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Senior Manager, Workforce and IR Strategy for the People and Culture Domain

Adelaide, Australia
Competitive remuneration (plus 17% superannuation)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024
  • Based in the Integration Management Office (IMO) in the People & Culture Domain in the Adelaide CBD
  • Full-time fixed term contract until 31 December 2025
  • Competitive remuneration (plus 17% superannuation)

Contribute to one of the largest changes to higher education in Australia over the past 30 years and help shape the new Adelaide University.

About the role

The Senior Manager: Workforce and IR Strategy is a key leader supporting the leadership and delivery of workforce and IR strategies to enable the creation of, and transition to, the new Adelaide University. The position provides solutions and strategies through contemporary and expert advice to stakeholders on complex industrial relations issues and other people and culture matters. 

You will work closely with the Project Lead: Workforce and IR Strategy, Domain Lead: People and Culture and other key senior leaders, to design and develop strategies, frameworks, and advice as part of the Workforce Readiness Sub Critical Path. You will also work with leaders in other Sub Critical Paths (including cross functional workstreams) to support interdependencies with the Workforce Readiness SCP.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the Project Lead: Workforce and IR Strategy to develop comprehensive strategies and frameworks to deliver the Workforce Readiness SCP plan and interdependencies with other Sub Critical Paths 
  • Support the development of major organisational change plans to transfer employment and align staff to the Adelaide University structure 
  • Support the Project Lead: Enterprise Bargaining to develop an enterprise bargaining strategy for commencement of negotiations 
  • Develop communications and templates to support the Workforce and IR strategies 
  • Provide constructive and pragmatic advice to the Workforce Readiness Sub Critical Path and other Sub Critical Paths 
  • Prepare briefings, reports and correspondence to the co-Vice Chancellors, Joint Committee, UniSA/UoA leadership, staff, committees, and external parties, including unions as appropriate

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Significant experience in driving transformational change as a senior industrial relations practitioner 
  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively in planning and developing activities 
  • High level ability to collaboratively develop high-level plans and strategies that clearly define required outcomes, coupled with high level ability to drive the delivery of results 
  • Effective communication with the ability to influence a wide range of constituencies particularly with senior leaders, role modelling high self-awareness and adaptive leadership skill 
  • Ability to analyse and navigate complex arrangements, demonstrate commercial acumen, develop business cases with high level written skills and lead systemic compliance with policies and procedures 

About the new Adelaide University 

The University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide are working together to create a new Adelaide University that will make transformational investments in teaching, learning, research and innovation at scale for South Australia and beyond. 

The new Adelaide University  will be a future-focused university, a magnet for talented staff and students alike. Combining the strengths of the University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide to deliver nation-leading curriculum and student experience, greater access to education, and world-class research excellence, the new institution will be recognised as one of the world’s top 100 universities.

The Integration Management Office (IMO) has been established to support the creation of the new Adelaide University and within the IMO, functional areas have been established which are referred to as Domains. Each Domain is responsible for executing tasks and producing deliverables that are crucial to the establishment of the new Adelaide University.

Express your interest now!

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume only.

Please address your cover letter to Jessica Frisari, Recruitment Partner: IMO. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact Jessica via email at If you require assistance submitting your application, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 6242.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Sunday 23 June 2024

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.

Applications will be jointly assessed by both the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide in the creation of the new Adelaide University.

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