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Director, People and Culture

Job no: 851058
Campus: Mt Helen Campus
Categories: Professional/General
School/Area: Office of the Chief Operating Officer

  • Chief Operating Office - Ballarat Campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term appointment for five-years

About the role

The Director, People and Culture is a strategic senior leadership position with a University-wide focus, responsible for contributing to the strategic and operational priorities of the University. 

You will lead multiple centres of excellence within the directorate to provide service-excellence to Federation University’s portfolios, schools and directorates and lead the University’s People Strategy and priorities in support of the University Strategic Plan 2021-2025.

A critical element of this position is to drive process efficiency, effectiveness and reengineering across the directorate.  You will lead University-wide transformational change, including the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, and provide a solutions-based approach to People and Culture service-delivery through leadership, strategic guidance and high-level advisory.

As the Director, People and Culture of a regionally based University, this position will require you to work strategically and operationally on running the directorate, working collaboratively and as a trusted advisor the Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor Senior Team (VCST).

About Federation University

At Federation University, we are driven to make a real difference to the lives of every student, and to the communities we serve.

Across our university and TAFE campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, and the Wimmera, we deliver world-class education and facilities. With the largest network of campuses across Victoria, as well as a growing Brisbane base, we are uniquely positioned to provide pathways from vocational education and skills training at Federation TAFE through to higher education.

Federation University’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 outlines our ambition to be Australia’s leading regional university. Our University and TAFE provide integrated lifelong learning, skills, and impactful research enabling people and communities to prosper locally, regionally, and globally.

We are the number one ranked University in Australia for First Generation Student Enrolments (Good Universities Guide 2022). Along with top rankings in Victoria around student support, social equity, skills and employment.

About you

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer/CFO, acting as a key advisor to the VCST, you will possess a demonstrated ability to participate in whole-of-University decision making in order to deliver on our strategy and ensure a positive workplace experience for its staff and for the community.

Dynamic candidates will possess transferrable experience from driving complex strategic and operational contexts, plus the professional credibility to execute the competing demands of the role. Outstanding communication skills and an exemplary service-delivery ethos are essential, as are the abilities to influence, think innovatively and digitally, and exercise effective judgment in a dynamic environment.

You will be a person who is ambitious for Federation University’s success and optimistic about our future; and will display innovation, diligence and agility, have great resolve, and a focus on producing results. To be successful at Federation, you must share the University’s values.

How to apply

Federation University has partnered with Devereaux Consulting on this appointment.

For a confidential discussion, please contact

Jackie Besley, Managing Partner, citing job Fed2112

(t) jackiebesley@devereauxconsulting.com.au; or

(e) +61 (0) 413 633 195.

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Victorian-based Federation University workers to be fully vaccinated, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

What we offer

We foster a positive culture shaped by our values of inclusion, innovation, excellence, empowerment and collaboration as outlined in Federation’s Living Values Charter.

You will be able to take advantage of our UniSports Health and Fitness Centre in Mt Helen, in addition to benefits such as purchased leave, annualised hours, flexible work options, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare (Mt Helen and Gippsland), discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, wellness programs, professional development programs and many other benefits. For further information visit our LinkedIn Life page or our leave and work-life balance webpage.

For more information on a career with us, please visit our website or let our staff tell you more.

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