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Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 34131 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/28/2022 (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


Reporting to the Senior Strategist, as the Senior Policy Analyst, Intergovernmental Relations you will work closely with a high-performing team to provide expert research, analysis and strategic advice to the Director, Intergovernmental Relations 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.
  • Prepare and navigate timely information flow, support and advice in support of departmental priorities as determined by the Executive Leadership Team, Deputy and Minister of Health.
  • Respond to rapid and concurrently occurring information requests in an efficient manner and ensure key officials have the right materials before key FPT meetings as well as minutes and action items after the meetings.
  • 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.
  • Initiate, plan, develop and manage a range of policy projects/initiatives with a focus on departmental action plans and reporting on bilateral funding initiatives and agreements with Canada, program and department staff and key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with officials of other government departments, other provinces, Health Authorities, and external health system stakeholders on a range of topics related to the FPT Deputy Ministers and Ministers forward agenda, sometimes representing the Department at interdepartmental and other meetings.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you possess a bachelors degree and several years of progressive experience or an acceptable equivalency. 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 possess experience working within the health care system and 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 health 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.


Experience in intergovernmental affairs or stakeholder relations is considered a strong asset.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking; Strategic Orientation; Outcome Focus; Initiative; Effective Interactive Communication; Partnering and Relationship Building; Intercultural Diversity Proficiency.


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 related training and experience may be accepted in place of education requirements. 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.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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.


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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