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Senior Organisational Development Specialist

LocationNewcastle, NSW 2300
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Job no: HRC0005206
Category: Professional, HEW 8
  • Bring your exceptional OD experience to a role where you can be part of shaping our institution's future
  • Be instrumental in delivering contemporary people-focused initiatives aligned with our strategic objectives
  • Build a culture of curiosity, collaboration and innovation

Are you a passionate OD professional who likes to be at the forefront of driving organisational growth and fostering a high-performance culture? We are seeking a highly skilled Senior Organisational Development Specialist to join our dynamic, high performing People Experience team, where you will play a pivotal role in designing and delivering impactful programs, projects and initiatives that allow us to build a people focused experience of ‘moments that matter’. You will thrive on variety in your work and will show exceptional problem-solving ability by finding solution-oriented approaches to a range of talent management and organisational development challenges. As an exceptional communicator and influencer, with the ability to balance responsive priorities and long-term strategies, your impact in this role will be significant.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is adept at collaborating with other specialists within and outside the team and working with diverse stakeholders to deliver approaches to organisational development and talent management initiatives.
  • Has experience across all aspects of OD, such as leadership development, mentoring and coaching, reward and recognition, talent development and retention, and building a high-performance culture.
  • Can work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment, using data and analytics to make evidence-based recommendations and decisions.
  • Undertakes research, benchmarking and analysis to design, develop, implement and review programs to meet strategic objectives.
  • Prioritises their commitment to best practice, establishing and maintaining external professional networks and to building the capability of those around them.

 This ongoing position is full time at a Higher Education Worker (HEW) 8 Level and will be based at Callaghan Campus (Awabakal and Worimi land).

About our University

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 create a better future for our community and the globe. Underpinned by this vision and our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability, the University of Newcastle’s Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 outlines the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and serving our communities. 

For more information click here – Our Uni. 

About the Unit

This role sits within the Human Resource Services (HRS) unit within the Resources Division. Our focus is on delivering a broad range of people services, strategies and projects across all areas of the University. As a member of the progressive People Experience team within HRS, you will engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and lead the design and delivery of programs, projects and initiatives that have broad reach and impact for our entire University community.

What we offer

In addition to working for a university that is breaking boundaries, discovering new ways of thinking and cementing a place as a global leader, we offer a range of benefits to our employees to ensure you balance your commitments, stay healthy and work effectively.

These include:

  • The remuneration for this position is from $112,112 p.a. + superannuation and is commensurate with skills and experience
  • Flexible working arrangements, in line with the University’s Flexible Work Policy
  • 17% super and salary packaging
  • Additional University Holiday days, generous personal leave and parental leave, annual leave loading and additional purchased leave scheme
  • Discounts in private health insurance, gym memberships, software, travel and more
  • Wellbeing programs

Your next steps

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.

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If you are a highly experienced Organisational Development Specialist looking to make a lasting impact in a forward-thinking institution, we invite you to apply. Join us in shaping the future of our university and advancing our commitment to excellence.

Your application must include:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for this opportunity (maximum 500 words)
  • A response to each of the following questions (maximum 500 words each):
  1. Please tell us about a time when you solved a complex OD problem by balancing experimenting with new ideas and thinking creatively, while also meeting broader strategic objectives.
  2. Please describe a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities and interests among multiple stakeholders to achieve a common objective. Tell us how you managed this process, the challenges you faced and the outcome you achieved.
  3. Please outline how you have used change management principles (such as Prosci or other frameworks) to embed an OD initiative. How did you approach this and who did you engage with to support the successful delivery of the initiative.

Please upload your cover letter and response to the targeted questions as one PDF document.

Your cover letter and response to the targeted questions should not exceed 4 pages (approximately 2,000 words).

For specific position enquiries, please contact Carlie McQuillan, Senior Manager People Experience carlie.mcquillan@newcastle.edu.au

If you applied for this position in February 2024, and would like your previous application to be considered for this current process, please email employment@newcastle.edu.au

Having difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au

Closing date: Monday 24th June 2024 at 5.00pm AEDT

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you!