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Senior Policy Analyst (Planning & Development Officer 3)



Competition # : 35853 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/1/2022​ (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’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on continual improvements within the Health System, 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.


About Our Opportunity


Working in an evidence and research based team environment, you will have the opportunity to lead and coordinate policy research initiatives in all areas of drug, dental, optometry and other insured health benefits and services including program and/or funding design.

A typical day within this role will include:


  • Researching and analyzing existing legislation, identifying key issues, policy trends, benefits, risks and associated costs, as well as considering stakeholder interests and activities on politically sensitive issues;
  • Preparing background papers, information notes, briefing notes, decision requests, ministerial advice, legislation, regulations and responses to ministerial correspondence on a broad range of policy issues and specific division initiatives;
  • Leading project management initiatives and providing advice to advance division and department initiatives by coordinating policy research, operational and analytical support to internal and external committees;
  • Maintaining awareness of, and perspective on, current and anticipated drug policy, dental, optometry and other extended health benefits issues and challenges to develop evidence-based policy options and recommendations to inform departmental decision making;
  • Collaborating in planning and identifying priority action items through leading or supporting management in building policy frameworks to enable program design and development, address operational issues and practices, and evaluate policy changes.


About You


To be successful in this role, you will have a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce plus eight (8) years of related experience; or a related Master’s degree plus six (6) years of related experience.

As the successful candidate you will have experience in policy research, analysis, development and an advanced understanding of quantitative analytic methodologies and their application to policy development, as well as the ability to communicate these topics (both verbally and written) to a variety of audiences. You will have excellent project management skills with an outstanding ability to work well under time pressures while also managing competing priorities that are often complex. In addition, you will also work effectively in a team environment and possess excellent Microsoft Office skills.


Experience in health insurance, drug policy, program design and/or extended health benefits will be considered an asset.


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.


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