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Business Analyst (Program Admin Officer 3)

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2A8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27691 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/26/2020

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


The System Innovation team works with the Chief Design Officer to conceptualize and deliver on strategic projects impacting Nova Scotia’s health care system. We are a small, dynamic team with a complementary mix of backgrounds.  Working closely with our health services delivery partners and across government, we aim to develop innovative frameworks, policy, processes and tools that enable collaborative, multi-year health system planning that improves Nova Scotia’s health outcomes and optimizes value for investment.  Our work is complex, involves many stakeholders and partners and is meaningful to Nova Scotians.


About Our Opportunity


Are you enthusiastic about evidence-based decision making? Are you looking for a collaborative, interactive role that uses data patterns and trends to improve service and program delivery?  If so, we have the job for you!


As a small focused team dedicated to tackling the big, long-term issues facing our health care system, we are looking for a Business Analyst  to support our strategic, evidence-based health system planning..  Reporting to the Director, System Innovation, you will work closely with program areas such as Continuing Care and Primary Health Care to assess and collate operational datasets to support big picture shifts in health care service delivery that improve health outcomes and services for Nova Scotians.  You’ll also be very involved in the application of those data sets to collaborative and strategic health system planning activities.


Primary Accountabilities


Within this role, you can expect to:


  • Identify opportunities for efficiencies and improvements;
  • Identify opportunities for new services or programs which support the core mandate of the department as it relates to long term care, home support, vendor management, etc.;
  • Provide business analysis and advice to the Department and project teams on how the contracts can be utilized to enhance outcomes on strategic objectives of the Department;
  • Develop data sets and tools to help ensure informed decision-making;
  • Collect and analyse information about best practices identified in grey literature or trends occurring in health system design in other jurisdictions;
  • Present and share findings for multiple audiences to inform planning efforts and decisions.  


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have an undergraduate degree in a field related to data analysis, planning, or policy development, and 5 years of related experience.


You will have experience in the following:


  • Demonstrated ability to process large volumes of raw data, recognize patterns and trends, and interpret insights.
  • Conducting research on complex programs and processes, providing recommendations to management based on your findings.
  • Collaborating on large-scale projects with both internal and external stakeholders.


You are highly self-motivated, proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Outlook, Power Point), and have strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities.


Knowledge of and experience working with the healthcare system is considered an asset.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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.


Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day;
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion;
  • Typically located in comfortable office environment;
  • Much of the time is spent in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about;
  • Regularly reads and interprets multiple sources of information, regular requirement to type, read and work on a computer;
  • May experience pressure with deadlines and need for accuracy.


Additional Information


Please note, this is a term position with an expected end date of September 17, 2021. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) 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;
  • 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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,899.09 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


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