First listed on: 07 May 2024

Director, People & Culture - WFH (Australia only)

  • Full-time $171,017 to $215,936. p.a (commensurate with skills and experience) plus superannuation
  • Max Term contract until 30 June 2026.
  • Work from home (Australia-wide)

The vision for our Director, People and Culture

AERO is looking to fill a newly created Director, People & Culture role. This role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced People & Culture all-rounder to provide strategic and operational leadership as AERO builds on its first 3 years of operation and continues to grow and mature as an organisation. The role offers a significant opportunity to contribute to the achievement of AERO’s strategy.

Are you:

  • A highly experienced human resources generalist with strong capabilities in organisational development or change?
  • someone with a proven track record of both strategy development and implementation?
  • an effective collaborator, with exceptional skills in both listening and effectively influencing?
  • an experienced people leader who can see the best in others and develop capability both within our People & Culture team, and across our organisation?
  • someone who understands and can navigate the complex environment AERO’s operates in, including sustaining culture in a diverse and remote workforce?
  • experienced in navigating the changing IR landscape?

About The Organisation

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is Australia’s national education evidence body. AERO is working towards excellent and equitable outcomes for all children and young people by generating and making high-quality evidence accessible, and enhancing the use of evidence in Australian education.

AERO is bringing together people who are passionate about evidence-informed policy and practice for schools and early childhood services. Our team is collegial, creative and committed to fulfilling AERO’s potential to make an impact. We value agile thinkers who can help shape AERO as a new, dynamic organisation, and team players who enjoy working across projects and in diverse, interdisciplinary teams. Many of our people have ongoing connections to research, policy and practice organisations, helping us to bridge the gap between evidence generation and translation.

For more information about AERO, please see

Purpose of the role

The Director People & Culture acts as a high-level, trusted advisor to AERO’s Executive team. The incumbent leads the development, refinement and implementation of AERO’s People & Culture strategies and policies in line with the organisational strategic and operational objectives.


  • Lead the provision of an effective People & Culture service, continuously enhancing service delivery and processes, collaborating with various stakeholders, including but not limited to the Finance team.
  • Oversee the provision of expert advice and support on a full range of People & Culture matters across the organisation.
  • Ensure People & Culture practices adhere to the changing Industrial relations environment and to other legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead workforce planning, organisational and capability development initiatives as required and agreed with the Executive team.
  • Oversee the development and lead the implementation and management of a professional learning policy.
  • Lead the performance and professional development of team members, building a highly productive and collaborative team.
  • Oversee delivery of a range of People & Culture projects ensuring they meet agreed scope, cost, and quality requirements within agreed timeframes.
  • Ensure that the department complies with all statutory and corporate governance requirements and with the internal control framework to prevent fraud.
  • Manage, monitor, and report on key performance indicators as they relate to the position.

AERO particularly welcomes applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

How to apply? – Respectfully, No Agencies please.

Please submit:

  • a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for the role addressing the knowledge skills and experience below.

If you reside in Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or have unrestricted work rights in Australia, and believe you meet the requirements of the role, we'd love to hear from you by 11.59pm Thursday 16 May 2024 (AEST).

Please only apply for this role if you already have current work rights in Australia. Appointments are subject to a National Criminal Record Check (NCRC) and having or obtaining a current valid working with children check (WWCC).

Knowledge, Skills and experience

Essential requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a HR related field and/ or considerable HR generalist experience in a medium sized public or private sector organisation.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Extensive experience as part of a senior management team in a substantial and complex organisation with an ability to lead major change and organisation reform projects.
  • Substantial experience in strategic workforce development and management including implementation of a complex workforce action plan.
  • Knowledge of current HR practices contributing to the transformational success of small / medium organisations coupled with experience in project management and delivery of projects.


  • Strong leadership and coaching skills and ability to build strong relationships with line management.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills along with the ability to negotiate and influence around change.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

If you require any additional information to above or have technical difficulties applying, please contact: do not send applications to this email address, apply through advert.

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