Senior Corporate Strategist



Competition # : 41050 

Department: Economic Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 01-Dec-23  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Economic Development is responsible to identify, plan, lead and develop a corporate, strategic approach to sustainable growth and investment to make Nova Scotia competitive and business friendly.


The Department achieves this by working with both internal and external stakeholders and partners which includes Crown Corporations, municipalities, the federal government, universities and community colleges and the private and social enterprise sectors to create a shared framework and environment for sustainable economic growth.   

About Our Opportunity

The Department of Economic Development is seeking a highly motivated, energetic, and dynamic person to join our team.


Reporting to the Director of Innovation and Crown Relations, the Senior Corporate Strategist (Strategist) works collaboratively, both internally and externally to support the Department's strategic and business planning processes and works collaboratively with Departments, Crowns corporations and other agencies to support alignment with Government's economic agenda through policy and program development, program management, budget management, evaluation and measurement plans.


As the successful candidate, you are a motivated and resourceful individual who is effective at building and maintaining relationships and engaging with partners internal and external to your organization. You have experience developing and implementing policies, program implementation, or initiatives. 


Your ability to make sound and thoughtful decisions is critical to this role. You also apply strategic thinking in your work, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Primary Accountabilities

The Strategist coordinates the development and delivery of program and policy initiatives aligned to departmental and government priorities such as strategic sector growth, innovation driven entrepreneurship, increasing productivity, and community economic development. 

The Strategist serves as a key point of contact with external parties and works with sector and industry leaders and multi-departmental teams to advance government priorities.  The Strategist works across government to develop policies, reports, presentations, briefings, communications, programs, strategies, and initiatives. They may also serve on external committees and task forces representing the Department.

As a Strategist, you will assist in the development of the Department’s processes and the alignment of goals, plans and operations. You will achieve this by:

  • Reviewing and analysing existing policies related to economic and business growth, identifying priorities and recommendations for change, including identifying key partners to ensure policy alignment (e.g., education and research sectors, industry sectors, etc.).
  • Facilitating the alignment of Crown corporations and other Departments' economic programs and policies with government's economic agenda through business planning, program and policy design, and active participation in interdepartmental committees.
  • Identifying policy requirements and tools to support emerging growth sectors/clusters based on the Province's competitive advantage, to promote and attract new businesses and entrepreneurs. 
  • Building relationships and working collaboratively with other government departments and agencies, subject matter experts and sector representatives to share information, coordinate resources, review and develop policy options to support the growth and development of key sectors and inform policy. 
  • Ensuring effective program implementation through the management and implementation of business and sector funding provided directly by the Department. 

May perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

As the successful candidate, you will have experience with analytical thinking; client orientation; adaptability & flexibility; financial analysis; effective interactive communication and outcome focus. 

You are fully proficient in a Microsoft Office environment, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.

In addition, you will have:

  • Proven experience in program and/or policy development and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships (internally and externally)

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.


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.

Additional Information

This posting may be used to fill multiple positions based on operational needs. 

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 for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,561.95 - $4,452.43 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.


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