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Employee Relations Manager


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The Employee Relations Manager plays a key leadership role as a member of the People and Culture team. It is a new role, leading the development of the industrial relations strategy to support the development of our new workforce, including the smooth transition of staff from other parts of the mental health network in line with the Royal Commission in the Victorian Mental Health System.

You will:

  • Provide strategic leadership and operational management of the Workplace Relations function.
  • Lead the development of a strategy and approach for disaggregation of staff from other health networks to Orygen.
  • Provide advice on Modern Awards, staff related Agreements, and associated industrial instruments or legislation.
  • Manage enterprise bargaining projects including research and analysis to assess options, alignment between enterprise bargaining activity and the broader people strategy and building detailed written bargaining plans.
  • Manage and direct industrial matters and provide robust technical advice on complicated cases and issues.
  • Work with senior and operational leadership on EBA approval, execution and reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with external stakeholders, including unions ensuring proactive and constructive communication and a resolution focus.

What you’ll need

You are passionate, energetic and determined to make a difference to health outcomes for young people. In addition, you will bring:

  • Tertiary qualification in relevant discipline such Law, Human Resources and/or Industrial Relations;
  • Strong knowledge of Fair Work Act (2009), current employment legislation and significant experience in the interpretation of awards/enterprise agreements and employment legislation;
  • Gravitas to build high-trust relationships at executive level in a diverse and complex environment;
  • Ability to drive the adoption of innovative solutions, truly embedding them into a complex organisation;
  • A positive attitude a sense of humour.

What you’ll get in return

  • $120,000 – $140,000 p.a. + 10% super + NFP salary packaging up to $15,900
  • Flexible work to suit your lifestyle and access to policies and tools that support this
  • Opportunity to influence and drive change in a purpose led organisation

Orygen – leading the revolution

Imagine a future with unlimited potential. A future where every young person enjoys optimal mental health as they grow into adulthood. At Orygen, this is our life’s work, because we passionately believe it’s what all young people deserve.

Every step of the way, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do. Always. Through world-leading research that creates change. Through pioneering reform that delivers real-world practical solutions. At Orygen, that’s the future we’re creating right now. To do it, we have revolution in mind.

Join the revolution

If you’re keen to join Orygen and be part of our team challenging the status quo and reshaping the future for young people, apply now.

If you would like to hear more about this role please contact Courtney.waters@orygen.org.au using the subject line: Employee Relations Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

This is a full time, contract role until June 2023.

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. Orygen may close the advertisement before the closing date. 

Orygen is dedicated to gender equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to continue to build a culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our commitment to First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD people. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.

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