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Pension Analyst (Program Admin Officer 3)



Competition # : 37685 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/31/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, we work to preserve the fiscal capacity of government by providing financial leadership, analysis, and advice for ongoing fiscal sustainability of the Province. As stewards of the Province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services, including the preparation of the provincial budget, forecast updates, and year-end financial statements, as well as review departmental submissions to Executive Council and its sub-committees to ensure government plans are coordinated and financial elements are thoroughly understood.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. We encourage you to self-identify during the application process in your cover letter and resume.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Deputy Superintendent of Pensions, the Pension Analyst will work closely with the Deputy Superintendent and other members of the Pension Regulation Division.


Primary Accountabilities


The Pension Analyst can expect to:

  • Examine and analyze pension plan documents in respect of pension plans being registered, amended, or terminated to ensure compliance with the relevant pension legislation and regulations.
  • Review annual information returns, actuarial/financial reports, and other filings for compliance with legislation and regulations.
  • Respond to inquiries and investigate complaints from the pension industry as well as the public on pension administration, legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Review Life Income Fund documents for compliance with the relevant pension legislation and regulations in addition to maintaining the Superintendent’s List of Approved Life Income Funds.
  • Prepare pension plan data reports for submission to Statistics Canada and Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Participate in the National Pension Compliance Officers Association (NPCOA) and will potentially travel for meetings within Canada.
  • Prepare the report of the Superintendent of Pensions on the administration of the Pension Benefits Act


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Business, Science, or Arts plus 5 years’ experience in pension administration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


As the ideal candidate you must have a proven working knowledge of the Canadian Retirement Landscape and the Nova Scotia Pension Benefits Act and Regulations. Diplomacy, discretion, sound judgement and respect for confidentiality are critical; you have demonstrated experience handling sensitive or confidential information.  


You have advanced interpersonal and communication skills and experience, and demonstrate how you effectively and tactfully, communicate complex information in plain language and deliver difficult messages. Highly developed written and verbal communication skills are required to prepare correspondence and respond to inquiries.


You are must be proficient in the following: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.


 A Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation would be considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools:  written examinations, oral presentations, interviews, 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.


Additional Information


Please note this is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of January 31, 2024; however, the status of the opportunity (Term/Temporary/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.
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules and arrangements.  


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,469.30 - $3,001.65 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