Associate Director, People and Culture Business Partnering

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available up to 4 years
Compensation Grade:
Senior Management
Reporting to:
Director, People and Culture
The Associate Director, People and Culture Business Partnering is responsible for the provision of a comprehensive range of strategic People and Culture services to the University including, work force planning, case management, implementation of University wide People and Culture initiatives, policies, procedures and processes, as well as effective change management strategies.
The Associate Director is primarily responsible for the effective leadership of the People and Culture Business Partners and Coordinators located within the Colleges and Portfolios.
This role is a member of the People and Culture Leadership Team and will contribute to the development and implementation of the P&C Strategy, plans and objectives.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director, People and Culture Business Partnering is accountable for:

  • Develop and implement workforce planning strategies to meet current and future resourcing needs of the university including the identification of capability gaps, succession gaps and intelligence regarding future recruitment needs.

  • Drive the provision of high quality and innovative change management capability through effective leadership, coaching and management of the People and Culture Business Partner team.

  • Build productive relationships across the University and liaise, advise and negotiate effectively with key stakeholders including management and staff.

  • Provide expert technical and specialised strategic People and Culture advice and  services at a senior level.

  • Provide high level advice to the Director, People and Culture on a range of strategies.

  • Represent People and Culture on University Committees and/or working groups as required.

  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to people and performance management, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.

  • Apply HR expertise and understanding of Flinders University to deliver strategic input and lead quality solutions in areas such as employee relations, organization change, organization design and workforce planning.

  • Work closely with the broader P&C team to ensure P&C initiatives will meet the needs of the University.

  • Ensure people implications of decisions are understood and addressed through effective change management.

  • Develop, implement and maintain effective operational and service processes to ensure quality and consistency of P&C business partnering services across the University.

  • Maintain knowledge of progressive P&C practices and key industry trends.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Tertiary qualifications in Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations or related discipline.

  • Experience in leading and managing complex organisational change.

  • Comprehensive understanding of the link between P&C and University strategy with the ability to identify ways for P&C to support to enhance culture and University performance.

  • Experience in identifying risks and contributing to solutions on people issues.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of employee relations/industrial relations legislative and regulatory requirements and processes.

  • Sound understanding of contemporary management theory and practice including change management.

  • Demonstrated understanding of People and Culture policies and practices as they apply within the University sector.

  • Demonstrated experience in overseeing and ensuring the consistent, independent and effective management of investigations and case management.

  • Experience in a leading, managing, coaching and developing an effective and client focused team.

  • Evidence of success in implementing and facilitating the delivery of a broad range of People and Culture services.

  • Evidence of highly effective interpersonal and communication skills, including coaching and mentoring, advocacy and influencing skills, presentation and report writing skills.

  • Evidence of advanced analytical and problem solving skills in the diagnosis of sensitive and complex matters and in providing innovative and practical solutions on a timely basis.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Motivated, resilient team player with a drive to support the overall strategic People and Culture and University objectives.

For application enquiries please contact the T alent Acquisition team.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

24 Oct 2021



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available up to 4 years
Compensation Grade:
Senior Management
Reporting to:
Director, People and Culture
The Associate Director, People and Culture Business Partnering is responsible for the provision of a comprehensive range of strategic People and Culture services to the University including, work force planning, case management, implementation of University wide People and Culture initiatives, policies, procedures and processes, as well as effective change management strategies.
The Associate Director is primarily responsible for the effective leadership of the People and Culture Business Partners and Coordinators located within the Colleges and Portfolios.
This role is a member of the People and Culture Leadership Team and will contribute to the development and implementation of the P&C Strategy, plans and objectives.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director, People and Culture Business Partnering is accountable for:

  • Develop and implement workforce planning strategies to meet current and future resourcing needs of the university including the identification of capability gaps, succession gaps and intelligence regarding future recruitment needs.

  • Drive the provision of high quality and innovative change management capability through effective leadership, coaching and management of the People and Culture Business Partner team.

  • Build productive relationships across the University and liaise, advise and negotiate effectively with key stakeholders including management and staff.

  • Provide expert technical and specialised strategic People and Culture advice and  services at a senior level.

  • Provide high level advice to the Director, People and Culture on a range of strategies.

  • Represent People and Culture on University Committees and/or working groups as required.

  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to people and performance management, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.

  • Apply HR expertise and understanding of Flinders University to deliver strategic input and lead quality solutions in areas such as employee relations, organization change, organization design and workforce planning.

  • Work closely with the broader P&C team to ensure P&C initiatives will meet the needs of the University.

  • Ensure people implications of decisions are understood and addressed through effective change management.

  • Develop, implement and maintain effective operational and service processes to ensure quality and consistency of P&C business partnering services across the University.

  • Maintain knowledge of progressive P&C practices and key industry trends.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Tertiary qualifications in Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations or related discipline.

  • Experience in leading and managing complex organisational change.

  • Comprehensive understanding of the link between P&C and University strategy with the ability to identify ways for P&C to support to enhance culture and University performance.

  • Experience in identifying risks and contributing to solutions on people issues.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of employee relations/industrial relations legislative and regulatory requirements and processes.

  • Sound understanding of contemporary management theory and practice including change management.

  • Demonstrated understanding of People and Culture policies and practices as they apply within the University sector.

  • Demonstrated experience in overseeing and ensuring the consistent, independent and effective management of investigations and case management.

  • Experience in a leading, managing, coaching and developing an effective and client focused team.

  • Evidence of success in implementing and facilitating the delivery of a broad range of People and Culture services.

  • Evidence of highly effective interpersonal and communication skills, including coaching and mentoring, advocacy and influencing skills, presentation and report writing skills.

  • Evidence of advanced analytical and problem solving skills in the diagnosis of sensitive and complex matters and in providing innovative and practical solutions on a timely basis.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Motivated, resilient team player with a drive to support the overall strategic People and Culture and University objectives.

For application enquiries please contact the T alent Acquisition team.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

24 Oct 2021
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