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Senior Policy Analyst (Planning & Development Officer 3)



Competition # : 32027 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/30/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness 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 and the IWK Health Centre, we are 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’re recruiting leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


The Department of Health and Wellness is looking for an experienced Senior Policy Analyst who will support the Health Workforce Branch and provide expert advice on key policies, programs and models of care as well as ensure there is an adequate supply of health care providers to meet the health care needs of the population - now and years from now.


Your expertise and experience will support various strategies, initiatives, and projects related to planning activities for the health human workforce.


The Senior Policy Analyst collaborates with key stakeholders such as: Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK, continuing care employers, regulatory bodies, educational institutions, professional associations, unions, provincial, territorial, and federal departments.


Primary Accountabilities


You will play a key role in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies/programs that support comprehensive workforce planning for the health care sector, particularly related to the allied health professions. This includes:


  • Planning, carrying out, and/or supporting policy research and environmental scanning to develop evidence-based policy options and recommendations to inform departmental decision-making;
  • Developing policies, programs, and strategies to enable an adequate supply, mix, and distribution of the health workforce in Nova Scotia;
  • Monitoring workforce and health system trends;
  • Developing policy options for current and future workforce needs;
  • Formulating and evaluating policies and programs for strategic workforce recruitment and retention initiatives;
  • Advising on health education matters and on the integration of internationally educated health professionals;
  • Preparing confidential briefs, and submissions; and
  • Supporting and evaluating innovative models of care that promote productive and safe work environments that optimize the roles of the care providers.


Qualifications and Experience


As our next Senior Policy Analyst, you must have a Bachelor’s degree plus eight years of experience in policy/program planning and development, or a Master’s degree plus six years of related experience. Licensure as a regulated health care provider, particularly as an allied health professional, is an asset.


In this highly collaborative position, you must have excellent interpersonal skills and a high level of competence in verbal and written communication. Knowledge of evaluation and research methodologies is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is critical to your success. A solid knowledge of data analysis and interpretation methods are also necessary to support workforce policy development and strategic planning.


Your strong policy development, project management, organization and planning skills will be essential to this position as well as your comprehensive understanding of the health workforce and planning issues and related outcome measures. You will also possess knowledge of the health care workforce at the provincial, regional, and national levels. In addition, you will have well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and be able to work in a team-based environment with minimal supervision.


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


Most of your work is in a comfortable office environment. You may be required to travel. There is a need for you to balance competing priorities and meet strict deadlines. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day. You may be required to work overtime on occasion.


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