Policy & planning manager

Policy and Planning Managers research, plan and direct strategic policy and planning advice for organisations. They should have a superior understanding of organisational needs, relevant legislative materials and long-term plans for the organisation.

Duties and tasks

  • Develop strategies for implementing activity and creating accountability
  • Direct and assist in developing policy documents and reports
  • Facilitate negotiations on behalf of the organisation, as well as at events and seminars to discourse about policy issues
  • Implement and oversee policy research and analysis programs
  • Implement policies and practices, assigning employees to associated tasks
  • Serve as a reference and expert in the field on policy, program and legislative matters, working with government officials and stakeholders
  • Work with other Managers and Board Members to outline goals and objectives and develop strategic plans, programs and policies to meet those objectives

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking
  • Organisational Skills
  • Strong Leadership Qualities
  • Strong Writing and Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Policy and Planning Managers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines, attend meetings and complete reports. They typically work in indoor office settings and may need to travel lightly to attend conferences and meetings with stakeholders.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Management 

Planning Institute of Australia 

The Financial Planning Association of Australia 

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