People and Culture Leader

Job No: PEAK377
Location: Pormpuraaw

  • Unique ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Career Opportunity
  • Pivotal leadership position | Broaden your Career
  • Attractive Salary Package + House + Relocation Assistance

About Pormpuraaw

Situated on the western Cape York Peninsula the remote aboriginal community of Pormpuraaw (Porrm-puur-ow) is located approximately 500km’s south of the tip of Australia and near the Edward River. It is managed by a Deed of Grant in Trust under the Local Government (Community Government Area) Act 2004.

Visitors come from all over Australia to enjoy the excellent fishing at Pormpuraaw. Situated between two rivers, Pormpuraaw features unrivalled estuary fishing for barramundi, threadfin salmon, grunter, bream, and others. The nearby reefs also offers great fishing.

Two groups of Aboriginal people live in Pormpuraaw: the Thaayorre people who are traditionally from Pormpuraaw, and the Mungkan people who are traditionally from the North. Many traditional arts and crafts are still practiced here, such as the weaving of dilly bags, dot painting, spear making and canoe carving. The Cultural centre houses many of these artefacts.

Pormpuraaw has one of the oldest crocodile farms in Australia. Set up in the 1970s when crocodiles were becoming endangered, the Edward River Croc Farm has been responsible for repopulating the local rivers – so there is no swimming in saltwater and some precautions must be taken.

For those interested in birdwatching there are around 170 species of bird inhabit the sea, savannah and wetlands around Pormpuraaw. The bird population changes dramatically with the seasons as migratory birds come and go. Some locals are the crimson finch, star finch, brolga, sea eagle, hawk, and jabiru.

Pormpuraaw is a very remote, but beautiful community that is well known for its coastal location, magnificent sunsets, and abundant fishing experiences. It is approximately 8 hours’ drive from Cairns and is also regularly serviced by two airlines.  Available services include post office, primary school, library, supermarket, regional airport, guesthouse accommodation and the aged care facility amongst others.

About Council

Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council has an elected Council which is democratically voted by their local people. The Council is made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and three other Councillors. Sitting under the Council in the corporate structure is the Chief Executive Officer who oversees the Executive Team.

The Council provides essential services to the people in the community and is the largest employer with local employment creation a priority.

Further information about the Council can be found on their website HERE

About the Position

The People & Culture Leader role is to support the Executive Manager Corporate Services with a range of Human Resource functions, duties and responsibilities that include both the strategic and operational approach to the delivery of the following services:

  • HR administration
  • Industrial Relations support and advice
  • End-to-end recruitment
  • Employee training and development, support, and advice
  • Grievance resolution
  • Change management support
  • General HR duties.

Initially, your focus will be on recruitment and further developing the induction process, working with departments to review and make recommendations around the structure and from there continue building processes that underpin and support the business moving forward.

You will contribute to the development of policies that resemble a contemporary HR environment, bring a passion for all things people, and increase the performance and wellbeing of their workforce enabling staff to bring out the best in themselves. Taking the time to work with each individual employee to understand what will work for them and to make them feel valued and listened to will also be a key focus.

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

For further details on the role including selection criteria, you can access a full Position Description HERE

About You

As a proactive person with a strong work ethic, you take pride and ownership in your contribution and want to be part of a growing, innovative organisation. The role requires an individual who can provide sound HR advice whilst striving for continuous improvement as the challenges arise.

Your skills and experience in an HR leadership role will be underpinned by a drive to build a positively engaged organisational culture, with a strong focus on the community and customer experience. Renowned for your communication, 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 a strategic and operational level to deliver a meaningful service to the business.

For a motivated HR Manager looking for their next career step. You will ideally be:

  • Degree qualified in HR, Business or another relevant field
  • Someone with a minimum 5 years’ experience working in operational/contemporary HR management roles
  • 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 staff 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.

Why this Role?

This is an outstanding career and lifestyle opportunity for someone who enjoys being in a coastal location and who thrives on learning, exploring and genuinely ‘making a difference’ within a community. You have the chance to live in a part of the world few get to experience and be only a 2-hour flight away from Cairns.

Whilst Pormpuraaw may not be somewhere you have previously considered living and working - you will have your ideas supported and a genuine opportunity to expand your skills and experience. The experience gained will be hard to equal elsewhere and will undoubtedly enable you to realise any future career aspirations.

The position will be based in Pormpuraaw and in addition to an attractive remuneration package, you will have use (within the community) of a fully maintained vehicle, phone, and locality allowance together with a house.

How to Apply

PEAK Services is working exclusively with Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council 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 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.

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


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