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Job Ref:  IRC112341
Employer:  University of Technology Sydney
Job Type:  Full Time
Sydney NSW, Australia (Show on map)

Manager, Local Government Strategy
& Business Improvement

Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG)

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.  

Due to continued growth, the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) has a new vacancy for a dynamic and analytical Manager, Local Government Strategy and Business Improvement to join our team. With a focus on leading project teams to complete innovative research and consultancy projects, this position takes a key role in designing, managing and delivering high quality project outputs.  

About the Institute

The Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) at the University of Technology Sydney is a leading group of researchers and practitioners in the areas of public administration and policy, social research, stakeholder engagement, and leadership. 

We undertake applied social, behavioural and academic research, policy advisory, graduate education and professional development training.

The IPPG team works closely with and maintains extensive professional networks within the university and with governments; industry; not-for-profit and community-based organisations across Australia and internationally.

About the role

As the Manager, Local Government Strategy & Business Improvement at IPPG, you will have a leadership role in advising local government clients on service delivery, corporate planning, business improvement and strategic and social planning (including social impact assessments). You will oversee, lead, and deliver a wide range of projects, in support of the Institute and University’s strategic direction.

You will undertake business development initiatives, including preparation of funding and commercial tender proposals, consistent with IPPG’s objectives.

As Manager, Local Government Strategy and Business Improvement, you will provide leadership by modelling productive practices; delivering, promoting and encouraging excellence, open communication and collaboration.

Day to day you will be responsible for:

  • Securing consultancy projects to an agreed annual target through grant applications, competitive tendering and business development activities
  • Developing fit for purpose, innovative methodologies that engage clients in co-design of strategic solutions
  • Delivery of work in a manner that builds the capacity of local government and delivers robust strategy and business improvement outcomes
  • Delivery of high quality project outputs including professional standard reports, presentations and conference papers
  • Managing client relationships 
  • Keeping up to date with technical developments, legislative and regulatory changes and current best practice in local government
  • Managing and supervising colleagues to successfully deliver projects
  • Leading and delivering a number of project concurrently.

To be successful in gaining the role you will have: 

  • Good communication skills, including strong written communication skills and the ability to deliver presentations in a training environment and in meetings
  • Capacity to lead community engagement activities as part of projects, such as focus groups and interviews
  • Good time management, ability to multi-task and priorities competing tasks
  • Previous experience working in a commercial consulting environment
  • An understanding of the context of local government social planning, service design and/or delivery
  • Understanding of the industrial and risk context within which local government operates
  • The capacity to work across a range of policy and function areas, which require a high level of generalist rather than specialist expertise
  • The ability to manage the joint responsibilities of leading a consultancy team while having substantial project delivery responsibilities and managing multiple projects concurrently, with competing deadlines
  • Financial literacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social research and policy development processes and evaluation methodologies
  • A degree in planning, urban planning, social science or equivalent.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range:

An attractive and competitive salary package will be negotiated with the appointee.(SSS1)

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. 

Our commitment to work/life support includes benefits such as flexible work practices, childcare centres, generous parental leave and support to carers.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a continuing basis. 

How to Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC112341, please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - click on the apply link to be taken to the relevant page. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. 

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing. 

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC112341

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Professor Roberta Ryan at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 7884.

Closing Date: 25th July, 2018 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Please note: We are only accepting on-line applications for this post, however, if you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to provide us with information in this way, please contact the Recruitment Team for assistance.

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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