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Policy Analyst (Research and Statistics Officer 4)



Competition # : 36321 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/19/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is responsible for children's education, including early years, and primary to grade 12 in English and French in public schools across the province.


EECD is leading the transformation of the early years and public education system in Nova ScotiaWe are doing this by designing an innovative curriculum, facilitating excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring an inclusive education experience, and working closely with our partners in educationThis will provide children, students, and families with a strong foundation for successEECD is a perfect fit for those that want to be part of the future of public education in the province by supporting student learning in a progressive and responsive policy environment.


For more information on EECD, please visit our website at:

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Policy, the Policy Analyst is responsible for policy development, policy analysis, strategic planning, and corporate reporting.


The Policy Analyst works with provincial and intergovernmental education stakeholders and may represent the department on interdepartmental and intergovernmental initiatives. The Policy Analyst supports the department's corporate preparation of the annual business plan and accountability report.


Primary Accountabilities


The Policy Analyst is responsible for:


  • Developing and evaluating policy options and related background material.
  • Supporting the legislative process, including preparation of submissions to Executive Council.
  • Supporting corporate planning and reporting processes.
  • Preparing reports, briefing books and responses relating to education issues in Nova Scotia.
  • Participating in and/or leading work groups on specific policy issues.
  • Working within a team to coordinate stakeholder consultations and other public meetings.
  • Prepares briefing notes and correspondence for senior departmental staff on a wide range of matters related to EECD's mandate.

Qualifications and Experience


You will have graduated from a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus a minimum of six (6) years' related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


In addition, you will have:

  • Knowledge of the public policy development process and experience in policy analysis
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in software packages such as Microsoft Office, including Sharepoint and Teams.


As the successful candidate, you require independent judgement and initiative, the ability to manage work independently, and the ability to communicate effectively. You apply an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens to your work, and encourage colleagues to do the same. You will need to be effective in working in a team oriented environment but can also undertake assignments with limited supervision.


The following are considered assets:

  • Knowledge of structure, processes, and key players in Government, as well as knowledge and/or experience within the Nova Scotia legislative environment
  • Familiarity with legislation which falls under the EECD mandate
  • Understanding of the provincial education system
  • Bilingualism (English and French).


We will assess the above qualifications 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 May 2, 2024. 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
  • Countless career paths for Nova Scotians
  • 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