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Research & Stat Officer 3



Competition # : 32032 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/29/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Department of Transportation and Active Transport (TAT) designs, constructs and maintains provincial highways, public buildings, bridges and other related infrastructure.


With a mandate to provide the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, the maintenance and upkeep of our 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges is paramount to our core responsibilities.


About Our Opportunity


As the Research and Stats Officer, you provide a wealth of expertise and technical support to senior and district management in relation to all aspects of highway maintenance. You have the important responsibility of developing, designing, auditing and administering highway maintenance programs along with their respective standards, specifications, procedures and policies. You are a critical member of our Highway Operation Services team; ensuring accurate and timely research, analysis and reporting of maintenance operations data and statistics; and securing materials and contractors for maintenance work.


Primary Accountabilities


You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments in relation to maintenance operations including:


  • developing and administering tenders, standing offers and contracts for maintenance activities;
  • assisting with reviewing and developing articulate government and department policies;
  • preparing, conducting and reporting on inspections and audits for maintenance activities;
  • providing research and analytical services; and
  • assessing the overall effectiveness of the Department's policies, plans, programs, and initiatives.


You will work closely with staff across the department and within industry relating to maintenance information acquisition and reporting; all the while ensuring accurate information is captured. Innovative ways of thinking, investigating and implementing ways to constantly improve service will be an important part of your role. Through designing and conducting surveys on all aspects of provincial maintenance operations, as well as identifying concerns and solutions, you directly support the Department’s growth and achievement of it’s core objectives.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Engineering (or other relevant post-secondary concentration) plus five (5) years of related experience in research, critical thinking and analysis; or a related Master’s degree and three (3) years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.


As the ideal candidate, you are:


  • familiar with highway maintenance and/or construction environments;
  • experienced with collecting, assessing, and analyzing information;
  • a strong verbal and written communicator who can present to senior management; and
  • current with advancing fields of technology related to maintenance operations including an understanding of how regulation, policies and programs may affect industry.


Though not required, it is desirable if you have experience with SAP, database software, tendering software and CAD software. Membership or eligibility to becoming a member of Engineers Nova Scotia is also considered an asset.


We are looking for an individual interested in being part of an innovative team, is interested in improving service provided to the residents of Nova Scotia and who demonstrates ability in collecting, assessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information.  If you have a deep knowledge of research methods to support program and policy development and impact problem-solving, planning and organizational skills, enjoy having multiple programs and challenges on the go in a fast-paced and evolving environment you will be an good addition to this team as we achieve our priorities and objectives.


The above noted qualifications, competencies, assets and abilities will be assessed 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.




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


Most of your work is spent located in a comfortable office environment. Some travel may be necessary in this role.


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.



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