First listed on: 18 December 2020

People and Culture Business Partner 

(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identified Role)

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants only
  • Be a part of a contemporary, service driven team
  • Focus on enabling contemporary people practices across Council

About City of Darebin and Council
Darebin is situated on the Traditional Owner lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people. It is home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work, live and play within the municipality.

Darebin is also home to one of the most diverse communities in Victoria in terms of culture, language (more than 118 languages are spoken), ethnicity, faith and beliefs, gender, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity, class, socio-economic status, income, education level, occupation and caring responsibility.

As a progressive leader in Local Government, the City of Darebin has set an inspiring vision to ensure quality of life for current and future generations in response to the climate emergency, increasing inequality and unprecedented growth - hence their Council’s vision is for of a sustainable, vibrant and community-oriented City. Darebin City Council responds to the many needs of the Darebin community, notably First Nations residents and organisations.

About the People and Culture Department and role

Our People and Culture Department drive value for both our customers and the business by working closely with key internal stakeholders and other divisional teams to drive operational excellence and deliver extraordinary results through ownership and considered execution. We are a highly collaborative team who thrive working in an agile and fast-paced environment underpinned by strong values and a customer centric approach. Our People and Culture team are highly committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in Council’s workforce and commonly work with specialist partners on recruitment and to build staff cultural capacity.

Reporting to the Coordinator People and Culture Business Partnering, this position provides advice and consultancy services to Council’s leaders and staff across the divisional client group. As a hands-on People & Culture generalist, the position makes a significant contribution in a broad range of People & Culture activities, embracing workforce planning and job design, performance and capability, people management, employee relations and industrial relations and engagement and change in support of the organisation’s culture, goals and objectives.  Through collaborative partnerships across the organisation and the leveraging of people and culture centres of excellence, the role will deliver value-adding and innovative services and support to leaders and employees that are reflective of our people and culture strategies and our strategic objectives.

Key duties in the role:

  • Provide internal HR consultancy and advisory services to help build people management capability across all levels of the designated client group and contribute to the organisation’s culture, goals and objectives
  • Provide advice on the interpretation of policies and procedures, employment legislation and agreements
  • Lead and provide timely, sound, and authoritative advice to support the resolution of employee relations issues, grievances and processes
  • Provide advice and guidance on organisational change processes and change management principles
  • Champion the implementation of diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, culturally safe induction practices, performance planning, learning and development, employee recognition and health safety and wellbeing. 

Skills and experience:

To be considered for this position you will have a demonstrated experience in a HR business partnering model, including driving HR policies, systems, strategies and programs. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated successful experience in delivering contemporary solutions-focused HR initiatives that are consistent with strategic objectives.

Significant ER/IR experience, particularly in building performance, coaching managers and case managing under-performance, disciplinary and associated issues will see you be successful in this role. Key to the position is the ability to act as an internal consultant and business partner within the organisation and provide advice and services meet the needs, interests and expectations of internal customers.

Knowledge of and/or partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, organisations and recruitment services will be highly regarded.

Organisational Culture

As the local government responsible for an area situated on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People, and home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, Council recognises, pays respect to and celebrates the long-standing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage within the Darebin community.

Through its 2019 Statement of commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Council has re-committed to building strong partnerships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, recognising their values, living culture and practices, continuing spiritual connection to the land and waters and their right to self-determination.

Joining Darebin, you will work for an organisation that proudly values respect, social inclusion, and making a difference to our community.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume (max 5 pages) and one page statement addressing the selection criteria and what you would bring to the role to by Sunday 24 January 2021.

Questions and enquiries on the position can also be directed to Jillian West at Indigenous Employment Partners on or 0402 704 281

The City of Darebin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organisation, or other non-merit factors. Darebin are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, and thorough 'Safety Screening' processes apply.


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