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Competition # : 32121 

Department: Inclusive Economic Growth

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Inclusive Economic Growth aligns government efforts behind a common agenda to support the conditions in which businesses can thrive and where all Nova Scotians can participate and benefit. The Department primarily supports strategic areas that encourage Nova Scotia’s innovation, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, export orientation, cluster development and placemaking.


The Department collaborates with Crown corporations and special operating entities to facilitate common understanding and alignment to create a dynamic environment for businesses to succeed.  We also work with other government departments and levels of government, universities, NSCC and the private and social enterprise sectors to achieve shared growth objectives.


The Department supports the Minister of Inclusive Economic Growth in overseeing and aligning government’s inclusive economic growth agenda with the Crown corporations for which the Minister is assigned responsibility, including:


• Develop Nova Scotia
• Halifax Convention Centre Corporation (Events East Group)
• Innovacorp
• Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)
• Tourism Nova Scotia (TNS)


With respect to this responsibility, the Department’s efforts are focused on sharing in the development of a common agenda and undertaking mutually reinforcing activities to advance Nova Scotia’s inclusive economic growth objectives.

The Department is also responsible for legacy files attached to the former Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism including the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund and Capital Investment Incentive/Capital Tax Rebate.

Nova Scotia’s innovation ecosystem has many components. The Department works with partners to foster and strengthen the ecosystem and the key sources and dynamics of inclusive economic growth.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Crown Relations, the Strategist provides economic, business and/or other policy expertise and advice and collaborates with others within the Department to achieve the Department's strategic outcomes.

Primary Accountabilities


The Strategist works collaboratively, both internally and externally to support the Department's strategic and business planning processes and works collaboratively with Departments, Crowns corporations and other agencies to support alignment with Government's economic agenda through policy and program development, outcome agreements, evaluation and measurement plans, etc.


As a Strategist, you will assist in the development of the Department’s processes and the alignment of goals, plans and operations. You will achieve this by:


Leading the review and analysis of existing policies related to economic and business growth, identifying priorities and recommendations for change, including identifying key partners to ensure policy alignment (e.g., education and research sectors, industry sectors, etc.).

Facilitating the alignment of Crown corporations and other Departments' economic programs and policies with government's economic agenda by involvement in business planning, program and policy design, and active participation in interdepartmental committees.

Identifying policy requirements and tools to support emerging growth sectors/clusters based on the Province's competitive advantage, to promote and attract new businesses and entrepreneurs and to enhance collaboration within the Government of Nova Scotia as well as the Atlantic region. 

Building relationships and working collaboratively with other government departments and agencies, subject matter experts and sector representatives to share information, coordinate resources, review and develop policy options to support the growth and development of key sectors and inform policy. 

May perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience


You possess a relevant undergraduate university degree (e.g. Public Administration/Business) accompanied by a minimum of three years’ work experience. An acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered. A relevant Master’s degree will be considered an asset.

As the ideal candidate you have previous experience and understanding of public policy and project delivery in a public sector environment. You have demonstrated knowledge and experience in policy and project management tools and methods along with knowledge of, and an ability to apply, measurement tools and techniques. You also have demonstrated ability to clearly articulate information in reports, presentations, and diagrams.

You will also possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to establish genuine and collaborative relationships with colleagues and staff both within the organization and externally with community-based and government stakeholders.  You are comfortable working both independently as well as part of a team.

With your exceptional organizational and time management skills, you can comfortably multitask on several projects with competing priorities. You are sensitive to political, cultural, people and departmental requirements.

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 offerings 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 for Nova Scotians.
  • 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