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New Job Policy And Research Analyst In Nova Scotia

Policy and Research Analyst
Policy and Research Analyst

Policy and Research Analyst

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $5,716–$7,145 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 11/21/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, we impact every citizen, business and municipality in Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to design and deliver programs and services to meet the needs of our clients and the public good through a culture of excellence. Our vision is to be a recognized leader in service and public protection that delivers trusted, accessible, modern programs, and contributes to Nova Scotia as a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business.

At Business and Consumer Services, we administer modern legislation that balances economic growth with the protection of the 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 Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services.

About Our Opportunity

The Legislation and Policy team plays a key role in modernizing legislation and policy frameworks to meet the needs of Nova Scotia consumers and businesses. Reporting to the Director of Legislation and Policy, the Policy and Research Analyst is 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.

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 products 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 will hold an undergraduate degree, typically in public or business administration, law, economics, or the social sciences, and several years of experience in a related field. A Master’s degree would be considered an asset.

Experience in planning and organizing projects and processes, policy and legislation related research, analysis and evaluation is essential. The position requires strong analytical and writing skills, a well-developed ability to think independently, organize tasks and projects, and ability to identify policy options and implement practical solutions to complex problems involving multiple stakeholders.

Excellent interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to communicate effectively, using discretion, tact and judgment, both orally and in written form is required. You exercise sound judgment, even under pressure. Additionally, well developed computer skills in a variety of software applications including Word, Microsoft Excel, TEAMS, Adobe, PowerPoint and internet applications is required. Experience with regulatory environments and governmental approval processes would be assets.

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework. During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.

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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.

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: $2,858.01 - $3,572.52 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]