Government Managers in Health and Social Policy Development and Program Administration

(NOC 0411)

in All Management

Managers in this group oversee the development and administration of health care policies, social policies and related programs designed to protect and promote the health and social welfare of individuals and communities. They work for all levels of government.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Health and Social Policy Development, and Program Administration most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 84% of Managers in Health and Social Policy Development, and Program Administration who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $95,780. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$94,282

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Managers in this group oversee the development and administration of health care policies, social policies and related programs designed to protect and promote the health and social welfare of individuals and communities. They work for all levels of government.

Job duties

Managers in this group:

  • Provide advice to senior government managers on the development of health or social policies.
  • Organize department and create procedures to meet goals set by senior management.
  • Direct and advise researchers, consultants or program officers who conduct research, prepare documents or administer programs for individuals and communities in health and social services, employment and immigration, labour or housing.
  • Plan, administer, and control budgets for research and administration, support services and equipment and supplies.
  • Organize and direct committees and working groups to plan, manage or evaluate health and social services projects and programs.
  • Interview, hire and provide training for staff.

Sample job titles

  • career information director
  • child welfare services director
  • city medical officer of health
  • daycare planning services director
  • employment programs director
  • family and children's services director
  • food safety programs manager
  • health care insurance plan director
  • health education director
  • home care services director
  • housing policy and development director
  • immigration and settlement director
  • occupational training director
  • protection services director
  • public health director
  • social programs administrator
  • welfare services administrator

Skills

You need excellent organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. You should be capable of analytical and logical thought. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are important.

Job requirements

Managers in health policy development and program administration:

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in health science, hospital administration or public administration or a bachelor's degree in social science.
  • A graduate degree in a health, social science or an administrative discipline may be needed.
  • Several years of experience as a health or social policy researcher, consultant or program officer.
  • Some government managers in health policy development and program administration need certification in the relevant health profession. For example, city medical officers of health must be physicians.

Managers in social policy development and program administration:

  • A bachelor's degree or a college diploma in a social science discipline like sociology or economics, or an administrative discipline like public administration.
  • A graduate degree in a social science or an administrative discipline may be needed.
  • Several years of experience as a social policy researcher, consultant or program officer.

Other considerations

Movement to senior management positions is possible with experience. Several years of experience as researcher, consultant, program officer or in a professional position in the related field are usually required.

By the numbers

Quick look

155

employed in 2016

96.8%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

48.4%
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51.6%
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50.6

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

66.7%

Halifax

12.1%

Annapolis Valley

9.1%

North Shore

6.1%

Southern

6.1%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

45.0%

45-54

29.0%

55-64

13.0%

35-44

6.0%

25-34

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

45.2%

Master's degree

$99,066 median annual income
35.5%

Bachelor's degree

$92,351 median annual income
9.7%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
6.5%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
6.5%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor's degree

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College certificate or diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master's degree

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trades certificate

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Applied economics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the application of economic principles and analytical techniques to the study of particular industries, activities, or the exploitation of particular resources. These programs include courses in economic theory; microeconomic analysis and modelling of specific industries and commodities; the economic consequences of resource allocation decisions; regulatory and consumer factors; and the technical aspects of specific subjects as they relate to economic analysis.

Institutions providing this program

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Biomedical sciences - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any general program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. These programs include courses in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Crisis/emergency/disaster management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program focusing on the application of the incident command system model to formulating and implementing effective response to natural and man-made disasters. These programs include courses in contingency planning, hazard and risk assessment, joint operations, law and ethics, emergency response and recovery, event mitigation, emergency rescue and medical operations, incident command, terrorism and national security issues, law enforcement, relief administration, volunteer and citizen coordination, public relations and applications to specific types of incidents.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Health services administration

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the application of policy analysis, public administration, business management, and communications to the planning and management of health services delivery systems in the public and private sectors, and prepares individuals to function as health services administrators and managers. These programs include courses in health systems planning, public health organization and management, pubic health policy formulation and analysis, finance, business and operations management, economics of health care, organizational and health communications, marketing, human resources management, and public health laws and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Knowledge management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the study of knowledge management in government agencies and corporations for the purpose of supporting stated organizational goals and objectives, and prepares individuals to function as information resource managers. These programs include courses in information technology, principles of computer and information systems, management information systems, applicable policy and regulations, and operations and personnel management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Public administration

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of government; and that focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management. These programs include courses in the roles, development, and principles of public administration; the management of public policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional ethics; and research methods.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Public health education and promotion

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the application of educational and communications principles and methods to the promotion of preventive health measures and the education of targeted populations on health issues, and prepares individuals to function as public health educators and health promotion specialists. These programs include courses in human development; health issues across the lifespan; population-specific health issues; principles and methods of public health education; administration of health education campaigns and programs; evaluation methods; public communications; and applications to specific public health subjects and issues.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Social sciences - Other

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Social Sciences.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Sociology

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. These programs include courses in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Sociology and anthropology

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that combines sociology and anthropology to study how society is organized, the origins and development of social institutions, social change, social organizations, race, class, gender and culture.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
1075 Bay Street, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
Tel: (416) 924-8787
Fax: (416) 924-4992
HealthCareCAN
17 York Street, Suite 100, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 9J6
Tel: (613) 241-8005
Fax: (613) 241-5055

Additional resources

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