0413 Government managers - education policy development and program administration

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Lead statement

Government managers in this unit group plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the development and administration of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education policies and programs. They are employed by all levels of government.

Example Titles

  • education director
  • school inspection director – public administration
  • education curriculum development director
  • education program administration manager
  • education policy analysis and research director

Main duties

Government managers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Participate in the development of education policy by providing advice to senior government managers
  • Organize departmental unit and establish procedures to meet departmental objectives set by senior management
  • Direct and advise policy researchers or program officers conducting research, preparing documents or administering educational programs for elementary and secondary school systems
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for projects, programs, support services, equipment and supplies
  • Organize and direct committees and working groups to plan, manage or evaluate education projects and programs
  • Interview, hire and provide training for staff.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in education is required.
  • A master's degree in a particular educational specialization may be required.
  • Several years of combined experience as a school teacher and as a government educational policy researcher, consultant or program officer are usually required.
  • A provincial teaching certificate is usually required.

Additional information

  • Progression to senior management positions in education is possible with experience.


  • Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training (04210421)
  • Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration (04110411)
  • Program managers in government (in 416416 Policy and program researchers, consultants and officers)
  • School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (04220422)
  • Senior government managers and officials (00120012)