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Senior Policy Analyst, Restorative Approach



Competition # : 33474 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Justice is responsible for the administration of justice and for promoting access to justice and the safety and security of Nova Scotians through justice-related programs, services, and initiatives. We are guided by the principles of preventative and restorative justice in fulfilling our mandate. Our efforts to promote safety, security, and access to justice for Nova Scotians span all areas of the Department and include programs and services that assist vulnerable people including Indigenous Nova Scotians, African-Nova Scotians, and Nova Scotians with disabilities.


The Restorative Initiatives Unit is a new addition to the Department of Justice, with a mandate to support and advance restorative initiatives in the province.  Nova Scotia is an international leader in a restorative approach, anchored by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and other restorative initiatives undertaken in the province.  The Unit is a small and dynamic team working to facilitate integration and collaboration in the application and development of a restorative approach.  The Unit seeks a person who can work collaboratively with justice stakeholders and partners to ensure the health of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and its contribution to a holistic vision of public safety and justice transformation, and who can work collaboratively within the Unit to contribute to the overall success of restorative initiatives in Nova Scotia. 


About Our Opportunity


As the Senior Policy Analyst in the Restorative Initiatives Unit at the Department of Justice, you will be part of a team responsible for providing consultative research and policy advice on matters pertaining to a restorative approach and collaborative partnerships with government and community stakeholders to build healthy, inclusive and safe communities.


Primary Accountabilities


-develop restorative processes and lead a variety of complex restorative initiatives from start to finish.

-assess all available evidence, information, and input to develop and advance restorative initiatives that are strategically aligned with government priorities.

-support the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and Restorative Approach in School initiatives, along with various efforts within government to support the successful implementation of a restorative approach broadly

-develop and support sustainability plans that assist with the implementation of a restorative approach in a variety of settings.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you possess a university degree in a related field, plus several years of progressive experience in a policy development role, and you have extensive experience in supporting the adoption of a restorative approach within systems. The successful candidate will have significant experience in project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams and conducting in-depth policy research and analysis.  The incumbent will possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to establish productive relationships with representatives of non-governmental and governmental organizations (both interdepartmentally and inter-jurisdictionally).  Sound knowledge of the policy development process is essential.  Experience in development of policy frameworks, policies, standards and guidelines is required. 


To be successful in this role, you must be able to conceptualize and articulate alternative solutions to problems, analyse policy alternatives and stakeholder input and arrive at one or more recommended solutions.  You are skilled at providing clear explanations of the implications of proposed recommendations from both a fiscal and policy perspective.  The ideal candidate is adept at working under minimal supervision to carry out tasks and consults with colleagues internally and externally as required.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, 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.



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. 


Working Conditions


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

Will work under time pressure and with competing priorities

Will work in a dynamic environment of varying complexity, and continuous change

Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.   View New Release


This is a permanent full-time position based in Halifax.


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:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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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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