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Senior Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 37319 

Department: Seniors and Long-Term Care

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/6/2022​ (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, the Department of Health and Wellness, training institutions, long-term care facilities and other sector leaders, we’re committed to continually improving the support system for seniors and those requiring continued and long-term care.

In addition, the department supports the social and economic well-being of older adults ensuring policy formulation and effective decision-making as well as policy coherence across government departments as it relates to aging.  The newly formed department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery for Nova Scotia’s senior population. 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


Reporting to the Director, as the Senior Policy Analyst you will work closely with a high-performing team to provide expert research, analysis and strategic advice to the Director and the senior management of the Department.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you will:


  • Conduct comprehensive research, analysis, measurement, and evaluation of complex policy issues to provide strategic advice to senior leadership. This includes preparing background papers, briefing notes, policy analyses, decision requests, Cabinet memoranda and correspondence on matters assigned to, or related to, the Intergovernmental Relations Division.
  • Develop, formulate, and administer departmental policy, including recommendations for policies, legislative and regulatory changes, consultations, and compliance. Conduct policy reviews on key departmental issues and involve multiple stakeholders from professional, multi-disciplinary, consumer or business environments.
  • Initiate, plan, develop, and manage a wide range of policy projects/initiatives for the department's broader legislative, regulatory, and program frameworks.
  • Prepare and navigate timely information flow, support and advice in support of departmental priorities as determined by the Senior Leadership Team, Deputy and Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care.
  • Participate in and communicate provincial priorities in interdepartmental and federal, provincial, territorial meetings, working groups and committees.
  • Consult with key stakeholder groups to ensure sound policy development and alignment of departmental priorities with government objectives and commitments. Develop and participate in briefings and presentations to support senior leadership as required.

Qualifications and Experience


As our next Senior Policy Analyst, you will hold a bachelor's degree in a related field plus six (6) years of progressive experience in the design and development policies and programs.

Experience in developing and analyzing policy with the ability to interpret data in a meaningful way is required for this position. Strong research with the ability to evaluate complex policies are essential skills for this role.

You have an excellent grasp of policy and planning methodology, systems and processes of decision-making in a government environment. You have the ability to apply this knowledge to complex and broadly-connected policy issues.

In addition to the above, you are a highly organized individual who is focused on continuously improving quality and has a solution-focused approach. You are responsive and able to prioritize a high volume of competing and sometimes rapid requests. You are an excellent relationship builder, self-starter with the ability to initiate tasks with little supervision and possess great organization skills.

As a skilled communicator, you possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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. Equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A completed Masters degree and 4 years of related experience

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 time is spent in a comfortable office setting. You will have daily contact with various internal and external stakeholders. The scope of this role requires strong abilities in multi-tasking, balancing multiple priorities, meeting frequent deadlines, and making time sensitive recommendations.


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

Additional Information


This is a permanent position.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • Forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $3,001.65 - $3,525.41 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