What is a Director of Public Policy?

Director of Public Policy Job Description

The Director of Public Policy is responsible for developing and executing strategic a government relations plan for their organization on local, regional and federal levels.


He or she must also ensure that policies, legislation and regulation are conducive to a positive business environment. The Director of Public Policy must also function as a lobbyist and liaison with all levels of government and ensure that all policies and interests are advocated.



Typical Job Duties

• Act as a liaison for governmental affairs on behalf of the Board of Directors or Management Council

• Provide staff support to the President on initiatives and efforts related to economic development

• Prepare or oversee the preparation of research projects which support of the organization’s advocacy platform and initiatives

• Coordinate the activities of the Governmental Affairs Committee in conjunction with the annual legislative agenda

• Represent the organization’s interests at public meetings and forums as applicable to the adoption and enactment of public policies by local, regional, and federal governmental bodies

• Responsible for public relations initiatives as required to promote the organization’s values, plans, policies and interests

• Develop work plans and plans of action for Public Policy consistent with the organization’s Strategic Plan



Scholarships for Becoming a Director of Public Policy

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Director of Public Policy. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Political Science Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Director of Public Policy: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Director of Public Policy. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors


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