Workplace Relations Advisor

Posted by Early Learning Association Australia on 17 Jul 2020

Organisation Early Learning Association Australia
Closing date 31.07.2020
Primary role Other
Position type Full-time
Location Smith Street, Fitzroy (currently work from home)
State VIC
About the Centre/Service

For close to 30 years Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) has been working with parents and early learning providers towards a shared vision of excellence and equity in early childhood education and care. This is achieved by collaboratively developing solutions with ELAA members, Government and partners, and providing ELAA members with a voice in public debate about early learning. ELAA’s clearly defined strategic objectives and enviable culture are supported by values that are reflected in all ELAA’s operations; Excellence, Equity, Collaboration, Empowerment and Innovation.
We are passionate about the importance of high-quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education and care. The Members’ Solutions division of ELAA cares for our community through the provision of specialist advice and support.


Position Summary

As part of the Members’ Solutions team, the Workplace Relations Advisor will provide exceptional service to ELAA members and other early childhood service providers through tailored Industrial Relations and Human Resources advice.

This is a full-time role that practically applies IR and HR solutions to our members via phone and email. The key objective of the role is to apply knowledge and problem-solving skills to enable swift, accurate and practical interpretation of employment legislation and regulations, including the Fair Work Act, Modern Awards and National Employment Standards relating to early childhood services.

This role will also design and deliver education and training sessions as part of ELAA’s professional learning and development calendar and may include may include supporting the cyclical negotiation processes for the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement.

Key Responsibilities

Overall, the key areas of responsibility include:

  • Providing high-level support and advice (written and verbal) related to agreements/awards, relevant legislation, payroll, Human Resources practices and policies for ELAA Members and early childhood service providers in the early childhood and care education sector
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members and other service providers including following up to ensure advice given meets requirements
  • Designing and delivering high-quality, tailored Industrial Relations and Human Resources training programs to members and other early childhood service providers
  • Proactively identifying and actioning the need for ELAA Industrial Relations and Human Resources material to support member self-sufficiency and ensuring work practices and processes are documented to enable swift issue resolution
  • Developing practices to ensure that resources are maintained to reflect relevant Industrial Relations’ and Human Resources’ legislation and promote quality outcomes
  • Supporting the cyclical negotiation of the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement
  • Sharing knowledge and experience with other Member Solutions’ team members.

Key Experience and Qualifications

Essential for this role:

  • An understanding of the Australian Industrial Relations and Human Resources legislative framework, in particular legislation, awards and regulations relating to early childhood services
  • Proven ability to understand specific employer situations and the ability to correctly interpret relevant awards and agreements and communicate advice in a considered manner
  • A patient and compassionate approach to assisting others whilst providing quality advice
  • Experience designing and delivering professional training sessions
  • A passion for continuous self-directed development and learning
  • Motivation to work within a collaborative team in an ever changing environment

Highly valued for this role:

  • An Undergraduate Degree with a major in Industrial Relations and/or Human Resources
  • Prior experience within the Early Learning / Care sector

How to apply:

ELAA values service-oriented individuals who bring initiative, accountability and a passion for providing others with guidance and support. If you are passionate about making a real difference by supporting early childhood service providers to deliver high quality early learning, we would like to hear from you.
Applications close Friday 31 July 2020. Please note, applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
To submit your application please click here

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