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Senior Policy Analyst Climate Plan and Strategic Action (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 35251 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/19/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animal through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise.


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.


Nova Scotia Environment - Department

About Our Opportunity


The Senior Policy Analyst works with a team of professionals to implement the climate plan and coordinate future strategic climate action. 

Reporting to the Manager of the Climate Plan and Strategic Action team, the Senior Policy Analyst is responsible for supporting other departments and in developing and implementing programs, policies and regulations that have been outlined in the climate plan.  You will take meaningful action on climate change which will involve collaborating and building partnerships, in order to coordinate and advance initiatives across government departments.  You will develop and grow relationships with many diverse communities and stakeholders while also collaborating at the provincial, national, and international level and focusing on shared objectives while representing the province.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you will create an environment that promotes continuous learning and improvement by seeking feedback from your colleagues and being open to critiques that improve outcomes. Within this ever-evolving field, you will lead through change and be willing to adjust quickly, as needed. This work requires innovative approaches to capacity building, community engagement, education and information sharing to ensure that engagement is inclusive, and that the information is trusted.


This position will support the completion and implementation of the province’s new climate change plan, to be launched in 2022.  You will be responsible for evaluating and reporting annually on key climate change mitigation and adaptation progress indicators and outcomes.  This position will also support public engagement and specific engagement with youth and marginalized and racialized communities to better understand priorities and to support current and future climate action.   


You will work creatively with partners to effectively monitor and respond to climate change mitigation and adaptation trends and work to ensure that the climate plan continues to meet the needs of Nova Scotians.  The plan will be reviewed regularly and renewed within 5 years of release. 


You will coordinate climate action across government departments and implement and report on the climate change goals that are outlined in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act and mandate letter commitments.    

Qualifications and Experience


You have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences/Economics/Business/Public Policy or other relevant post-secondary concentration plus 6 years of experience in environmental/climate policy, and experience working on complex, crosscutting issues or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  An MPA or MBA will be considered an asset.


Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of climate change policy and program development is mandatory.  This can be in mitigation or adaptation and experience in both would be considered an asset. This includes:

  • Demonstrated experience working on complex/high-profile programs and projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and evaluation;
  • Experience with public engagement and partnership building;
  • Understanding of the key policies and programs required to meet net zero emissions in Nova Scotia;
  • Understanding of climate change adaptation priorities in Nova Scotia;
  • Experience negotiating agreements and approaches with government and non-government partners;
  • Existing relationships with climate change mitigation and/or adaptation stakeholders;


As the successful candidate, you have knowledge of current provincial, national, and international climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, programs and plans as well as a strong understanding of how the initiatives impact the people, communities, and businesses of the province.  Experience drafting regulations and legislation would be considered an asset.  A demonstrated understanding of climate science and/or the socioeconomic factors that support climate change mitigation and adaptation programs would be considered an asset.


The ability to apply theory and best practice to identify creative, practical, and defensible approaches to overcoming challenges is an asset as is the ability to recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues. Demonstrated experience in research, planning, project management, critical thinking and analysis are required, as is an understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation priorities.


The willingness and ability to share data, ideas and experiences with colleagues that may assist with policy planning or partnership building is a strong asset.


You are also able to show how you have forged strong relationships of trust and collaboration across diverse groups and communities.  You are committed to diversity and anti-racism in the workplace.


Excellent verbal and written communication and persuasion skills are required.


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.


Equivalencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum 10 years of related experience in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business, Public Policy or other relevant areas specific to climate change policy.
  • Master's degree in Environmental Sciences/Economics/Business/Public Policy or other relevant areas + 4 years of experience in environment/climate policy



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


Some travel may be required but most of the work can be completed remotely.             

Additional Information


This competition is to fill one Permanent employment opportunity based in Halifax.

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