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Regulatory Strategist (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 33877 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/18/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animal through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. 


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We  proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas. 

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Policy and Planning, the Regulatory Strategist is a key position for Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change, as it provides leadership in achieving regulatory excellence. The Regulatory Strategist is a leader in the provision of comprehensive policy support and advice in the administration of the regulatory framework for Environment and Climate Change, including legislation and regulations. The responsibilities of the Regulatory Strategist include continuous improvement of policy processes and looking for ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of how the policy team serves internal clients.

Primary Accountabilities


The Regulatory Strategist provides advice, leadership, and policy support in all components of the regulatory management process, including issue analysis, consultation, instrument selection and recommended action, and making submissions to Cabinet where appropriate. This includes providing advice and recommendations to senior management and the Minister on regulatory and policy options. The Regulatory Strategist must be able to work collaboratively with a range of clients and stakeholders, building policy capacity across the department, and often leading or participating in committees of cross-functional teams, working groups, and committees. The Regulatory Strategist may also take a lead role in the planning and implementation of priority policy projects.

Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in a related area is required, plus six years of related experience or an acceptable combination of training and experience.


Significant experience in project management and policy development is required. The incumbent will have experience in selecting and applying a variety of regulatory tools. The incumbent must have a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and build support with diverse groups and individuals to complete projects. The incumbent will have excellent communication, negotiation, and facilitation skills. Strong leadership skills are required, as well as experience in building cross-functional teams that span divisions and departments. Excellent skills in writing reports, briefing materials, and submissions to Cabinet are required.


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 (such as a Masters degree and 4 years of experience). 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


Located in a comfortable office environment.

Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.

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.
  •  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:



 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