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Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 31761 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/6/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


In support of our diversity goals, and accordance with our employment equity policy, this opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as an Indigenous Person and/or an African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Person.


About Us


The Department of Justice’s Policy and Information Management division brings together an inter-related group of department functions dedicated to the creation, coordination, analysis, sharing, accuracy, storage, and business use of information. The division’s support to the department includes: providing department-wide policy analysis and advice; research and analytics; business planning services; Federal/Provincial/Territorial relations; legislative support; managing the department’s records management program (central registry); and, supporting the department’s facility and accommodation requirements.


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director, Legislation, Policy and Federal/Provincial/Territorial Relations, the Senior Policy Analyst is accountable for providing information, policy advice and analysis, and strategic advice to the Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister and senior management of the department to promote leadership and effective planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies, both in the provincial and national context. They lead multi-disciplinary teams and work with justice stakeholders in the identification and analysis of policy options on a wide range of complex justice-related issues.


Primary Accountabilities


Develops and analyzes policies options on justice-related issues and makes recommendations to the Minister, Deputy Minister and senior management based on experience, personal subject matter expertise, policy research, stakeholder consultation and in-depth analysis.


Works closely with internal and external stakeholders in addressing critical issues within the justice system.


Prepares submissions to Government Priorities and Legislation (GPL) Committee, Treasury and Policy Board (TPB) and Executive Council including presentations, Report and Recommendations, Memorandums to Executive Council, and Requests for Legislation. Leads briefings to prepare and support the Deputy Minister and Minister in relation these submissions.


Plays a meaningful leadership role at FPT forums by representing the department on intergovernmental senior officials committees as required on a broad range of justice issues that require personal subject matter expertise.


Enhances departmental operations in relation to special projects by leading or assisting the policy decision-making process through the coordination of and participation in intra-departmental, inter-departmental and intergovernmental committees, task forces, work groups, multi-disciplinary project teams, and advisory bodies, and through managing teams assigned to special projects.


May perform other related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience


You possess a university degree in a related area (e.g. Social Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Psychology, Criminology, Law), plus several years' progressive experience in a policy development role (or an acceptable combination of education and experience).


You will have significant experience in project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams, possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with representatives of non-governmental and governmental organizations (both interdepartmentally and inter-jurisdictionally). 


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




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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • Some overtime work required
  • Dynamic continuously evolving work environment


Additional Information


This is a (permanent) full-time position 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 for Nova Scotians
  • 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