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Planning Analyst (Research & Stat Officer 4)



Competition # : 34082 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/25/2022​ (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.  Our mission is to lead a quality, equitable and sustainable health care system that inspires and promotes the health and well-being of all people in Nova Scotia.  Along with our partners, including Nova Scotia Health and the IWK Health Centre, we are committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve quality. To do this, we’re recruiting 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 team impacting exciting changes in Nova Scotia’s healthcare system?


The Planning Analyst supports policy, planning, accountability and reporting for the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). In this role, you will support corporate and health system planning, the development and implementation of improved corporate processes and structures, and will be responsible for stewarding corporate planning and accountability excellence.


In this role, you will have the opportunity to work directly with departmental senior leadership, and with other key strategic partners.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Planning Analyst, you will use your subject matter expertise combined with formal processes and tools to develop planning and accountability documents, reports, and recommendations. You will develop and implement innovative approaches to addressing complex problems in the space of health system planning, accountability, and performance management.  You will provide project support/leadership to departmental projects and initiatives as required. You will also:


  • develop project plans for the implementation of new approaches and initiatives;
  • develop new corporate approaches to enable the department’s Planning & Accountability division;
  • make recommendations on a broad range of departmental issues/programs to inform the decision-making process;
  • prepare presentations and other materials for branch and departmental leadership;
  • consult with key stakeholder groups to ensure sound policy and planning, and to align departmental and government priorities and commitments; and
  • provide project management and/or support to designated projects and initiatives.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus seven (7) years of related experience in policy/program planning and development; or a related Master’s degree and five (5) years of experience.


The position requires exceptional leadership abilities as well as in depth knowledge of research methods, analytical and organizational skills. Experience coordinating multi-disciplinary teams is essential as you engage in consultation with internal and external stakeholders. You are innovative and up to date on industry trends and best practices.


Excellent written and oral communications skills, along with presentation skills are a requirement. You must be proficient with Microsoft office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You must also have excellent interpersonal and project management skills. Skills in consultation, team building, process facilitation and group leadership are critical to success in this role.


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.




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. You will have daily contact with various internal and external stakeholders. The scope of this role requires strong abilities in multi-tasking, balancing multiple priorities, meeting frequent deadlines, and making time sensitive recommendations.


Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


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.


This is a Term opportunity with an anticipated end date of November 22, 2022.


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