Human Resources Manager

🌐 Division: Office of the CEO

📅 Employment Status: Full-time, Ongoing 

💼 Classification Level: Professional Staff, Level 9

📍 Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville

🗓️ Start Date: July 2024

UMSU – Where Passion Meets Purpose

With a living history that extends over 130 years, The University of Melbourne Student Union Inc (UMSU) is not just an organisation – it's a vibrant hub where creativity, diversity, and social justice intertwine to offer students of the University of Melbourne an enriching campus experience. We're the voice and heart of the student community, constantly buzzing with activities, events, and initiatives that make campus life unforgettable!

As a non-profit organisation run by students, for students, we keep the arts, representation, advocacy, live music, and cultural services alive on campus.

UMSU enables students to get more out of their time at the University. We provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in a wealth of cultural facilities and events, whilst having access to quality support services.

At its heart UMSU is committed to ensuring students have advocacy and representation on campus – ensuring student voices are heard while making students’ time at the University fun and enjoyable.

About the role

As the Human Resources (HR) Manager, you will be responsible for managing the day-to-day human resources processes for both UMSU staff and elected student representatives. This will include end to end oversight of recruitment, onboarding, induction and contracts, as well as offboarding.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, you will work strategically and collaborate closely with UMSU departments to develop and review HR policies, ensuring you are relevant, up-to-date, safe, and aligned with organisational objectives

The HR Manager will manage workplace relations matters impacting staff, student representatives and volunteers with expertise and a person-centred approach.

Core responsibilities of your role include:

  • Provide operational advice, support and coaching to UMSU on people-related issues, fostering an organisational culture that promotes staff achievements, attraction, retention, leadership and culture enhancement
  • Manage casework in relation to interpersonal issues related to UMSU staff and student representatives, including Committee members, with a person-centred approach, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation
  • Ensure consistent application of HR policies, procedures and frameworks across the organisation
  • Partner with managers to assist with recruitment, onboarding, induction, probation, employee development, performance management and disciplinary processes
  • Prepare contracts and provide HR support for payroll
  • In partnership with Divisional Managers and supervisors, oversee and monitor selection and recruitment policies and procedures for all UMSU staff;
  • Manage Occupational Health and Safety for the organisation including the OHS committee, risk assessments of hazards, training, first aid kits and ensuring compliance with requirements and responsibilities

Your Expertise (Need to Have)

  • Relevant qualifications and experience, including:

    • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive human resources management experience; or

    • Higher education qualifications in human resources, industrial relations or law, extensive experience and proven HR management expertise; or

    • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or relevant higher education/training

  • Experience in the case management of complaints and grievances, including a strong understanding ethical and legal responsibilities, the ability to keep accurate records, and adopt a person-centred approach

  • Strong knowledge of statutory and award obligations of employers, particularly in relation to employment law, workplace health and safety, industrial and workplace related legislation and the organisations’ positive duty

  • Experience working in a complex environment like the public higher education sector and/or a for-purpose organisation, a union or membership-based organisation

  • Passion for working with young people in an educational environment, and commitment to principles of student unionism;

  • A valid employee Working with Children Check

Bonus Points (Nice to Have)

  • Strong experience with HR and rostering systems, such as Workday or Time Target;

  • Great sense of humour.

Why Join UMSU?

This is more than a job – it's a chance to positively impact the lives of students. At UMSU, you'll be part of a diverse team, working together to foster a thriving, inclusive student community. We value creativity, diversity, and the powerful voice of students in shaping our future.

What’s on Offer

  • This is a full-time, ongoing role (35 hours per week), position with a starting base salary of $103,335.79 per annum, plus 12% superannuation
  • A cause driven workplace with an eclectic culture and flexible approach to our work
  • True work life balance – check out our benefits which include a 35-hour working week, 5 weeks leave, leave loading of 17.5%
  • Access to professional development opportunities tailored to you and your career path

How to apply?

If you're excited about supporting student success at the University of Melbourne and have the expertise we're looking for, we want to hear from you!

To find out more information about this position, please refer to the position description found here

All applications should include:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (found in the position description)

Applications for this position close 9am on 15 July 2024 and should be addressed to

Additional information

Please note, all applicants will require to hold or obtain a valid Employee working with children check and provide verification of unrestricted working rights in Australia.  

If at any stage of the recruitment and selection process you require an alternative format to the application material or reasonable adjustment to the interview arrangements, please contact us at

UMSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including First Nations people, women, people with disabilities, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

UMSU acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Owners of the land where we operate. We pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

UMSU reserves the right to withdraw this position at any stage of the recruitment process.