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Senior Analyst, Performance and Statistics (Research & Stat Officer 4)



Competition # : 37296 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/29/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration (LSI) works as a trusted partner to grow the population, develop our current and future workforce, and foster inclusive, safe and fair workplaces. This includes welcoming people from across Canada and the world, helping people prepare for job opportunities and build the skills they need, promoting safe work environments and helping employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities. We work together to create a future where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.


Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) is a division within the Skills & Learning Branch of the Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration (LSI).


Through various programs and services, we:

  • Help Nova Scotians meet their employment potential,
  • Help employers find the employees they need to prosper, and
  • Help communities play an active role in developing well-balanced local labour markets.


We are a large, diverse, and passionate team focused on making a difference in the lives of people. We are committed to the pursuit of developing labour market programs and services that help Nova Scotians find employment, improve their skills, and ultimately improve their lives. Our team members make a real difference through designing, continuously improving and delivering the programs and services people need, alongside caring, compassionate, highly skilled people and partners.


The people who use government programs and services are a diverse group of citizens of Nova Scotia and people who are coming here to work and live. It is important that the Employment Nova Scotia team reflects the people that we serve to deliver continuously improving, accessible, and inclusive public services. We work hard to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are heard and valued. We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive.

About Our Opportunity


If you are searching for a rewarding career opportunity, we have a position for you as the Senior Analyst, Performance and Statistics with the Programs Support Unit of the Employment Nova Scotia division of LSI.


As the Senior Analyst you report to the Corporate Strategist at ENS and are responsible for innovative, evidence-based data and program analysis and related statistical and economic analysis to inform various divisional and branch strategies, labour market program policies, employment and employer services, and various initiatives and projects.


You will lead and participate in project teams, both in the division and across the Skills and Learning branch and provide strategic guidance and direction to decision-makers at all levels of the organization.


Your work will also support the development, monitoring and refinement of government labour market programs (employment and employer programs) by ensuring employment service delivery systems and programs align with regional labour market demands/trends.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Conducts advanced data analysis.
  • Develops research plans with sound methodologies to compile, validate and analyze labour market information/data from various sources and conducts statistical analysis using technology (such as SAS or SPSS and graphical representation software).
  • Manipulates complex data and database reports into products (reports, briefing materials, dashboards and other value-added data sharing and communication solutions) that meet divisional and branch priorities, including policy and performance measurement frameworks.
  • Effectively communicates data and the analysis they have conducted of the data through data products to and for use by the department, government, and external stakeholders.
  • Extracts, analyzes, and reports relevant data from database systems like the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS) and its associated data system (LaMBI) and maintains in-depth knowledge of complex labour market programs.
  • Informs the development and enhancement of these accountability database products through recommendations and advisory support.
  • Conducts historical, longitudinal analysis of program data and outcomes to support the achievement of desired results and return on program funding investment. This includes developing pilots, data projects and products, undertaking qualitative and quantitative research to inform strategic planning and performance measurement frameworks and tools.
  • Conducts primary research through jurisdictional scans and contact with a broad range of labour market program stakeholders and with other provinces/territories. This may include developing, designing, and implementing surveys.
  • Leads and participates in project teams, both in the division and across the Skills and Learning branch.
  • Supports the development, monitoring and refinement of government labour market programs (employment and employer programs) by ensuring employment delivery systems and programs align with regional labour market demands/trends.
  • Contributes to the effective planning and oversight of Nova Scotia’s employment services delivery system by informing the development of key indicators, measures and metrics, benchmarks, and targets, undertaking and advising on interpretation of data, and informing and developing standardized reporting for performance measurement and accountability across the continuum of employment programs.
  • Maintains Performance Measurement System Control (PMSC) documents for new and existing performance measures, to ensure methodological validity and reliability.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in a related field with seven (7) years of related experience or a master’s degree with 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. You must also have advanced analytical skills and experience assessing complex data/database reports and interpreting the meaning of the data for considerations and use in government policy and program development. You have an ability to recognize misinterpretation; interpret inconsistencies in reports; and initiate improvements to systems, process and design of data input, organization, flow, and reporting platforms.


You must have experience developing data approaches for program and service performance measurement and accountability. You must have experience conducting program analysis using statistics and data to provide strategic advice to support program policy development and/or revision, and program evaluation. You have experience conducting and evaluating research and have a strong attention to detail.


You have experience developing and delivering communications (presentations, desk aids/instructions user guides) to support internal and external users of data and data systems.


You possess exceptional time management skills and have experience organizing work with competing deadlines.


While not required, the following are considered assets should you possess them:

  • Experience in analysis of labour market programming within the public employment services system would be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience using the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS) and Labour Market Business Intelligence (LaMBI) is an asset.
  • Knowledge of current issues and opportunities in the labour market and communities in the province is an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: oral presentations, interview(s), written exercise, 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
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Works in a typical office environment with periodic travel to regional offices

Additional Information


Department specific flexible working schedules, to support your life at and outside work. While this position is based in Halifax, Flexible Work Arrangements are available and travel throughout the province will be required periodically.

What We Offer


  • An opportunity to reshape the way programs and services are delivered for an ambitious, complex organization that serves thousands of Nova Scotians
  • A position that comes with significant responsibility and opportunity to make an impact, and shape the future of employment programs
  • A close-knit, collaborative team of leaders and an engaging workplace where our employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in.


Pay Grade:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,666.69 - $3,250.64 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