Data Analyst

About Our Opportunity

The Data Analyst is a technical resource in the Data Governance and Management division at DHW (Department of Health and Wellness). In this role you will be responsible for fulfilling data requests. You will work with stakeholders throughout DHW, the broader health sector, and other departments or agencies to translate their business requirements into the final data extract.

In this role you will be responsible for the creation of data extracts to meet client requirements, including explanatory notes. You will work closely with the Manager, Data Services, to ensure clients are satisfied with the final product. This role enables you to have a contributory impact on the health system, facilitating evidence-based decision making to enhance health system planning and management.

You will formulate the information requests; perform queries and data extraction from relevant databases, check data quality; analysis and modelling; interpret the data; prepare reports and basic data visualization; and present the information and findings for administrative and operational decision making.

Primary Accountabilities

In this role, your key responsibilities will involve the creation and review of data extracts to fulfill client requirements. You will ensure the process and program code is well documented for future reference and replication. You will work with the Manager, Data Services, to ensure accuracy of the output and regulatory reporting requirements are met.

You will achieve this by:

  • Understanding and clarifying requirements with the Manager, Data Services, and the client
  • Extracting and consolidating data to meet the client’s needs
  • Creating documentation and code templates for data requests
  • Reviewing final deliverables for quality assurance
  • Assisting with the creation of standards and processes for data extraction and quality assurance

Qualifications and Experience

The Data Analyst will report to the Manager, Data Services and work cross functionally with the Data Governance Lead. Working with our varying data sources, the Data Analyst will compile, analyze, and validate the data to fulfill the requests of our business and client needs.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field (computer science, statistics, math, etc.) or an advanced degree in a quantitative discipline.
  • 2-3 years of experience in data analysis.
  • Excellent analytical skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and cross functionally with a variety of departments and/or teams.
  • Strong problem solver and ability to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform data manipulation, analysis and information presentation at a moderate to advanced level using database, MS Excel and statistical software.
  • Moderate to advanced data management skills and a high degree of computer literacy are required.
  • The ability to troubleshoot, comprehend, analyze and resolve complex issues.
  • Moderate to advanced knowledge of relational database modeling and query writing tools to create ad-hoc queries and reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex and customized SQL queries for relational databases, with applied experience with business intelligence tools (ex: SSMS, Oracle SQL Developer, SAS).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaboration skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attentive to detail with the ability to multi-task and prioritize workload and work quickly and accurately under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with health data is an asset.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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

Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. You will have daily contact with various internal and external stakeholders. The scope of this role requires strong abilities in multi-tasking, balancing multiple priorities, meeting frequent deadlines, and making time sensitive recommendations.


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 the news release here.

This is a Temporary opportunity with an anticipated end date of July 29, 2022.

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.


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 01 – PR 11

Salary Range: $1,488.35 – $2,688.50 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