Policy Manager

Camperdown, Australia
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Full-time, continuing opportunity for a dynamic Policy Manager
  • Hybrid work from home and on campus
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking a Policy Manager to guide the University through a best-in-class transformation of our policy framework and documents, and to oversee the effective management of our suite of policy documents in the longer term.

The Policy and Compliance team plays a key role within the University's Office of General Counsel (OGC), ensuring the development and management of the University's policy framework and documents. The team is expanding as part of an ambitious project to redesign our policy suite in partnership with experts in evidence-based legal design and information technology. The updated suite will have a greater user focus, including simpler plain English drafting, compelling digital presentation, and improved navigation for a diverse audience.

Reporting to the Director, Policy and Compliance Law, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work effectively with policy document owners across campus and the OGC's solicitors to oversee the timely curation of a fit-for-purpose, current and easy-to-use policy suite using our new style guide and templates
  • provide overarching guidance and leadership to our Policy Officers, building an effective, collaborative and collegiate culture as the team expands
  • oversee the ongoing management of the University's Policy Register - continuously improving our policy consultation and review processes, ensuring legislative and regulatory compliance obligations are appropriately identified in policy documents, delivering timely registration and publication of approved documents, and capturing opportunities to track, report on and improve policy capability across the University that will continue to enhance the user experience of the Policy Register

The OGC enjoys a highly trusted and collaborative culture, based out of a modern office on our heritage campus, and welcomes a hybrid model where staff work from home 2-3 days per week.

About you

This role is ideal for a person with strong people skills. We are looking for a natural collaborator and organiser, who can partner with policy owners and the University's solicitors to drive momentum in a time of change.

You will have:

  • proven experience as a Policy Manager or Senior Policy Officer within a large and multi-faceted organisation
  • extensive experience in the development of plain English policy, procedures and systems within heavily regulated environments
  • outstanding presentation, communication and influencing skills to engage with a diversified client and stakeholder base
  • demonstrated ability to prepare reports, and develop briefs and recommendations which carefully balance competing ideas and present a reasoned case for a preferred course of action
  • a highly developed consultative approach and elevated relationship management skills to build capability across the University
  • agile organisation and planning skills to balance competing agendas and demands in a fast paced, time pressured environment.

Previous successful leadership and management of a high performing team of policy professionals will be regarded favourably.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Sunday 19 March 2023 11:59 PM