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Job description for strategic planning director


How to negotiate the role that will make you successful within your own organization.

The role that the head of strategic planning plays is the result of a negotiation between the strategist and his stakeholders.

People often get frustrated because no one can tell them exactly what the role of the strategic planning department should be. They also struggle to find a precise job description for a director of strategic planning. 

This is because the role that a strategic planner plays within any organization, differs from person to person, and from organization to organization. The role you choose to play as a director of strategic planning is  the result of a negotiation between you, your boss and the stakeholders of your strategy department.


You will be most successful if you create a role for yourself as director of strategic planning, and for your strategic planning department or unit, by following these simple steps.

  1. Consider all the possible roles, or jobs that strategic planners in general play.
  2. Consider the role that your stakeholders want you to play as director of strategic planning.
  3. Understand what energizes you out of all the possible roles you could play, and roles your stakeholder wish you to play.
  4. Integrate these into a formal job description for you, the director of strategic planning at your specific organization.

We have developed a step by step guide to help you to negotiate the role that will make you successful as a director of strategic planning within your own organization. This includes:

  • The many roles played by strategic planners
  • A set of interview questions you can use to interview and educate your stakeholders.
  • A questionnaire to help you to identify the director of strategic planning roles that would excite and energize you the most.
  • A guide on how to analyze the information you have collected.
  • A template for creating your own job description as director of strategic planning.

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Director of strategic planning role or job description.

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