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Senior Corporate Policy Strategist

Date: Jan 11, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3C4

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28713 

Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/18/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has a legislated mandate to manage, promote, support and develop the fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. As a department, we work to promote Nova Scotia as Canada’s premier fish and seafood province.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Executive Director Aquaculture, the Senior Corporate Policy Strategist works collaboratively across the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and with other government departments, external partners and stakeholders to identify, develop, implement, evaluate and provide ongoing management of corporate strategies, policies and programs which support a common, aligned objective for economic and business growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The position plays a key role in identifying and developing strategy and policy to meet the departments’ strategic objectives. 


Primary Accountabilities


As the Senior Corporate Policy Strategist, you will work collaboratively, across resource and economic growth departments, and externally to build and implement guidelines in association with public participation and engagement. You will build relationships and represent departmental interests in interdepartmental committees, working groups and forums with the purpose of aligned and coherent approaches to sustainable economic growth of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.  In this role as the Senior Corporate Policy Strategist you will play an integral role in coordinating assigned aspects of the delivery of the Department's mandate.


Qualifications and Experience


You will have a post-secondary degree in a related discipline (such as, but not limited to, Business, Public Administration, Policy) with a minimum of 4 years of demonstrated related experience; an acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.


Experience may include stakeholder engagement including private sector, and/or project coordination/management, and/or strategy/policy development.


The successful candidate will be well organized, capable of prioritizing under tight timelines, and able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.  Requires demonstrated experience successfully communicating at various levels within an organization (both verbal and written).  Experience successfully working with and/or coordinating the activities of agencies/boards/commissions would be an asset.




Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Analytical Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Innovativeness, Adaptability and Flexibility, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


Salary Information


Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day



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


May be required to work overtime on occasion


Additional Information


Please note, this is expected to be a term status position with an end date of Jan 2, 2023; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,226.17 - $4,023.23 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.


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