First listed on: 14 November 2023

Human Resources Manager - Greater Metropolitan Health Services


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Health Manager Level 4 
Remuneration: $137,173 - $163,431 per annum + superannuation + a great range of salary packaging options designed to reduce your taxable income and increase your take-home pay!)
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ447317
Location: Waratah Campus (Newcastle, NSW)

Elevate and grow your already impressive HR career to new heights as the Human Resource Manager - Greater Metropolitan Health Services with HNE Health.

Who we are: 

Hunter New England Health (HNE Health) proudly provides a wide range of public health services to the Hunter, New England, and Lower Mid-North Coast regions of New South Wales, employing more than 17,000 employees and providing health services to over 900,000 people. Our staff provide exceptional care and support across 27 hospitals, 11 multipurpose service centres and 43 community health clinics, as well as mental health, children, oral health, and drugs and alcohol clinical services.

With a dedication to Excellence – Every Patient, Every Time, our people strive to make a genuine difference to the health and wellbeing of the diverse communities we serve, working together to achieve our vision of 'Healthy People: now and into the future'.

The Hunter New England Local Health District landscape is distinct, unique, and impressive, incorporating stunning coastlines, magnificent mountain ranges and rich agricultural plains. We are the only district in New South Wales with a major metropolitan centre, several large regional centres, and many smaller rural centres and remote communities within its borders.

Learn more about us here: HNE Health (

Your new role:

The Greater Metropolitan portfolio provides an interesting, fast-paced, and challenging array of work and subject matter, including (though not limited to) John Hunter HospitalJohn Hunter Children’s Hospital and HNEkidsHealth, the recently opened Maitland Hospital, and a range of other community hospitals, community health services, aged care, and other services, located across the Greater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Lower Hunter regions.

Your new role will see you:

  • responsible for planning, organising, directing, and coordinating Human Resource and Workplace Relations activities within your team and portfolio.
  • display your extensive generalist HR skills in this high-level role, with a key focus on Industrial Relations / Employee Relations, people management (including coaching, advising, and mentoring), and HR consultancy as you form relationships with and provide high-level advice to a diverse range of stakeholders including HR professionals, managers, senior leadership, and executive.
  • showcase your exceptional people management skills as you lead a team of HR professionals to success.  Playing a large part in the mentoring and coaching of upcoming HR practitioners, while also working closely with senior leadership and executive, this role affords unique opportunity to shape Human Resources across many levels of our large, complex organisation.
  • reporting to a super supportive and highly qualified Senior HR Manager, this is at its core a high-level HR consultancy role – think of yourself and your team as Business Partners to a diverse range of managers and staff, both clinical and non-clinical, at many levels of the organisation. You’ll be sought after for your high-level advice and consultancy by staff, managers, Senior Managers, Directors and General Managers as well as the Executive.
  • oversee, manage, and support investigations and industrial relations matters to ensure compliance with relevant industrial instruments, legislation, and policy including research, consultation with industrial organisations, dispute management, bullying, harassment, misconduct, grievances, unfair dismissals applications and other matters before a range of industrial tribunals/bodies. 
  • participate in and oversee change management processes and projects for HNELHD that have workforce and/or human resource implications.
  • maintain regular reporting and advice to the Senior HR Manager and HNELHD Executive Leadership on the status of industrial relations matters, disputes, investigations, and workforce change.

About you:

  • Possess relevant tertiary qualifications in Human Resources Management, Employee Relations, Law, Business, or other relevant field and/or extensive professional experience in human resources management in a relevant field.
  • An experienced HR Practitioner, with a solid background in generalist HR and a proven track record of forming effective business partnerships and providing high-level HR consultancy services to a wide range of stakeholders across all levels of an organisation.
  • You know your stuff - an expert in your field – and find people seek you out for your experience and knowledge of current HR, IR/ER and Workplace Relations practices, advice, and information relating to policy, procedure, and process.
  • You have high-level experience within Industrial and Employee Relations, including extensive experience in advocacy and/or tribunal representation.
  • Experience conducting/participating in workplace investigations, including well-developed interviewing, analysis skills, application of legislation, and report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving skills relating to the assessment, review, or investigation of complex concerns.
  • Superior time management and organisational skills – and ability to independently manage a large and varied caseload of complex matters, and to provide accurate and strategic briefings, submissions, and advice within tight timeframes.
  • People management is your thing – you relish opportunity to coach, lead, and mentor, and have a great track record of managing HR staff and teams to succeed
  • You’re adept at high-level communication, including negotiation, conflict resolution, preparation of detailed and accurate correspondence, briefing notes, and reports
  • A background or experience in the healthcare industry, government sector, not-for-profit, or other large, complex organisation would be highly regarded, however, is not essential.

Where you'll be working:

You’ll be based at our corporate offices at Waratah Campus, located in Newcastle, NSW and join a team of dynamic, experienced, and close-knit HR professionals.

The team is led by a super supportive and experienced Senior HR Manager who supports staff to find work-life balance, achieve growth and development, and to support each other to provide outstanding HR service.

Free parking is available on-site and we are also within close walking distance of public transport. Our Waratah Campus employees enjoy working within walking distance to shops, essential services, and great coffee! Learn more about Newcastle here.

This role will involve some travel – our staff enjoy access to our fleet vehicles for work-related travel.

Why join HNE Health?

Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) is a great place to expand your career and grow your skills and knowledge. As a recognised leader in the healthcare industry, we provide a range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast. Being the largest employer in the region we can offer salary packaging options, educational opportunities, and support from a broad network of health professionals. With CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment your professional life is provided every opportunity to succeed and develop in your chosen profession. Working with HNE Health gives you access to a great range of benefits:

  • ADO's each month (for full-time employees)
  • 4 weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions
  • Generous Salary packaging options that reduce your taxable income and increase your take-home pay!
  • Novated leasing available for eligible employees
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals
  • Sustainable Healthcare: Together towards zero
  • Proximity to shopping and other services

Need more information?

Ready to apply?

Click ‘Apply for Job’ and follow the prompts. As part of your application, you will be asked to:

  • Create a profile in our Recruitment & Onboarding (ROB) system (if you are not an existing user)
  • Attach a current resume
  • Provide a written response to four (4) selection criteria
  • Cover letters are optional (1-2 pages max.)

Closing date: 11:59PM Sunday 10th December, 2023.

Interviews are likely to be held on Friday 15th December, 2023.

Other general information for applicants:

  • To be eligible for permanent employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport. Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable local candidate is identified for the position; in this instance, you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link above). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit:
  • Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health.  For more information, please visit:
  • This is a Category B position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category B positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
  • All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW. Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all healthcare workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations

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