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Quality & Patient Safety, Senior Policy Analyst (Planning & Development Officer 3)



Competition # : 37377 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/8/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians. Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we are committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Senior Strategist, Quality and Patient Safety, we are looking for an experienced Senior Policy Analyst on the Performance and Accountability team to provide expert research, analysis, and strategic advice on key accountabilities, programs, and initiatives to promote a high-quality health system.


The Senior Policy Analyst collaborates with interdepartmental teams and key stakeholders such as the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, analyzes policy and research options, and makes recommendations to advance the quality of the health system.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Senior Policy Analyst, you will play a key role in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies/programs that support and advance quality in the health system. This includes:


  • Developing evidence-based policies, programs, and strategies to inform departmental decision-making;
  • Using published research and environmental scanning to inform the advancement of a high-quality health system in Nova Scotia;
  • Building, monitoring and analyzing regular accountability reporting and health system trends;
  • Developing policy options for current and future accountability needs;
  • Supporting and evaluating innovative accountability frameworks and strategies that promote high quality health systems; and
  • Preparing confidential briefs and other submissions.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus eight years of related experience, or a Master’s degree plus six years of related experience. An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. You possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working in a fast-paced, agile environment and can demonstrate the following:


  • Demonstrated experience in outcomes, evaluation and research methodologies.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for preparing reports, briefing materials, presentations, and other submissions.
  • Broad understanding of corporate and government processes and current health priorities.
  • Well organized, capable of prioritizing high-level work under tight timelines, and able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Your strong policy development and well-developed analytical skills will be essential to this position, as well as your broad understanding of health system issues and quality-related outcome measures. In addition, you must be able to work in a team-based environment with minimal supervision.


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.




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.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • Forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $3,001.65 - $3,525.41 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