Human Resources Manager

Job No: PEAK251
Location: Cloncurry

About Cloncurry

Cloncurry is located in North West Queensland and is approximately 120km east of Mount Isa, 770km west of Townsville and 450km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Cloncurry is at the heart of Queensland’s transport hub with key rail, air and road links from the eastern seaboard through to the Northern Territory and its well established cattle industry includes some of the largest pastoral leases in the country. Situated in the heart of the North West Mineral Province, the town has one of the richest and most established mining investments in Australia.

Over the years Cloncurry has been the focal point for many of Australia's greatest innovations. Cloncurry was involved with the beginnings of Qantas, and the original Qantas Hangar is still in use at the airport, where 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services' is still displayed about the hangar door.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was founded in Cloncurry in 1928, now recognised the world over. The airport was also en route for early planes coming from overseas and a stopping place for contestants in the Great Air Races of 1919 and 1934. During the Second World War, Cloncurry was the site of a major United States of America air base.

The railway reached Cloncurry in 1907 and was officially opened in 1908, and remains an important industry in the town.

A visit to Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum, or John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery will open the eye of any budding historian to the richness of Cloncurry's history.

Cloncurry is a rural town, which derives its main income from the mining and pastoral industries. The town itself is nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River. The Cloncurry River catchment area begins in the Selwyn Ranges and flows into the Flinders River, where it continues on to empty into the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is well-connected to the east coast with direct flights to Townsville and Brisbane.  Residents have access to a wide range of general and specialist health; education (to Grade 12) and kindergarten, child care.  There is an abundance of sporting clubs and activities to partake in along with a wide range of events and activities to entertain locals, visitors and tourists throughout the year.

For more information about the region, please click here

About Council

Cloncurry Shire Council is a future-focused, community-responsive organisation with a charter to enhance all facets of life in the Shire. Creating this improved future is underpinned by an increased focus on planning for the long-term needs of the community and coordinating the delivery and ongoing management of services, infrastructure, and facilities.

Popularly known as the “Friendly Heart of the Great North West”, Cloncurry has the feel of a western town with the progressiveness of a modern community. The ‘Curry’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is 120km east of Mount Isa and 400km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Cloncurry Shire Council is made up of the Mayor and five Councillors. The March 2020 local government quadrennial election occurred on March 28 2020. Mayor, Gregory Campbell ran unopposed.

Council's Corporate Plan 2016-2021 can be found here

About the Position

Working within the Corporate Service team and closely with the CEO, your role will be varied and rewarding and will provide you the opportunity to grow with the business. As HR Manager you will manage a small team and be involved with all facets of HR including recruitment, training, career development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, industrial relations, employment law, compliance, disciplinary, grievance issues and strategic planning.

The focus of the role is the provision of generalist HR support and advice to Managers, Supervisors and employees across various directorates and departments. Key to success will be your uncompromised integrity, consistency in everything you do and the ability to communicate confidently at all levels as you build relationships with stakeholders.

You will contribute to the development of policies that resemble a contemporary HR environment and bring a passion for all things people. Increasing the performance of their workforce by coaching staff to bring out the best in themselves and to ‘step up’ and take more responsibility for their teams will be part of your focus.

If you are looking for a genuine opportunity to take your career in the HR field to the next level, this position not only presents the opportunity to join a progressive Council but to also be supported by people who truly want you to succeed and grow professionally.

A copy of the Position Description including further details about the remuneration package can be accessed HERE

About You

If you are a proactive person with a strong work ethic, take pride and ownership in your contribution and want to be part of a growing, innovative organisation this could be your next long-term role.  Council are seeking an individual who can provide sound leadership, HR support and advice whilst striving for continuous improvement.

Renowned for your communication, strong writing, judgement, and critical thinking skills you also have strong time management and interpersonal skills.  Most importantly, you will be passionate about people and enjoy working at both strategic and operational levels to deliver a “first class” service to the business and have the drive and energy to ‘make things happen’.

For a motivated and/or aspiring HR Manager this is a rare and exciting opportunity to work closely the CEO and have your ideas listened to and be truly supported as you take his vision and make it a reality.

As a driven and energetic all-rounder looking for their next career step. You will have ideally be:

  • Degree qualified in HR, Business, or another relevant field. Local government experience would be desirable but genuinely not essential.
  • Someone with a minimum 5 years’ experience working in operational/contemporary HR roles and who is ready to either ‘step up’ or ready for a move to take on responsibility for an HR function.
  • Experienced in developing and implementing HR policies, systems, and processes
  • Able to actively build and maintain positive relationships with key internal stakeholders.
  • An enthusiastic individual focused on helping to set the team up for success.
  • Accountable, approachable and customer focussed and someone who is naturally curious and who uses their initiative to further develop both their skills and knowledge.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software including MS Excel and Word together with hands-on experience using computerised accounting software.

Why this Role?

The Cloncurry Shire Council workplace has an inclusive and diverse culture which encourages innovation and supports work/life balance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn, develop and grow your career within their expanding and diverse organisation.

The diversity of the operation is substantial and puts Council on par with several much larger Councils. Voted the friendliest town in QLD – there is a strong community feel, and Cloncurry represents a great place for families to feel safe and to enjoy every advantage of living in outback QLD, particularly in these uncertain times.

This is no ordinary role in local government.  Whilst Cloncurry may not be somewhere you’ve thought of living and working this is a rare chance to take an HR function to the next level and to work closely with a CEO who follows best practice in everything they do and who has a worked tirelessly to build a team that you will work with and support. If you are keen to leverage your experience this is a move that will be hard to equal elsewhere and will undoubtedly enable you to realise your future career aspirations.

With an airport, hospital, private and public schools, and a range of other services – you can truly have the experience of a lifetime both personally and professionally.

If a change is something you’ve been looking for this could be your chance to enjoy life away from the extreme measures being experienced in the capital cities and to enjoy all the benefits of living in a unique rural location. Alternatively, it may represent a move for those already in North QLD who are keen to accelerate their career.

How to Apply

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Cloncurry Shire Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory, but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

Applications will close on Monday 10th August 2020 at 10pm

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall at Peak Recruitment Services on 0438 943854.


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