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Senior Policy Analyst (Designated)

Date: Nov 9, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3X8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27692 

Department: Communities, Culture & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/23/2020

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: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons and Persons with Disabilities.


If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


About Us


The Department of Communities, Culture and 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


As the Senior Policy Analyst, you will provide policy development, implementation and evaluation based on expert analysis and research to the senior management of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) supporting divisional and corporate priorities.  As the Senior Policy Analyst, you will lead/support complex policy projects, make recommendations and prepare, to promote effective strategic planning, research, and policy development.


As the Senior Policy Analyst, you will lead projects and participate in multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental teams of senior staff in the identification and analysis of policy and research options and recommendations to respond to issues relating to Nova Scotia’s arts, heritage, community and culture as part of Nova Scotia’s diverse communities.


This position reports to the Managing Director, Policy, Planning and Research Planning.


Primary Accountabilities


  • You will work closely with other program staff on policy development projects and liaise with other departmental staff to prepare policy advice documents, internal policy documents, briefing materials, and submissions to Cabinet. We count on your subject matter expertise to provide policy analysis and strategic advice on policy and procedural matters and on policy and planning processes.
  • You will undertake research, develop, and analyze policy options, and make 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. You will take an integrated approach to policy development, involving organizations at times (internal and external) with disparate views on a broad range of complex issues that require risk analysis.
  • You will use innovative techniques to identify emerging trends and research best practices. You are a strategic and analytical thinker who can exercise discretion in balancing priorities and dealing with sensitive issues.


Qualifications and Experience


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


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


You work well independently, and in team environments you apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same. You must have strong planning, organizational and administrative skills and have demonstrated initiative in the exercise of these skills in setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and managing multiple assignments.


You are familiar with and have knowledge of government structure.  You have strong critical thinking/analytical skills, problem solving, and relationship building skills and you also have excellent interpersonal skills, time management skills and a high level of competence in written and verbal communication.


Assets for this position include:


  • Knowledge of evaluation and research methodologies;
  • Knowledge of data interpretation; and
  • A background in economics or finances.


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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Additional Information


Candidates should clearly illustrate in their cover letter how they meet the above qualifications.


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 11 

Salary Range:  $2,932.88 - $3,657.49 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



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