Director – People and Culture

Irabina Autism Services is seeking a People & Culture Director to join our dynamic team.

Make a Difference for Children and FamiliesBe a Key Member of our Senior Management TeamLead Irabina’s People & Culture

Irabina is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping families adapt to the challenges of living with Autism. For 50 years we’ve been delivering expert support and education services. We care for all children and young people on the spectrum, irrespective of severity. We won’t turn anyone away.

Our mission is to transform the lives of people and families with autism and associated conditions through best-practice principles. We deliver services, teach and advocate for our families.

As our People & Culture Director you will support Irabina’s growth to ensure we continue delivering unparalleled support to those who need it the most.

About the Role:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this is a Senior Business Partnering role supporting Irabina Autism Service’s executive leadership team. As a key member of the senior management team, you will be responsible for leading, developing and implementing an integrated people and culture strategy and people agenda for the business.

You will work closely with all business teams, championing team development plans and facilitating positive transformational change in an inspirational and pragmatic manner. The Irabina way is for every staff member, no matter where they are within our Irabina Team to be hands on and have a ‘can do’ attitude. Everyone contributes wherever it is necessary.

About You:

You will be forward thinking and prepared to drive change. You will be positive and have a can-do attitude, willing to be hands-on and confident providing operational and strategic advice to Managers and the Executive Team.

You will have:

  • Over 8 years’ experience in Human Resources, tertiary qualifications and a vast understanding of HR disciplines
  • Experience managing a high-performance team
  • Demonstrated commercial acumen in improving business performance through effective and practical WHS strategies
  • A people-focused approach, being a confident and positive presence in our workplace
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

You will be highly organised, fully literate in MS Office and happy working in a team or autonomously.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Partnering with the senior leadership team to align Irabina’s workforce (100+ staff)
  • Support and champion change-management programs
  • Provide strategic direction around Recruitment, Learning & Capability, Change, Work Health Safety and Injury Management
  • Support employee relations, including building capability in managers
  • Design and deliver all performance and talent management processes
  • Develop, drive and implement the overall People and Culture strategy at Irabina


 What we can offer:

  • We offer great salaries with access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free). Never heard of it? Check it out here
  • We run market leading, innovative programs that no other autism centre in Australia runs.
  • We will grow you as a practitioner with access to our most senior staff who are leaders in their field.
  • A mentoring program, professional development opportunities and leadership program.
  • Full induction program including Autism specific training across multiple programs and disciplines
  • True work / life balance is also provided, with flexibility around your calendar so you dictate when and where you work

For further information or a confidential discussion please call the People & Culture Team on 03 9720 1118.

Date posted: 18 December 2020. Applications will be processed as they are received.

Join the Irabina Family

We’ve been growing at an enormous rate over the last few years. That strength meant during the Covid lockdown, when others were closing their doors or laying off staff, we were able to maintain every single staff member and continued to grow exponentially. As we grow, we need more passionate people to join our Irabina family.

We have multiple job opportunities available at our Bayswater, Pakenham/Cardinia and Bundoora sites, as well as remote options for people working from home.

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