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Policy Analyst (Research & Stat Officer 3)

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3H 2J5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29086 

Department: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The mandate of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is to promote responsible local government and support safe and inclusive communities – priorities that directly benefit Nova Scotians.  Through working with municipalities and other partners, the department will contribute to strong and diverse economies, high quality of life, and affordable, suitable, and safe housing for all.


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Senior Corporate Policy Advisor of Corporate Policy and Innovation Division, the Policy Analyst develops and conducts analytical research relevant to the coordination and evaluation of Department policy, programs, and strategies in relation to a range of housing and municipal policy initiatives and strategy.


Primary Accountabilities


As a Policy Analyst, you will work closely with municipal, provincial, and federal departments and nongovernmental agencies. A few of your key responsibilities will include:


  • Providing analysis of policy options and presenting summaries, recommendations, and reports on a variety of complex issues, programs, and services;
  • Researching and conducting statistical analysis related to a range of housing and municipal policy initiatives and strategy;
  • Preparing reports, presentations, and briefing materials for senior leadership;
  • Determining data requirements and design collection; and
  • Contributing to the formulation of policy and program recommendations and solutions based on your research and analysis.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of related experience in policy, program, and research; or a master’s degree and three (3) years of related experience.


As the ideal candidate 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 to senior management. 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.


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 work is spent located in a comfortable office environment. Some travel maybe necessary in this role. There may also be opportunities for flexible working options.


Additional Information


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of January 4, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,899.09 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