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Senior Policy Analyst



Competition # : 32783 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/28/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Safety Branch of the Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration, we are responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the public and workers’ safety through education, outreach, inspection and enforcement, equipment registration, permits, and licenses. 


About Our Opportunity


Are you interested in working in an environment where you can learn, grow and lead? Do you enjoy making a difference and working with great people?


As the Senior Policy Analyst you will be leading research, policy and planning in a key strategic role for the branch.  You will be responsible for providing strategic advice, developing, implementing, and managing large projects. As the Senior Policy Analyst you will be responsible for research capability and leadership necessary to ensure the success of complex, challenging and dynamic policy implications with respect to the compliance programs for operation of both Occupational Health and Safety and Technical Safety.


You will lead consulting with, and facilitating, high level collaborations among stakeholders. You ensure programs and services are integrated and appropriately aligned with legislation, budget and planning objectives and clearly support strategic goals and priorities of the division.


Primary Accountabilities


  • lead development and evaluation of policy options, including leading this work with the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Council,
  • provide senior strategic and planning expertise to the branch’s Senior Leadership Team and
  • lead aspects of the legislative process, including preparation of submissions to Executive Council and lead stakeholder consultations.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree with 6 years of related experience, an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


As the successful candidate you have demonstrated experience and thorough knowledge of the public policy development process, including policy analysis and significant experience in planning and strategy.


You possess strong organizational planning capability. You possess strong leadership skills and a proven ability to collaborate. You are an exceptional communicator (written and verbal) with strong negotiation, presentation, analytical and facilitation skills to successfully build support within the division. You have excellent relationship building skills, with experience building and maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and values a diverse and inclusive workforce. You bring a creative and innovative approach when making recommendations. You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.


You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs, specifically with Microsoft Project, Power-Point and Excel.


Assets for this position:


  • Experience working with board and councils
  • Experience in evaluation, measurement, risk, change


We will assess the above qualifications and Competencies using on or more of the following tools: 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.
  • 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