RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS- Senior Strategist (Designated)

  • Deadline: March 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Competition # : 38080 

Department: Seniors and Long-Term Care

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 3/30/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as an Indigenous Person, and/or an African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Person, and/or a Person with a Disability. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us

The Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of many Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including Nova Scotia Health and the various continuing care partners, we’re committed to continually improving our continuing care 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

As the Senior Strategist, you will report to the Project Executive and provide expert research, analysis and strategic advice to the Project Executive 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 act 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 require significant leadership and understanding of corporate and government issues and priorities
  • Lead multiple teams and provide 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

The successful candidate will be an experienced policy professional with a post-secondary degree in a related health, social services or public administration discipline and several years of progressively more responsible experience in a related field or acceptable equivalent.

You will understand the Nova Scotia Government and health care system and 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.

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
•    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.


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. For example, but not limited to, we will consider a Masters or PhD in a related field.


Based on the employment status 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
  • Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about
  • 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

Additional Information

This is a term position based in Halifax, with the anticipated end date of May 1, 2024. however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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:  $3,561.95 – $4,452.43 Bi-Weekly

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