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Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 35342 

Department: Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/24/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives (OEA) is responsible for providing oversight to and enhancing efforts related to equity and anti-racism throughout government.


We are an energetic team with a positive attitude and determination to make a difference by applying an all of government approach to address systemic inequity and racism, promote diversity and achieve equitable and anti-racist outcomes that improve social and economic wellbeing of Nova Scotians.


If you are interested in making a difference in the area of equity and anti-racism and wish to join a strong team environment who strive to achieve success, we are interested in hearing from you.

About Our Opportunity


The Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives (OEA) is seeking a highly motivated, energetic, and dynamic person to join our team. 


As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to help shape, guide and support the efforts to address systemic inequity and racism, promoting diversity and achieving equitable and anti-racist outcomes throughout government having a direct impact on marginalized communities. 


This position will support the Strategic Initiatives section of the Office. This section of the Office is responsible for the Land Titles Initiative, implementing recommendations from the Restorative Inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children and other initiatives aimed at addressing systemic inequity and racism.


This position will report to the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provides policy development, implementation, and evaluation/monitoring of the effectiveness of policy.
  • Makes effective recommendations with focus on strategic decision-making and impact of recommendations.
  • Consistently called upon to lead from start to finish a variety of complex policy projects.
  • Develops legislative, regulatory, policy, and process initiatives that that are strategically aligned with government priorities.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study, such as public administration or social sciences. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

As the successful candidate, you are a motivated and resourceful individual who is effective at building relationships and partnering with partners internal and external to your organization. You have experience developing and implementing policies and your expertise will ensure that the policies and procedures are equitable and address current and emerging social trends. You have experience interpreting legislation and recommending legislative and regulatory amendments. Your ability to make sound and thoughtful decisions is critical to this role. You also apply strategic thinking in your work, with a focus on continuous improvement. You value the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion. You consider the diverse needs of individuals in your decision making while collaborating with partners and colleagues.


As the successful candidate, you are fully proficient in a Microsoft Office environment, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.  You will have experience with analytical thinking; client orientation; adaptability & flexibility; effective interactive communication and outcome focus.


Experience working with community partners would be considered an asset.

In addition, you will have:

  • Proven experience in policy development and program analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships.


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.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Additional Information


This is a repost of competition 34200. 


Please note this is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 29, 2024  however the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”)  is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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