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Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 36317 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/18/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible.


We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and invest. If you are detail oriented, with a strong analytical skill, we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore as a Senior Policy Analyst.

About Our Opportunity


As the Senior Policy Analyst, you will be part of a team of senior policy analysts, providing policy research and analysis to support government and department priorities. You will assist in identifying policy issues that span the department and the associated agencies, boards and commissions. You will work with senior department staff to encourage horizontal policy development, integrating policy with financial decisions. You will also analyse and provide advice on fiscal planning and government revenues, as well as multidisciplinary, interdepartmental and intergovernmental policy issues that link to the fiscal sustainability of the province.


You will provide support to the Minister’s office and senior management associated with the governance of the agencies, boards and commissions. You will also provide coordination for the department’s cabinet and legislative agendas, house support and coordination of the department’s business planning processes and accountability reporting.


As the senior Policy Analyst, you will report to the Manager, Policy.

Primary Accountabilities


The Senior Policy Analyst responsibilities also include:


  • You will undertake policy research, analyse policy options, including financial implications, and provide advice.
  • Conduct environmental scans and make recommendations on a broad range of policy initiatives including budget and fiscal policy.
  • Prepare submissions to Executive Council as well as the Treasury and Policy Board.
  • Consult with the Executive Council Office, other departments, and other jurisdictions to ensure sound policy development.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have an undergraduate degree from a related field (Business Administration, Commerce, Public Administration, Political Science, Finance, Economics) with a minimum of 5 years related experience; or an equivalent such as a master’s degree from a related field with 2 years of related experience. You have previous experience in policy analysis, development and coordination including strategic planning, business planning, and accountability reporting.


You have a strong understanding of government structure, legislation, regulation and policy in a government environment.  You possess strong strategic thinking and analytical skills, demonstrated leadership capability and exceptional communication (written and verbal) and facilitation skill.  You have solid technical knowledge with proficiency in the Microsoft Suite of software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have a background in finance, economics, accounting and taxation, as well as familiarity with issues related to fiscal planning, economic policy, financial sector policy, debt and debt management, and budget issues in Nova Scotia.


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.



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. 


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.
  • Numerous career paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department-specific flexible work options.


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.


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