Policy Analyst, Contractual Obligations (Research & Stat Officer 3)

NS Department of Agriculture

Competition # : 36128

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​8/15/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable, and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities.  Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable.


About Our Opportunity


This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in working with the Department of Agriculture, who possess experience in a regulatory environment conducting research and analysis, drafting funding agreements for legal review, and providing advice and recommendations on alignment with existing legislation and mandates.


Primary Accountabilities


Reporting to the Manager, the Policy Analyst – Contractual Obligations is responsible for providing advice, recommendations, analytical review, and document preparation to the Department of Agriculture in the areas of funding agreements, policy, economic development and legislation.


The incumbent will lead internal review of Departmental funding obligations for program development and other projects by facilitating timely development, appropriate consultation, and proper navigation through the internal Departmental and Government-wide approval structures.


Qualifications and Experience


To be a successful candidate, you have a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business, law (or acceptable education equivalent) plus five (5) years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree plus three (3) years of relevant experience.


You will have experience in and knowledge of policy, contracts, and legislative development in a government environment. You will also have a proven ability to deal with complex processes, ideally through application of formal project management tools. Required interpersonal skills include a strong client service orientation and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment.


The successful candidate must be able to communicate complex topics effectively in both written and oral forms; experience with public consultations would be an asset. The incumbent must be fully proficient in a Microsoft Office environment, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.


Experience with: analytical thinking; client orientation; adaptability & flexibility; effective interactive communication and outcome focus would be considered an asset.




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.


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:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 – $2,913.59 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.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

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.

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Number of Vacancies: 1
Wages: $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly
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