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Senior Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 4)

Date: Nov 9, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2A8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27693 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/23/2020

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 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.

About Our Opportunity


Do you want to be a part of the exciting changes happening in the Nova Scotian Health System?


As the Senior Policy Analyst for Mental Health and Addictions in the division of Health Promotion, Mental Health and Addictions and Acute Care, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing large projects usually involving all phases of work from strategic planning and policy development through to successful implementation.


As a subject matter in the field, you will provide expertise and advisory services to department staff with respect to research and policy development as well as work with senior department staff on major policy, research and procedural matters. You will also have the opportunity to work directly with community, provincial and inter-governmental health care stakeholders and may represent the department on inter-departmental initiatives.

Primary Accountabilities


Within a typical day you will also be responsible for:


  • Leading identified division functions (e.g., research and policy);
  • Developing and evaluating policy options and related background material;
  • Leading aspects of the legislative process, including preparation of submissions to Executive Council;
  • Preparing reports, briefing books and responses relating to health system issues in Nova Scotia;
  • Leading and/or participating in working groups on specific policy issues;
  • Working within a team to coordinate stakeholder consultations and other public meetings;
  • Preparing briefing notes and correspondence for senior departmental staff on a wide range of matters related to the department’s mandate.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful within this role you will hold a bachelor's degree in a health-related field plus 6 years of related experience in a related field or an acceptable equivalent of training and experience. A master’s degree in a health-related field plus 4 years of related experience would also be acceptable. For more information on acceptable equivalencies, please see the equivalency section below. 

As the successful candidate, you will have working experience with the following:

•    Progressively responsible research and analysis positions;
•    Superior writing skills with proven experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials;
•    Strong leadership skills with proven ability to build collaborative working relationships;
•    Knowledge of and/or experience within the provincial legislative environment;
•    Computer skills, proficient using Microsoft Office programs;
•    Familiarity with legislation which falls under the DHW mandate.

In addition to the above, you will have strong leadership skills, independent judgement, and initiative as well as the ability to manage and conduct complex and specialized research and policy analysis.  You will be well-organized, capable of managing change and competing priorities, undertake high level work under tight deadlines, and exercising sound judgement under pressure.  Lastly, you will be able to work cohesively in a team environment and be able to undertake complex assignments without supervision.

The following will be considered assets:

•    Knowledge of structure, processes, and key players in Government;
•    Public policy development and analysis.
•    Demonstrated policy experience in the area of mental health and addictions or a related field. 

Please clearly illustrate in your cover letter how you meet the above qualifications.
We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Include, but are not limited to:

•    Related Master’s degree and 4 years of related work experience
•    Related Diploma and 8 years of related work experience
•    10 years of related work experience


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

Additional Information


Please note this is a 2-year term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 7, 2022. The appointment status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.



Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 - $3,404.96 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


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