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Information Management Specialist (Research and Stat Officer 4)



Competition # : 35431 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/26/2022​ (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


Do you want to be a part of the exciting changes happening in the Nova Scotian Health System?

As the Research and Statistical Officer with Clinical Division, you will be responsible for providing evidence-based research, data analysis, strategic planning, and project management support for the development of legislation, provincial policy, system strategy, indicators and standards that are responsive to the changing health needs of Nova Scotians, are aligned with the overall strategic vision and mission of the department and contribute to overall improvement in health system performance and population health outcomes.


Within a typical day you will also be responsible for:


  • Conducting comprehensive research, analysis, measurement, and evaluation of complex policy issues to provide strategic advice to senior leaders.
  • Improving the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of health system data assets.
  • Contributing to policy, planning and decision making.
  • Engaging with departmental stakeholders to inform the development of key indicators, to advise on the correct interpretation of data analyses, and to inform the development of standardized reporting for performance measurement and accountability.
  • Providing leadership, project management and liaison support to project teams and departmental committees.
  • Determining data requirements and designing collection procedures to gather and analyze data.
  • Facilitating the division's accountability requirements to assure good governance and leading and/or participating in working groups on specific policy issues.
  • Preparing briefing notes and correspondence for senior departmental staff on a wide range of matters related to the department’s mandate.


As a subject matter expert in the field, you will provide data analysis as part of a team that leads and drives initiatives focused on the effectiveness of health system strategy across the continuum of primary health care and acute care, inclusive of health workforce and access and flow as well as work with senior department staff on major policy, research and procedural matters. You will also have the opportunity to work directly with provincial and inter-governmental health care stakeholders and may represent the department on inter-departmental initiatives.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you have a bachelor’s degree plus seven (7) years of related experience; or a Master’s degree plus five (5) years of experience.


In addition, you have the following required experience:


  • Progressively responsible research and analysis positions.
  • Expertise in database manipulation, programming languages, and reporting.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, SharePoint and Tableau (or similar software).


In addition to the above, you must have strong research, analytical and organizational skills. You are analytical in nature and can identify opportunities, determine program requirements, evaluate alternatives, and provide sound recommendations based on evidence gathered. You must be able to work and participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. This role also requires ability to work independently with minimal supervision, be self-motivated, and able to follow-up pro-actively and address issues as they arise. You must have excellent written and oral communications skills and presentation skills along with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills.


The following will be considered assets:


  • demonstrated experience in policy, economic, infrastructure and/or health related research, analysis and evaluation including the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques, concepts and methodologies
  • a strong understanding of the role of government, the public and other stakeholders in developing public policy


Please clearly illustrate in your cover letter how you meet the above qualifications.


We will assess the above qualifications 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


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.

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:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $3,155.27 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