Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 41637 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 23-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage (CCTH) contributes to building a province that enhances pride in our creative and diverse communities and people, allowing us to embrace our past and influence our future. Our vision is for Nova Scotia to be an acknowledged leader as a place where cultural identity, expression, and economy prosper, and where all people honour and embrace diversity and heritage.


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About Our Opportunity

As a Senior Policy Analyst, you will provide policy development, implementation and evaluation/monitoring for the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage supporting divisional and corporate priorities.


You will develop legislative, regulatory, policy and process initiatives that are strategically aligned with government priorities. You will lead projects and participate in multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental teams of senior staff in the identification and analysis of policy and research options and recommendations related to Nova Scotia’s tourism, arts, heritage, diverse communities, and culture sectors.

Please note, there another, Designated position for a Senior Policy Analyst (Competition # 41840). To be considered for both positions, you must apply to both competitions

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide advice to program staff on policy development projects and liaise with other departmental staff to prepare policy advice documents, internal policy documents, briefing materials, and submissions to Executive Council.
  • Undertake research, develop, and analyze policy options, and make recommendations to leadership on a broad range of complex and sometimes conflicting issues, to inform the decision-making process for senior management, the department and government.
  • Take an integrated approach to policy development on a broad range of complex issues, involving internal and external organizations that may have different views, requiring risk analysis.
  • Collaborate with management and staff to ensure comprehensive and timely responses to requests for input into department and government-wide initiatives.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Help ensure the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility is woven into CCTH policy, operations and service delivery and work collaboratively within the department, government and with CCTH partners as required to advance goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role, you have a bachelor’s degree plus five (5) years of related experience in policy, communications, program planning and development or a master’s degree plus three (3) years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


You will have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of strategic planning and policy development. You have experience coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and will work with partners (including funders), to assist in the identification and analysis of policy options.


In addition, you have skills/experience in the following areas:

  • You have strong planning, writing, organizational and administrative skills.
  • You have an ability to present your work clearly, set priorities, meet deadlines, balance priorities, and manage multiple assignments.
  • You can work independently and in team environments.
  • You are a strategic thinker who demonstrates strong critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills and an ability to deal with sensitive and complex issues.
  • You demonstrate strong interpersonal, relationship building, and communications skills.
  • You apply the concepts of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility to all areas of your work and support your colleagues to do the same.
  • You maintain the integrity and security of confidential and sensitive information.

Assets for this position include:

  • Experience working in a government environment
  • Experience supporting the development of legislation and regulations
  • Experience in intergovernmental relations, such as supporting federal-provincial-territorial (FPT/PT) committees and development of agreements with various levels of government
  • French as a second language


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.


The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.


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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.


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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

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:  $3,238.10 - $4,047.67 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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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