How to become a policy & planning manager

Research, plan and direct strategic policy and planning advice for organisations.

What does a policy and planning manager do?

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.

Industry bodies

Related jobs

  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Political scientist
  • Project support officer
  • Project and program administrator
  • Research officer
  • Research and development manager
  • University lecturer

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