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Policy Analyst (Designated)



Competition # : 32745 

Department: L'nu Affairs

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/30/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated for those applicants who self-identity as an Indigenous Person. If you are a member of this equity group, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


Preference may be given to those who identity specifically as Mi’kmaw and / or reside in a Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia.

About Us


The Nova Scotia Office of L’nu Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Province's approach to Indigenous issues. We are a central government office that offers advice and strategic direction to all provincial departments. Our role also includes intergovernmental discussions and negotiations with the Government of Canada and engagement with all Mi'kmaw organizations and communities. Much of our work is conducted through the Mi'kmaq - Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process. Our office also has a mandate to increase public awareness and knowledge about the Mi'kmaq and our shared history through the Treaty Education Nova Scotia Initiative.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Policy, the policy analyst will contribute to informed policy analysis and strategic decision making within government, ensure the interests of the Office of L’nu Affairs and Nova Scotia are represented within the Mi’kmaq - Nova Scotia -Canada Tripartite Forum, and will support national scope federal / provincial / territorial and indigenous discussions at senior levels.


In this role, you will act as a liaison with other government departments and Mi’kmaw and other indigenous agencies to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to indigenous initiatives within government. You will conduct research and provide analysis on a variety of indigenous women’s and social issues; work with Mi’kmaw communities, prepare background reports, conduct jurisdictional surveys and assist in the preparation of briefing and background materials in support of policy development and corporate government processes and reporting in and between governments.

Primary Accountabilities


You will oversee grant and funding programs and coordinate partnerships to support capacity building and economic development projects.


As the policy analyst, you will also monitor the general policy environment to be aware of emerging indigenous issues provincially and beyond. The ability to maintain and enhance the relationship with Nova Scotia’s indigenous communities as it relates to the above duties is critical.


And finally, you will coordinate and provide advice on engagement with the Mi’kmaw on-reserve and urban Indigenous communities on a wide range of issues involving provincial departments, municipal governments, universities and the private sector.


If you are a creative, innovative, solution-focused thinker and collaborator with knowledge and understanding of current Indigenous issues and reconciliation, you possess excellent communication skills, policy / program skills, with connections to the indigenous community, and you are searching for a dynamic opportunity to address issues that involve the provincial government and indigenous communities, we have an exciting opening for you.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have an undergraduate degree plus five years related experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years experience.  Equivalencies such as a combination of course work and/or volunteer experience related to education, community engagement and/or policy and program development will also be considered.

You will also have experience and knowledge of indigenous issues history and culture. You understand provincial government decision making and have a working knowledge of decision-making processes and administration to contribute to and lead the development of strategies, policies, and programs.  You can cultivate strong relationships across provincial and federal government departments and with the Indigenous community including Mi’kmaw organizations, funding agencies, educators, Elders, Knowledge Holders, community leaders, etc.

For this role you also have:


Experience in managing projects, policy and evaluation techniques using an equity and diversity lens.


You have superior language skills (written and verbal) with proven experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials and computer skills, including thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and other common software and presentation skills.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, 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 submission, 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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information


A valid drivers license is required for occasional provincial travel.

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:  EC 10 

Salary Range:  $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 Bi-Weekly   




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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