Welcome To Nova Scotia Nurses' Union - Applying For The Researcher/Government Relations/Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Position

The NSNU is seeking a dynamic professional to fill a permanent full-time position of Researcher/Government Relations/Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.  The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director and President, as well as work with the Board of Directors and many Union representatives on behalf of the membership.

The Researcher/Government Relations/Occupational Health and Safety Specialist will provide expertise and advice in the development of research projects and evidence-based documents.

The successful candidate is responsible to establish relationships with government, academics, nursing professional and stakeholder organizations with a view to influence potential future legislative and/or regulatory changes. Responsibilities also include monitoring the relevant regulations, legislation, policy, nursing journals, websites, etc. to identify best practices, emerging trends and identify opportunities for NSNU and providing evidence-based research and reports for defining and expanding the role of LPNs, RNs and NPs.

A key role of the position is to provide written briefs, reports and articles/editorials on professional practice and occupational health and safety issues for publication and internal use.

A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is preferred with at least two years’ experience in research and policy development, preferably related to health care and/or nursing.  An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an equivalent combination of experience and other training may be considered.  Union experience would be considered an asset.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the NS political environment, governmental relations and legislative processes.
  • Excellent written, presentation and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with academic and non-academic research.
  • Experience in developing and conducting surveys and studies.
  • Experience in drafting research submissions and position statements.
  • Experience in Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Experience and knowledge of relevant technology.








The Researcher/Government Relations/Occupational Health and Safety Specialist is a bargaining unit position with applicable compensation and benefits.


Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing date for applications is August 5, 2020.

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