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Public Policy Manager


Public Policy Manager


  • Influence the public policy agenda

  • Diffuse empirical research to influence policy

  • Flexible working conditions

The e61 Institute is seeking an experience public policy professional to help build its public policy arm, with a view to inject data-driven insights into policy debates pertaining to Australia’s most important economic and social challenges.


Based in Sydney with a world class research team and an eminent global network of academic fellows, e61 is Australia’s leading big data-driven research institute. It was born from a motivation to bring together problem-solvers from academia, industry, and government to push the knowledge frontier.

e61 is currently investigating a range of policy relevant issues including the:

  • scarring effects of the COVID recession on young workers;

  • productivity growth in Australia: before and after the pandemic;

  • the distribution of income growth across households, and over the lifecycle.

Our agenda will soon expand to cover research areas such as: climate change, economic opportunity, and firms’ management practices and expectations.

To maximise influence, we are seeking a public policy manager to build and sustain strong networks with key partners to identify: emerging policy questions, collaborative opportunities and to ensure continue policy relevance of the Institute’s work.  

What this role offers you

This is an ideal career opportunity for a public policy officer or an economist with 4+ years of experience looking to influence the policy debate in Australia.

You will work on a day-to-day basis with two of Australia’s leading economists – Dan Andrews and Gianni La Cava – who, between them, possess over 40 years of experience leading research in Australia (Federal Treasury and Reserve Bank of Australia) and abroad (OECD and BIS).

The e61 Institute also provides a unique platform to build your public profile as our team members have a public voice to share the key findings of our research and influence the policy debate.

An attractive remuneration package is available to secure the right candidate and the Institute offers a range of career development opportunities. The e61 Institute is committed to flexible work, and we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant.


What we are looking for

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Minimum four years’ work experience in public policy in Australia or abroad.

  • Completed an honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or a related field, but applicants that combine a bachelor’s degree with more extensive work experience – especially in high impact policy roles – will be considered.

We are particularly interested in candidates that possess experience in the Australia’s elite public policy institutions or policy think-tanks.

Successful applicants will be expected to build the Institute’s policy arm. This will require a willingness to work with key partners in government and the not-for-profit sector to identify: emerging policy issues, opportunities for the Institute’s empirical research to inform policy debates and new sources of funding.

A willingness to engage with empirical evidence and to inject the Institute’s big-data driven findings into relevant policy work and economic and social narratives is essential. Past experience with applied empirical research would be an asset.

Strong communication, project management and stakeholder engagement skills are vital, as is a keen willingness to leverage networks to influence policy debates.

Beyond this, you will work as part of a team to further the aims of the Institute, and:

  • Mentor staff and help build the talent pool to drive evidence-based policy in Australia.

  • Create an enduring bridge to enable the Institute’s data-driven insights to influence policy.

  • Promote a vibrant, collaborative and inclusive workplace culture.


Your initial application should include:

  • 1 page cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and how your skills can improve the evidence base for public policy in Australia

  • Short resume (maximum of 2 pages)

  • University transcripts

  • A writing samples of: i) Non-technical writing for a non-academic audience;  ii) Published academic or technical research.

  • Confirmation of your right to work in Australia

Please note: we will provide a receipt of application notification by email but, due to the volume of applicants, will only contact you if you proceed to the formal interview process