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Chief People Officer

Apply now Job no: 497554
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart, Launceston, Burnie
Categories: Management, Human Resources, Strategy

  • Create a values-driven culture where safety and wellbeing are front of mind, where we trust and respect each other, take mutual accountability for actions and have better rates of diversity and inclusion;
  • Work in a people-centred way so that we build long-term commitments to each other, including through reducing casual and fixed-term appointments, and collaborating to shape our work environment;
  • Support people in their career growth, by adopting practices that enable holistic development across all career stages. We will provide people with the leadership and management capabilities they need to succeed and create contemporary and clear career pathways.

Your new role

In this career defining role, you will work closely with the Vice-Chancellor and members of the University’s Executive Team to support our vision and the delivery of our People Strategy. This Executive position will champion a positive organisational culture that builds and retains an exceptional cohort of professional and academic staff and enables high levels of collaboration and productivity. The CPO will positively influence the culture and performance of the University. You will implement contemporary people practices and optimise our people-related activities to ensure we inspire and enable people centricity across the University. These efforts will support our growth and sustainability objectives, whilst continuing to champion a major shift in organisational safety and well-being.  

What you’ll need to succeed

As a solutions-oriented change leader with a growth mindset and demonstrated ability to continuously align the people strategy with the business strategy, you will bring to the role extensive experience in leading a client centric, contemporary HR function. Operating in a large, complex organisation with demonstrated success of building and optimising people strategies to improve organisational capabilities and culture will see you succeed in this mission critical role. As a natural collaborator who can effectively engage with a broad range of stakeholders, your superior communication skills will enable you to bring on board implementation of new practices designed to deliver exceptional people experience. Ability to foster trusting relationships and courage to provide honest feedback with empathy will positively influence success in leading and growing a unified People & Wellbeing team. Strong familiarity with assessment tools such as Human Synergistics LSI and OCI coupled with psychometric and critical thinking assessments will be highly regarded.

What’s on offer

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to create nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative working environments enabling us to nurture a vital & sustainable community. On offer is a full-time opportunity, with a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation and assistance with relocation. This is a career defining role with the addition of staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people and are committed to inclusive principles. We celebrate the range of diverse assets that gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age and life course bring. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you.

How to apply

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Please provide your up-to-date resume and a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills and experience aligns. You are also required to address each selection criteria outlined in the Position Description.

For further information about this position, please contact Jessica Grant, Executive Director, Division of the Vice-Chancellor 

Applications close 11:55pm on Sunday 16 October 2022

Download File Chief People Officer PD September 2022.pdf

Download File CPO Recruitment Brochure September 2022.pdf


COVID-19 Update: The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians. Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.

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Applications close: Tasmania Daylight Time

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