Senior Policy Analyst, Nova Scotia Environment – Halifax

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As a Senior Policy Analyst, you will be responsible for developing and implementing programs, policies and regulations related to Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program and climate change mitigation goals. You will conduct, commission and communicate research, synthesize data, carry out complex analysis and use strategic planning and evaluation to inform, develop and monitor greenhouse gas mitigation policies across key sectors and within organizations.

Competition # : 26088

Department: Environment

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​7/10/2020​

About Us

Nova Scotia Environment’s role is to protect the environment, human health and animal health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce the community to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations while proactively responding to environmental, conservation, animal, and human health risks and working to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

This position is based in our Climate Change Unit’s Mitigation Section where we develop and implement policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia. We are responsible for overseeing Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program.

About Our Opportunity

As a Senior Policy Analyst, you will be responsible for developing and implementing programs, policies and regulations related to Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program and climate change mitigation goals. You will conduct, commission and communicate research, synthesize data, carry out complex analysis and use strategic planning and evaluation to inform, develop and monitor greenhouse gas mitigation policies across key sectors and within organizations.

As the Senior Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 4), you will work with a team of professionals to implement provincial commitments on Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program and other climate change mitigation actions.

Responsibilities in this role include:

  • Developing and implementing programs, policies and regulations related to Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program and climate change mitigation goals.
  • Analyzing and make recommendations on program development while considering the wide scope of issues including environmental and economic impacts, innovative opportunities and national and international trends.
  • Monitor trends of related provincial, territorial and federal funding programs to identify interrelationships, opportunities, and challenges.  Working to maximize the benefits to Nova Scotians by seeking out partnerships, leveraging contributions and ensuring lasting impact.
  • Build collaborative networks with stakeholders to advance provincial climate change goals. Providing support for interdepartmental, divisional, and regional projects and may be asked to represent the Province and Department on intra- and inter-provincial committees and at regional, national and international meetings.

At times you may be called upon to apply for external funding and advising senior executives, provincial, municipal and federal government departments, communities and industry.

This position reports to the Manager of the Climate Change team.

Please note, this is expected to be a term status position with an end date of June 1, 2022; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

About You

You have a bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Environmental Sciences, Climatology, Public Policy etc.) and 6 years of related experience, an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

To be successful in this role we are looking for an individual who demonstrates experience in the field of both carbon pricing and energy and climate change policy.  You have strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and persuasion skills. You have experience in research, project management, critical thinking, analyzing data and well-developed organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.  You have experience bringing ideas with a proven track record to effectively engage, build alliances and strong trust relationships with internal and external stakeholders who may hold disparate views on contentious issues. You thrive in an environment which requires taking the initiative and being outcome focused with the willingness to share data, ideas while working in a team environment. Understanding of disciplinary, interdepartmental and or interdivisional problem- solving teams will be considered as an asset.

These are also considered assets:

  • Demonstrated understanding of climate science, greenhouse gas accounting and quantification, reporting, and verification, and industrial processes
  • Demonstrated experience in economic analysis and impacts of climate change programs and policy
  • The ability to apply theory and best practice in order to identify creative, practical and defensible approaches to overcome challenges
  • Knowledge of current key provincial, national, and international climate change programs and plans as well as a good understanding of how regulations, policies, and programs may affect industry, NGO, and community sectors

Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 – $3,404.96 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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