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Executive Director, Policy and Corporate Services



Competition # : 35912 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/6/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

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 continual improvements within the Health System, 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.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Senior Executive, Director Strategy, Performance and Partnerships, the Executive Director of Policy and Corporate Services leads a division who is responsible for the development of a governance and delivery model to align departmental and health system processes as it relates to policy, legislation, privacy and risk management.


In this role, you will lead the design, development, and delivery of a strategic risk management framework, to protect assets, information, and resources of the health system. You will also work collaboratively across the Department and the health system both provincially and nationally to advance the integration and alignment of policy decisions involving all aspects of the health system.


You are accountable for a variety of corporate functions including policy and legislation, intergovernmental relations, enterprise risk management, and other corporate functions for the Department of Health and Wellness, the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment.

Primary Accountabilities


Your key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Creating a strategic, coordinated and client-focused policy excellence centre which leads and facilitates the development of overarching policy, governance, program and service frameworks for the Department of Health and Wellness, the Office of Healthcare Professional Recruitment, and the Office of Addictions and Mental Health.
  • Leading the business planning and mandate reviews for both the Department and the Offices and ensuring all corporate accountability and reporting requirements are met with Finance and Treasury Board and the Office of Policy and Priorities. Ensuring alignment of the corporate performance and accountability within the multiyear accountability framework for the health system.
  • Developing departmental and health system policy and processes to ensure strategic planning aligns with the goals and priorities of government by demonstrating insight and by making connections and effective decisions which support system thinking.
  • Providing leadership and direction for the development, review, monitoring and evaluation of corporate legislation, (new and amending) regulations and other policy instruments to enhance the departments’ capacity to strategically develop and enhance health system transformation to develop programs and services and to ensure that stakeholder and corporate needs are addressed effectively and efficiently.
  • Providing expertise to policies, practices, and strategies to identify, measure and analyze risk and to provide solutions that optimize operations and reduce the probability or degree of loss.
  • Leading through a collaborative approach the design and delivery of a variety of corporate strategies which support the mandate of the Department including policies, guidelines, standards, programs and services related to risk, responding to inquiries from the public and stakeholders, privacy, business continuity, records management and occupational health and safety systems.
  • Influencing and supporting the Government’s corporate agenda by directing the development and approval of the Department’s responses to FOIPOP requests, central government business continuity processes and reports required by Executive Council, Finance and Treasury Board, the Auditor General’s Office, and other central agencies.
  • Ensuring 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, respecting corporate human resources practices, promoting teamwork and individual development, maintaining internal communication, monitoring revenues and expenditures, adhering to procurement guidelines, acquiring goods and services in the most cost effective manner and accurately forecasting budget requirements for the fiscal year.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you have a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field, as well as several years of progressive management experience at a senior level. A Master’s Degree will be considered an asset.


You will also possess the following:


  • A proven track record in a senior management role in a large, complex organization, with demonstrated leadership competencies and a strong history of producing results, with proven ability to successfully utilize project and change management tools and methods;
  • In-depth understanding of the Nova Scotia and Canadian Health Care systems with demonstrated expertise in the management of drugs and insured health benefits or related experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding of budgetary processes and risk management/mitigation principles and practices and performance metrics;
  • Competencies in the management of people, which must be demonstrated through formal experience in the management and development of staff;
  • Team building skills with a demonstrated commitment to create an environment that enables staff to achieve results and build organizational capacity;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills including the ability to negotiate and persuade others, superior writing, analytical and presentation skills that enable communication of complex ideas and information in concise, meaningful ways as well as strong computer and financial application skills;
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with demonstrated decisiveness, ability to manage competing priorities with tight and conflicting deadlines.


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


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.



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


Located in a comfortable office environment. Moderate travel may be required.

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.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 15 

Salary Range:  $4,602.86 - $5,753.55 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