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New Job Policy And Research Analyst In Nova Scotia

Policy and Research Analyst

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $5,568 - $6,975 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 12/27/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At Service Nova Scotia & Internal Services (SNS-IS), we impact every citizen, business and municipality in Nova Scotia. Our mission is to design and deliver programs and services to meet the needs of our clients and the public good through a culture of excellence. We are here in the public service to be a part of rewarding work that makes a positive impact on the province we love.

At Corporate, Business and Consumer Services (CBC Services), we administer legislation that balances economic growth with the protection of public interest. We strive to create a place where consumers make informed decisions in a trusted marketplace and our programs provide balance in protecting citizens and ease of compliance for businesses. We are the centre of excellence for research and policy for programs within SNS-IS.

If you are looking to work in a dynamic, flexible organization that offers a unique challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information: Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services - Government of Nova Scotia

About Our Opportunity

As the Policy and Research Analyst (PRA), you are responsible for providing comprehensive policy formulation, implementation, and research services in support of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Service’s (SNS-IS’s) legislative, regulatory, and program mandates. You are also responsible for drafting, reviewing, and presenting Advice and submissions to Executive Council and its committees and advising senior leadership (Associate Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister, Minister) on relevant issues affecting consumers and businesses. Working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve government’s regulatory modernization objectives is also a key responsibility. Other accountabilities include:

Primary Accountabilities

  • Formulating high quality policy alternatives by conducting thorough issue analysis, problem evaluation, jurisdictional scans, statistical and economic analysis (as appropriate);
  • Supporting informed decision-making by completing high quality legal, jurisdictional, historical economic or social research on assigned topics or in relation to citizen, media or MLA enquiries;
  • Developing and maintaining subject-matter expertise, as required, on current and emerging issues in SNS-IS’s primary regulatory areas, including consumer financial rights, real estate, condominiums, mortgage brokers, petroleum product regulation, residential tenancies, and the funeral sector;
  • Contributing to the efficient administration of SNS-IS’s legislative agenda by drafting, reviewing, or advancing Advice or other submissions to Executive Council and its committees;
  • Supporting SNS-IS and government decision-making by preparing and presenting policy and issues papers, briefing materials, memoranda, policy advice and recommendations to Executive Council, Cabinet committees (e.g., Treasury and Policy Board), and senior leaders.

Qualifications and Experience

You hold an undergraduate degree, typically in public or business administration, law, economics, or the social sciences, and have some experience in research/development. A Master’s degree would be considered an asset. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

You have experience conducting in-depth research and analysis, possess exceptional writing capabilities and strong computer skills in a variety of software applications including Word, Excel, TEAMS, and PowerPoint. You also have proven ability to communicate effectively, using discretion, tact and judgement, both orally and in written form. You have experience in planning, organizing, and managing competing priorities in a multidisciplinary environment and in collaborating effectively with others. Working knowledge of the consumer protection environment, legislative process, and regulatory burden reduction would be assets.

Key competencies for this position include: Conceptual Thinking, Effective Interactive Communication, Initiative, Outcome Focus, Partnering & Relationship Building, Strategic Orientation, Intercultural 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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

Additional Information

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

This is a TERM employment opportunity with anticipated end date of September 30, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate. Please note that this Term opportunity could be extended.

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.

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 10

Salary Range: $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 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 [email protected]