Policy Analyst

  • Province of Nova Scotia

  • Halifax, NS

  • Date Posted: Jun 27, 2022

  • Posted Until: Jul 07, 2022

  • Job ID: 9030 | Views: 319

Full time General Business

Job Details

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 7/7/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Taxation and Federal Fiscal Relations division of Finance and Treasury Board is responsible for:

  • Conducting policy and financial analysis of current and potential tax measures
  • Providing technical advice and counsel to the Minister, Executive Council and other departments and agencies
  • Overseeing legislation, tax collection agreements, major federal transfers and other administrative arrangements for the province’s major tax revenue sources
  • Working with other provincial and federal counterparts in developing tax policy and administrative resources

About Our Opportunity

The Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board is seeking an experienced professional to fill a key position in its Taxation and Federal Fiscal Relations Division. Policy Analysts have a key role in the research, development and evaluation of policy options; preparing briefing notes, reports, and submissions to executive council; development of revenue forecast, and analysis of financial and economic implications of policy options.

Reporting to a Policy Strategist, you will be part of a team focused on research and evaluation of policy options, monitoring developments in tax policy and supporting the province’s interests in federal transfers. The incumbent will be accountable for identifying best practices, and developing recommendations, briefing materials, proposals and presentations for departmental senior management.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Maintaining data sources, documentation, and models
  • Assisting in the review of legislative, regulatory, and administrative frameworks related to revenue sources
  • Represents the department on inter-department and inter-provincial committees and work teams

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this position you possess a university degree in a relevant discipline such as public policy, economics, finance, or business administration, plus a minimum of three years of related experience or an acceptable combination of education and experience will be considered. A graduate degree in a relevant discipline will be considered an asset.

You are highly professional, a critical thinker and a team player who values an inclusive and diverse workforce.

You also have:

  • Experience working in a policy environment, understand how government policy is developed, and have knowledge of relevant public issues with the ability to formulate, recommend, and implement policy changes
  • Demonstrated research experience and the ability to write succinct reports on findings
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills using large data sets
  • Demonstrated the initiative to work independently and deliver on priority projects, exercise sound judgement, and meet tight deadlines,
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and issues management abilities.

Assets for this position include:

  • Interpreting legislation, as well as familiarity with issues related to the economic environment, fiscal planning and management, and government budget processes as they relate to Nova Scotia
  • Demonstrated computer skills as applied to data organization and analysis
  • Experience using E-views, STATA, or SPSD/M

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Competency for this position include: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency


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.

Working Conditions

Additional Information

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: $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.