Strategy Manager – Planning And Transport

Local Government NSW Full Time Permanent 7/01/2019
  • Sydney CBD location
  • Established and respected organisation
  • Competitive salary
  • Salary package (including superannuation) $139,000 to $153,500

We seek an excellent leader with a track record in strategic policy and legislative environments, to lead a specialist team to research, develop and implement policies and strategies which influence policy outcomes for local government in NSW.

The organisation

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is the peak body for local government in NSW, representing councils and related member organisations. With a proud 100+ year history, LGNSW develops an effective community-based system of local government in NSW; advocates on behalf of members to influence policy directions of State and Commonwealth Governments and provides a range of services including, industrial relations, legal advice, management services and training.

The position

The Strategy Manager leads the local government planning and transport policy portfolio, within the organisation’s advocacy division. This involves managing the coordination, development and implementation of LGNSW’s policy initiatives in this portfolio area, which includes consultation and negotiation with member councils and stakeholders.  Leading a policy team, the position provides policy and strategic advice on emerging, on-going issues and often-complex issues in the portfolio to the Director Advocacy, Chief Executive, Board and members. 

The person

Highly regarded as a collaborative leader, you will drive a positive and innovative organisational culture, providing insight and input to strategic and business planning and contribute actively to the success of the organisation.  You will be from a strong policy background, with a proven track record in research, analysis of complex policy issues, identifying emerging issues, and developing evidence-based options and strategies on one or more of these significant issues: planning and transport. In short, you will ‘get’ policy development and the legislative environment, and the role strategic policy plays in a member organisation.   Your strengths will be in higher-order thinking, interpersonal skills and your ability to get the best out of people. The ideal candidate will possess key leadership attributes including exceptional professionalism; strong communication; strength in collaboration and stakeholder engagement; and influencing and negotiation. 

The essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualification and extensive senior experience in leading policy and research activities in one or more of the following areas: planning and transport. 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to influence, negotiate and build strong networks with practitioners and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Highly developed understanding of the policy and legislative environment of local government as well as the ability to apply research and analysis skills to a broad range of matters, and influence policy outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing and developing people and teams so they play a key role in the organisation’s success.
  • Successful track record in a public policy environment.
  • Advanced ability to think strategically, solve problems and deliver results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity to build and maintain effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders in a political environment, including senior management, staff, elected representatives, and external parties.
  • Highly developed project and team management skills with the ability to ensure projects are delivered within time, budget and quality parameters that may change and can be conflicting.

How to apply

Please visit and review the position description prior to submitting an application. Enquiries should be directed to Kylie Yates on 9242 4014 or

Your application should include a covering letter (maximum two pages) which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this position accountabilities and requirements, and an up-to-date resume (maximum four pages). 

Applications close Friday, 18 January 2019.