Associate Director – Wellbeing, Health & Safety

Last updated one month ago
Job Type:Contract/Temp, Full Time

  • Full time | Fixed term for 5 years
  • Join one of Newcastle’s largest employers
  • Provide strategic, innovative and accountable leadership

Look to the future

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability. 

When we look ahead, we are motivated by the opportunities we see. We are driven by the challenges we need to solve. And we are stirred by the future we can imagine. 

Be challenged and imagine with us

Human Resource Services provides strategic, procedural, legislative, and administrative support and advice covering – Employee Relations, HR Business Partnering, Workforce Planning, Strategy and Transformation, Workplace Health and Safety, Remuneration and Benefits, HR Support Services, Recruitment, and HR Information Systems.

This newly created position provides strategic wellbeing, health and safety advice to the University community, in supporting a beyond zero approach to preventing incidents, injuries and illness and to comply with regulatory and University requirements.

How will you inspire us?

You will be responsible for championing the University’s new Wellbeing, Health and Safety Strategy 2020 – 2025 across all campuses and lead a team of professionals delivering a wide range of programs and initiatives to improve the University’s safety performance.

As a senior leader, you will provide strategic, innovative and accountable leadership in your portfolio to ensure the University achieves its goals and performance targets in relation to Wellbeing, Health and Safety. You will provide strategic, contemporary, evidence-based advice and support to the Chief People and Culture Officer and the University Executive team in relation to these matters.

Overseeing the development of a wellbeing program, you will provide outstanding leadership in identifying emerging health, safety and wellbeing issues, developing appropriate policies, systems and procedures and maintaining Health & Safety management systems.

Provide a clear vision and direction for portfolio team members and effectively engage with key stakeholders and internal client groups ensuring WHS responds to demands and identifies opportunities to improve the effectiveness of WHS across the University.

A highly attractive remuneration package is on offer for this five-year fixed term contract.

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Closing date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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Let’s create this future together. Here’s how to join:

Click on 'Apply for this job'. Your application will be assessed on essential criteria. Read all information about the role so you understand what is required. In addition:

  • Follow all directions and complete all necessary fields of the application; and
  • In addressing the essential criteria clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience meet each point (maximum of four pages).

Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you.