demonstrate an aptitude for understanding complex documentation such as legislation, regulations and policy and a skill for preparing complex policy analysis, as well as preparing the business case to promote preferred decisions. A variety of software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Internet applications are required.


This position works under tight time constraints, therefore the ability to handle pressure when meeting deadlines and juggling a diverse number of projects that require ongoing planning/revising will be key. In addition, you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as strong organization and project management skills, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


Working Conditions


Some travel within Nova Scotia may be required and occasionally to other provinces.

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:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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:


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 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