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Electricity Policy and Programs Strategist (Program Admin Officer 4)


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Competition # : 31243 

Department: Energy and Mines

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/24/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Energy and Mines manages and promotes energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors. The Electricity Policy and Programs Division is responsible for delivering key initiatives to reach provincial goals for renewable energy generation and our cleaner energy future.

About Our Opportunity


As member of the Electricity Policy and Programs Division, the Electricity Policy and Programs Strategist will work as part of a collaborative team that is focused on implementing the Province’s low-carbon and inclusive economic growth objectives in the electricity sector. You will make meaningful contributions to the design, implementation, and evaluation of new renewable energy programming and regulatory developments.

Primary Accountabilities


The Strategist will have an important role in leading policy formulation, coordination of research and analysis, and program administration on a broad range of electricity issues, including renewable electricity such as wind and solar energy, battery storage, and innovative business models for new technologies.


In this role, you will:


  • work on projects independently, often coordinating and providing leadership in policy and program administration;
  • work with other divisions within the Department and across government for other assignments;
  • represent the Department in front of multiple stakeholder groups;
  • perform comprehensive research, analysis, and evaluation of complex issues; and
  • conceptualize and articulate policy alternatives and stakeholder input, and identify solutions considering the implications of proposed recommendations from a fiscal and policy perspective.



As the Electricity Policy and Programs Strategist, you will report to the Manager of the Electricity Policy and Programs Division.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience maybe considered. In addition to several years of progressive experience in a policy development / program administration role. Related experience can include working in the electricity sector, renewable energy development, or similar fields.


As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate knowledge of national and provincial energy policy context and the Province’s electricity and climate change mitigation strategies. You will have strong skills in program design and administration, and stakeholder relations.


In addition to the above you will:


  • Have excellent communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Be able to work well under pressure, including carrying out work in tight timelines and managing competing priorities;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully communicating at various levels within an organization; and
  • Possess excellent organizational and planning skills.


An interest in climate policy, particularly in the electricity sector, is essential.


The above qualifications and competencies will be assessed using one or more of the following tools: written examination, 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. 

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • Mostly office-based work with occasional requirements to travel and attend meetings.
  • Considerable and sustained pressure from deadlines, conflicting demands and stakeholder opinion, continuous change, and ambiguity.

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 for Nova Scotians
  • Department specific flexible working schedules



Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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:


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 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