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Senior People and Culture Partner

Apply now Job no: 529691
Work type: Full-time
Location: Flexible
Categories: Human / People Services

  • Based at our Burwood or Geelong campus
  • Fixed term role for 14 months
  • HEW 10 $131,354 + 17% superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. 

We are seeking to appoint an experienced practitioner to partner with Deakin’s senior leaders and teams to facilitate contemporary people solutions. Empowered to make decisions, informed by frameworks and governance practices, you will provide expert advice and consultancy services on a range of people and culture services, strategies, and projects. Responsive and customer-centric in your approach to people solutions, you will be accountable for the delivery of dynamic workforce plans, talent management, organisational change and sustainable people solutions.

Your key responsibilities will include, and not limited to:

  • Understand environmental trends and integrate this knowledge into dynamic strategies focused on value, revenue, quality, people, efficiency and investment to deliver goals (organisational, community and or industry)
  • Use an in-depth understanding of Deakin’s operating environment and its drivers to translate complex issues into clear and understandable strategies and goals for Deakin and collaborate with colleagues to formulate potential courses of action to achieve objectives
  • Assess risks and benefits, anticipate potential problems, pre-empt required actions and evaluate implemented courses of action and make adjustments as required
  • Overcome resistance to change and manage complex stakeholder issues that are integral to the change process and show integrity and empathy for individuals facing a loss from change or innovation
  • Motivate and influence leaders across Deakin to create an environment where staff feel valued, included, and want to do their best to achieve University priorities
  • Establish long-term partnerships with clients, act as a trusted advisor, change direction in alignment with learnings and offer expert solutions and strategies that best serve the client’s needs
  • Create a sustainable climate of service excellence, encourage and support others to see situations from the client’s perspective and systematically measure client satisfaction and implement improvement strategies to meet client needs more effectively
  • Approach negotiations with a strong grasp of the key issues and present a convincing, persuasive and balanced rationale that recognises and responds to others’ concerns or emotional responses without losing sight of planned objectives

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience in HR Management or Industrial Relations or equivalent
  • Experience providing high level and complex HR advice and services to senior Managers through the establishment of meaningful relationships
  • Experience facilitating clients through robust HR practices to enable strategic thinking and solutions for the future
  • Knowledge of contemporary HR Partnering practice

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File PD--Senior People and Culture Partner.pdf

Applications for this position close on 9 December 2022

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working with Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

This position will require travel to our Campus, therefore a valid driving license is required to perform the role.

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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