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Senior Strategist (Quality and Patient Safety)



Competition # : 35409 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

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

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on continual improvements within the Health System, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Planning and Accountability, the Senior Strategist has a significant role in improving the health of Nova Scotians by providing expert research, analysis and strategic advice to promote effective Quality and Patient Safety plans and strategies across the health system.


The Senior Strategist leads projects, develops and leverages strategic partnerships, and participates in multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental and intergovernmental teams of senior staff in the identification and analysis of policy and research options and recommendations to advance Quality and Patient Safety.  The Senior Strategist develops legislative, regulatory, policy and process initiatives that are strategically aligned with departmental and government priorities.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Senior Strategist, you will act as an advisor on Quality and Patient Safety strategies and programs through review of relevant research, literature, reports, health system strategy, standards, key performance indicators, jurisdictional scans and stakeholder consultation, ensuring evidence-informed analysis of Quality and Patient Safety measures and best practices, and understanding of implications of current and proposed policy, legislation, and investment decisions.


You will also:


  • manage a broad range of research and related policy initiatives;
  • monitor the Quality and Safety indicators in accordance with the approved plans, outcome frameworks, strategic plans, and business plans;
  • review and provide input on plans and strategies related to health services provided by health system partners; and
  • develop, cultivate, and leverage key strategic partnerships.


Qualifications and Experience

As the successful candidate you have a master’s degree with progressive experience in a related field, or a post-secondary degree in a related discipline (health research, evaluation, etc.) as well as several years of progressive experience. You possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working in a fast-paced, agile environment and can demonstrate the following:


  • Demonstrated experience advancing research, strategies, outcomes monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Ability to work with an extensive stakeholder community with tact, diplomacy and an ability to build effective relationships to operate successfully in a political or complex environment.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for preparing reports, briefing materials, or presentations.
  • Broad understanding of corporate and government issues and current health priorities.
  • Well organized, capable of prioritizing high-level work under tight timelines, and able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.


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



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 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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. You will have daily contact with various internal and external stakeholders. The scope of this role requires strong abilities in multi-tasking, balancing multiple priorities, meeting frequent deadlines, and making time sensitive recommendations. 
  • Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


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 12 

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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