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Intergovernmental Relations Policy Analyst (Research & Stat Officer 4)



Competition # : 34105 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/26/2022​ (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


As the Policy Analyst, Intergovernmental Relations you will work closely with a high-performing team to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of policy and advice within the Intergovernmental Relations Division of our Department. You will also coordinate information on behalf of the unit and provide project support/leadership on departmental projects and initiatives.


Primary Accountabilities


 More specifically, in the position you will:


  • Conduct comprehensive research, analysis, measurement, and evaluation of complex policy issues to provide strategic advice to senior leadership
  • Prepare and navigate timely information flow, support and advice in support of departmental priorities as determined by the Executive Leadership Team, Deputy and Minister of Health
  • Respond to rapid and concurrently occurring information requests in an efficient manner and ensure officials have the right materials before key FPT meetings as well as minutes and action items after the meetings
  • Participate in and communicate provincial priorities in interdepartmental and federal, provincial, territorial meetings, working groups and committees
  • Initiate, plan, develop and manage a range of policy projects for the department's broader legislative, regulatory and program frameworks
  • Provide leadership in the development of long-term strategic plans to address critical issues and contribute to the planning of the department’s FPT priorities and legislative agenda


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you possess a bachelor’s degree with at least seven years of relevant experience or a master’s degree and five years of relevant experience. Related experience includes project management, social research, policy research and/or system planning (preferably respecting the health sector).


Experience in developing and analyzing policy with the ability to interpret data in a meaningful way is required for this position. Strong research with the ability to evaluate complex policies are essential skills for this role.


You possess experience working within the health care system and have an excellent grasp of policy and planning methodology, systems and processes of decision-making in a government environment. You have the ability to apply this knowledge to complex and broadly-connected health issues.


In addition to the above, you are a highly organized individual who is focused on continuously improving quality and has a solution-focused approach. You are responsive and able to prioritize a high volume of competing and sometimes rapid requests. You are an excellent relationship builder, a self-starter with the ability to initiate tasks with little supervision and possess great organization skills.


As a skilled communicator, you possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Experience in intergovernmental affairs or stakeholder relations is considered a strong 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 related training and experience may be accepted in place of education requirements. 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


Typically located in a comfortable office environment.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • 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