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Senior Policy Analyst (Planning & Development Officer 3)



Competition # : 32905 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/27/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Seniors and Long Term Care offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians. Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


The Continuing Care Division (CCB) is nested under the Department of Seniors and Long Term Care (DSLTC) and has been designated as a government mandated priority.


About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Program Manager, Long Term Care, as the Senior Policy Analyst you will exercise considerable autonomy applying a working knowledge of the complete cycle of Continuing Care health policy/system planning, development, Implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


The Department of Seniors and Long Term Care is among the most challenging planning/operational environments of any NS Government department (in the world's most complex and scrutinized Industry – health care). The NS continuing care health system serves vulnerable adults and other people who need ongoing or short-term care outside of hospital, either in a long-term care facility or through home and community care in their own homes. The capacity of the CC health care system to meet client needs impacts the ability of other parts of the health system Including Acute Care and Department of Community Services programs to serve target populations.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role you can expect to:


  • Lead, participate in, or directly carry out projects to conduct research, develop policy and systems planning options, and recommendations, and to test and/or implement policies/plans;
  • Plan and organize public and stakeholder consultations and/or committees;
  • Prepare business cases and business planning; and
  • Provide advice, research, and analytical support to branch, departmental or non-departmental individuals, organizations, or committees.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you hold a Bachelor's degree in a related field as well as eight years of related experience or related Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience.  Related experience includes social research, policy research and/or system planning (preferably respecting the health sector); such as survey design, statistical analysis, qualitative research, and policy development.


Thorough understanding of health issues and health care organizations, particularly seniors' issues with progressively more responsible research and analysis positions are essential for this position as are strong leadership skills with a proven ability to build collaborative working relationships and demonstrated ability to work effectively with committees and teams, both as a leader and a member.


Independent judgement and initiative as well as the ability to manage and conduct complex and specialized research and policy analysis will be key in this position.  You are also capable of managing change and competing priorities, undertaking high levels of work under tight deadlines, and exercising sound judgement under pressure.  Demonstrated ability to undertake complex assignments without supervision is an asset.


Superior writing skills with proven experience in report and publication writing, including graphic representation of data, and preparation of briefing materials. Demonstrated research experience, policy and/or system planning analysis, excellent organizational skills, and ability to work independently. Knowledge of and/or experience within the provincial legislative environment is an asset.


High degree of computer literacy is required with demonstrated proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook (email), and web browsers.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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.


Working Conditions


  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • High degree of initiative, creativity and intelligence is required to carry out high quality research, policy, and system planning
  • Periodic stress of tight deadlines and heavy workload (evening and weekend work occasionally required)
  • Periodically required to negotiate with individuals who may be angry and verbally aggressive
  • Extensive reading of documents and publications is required
  • Extensive use of computers is required
  • Minimal travel is required


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:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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