RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Senior Policy Analyst (Designated)

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: January 26, 2022

Senior Policy Analyst (Designated)

Senior Policy Analyst (Designated) (

Competition # : 34102 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 1/26/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following groups will be considered:  Indigenous Persons, African Nova Scotians, or Other Racially Visible Persons or Persons with Disabilities.

If you are a member of this equity group, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.

About Us

The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage contributes to building a province which enhances pride in our creative and diverse communities and people, allowing us to embrace our past and influence our future. Our vision is for Nova Scotia to be an acknowledged leader as a place where cultural identity, expression, and economy prosper. A place where all people honour and embrace diversity and heritage.

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About Our Opportunity

As a Senior Policy Analyst, you will provide policy development, implementation and evaluation/monitoring for the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage (CCTH) supporting divisional and corporate priorities. You will develop legislative, regulatory, policy, and process initiatives that that are strategically aligned with government priorities.

You will lead projects and participate in multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental teams of senior staff in the identification and analysis of policy and research options and recommendations related to Nova Scotia’s tourism, arts, heritage, diverse communities and culture.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Provide advice to program staff on policy development projects and liaise with other departmental staff to prepare policy advice documents, internal policy documents, briefing materials, and submissions to Executive Council.
  • Undertake research, develop, and analyze policy options, and make recommendations to leadership on a broad range of complex and sometimes conflicting issues, to inform the decision-making process by senior management, the department and government.
  • Take an integrated approach to policy development, involving organizations at times (internal and external) with disparate views on a broad range of complex issues that require risk analysis.
  • Collaborate with management and staff to ensure comprehensive and timely responses to requests for input into department and government-wide initiatives.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with external and internal stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role you have a bachelor’s degree in plus 5 years of related experience in policy, communications, program planning and development or a master’s degree plus three (3) years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

You will have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of strategic planning, and policy development. You have experience in coordination of multi-disciplinary teams and will work with partners (including funders), to assist in the identification and analysis of policy options.

In addition, to be successful you hold skills/experience in the following areas:

  • Work independently, and in team environments you apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same
  • Strong planning, organizational and administrative skills and are able to present your work clearly, set priorities, meet deadlines, and managing multiple assignments
  • A strategic and analytical thinker who can exercise discretion in balancing priorities and dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking/analytical skills, problem solving
  • Strong partnering and relationship building skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to maintain the integrity and security of confidential and sensitive information

Assets for this position include:

  • Experience working with various levels of government on infrastructure agreements
  • French as a second language

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.


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.


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.

Additional Information

Candidates should clearly illustrate in their cover letter how they meet the above qualifications.

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

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