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Senior Strategist

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2R8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia

 

 

Competition # : 27404 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/25/2020

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 Nova Scotia Health and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, 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

 

As the Senior Strategist you will report to the Director, Long Term Care and provide expert research, analysis and strategic advice to the Director and senior management (including the Minister, Deputy Minister and Senior Executive Director, when required) to promote effective planning, policy development, and strategic planning.

In this role you will lead projects, develop and leverage strategic partnerships, and participate in multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental and intergovernmental teams of senior staff in the identification and analysis of policy and research options and recommendations to meet the continuing care needs of Nova Scotians.

You will be consistently called upon to lead from start to finish a variety of complex policy projects and develop legislative, regulatory, policy, and process initiatives that are strategically aligned with departmental and government priorities.

Primary Accountabilities

 

- Provide leadership to staff and acts as an advisor in the development of system strategy, standards, key performance indicators, and policy;

- Manage a broad range of branch research and policy initiatives that are at a high level of complexity and requires significant leadership and understanding of corporate and government issues and priorities;

- Lead multiple teams and provides functional direction and strategic advice to staff in various working groups;

- Monitor the planning and delivery of continuing care initiatives;

- Lead the planning and development of briefing materials, cabinet submissions, corporate documents, and presentations;

- Provide functional leadership and strategic advice to the policy and research;

- In concert with the senior leadership team of the Branch, review and provide input, including recommendations for approval and/or revisions of plans and strategies related to continuing care;

- Provide leadership to staff and acts as an advisor in the development of system strategy, standards, key performance indicators, and policy;

- Manage a broad range of branch research and policy initiatives that are at a high level of complexity and requires significant leadership and understanding of corporate and government issues and priorities;

- Lead multiple teams and provides functional direction and strategic advice to staff in various working groups;

- Monitor the planning and delivery of continuing care initiatives;

- Lead the planning and development of briefing materials, cabinet submissions, corporate documents, and presentations;

- Provide functional leadership and strategic advice to the policy and research;

- In concert with the senior leadership team of the Branch, review and provide input, including recommendations for approval and/or revisions of plans and strategies related to continuing care.

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

As the successful candidate you will have a master's degree in Health-related field plus several years of progressively more responsible experience in a related field.  An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be considered.

You must be registered (or eligible to be registered) with their professional regulatory body (Including Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Nutritional Studies) in Nova Scotia and be in good standing.

As the successful candidate, you will understand the Nova Scotia Government and health care system. You will demonstrate experience in evidence-based decision making and have a sound knowledge and understanding of government processes.  You have a strategic orientation and project management experience in leading large corporate horizontal initiatives that align with broader government strategy and objectives.

Previous experience working in multi-disciplinary health environments (such as long-term care, continuing care) is an asset.

More on Qualifications and Experience

 

As the successful candidate, you will:

- Think conceptually and see the big picture;

- Have experience working with multiple stakeholders and be able to build strong and lasting connections;

- Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills;

- Be adept at synthesizing information from a variety of sources and taking into consideration competing interests when providing analysis and recommendations;

- Foresee problems, be sensitive to multiple conflicting perspectives, and present workable solutions;

- Possess experience leading and managing staff;

- Demonstrate a proven track record in policy development, networking, establishing partnerships, as well as an innovative mindset as a leader;

- Use tact and diplomacy to communicate effectively to any individual regardless of their level;

- Demonstrate an understanding and respect of cultural differences including a commitment to recognizing diversity both between and within cultural groups.

 

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Analytical Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Innovativeness, Adaptability and Flexibility, 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.

 

Equivalency

 

Include, but not limited to:

  • Master's Degree in a health-related field

 

Benefits

 

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. 

Working Conditions

 

- Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day;

- Typically located in a comfortable office environment with regular opportunity to move around;

- Some travel required – federal/provincial/territorial, as well as facility and agency meetings;

- Involves a significant degree of sensory attention in assessing and/or presenting complex documents, submissions, both orally and in written form;

- Requires active listening and reading to construct and type responses, briefings, and position papers and to create presentations that synthesize the information analysed;

- Pressure to meet deadlines while managing projects that require ongoing planning/revising;

- Work is performed in a demanding, and fast-paced environment where there are pressures from a variety of stakeholders which are often conflicting;

- Works on sensitive, high profile issues that affect all citizens and communities.

 

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;

- Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development;

- Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians;

- Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

 

 

Pay Grade:  EC 12  

Salary Range:  $3,178.49 - $3,851.60 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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.