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Executive Director, Policy and Planning



Competition # : 32037 

Department: Inclusive Economic Growth

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Inclusive Economic Growth aligns government efforts behind a common agenda to support the conditions for a thriving economy where all Nova Scotians can participate and benefit. The department primarily supports strategic areas that encourage Nova Scotia’s innovation, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, export orientation, cluster development and placemaking.


The department collaborates with Crown corporations and special operating entities to facilitate common understanding and alignment to create a dynamic environment for inclusive economic success.  We also work with other government departments and levels of government, post secondary institutions and the private and social enterprise sectors to achieve shared growth objectives.

About Our Opportunity


This is one of two Executive Director positions in the Department of Inclusive Economic Growth providing advice to the Deputy Minister with forward-thinking approaches for the strategic direction and priorities of the department; and providing advice and informed insight on key sector and organizational issues and opportunities. 

As the executive lead on policy and planning, you will provide a broad, strategic, cross-departmental perspective ensuring coordinated horizontal policy and planning with efficiently aligned resources to strengthen capacity and performance for delivering on government priorities.  


In this role you will report to the Associate Deputy Minister. 

Primary Accountabilities


As the Executive Director, Policy and Planning you will lead:


  • The advancement of strategic priorities of government through knowledge and expertise in emerging public policy, practises, and trends relevant to inclusive economic growth.
  • Integrated strategic policy, projects and initiatives related to an inclusive economic growth agenda.
  • The development of the departments’ research and analytical capacity, business planning, and strategic plans.
  • the development of clear data analytics, performance management and accountability frameworks, which measure and monitor the department’s performance in all areas outlined within the business plan and/or Statement of Mandate and ensures all corporate accountability and reporting requirements are met.
  • Internal and stakeholder communications and outreach including ensuring stakeholder engagement in the development of existing and proposed Crown, legislative, regulatory and/or policy initiatives.
  • Preparation of the Minister's regular briefing agenda and prepares timely, relevant, well researched briefing materials for the Minister, Deputy Minister and other senior staff which effectively present the key issues and recommendations respecting current or anticipated issues of public interest or concern
  • Timely coordination and liaison with Executive Council Office, Finance and Treasury Board, and the Office of Strategy Management with respect to the Cabinet and legislative submission of the department, TCA requests and ABC appointments.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a  Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline coupled with considerable years of progressive management experience in a related field with several years at a senior level (or acceptable equivalent).


As the ideal candidate you have previous experience establishing and leading a professional, capable, and competent division through effective deployment and utilization of all financial, human and material resources. You also have previous experience promoting employee engagement through the development of initiatives that stimulate workplace development and encourage employee engagement and commitment, leveraging value in every way it is achievable and avoiding waste of time, resources and funding and growing leadership capacity that supports a healthy, constructive work environment, balancing the leadership of deliverables and work and those of individuals who comprise the team


You bring a strategic approach to your work, ensuring the work of the Department is aligned to governmental priorities.  You have exceptional communication (written/verbal) and relationship building skills to foster collaboration with stakeholders and partners to ensure the department is building vibrant, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems based on the comparative advantages of each economic region. 


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:

Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Change Leadership, Team Leadership, Effective Interactive Communication, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, 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.

Working Conditions


Work outside of regular business hours as 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 for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 16 

Salary Range:  $4,976.46 - $6,234.89 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