Vacancy Details

  • Join a world-class regulator & gain sought-after experience working in a small organisation.
  • Take a lead role in streamlining the delivery of the agency's human resource function.
  • Relocation and flexible working arrangements available for the right candidate. 
  • Open to Australian citizens only.

Position summary

The Assistant Director People and Culture position is a leadership role responsible for leading and managing a customer focused delivery of operational HR services and providing operational and strategic advice to the Chief People Officer on contemporary best practice HR and strategic design strategies.

The Assistant Director is responsible for providing expertise across a range of HR services and will set operational priorities for the People and Culture team to deliver recruitment, payroll, work health and safety, rehabilitation, case management, performance management, industrial and workplace relations matters.

The position occupant will be resilient with high level attention to detail and a comprehensive knowledge of Australian employment practices and trends, and experience in managing a team to meet organisational outcomes. 

Key duties may include:

  • Provide strategic advice and recommendations on complex staffing matters to senior managers.
  • Provide high level advice to managers on human resource policies and procedures, interpretation of industrial instruments (e.g., Enterprise Agreement), work health and safety matters, managing sensitive employee related matters, managing workplace investigations and talent management.
  • Management of the Payroll function.
  • Develop and coordinate HR initiatives, strategies, policies, work instructions, briefs, and papers.
  • Lead a team in the provision of accurate and contemporary operational HR services and advice.
  • Oversee APVMA people committees, including staff consultation, Work Health and Safety, Workplace Contact Officer network.

Please note candidates may be based in Canberra but will be required to travel frequently to the APVMA's Armidale office. 

Our Ideal Candidate / Selection criteria

To be considered for these roles you will need the following essential criteria:

  1. Demonstrated skills and experience managing a diverse range of human resources functions, with people and performance management skills.
  2. Extensive understanding and compliance of APS workplace legislation, policies, and frameworks.
  3. Proven ability to contribute to the development of HR policies and strategies to support the APVMA goals and initiatives.
  4. Highly effective interpersonal skills that foster trust and cooperation, and a proven ability to work effectively and with integrity.
  5. Demonstrated experience in the interpretation of industrial instruments, and the provision of complex HR advice and support to key stakeholders (line managers, senior executive, executive leadership team etc).
  6. Strong written and verbal communication, with good interpersonal and influencing skills and proven ability in writing and editing high level documentation and reports.
  7. Tertiary qualifications in Human Resource Management, or relevant related qualification from a recognised University with extensive relevant experience.

Contact Us

For further information on the position, please contact Jerry Mooketsi, Chief People Officer on 02 6770 2446.

Please direct any recruitment-related enquiries to Jarrod Lee, Talent & Systems Officer on 02 6770 2350 or