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Senior Policy Analyst (Part-Time 40%)



Competition # : 35895 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/1/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Accessibility Directorate is a dynamic and committed team that is leading and coordinating Nova Scotia’s work to become an accessible province by 2030. We work together with Nova Scotians with disabilities, community and disability organizations, businesses, municipalities, post-secondary institutions and other partners to support the cultural shift needed to implement the Accessibility Act and address disability-related issues across government.


Since the team was established five years ago, we have built relationships within government and with public sector and community partners to support their efforts to improve accessibility, including Government’s first multi-year accessibility plan; beginning development of the province’s first accessibility standards – in the areas of Education, Built Environment and Employment; collaborating with public sector bodies to support the development of accessibility plans and initiatives across the province; developing accessibility awareness resources and initiatives including the public awareness campaign “Access Includes Everyone” with the related website; and initiated the first independent review of government’s work on accessibility.


Learn more about our work to ensure Nova Scotians with disabilities can enjoy all this province has to offer, at home, school, work and in community, on the Accessibility Directorate website:


About Our Opportunity


As a Senior Policy Analyst, you will report to the Manager, Accessibility Directorate, and be accountable for providing information, policy advice and analysis, and strategic advice to the Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister and senior management of the Department on a range of accessibility and disability issues in Nova Scotia. You will be responsible for leadership, project management, implementation and evaluation of significant initiatives to advance the goals of the Accessibility Act. You will review and identify or develop and recommend government policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations which may have a direct effect or impact on persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia. You will collaborate with other provincial government departments, other levels of government, agencies and community groups to advance accessibility in Nova Scotia. 



Primary Accountabilities


  • Conduct comprehensive research, analysis, development, measurement and evaluation of complex policy issues to provide strategic advice to senior leadership.
  • Develop, formulate and administer policy related to the Accessibility Act and regulations, accessibility standards and other accessibility and disability related policy.
  • Provide policy advice, prepare briefing materials, options paper, and provide timely response to requests for information.
  • Prepare complex submissions to Executive Council and Finance and Treasury Board on accessibility policy initiatives, consult with stakeholders, develop and participate in briefings and presentations to senior leadership as required.
  • Initiate, plan, develop and manage a wide range of policy projects and initiatives.
  • Provide leadership in the development of long term strategic plans to address critical accessibility and disability issues, including conducting environmental scanning, researching best practices, promoting dialogue amongst stakeholders, and promoting involvement by staff.
  • Liaise with partners across the department, government, other public sector bodies, community organizations and others to collaborate on accessibility and disability priorities.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you will have a university degree in a related field, plus several years progressive experience in a policy development role.


You have:

  • Sound knowledge of all aspects of the policy development process and significant experience in development of policy frameworks, policies, standards and guidelines.
  • Significant experience in project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams and conducting in-depth policy research and analysis.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to establish relationships with a range of stakeholders, including non-governmental and governmental organizations (both interdepartmentally and inter-jurisdictionally).  
  • Knowledge of accessibility and disability issues, including relevant legislation, policy and programs.
  • Fluency in French (oral and/or written) would be considered an asset.

In addition to the above, you have the ability to conceptualize and articulate alternative solutions to problems, analyze policy alternatives and stakeholder input, and be able to arrive at one or more recommended solutions with clear explanation of the implications of proposed recommendations from a fiscal and policy perspective. You are also able to assess all available evidence, information, and input to develop and advance policy recommendations and options for legislation, provincial policy, system strategy, indicators and standards with impacts across the continuum of disability services.


Finally, you must be able to work independently with minimal direct supervision, carry out work within tight timelines, manage competing priorities and consult with colleagues internally and externally as required.


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 with an interview(s), written assignment, oral presentation, and reference checks.



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




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


  • This is a part time position of 14 hours per week, Monday to Friday during regular business hours. Specific work schedule to be negotiated with the successful candidate.
  • Majority of time spent in an office environment
  • Travel within communities across Nova Scotia will occasionally be required


Additional Information


This competition is to fill a Part-Time 40% Term opportunity, based in Halifax. The anticipated end date of the position is March 31, 2023 with a possibility of extension. 



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
  • A workplace that values inclusion and is committed to diversity
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $1,257.52 - $1,571.91 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