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Senior Policy Advisor (Planning and Evaluation, Designated)



Competition # : 37227 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/5/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following groups will be considered. Those that identify as Indigenous or African Nova Scotians and/or Other Racially Visible Persons and Persons with Disabilities.


If you are a member, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


About Us


The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage contributes to building a province which enhances pride in our creative and diverse communities and people, allowing us to embrace our past and influence our future. Our vision is for Nova Scotia to be an acknowledged leader as a place where cultural identity, expression, and economy prosper. A place where all people honour and embrace diversity and heritage.


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Senior Policy Analyst (Planning and Evaluation) is responsible for providing leadership in evaluation, monitoring, research, strategic planning and data analysis to support the development of evidence-based policies and programs.


Working collaboratively with departmental program areas, the Senior Policy Analyst (Planning and Evaluation) is a key member of the Planning, Research and Evaluation Unit. The Unit provides strategic advice, value added solutions and recommendations that relate to the development and implementation of departmental strategic plans, evaluation frameworks, research initiatives, and monitoring and measurement tools.  

Primary Accountabilities



A few of the key responsibilities of this role include:


  • Determining and designing research approach and data requirements, including research methodologies, data collection procedures, and data analysis.
  • Supporting policy and program review through the development of evaluation frameworks, conducting research, and ensuring alignment with government priorities and the department business plan.
  • Providing input into development and implementation of an accountability framework with results-based management tools, processes and indicators that monitor, measure, and assess risk, impact, and progress towards defined outcomes.
  • Providing advice to program staff on research, planning and evaluation initiatives and approaches; and liaising with other departmental staff to prepare advice documents, briefing materials, and submissions to senior leaders and Executive Council.
  • Undertaking research, developing and analyzing policy options, and making recommendations to leadership on a broad range of complex and sometimes conflicting issues, to inform the decision-making process by senior management, the department and government.
  • Help ensure the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion is woven into CCTH policy, operations and service delivery and work collaboratively within the department, government and with CCTH partners as required to advance goals related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you have a bachelor’s degree in plus 5 years of related experience in policy, communications, program planning and development or a master’s degree plus three (3) years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


You will have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of strategic planning, and policy development. You have experience in coordination of multi-disciplinary teams and will work with partners to assist in the identification and analysis of policy options.  

As the ideal candidate you bring a high level of creativity and are innovative in your ability to assess requirements, make recommendations for improvements, and implement changes.


As the successful candidate you:

  • Have strong planning, writing, organizational and administrative skills and are able to present your work clearly, set priorities, meet deadlines, and managing multiple assignments
  • Are a strategic and analytical thinker who can exercise discretion in balancing priorities and dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Are able to maintain the integrity and security of confidential and sensitive information
  • Proactively applying equity and accessibility lenses in your work
  • Use strong critical thinking and analytical skills to analyze findings and arrive at equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive results
  • Have proven experience in research, planning and evaluation.
  • Have demonstrated experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials.
  • Have demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships.
  • Apply strategic thinking in your work, with a focus on continuous improvement.



Assets for this position include: 


  • Proven experience in statistical research and program analysis
  • Previous experience in developing evaluation frameworks
  • Knowledgeable in data governance frameworks, data sharing agreements
  • Experience in report and dashboard authoring, setting up data environment and maintaining databases
  • French as a second language



Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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.


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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 Bi-Weekly   



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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