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People & Culture Adviser - Diocese of Parramatta


People & Culture Adviser – Diocese of Parramatta

  • Opportunities to strive in our vibrant, growing team.
  • A collaborative, authentic and respectful culture.
  • We celebrate our people.

Here’s a unique opportunity to combine your generalist HR skills in providing advice, guidance, and operational and procedural support for People & Culture practices, in support of the mission of the Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Working within the People & Culture team, you will be providing high-level support to Parishes, other agencies and all Chancery as required within the Diocese of Parramatta.


About us

The Diocese of Parramatta is home to more than 330,000 Catholics and is one of the most diverse and fastest-growing dioceses in Australia. The Diocese is made up of 46 parishes and 82 Catholic schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and includes a number of agencies which assist the Bishop in the pastoral care of the community.  Learn more about the Diocese of Parramatta here.


What we value

  • We pride ourselves on living the values of Collaborate, Respect, Celebrate and Strive.


About the role

This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining a culture of collaboration, flexibility, innovation, relevance, responsiveness, and service excellence in relation to working with Chancery employees. This position will provide quality People & Culture services and support to Parishes and other Diocesan agencies and community, in alignment with the culture of the Diocese of Parramatta and Chancery Values.

This position will partner closely with Parishes and agencies to build capacity, including providing and/or creating educational resources, tools, and training to empower them to reflect sound People & Culture practices. There will be opportunity to contribute to exciting and transformative projects.

You will need to be able to work autonomously and balance multiple priorities while ensuring strict confidentiality and a proactive approach to your work. You will ensure effective and efficient administrative and records management systems are in place.


About you

Key to this role is your extensive experience in providing advice, guidance, and operational and procedural support for People & Culture practices. Just as important is your ability to work both independently and as a collaborative member of a small team.

Specifically, as the successful candidate, you will ideally meet the following Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant Tertiary qualifications (e.g., HR, ER, Law, Business or related field) and/ or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a generalist People & Culture role with the ability to resolve issues effectively.
  • A demonstrated experience in Payroll and WHS will be highly regarded.
  • A demonstrated understanding and preparedness to commit to the ethos and values of the Diocese of Parramatta and the Catholic Church.
  • Ability to interact effectively with multiple and diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and work confidently with people at all levels.
  • Sound understanding in employment regulatory frameworks, interpreting enterprise agreements, employee conditions of employment, and other industrial instruments.
  • High-level communication skills (written and oral).
  • Proven track record in positively designing and implementing change management processes.
  • Demonstrated understanding of change management and ability to personally adapt to a changing environment.
  • Experience in developing and conducting training.
  • Excellent record management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution and negotiations that require high-level communication and planning to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Sound knowledge and practical application of legislative requirements and regulations relevant to the position.
  • Interpersonal skills, to positively build effective working relationships, drive engagement, motivate staff and influence culture.
  • Substantial time management and organisational skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines and deliver under pressure.
  • Demonstrated focus on outcomes and emphasis on exceeding customer/client expectations.
  • Significant commitment to client services and accountability for their performance.
  • Ability to operate with discretion and maintain strict confidentiality and
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills across MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).


Join our team!

If you believe you meet the above Essential Requirements and want to work for an organisation that provides a supportive work environment, then we would love to hear from you!

Benefits of working with us

As an employer that genuinely values our staff, we offer the following:

  • A competitive salary based on your qualifications, experience and knowledge.
  • Salary packaging options (which can increase your take-home pay).
  • Flexible work arrangements, flexible hours; and option to work from home and the office as per the relevant policy.
  • Additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year.
  • An authentic, diverse and friendly culture.
  • Professional development opportunities.

From our end:

Applications for the position should include:

  • A covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position and explain how your skills, experience and capabilities align to the Essential Requirements in relation to undertaking this role.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

If you would like more information, read the job description. For a confidential chat, please email parracatholicjobs@parracatholic.org. Applications close 10pm Monday 20 February 2023.

So, if you’re interested – Do Not Delay – Apply Now as applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The Diocese of Parramatta reserves the right to commence recruitment activities immediately and may close an advertisement prior to any disclosed close date.

Only candidates with the right to live and work in Australia should apply for this position. No sponsorship is available for this position. We welcome applicants from all religions.

The Diocese of Parramatta is a child-safe organisation and is committed to providing child-safe communities that recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The Diocese of Parramatta is respectful and accepting of individual differences and is committed to embracing diversity and treating all people with dignity. In all that we do in the course of our work, the Diocese of Parramatta acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands in which the Diocese of Parramatta sits, the land of the Darug and Gundungurra people.

No agency contact please. This position is being managed internally.


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