First listed on: 01 March 2024


Looking to make a difference in NSW? Join the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Group!

  • Energy infrastructure transition something you want to help shape?
  • Want to help drive NSW's sustainability and climate change efforts?
  • Passionate about positive leadership and helping craft a legacy for future generations?

In the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Group we’re looking for a diverse range of policy and/or project leadership skills, experience and backgrounds to help shape our future impact. We’re keen to hear from you!

  • Talent Pool Recruitment for Temporary and Ongoing Opportunities. Possibility for conversion to ongoing for temporary roles
  • Hybrid WFH in Parramatta or Flexible across NSW Office Locations
  • Salary - Clerk Grade 11/12: ranges from $139,787 up to $161,663 + 11% super
  • Applications Close: 11:55 pm Sunday 17th March 2024

About the roles - Manager Policy and Programs

  • Leading role in managing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of key policies and projects within NSW business, government and household sectors.
  • Pivotal to ensuring the design and delivery of our policies and projects are effective, innovative and meet priority objectives to achieve critical state outcomes.
  • Lead and develop high-performance teams enabling them to design and deliver policies/ projects aligned to program needs.
  • Terrific opportunity to shape real change in transforming NSW to a more sustainable future.

About you 

  • Ability to positively lead a multi-disciplinary team through a range of complex initiatives to achieve program deliverables.
  • Capable of designing and delivering complex programs relating to policy or project based outcomes.
  • Ability to provide expert advice and information to your team, Executive and stakeholders on emerging policy/project issues and present recommendations.
  • Experienced in engaging in complex relationships with internal and external stakeholders to drive positive collaboration and partnerships in a transparent and equitable way.
  • Track record of managing risks, reporting, budgets and leading continuous improvement activities ensuring the required outcomes are achieved on time/budget and supporting an engaging organisational culture.

Key experience

  • Experience in designing and delivering on policy or project targets ensuring outcomes are achieved on time, on budget, and to quality standards.
  • Positively leading a team of policy or project professionals to meet significant program outcomes.
  • Proven experience in influencing and negotiating with stakeholders to enable required actions on complex policy/project outcomes.

For more information read the full Role Description: Manager Policy and Programs

Our mission is to accelerate NSW’s transformation to a sustainable future with our work focused on delivering government reforms, economic development and critical services around:

  • Accessing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy,
  • Supporting a sustainable and climate resilient New South Wales including emissions reduction and,
  • Encouraging a circular economy to better manage our resources.

Our group operates across 3 divisions that collectively work to deliver our responsibilities: Climate Change and Sustainability, Energy, and Strategy and Implementation

This talent pool recruitment will be used to help fill roles across all 3 divisions along with roles in our Executive advisory teams. When you apply, we’d love to learn which areas of impact interest you the most. More information about our divisions is outlined below.

Apply today! Take the next step in your career and make a difference in how New South Wales is responding to the challenges of climate change, the energy transition and sustainability.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Flexibility:

It’s important for our work to reflect and speak to the diverse communities we serve. This includes reflecting that diversity within our inclusive and flexible workplace.

We actively encourage and welcome applications from all ages, genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying? Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • Provide alternative formats to apply.
  • Make adjustments to the recruitment process.
  • Offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks.

If you have a disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team at

Who we are

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) works to protect the state’s environment and heritage. It leads the way on climate change, driving the sustainable transition to a net zero economy, powered by affordable, reliable, and clean energy. DCCEEW conserves and protects the state’s natural environment. It manages the NSW National Park estate, including its rich and diverse biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations. DCCEEW also ensures sustainable management of water resources across the state, to support the environment, communities and industry.


The Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Group


Climate Change Sustainability Division - lead the development of policies and programs to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and build resilience to climate change including major programs such as Net Zero Industry and Innovation, the NSW Hydrogen Strategy, and Climate Adaptation Strategy.

Energy Division - drives policies, programs, regulations and legislation focused on providing reliable, affordable, safe, and secure energy to households and businesses of NSW through program delivery, consumer and competition policy, regulation, energy operations, energy security safeguards and building sustainability.

Strategy Implementation Division - co-ordinates the delivery of key NSW Government energy and emissions strategic projects and policies such as the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and NSW MoU with the Commonwealth, providing expertise for evaluation, energy market modelling, market insights and data stewardship.


More information on our strategies and plans can be found via the NSW Climate and Energy Action website at


We acknowledge the ongoing custodial responsibilities of the Aboriginal peoples of NSW to care for the Country and Water and are committed to establishing meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal peoples in the management of the environment.


Talent Pool:

This recruitment process will establish a talent pool lasting 18 months. A talent pool represents a group of applicants suitable for this role or similar ones, considered for temporary or ongoing roles. We will be actively matching applicants to suitable roles based on capabilities and interests.


Apply Today!

Submit your application ONLY via the I Work for NSW jobs platform which is required to include:

  • An up-to-date CV detailing your knowledge, skills, and experience in relation to the role.

  • A cover letter that explains your alignment with the Key Knowledge, Experience and Essential Requirements as shown in this attached role description. Include which area (divisions above) interests you the most.


Applications close: 11:55 pm Sunday 17th March 2024


Should you require further information about the nature of available roles please contact the workforce planning team via


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