University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Executive Director, Employment Compliance


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Executive Director, Employment Compliance

The University of Melbourne seeks an outstanding individual to assume the Executive Director - Employment Compliance role. In this influential position, you will represent the highest level of expertise, providing strategic guidance, leadership, and oversight to ensure meticulous adherence to all pertinent workplace laws, regulations, and the University's Enterprise Agreement.

The Role:

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, you'll lead the establishment of a new function dedicated to workplace and employment compliance, setting the stage for a culture deeply rooted in integrity and accountability. Your mandate will encompass designing, implementing and enforcing innovative programs to instil a pervasive culture of compliance while offering unwavering support to uphold legal standards and the University's contractual commitments. Your leadership will drive excellence and foster best practices across the institution.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications

In the realm of compliance, training, and awareness, you'll ensure the implementation and enhancement of the University's Compliance Management Framework to align with employment-related legal obligations. You'll oversee internal workforce reporting, meet external reporting obligations, and design HR data governance frameworks. Moreover, you'll conduct assurance checks to uphold employment compliance, manage operational activities, and mitigate HR- related risks. This involves establishing an annual compliance work plan, guiding the compliance team, coordinating specialist advice, and advising senior stakeholders for informed decision-making.

The ideal candidate will hold a relevant tertiary qualification and possess extensive senior experience in compliance, risk management, or a related field. Demonstrated mastery of risk management, compliance, and governance frameworks in heavily regulated industries, as well as exceptional verbal and written communication skills, are essential. Agility in navigating evolving processes, a results-driven approach, and outstanding leadership capabilities are paramount. The successful candidate should also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, sound autonomous judgment, and the ability to initiate and implement innovative ideas independently.

We invite you to apply if you're dedicated to fostering a compliant and supportive workplace environment and meet the qualifications and experience requirements. Please submit your resume, cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and relevant documents through our online portal.

The deadline for applications is 11:55pm AEST Thursday 6 June 2024

The University of Melbourne is an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities.

Join us in shaping the future.

Advertised: 16 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 06 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Job details


Executive Director, Employment Compliance


University of Melbourne




May 16, 2024

Application deadline

June 06, 2024

Job type



Law,Social Science

About the employer

When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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