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Manager - Public Health

Health Services Union

About us:

The Health Services Union NSW/ACT/QLD is a growing 45,000-member strong union that aims to use its collective power to build a fair and just society through improving conditions for our members in the health and aged care industry. The organisation’s annual turnover is approximately $24m, with an employee base of approximately 120 staff.

About the role:

The Public Health Manager is accountable for the long-term sustainable success of the division’s operations in support of HSU’s values and growth objectives. The position has a broad brief to engage and recruit members across regional or metro areas, working in co-operation with the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and Industrial Division on a variety of tasks.

This is a full-time position. Standard office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. This position is based at the HSU office in CBD Sydney.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set work plans for Organisers
  • Present draft Organising plans for their area to the Union executive.
  • Manage the daily needs of Organisers by providing operational advice and direction on minor industrial/campaign issues.
  • Evaluate issues with Organisers and help determine whether the matter is an organising opportunity.
  • Manage membership growth in their area of responsibility.
  • Evaluate and escalate where necessary larger scale issues and campaigns.
  • Efficiently manage Organiser work and leave arrangements to ensure uninterrupted membership services.
  • Work co-operatively with Industrial and other Divisions in the co-ordination of major campaigns.
  • Develop and manage Organising resources including campaign material.
  • Manage strategic stakeholder relationships.
  • Keep senior organisational leaders informed of progress and issues.
  • Contribute positively to stimulate and promote a team approach to work activities.
  • Lead the development of positive, professional and collaborative work practices among the Organising staff and assist in their professional development by ensuring that they have appropriate learning opportunities
  • Co-ordinate comprehensive mapping activities across the public health system and utilise this information in their planning work.

Essential Experience and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a lead Organiser or team leader
  • Highly developed interpersonal and written communication skills which includes the ability to explain complex matters in an appropriate, clear and concise manner.
  • A demonstrated commitment to trade unionism
  • Relevant and demonstrated experience in managing and leading geographically dispersed teams.
  • Experience coaching and developing organisers and making systematic plans with them to sign up members and develop leaders.
  • Ability to contribute to the leadership and overall strategic direction of the Union.
  • Proven experience in conflict resolution and negotiation/Experience with enterprise bargaining or award negotiation
  • Proven ability in building relationships and positive rapport with a range of stakeholders
  • Sound organisational skills including the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects unsupervised.
  • Be able to take direction and guidance on the progress of their own work and show a willingness to engage in professional development.
  • Ability to work some non-standard hours.
  • Driver’s license
  • Ideally, knowledge of contemporary issues in Public Health


An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, which will include:

  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions and leave entitlements such as Accrued Days Off and Family and Community Leave.
  • A motor vehicle
  • Commitment to supporting professional development.
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives

If you would like to discuss the position further, please contact Lynne Russell, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer via email lynne.russell@hsu.asn.au, using the subject line: Manager - Public Health enquiry via EthicalJobs. or mobile 0400 492 565.

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