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Policy Analyst (Research & Statistics Officer 3)



Competition # : 35827 

Department: Advanced Education

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/4/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Post-Secondary Accessibility Services (PSAS) division’s mission is to ensure equity of access to quality post-secondary education, tools and training for students with disabilities.  PSAS is responsible for the ongoing development of policy and the administration of programs that support students with disabilities in post-secondary environments and transitioning to the workforce. PSAS partners with other federal and provincial government departments, disability advocacy organizations and post-secondary institutions in the ongoing development and implementation of programs that increase the participation of adults with disabilities in post-secondary education and training.

About Our Opportunity


If you are passionate about accessibility for students with disabilities in post-secondary education and enjoy working with education partners such as universities, the Nova Scotia Community College, private career colleges and non-profit disability organizations on accessibility initiatives, this may be the opportunity for you.


Reporting to the Director Post-Secondary Accessibility Services (PSAS), the Policy Analyst is responsible for providing comprehensive policy and program decision support; and accountability, evaluation, and reporting for federal/provincial cost-shared programs.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the key areas of focus for you include:


  • Program evaluations of existing and proposed programs.
  • Data collection for analyzing the impacts of current and proposed programs.
  • Carry out jurisdictional policy research on programs and services for students with disabilities to determine best practices and identify cross-country issues on access to higher education.
  • Manage the reporting, accountability, and integrity of programs funded under a federal/provincial cost-shared agreement) to ensure compliance with funding agreements.
  • Provide support on work related to accessibility for students with disabilities, to federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) committees, provincial government accessibility tables, and educational partner working groups

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a university degree in a relevant field of study, such as public administration and several years of related experience in the areas of higher education and accessibility in post-secondary education.


As the successful candidate you have:


  • Proven experience in policy development and program analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships..
  • Proficiency in a Microsoft Office environment, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.


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.



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


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 21, 2023, with the possibility of extension. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


  • Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter with their application.  Failure to do so may result in their application being screened out.

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.
  • Numerous career paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department-specific flexible work options.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 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