9 Sep 2021

Fixed-term Senior Employee Relations Adviser

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau| The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent University, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. With over 6,000 staff and 45,000 students, the University of Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most significant and complex entities.

 About the team | Mō tō mātou rōpū

The Human Resources team at the University of Auckland contributes to the University’s mission to be “a research-led, international university, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning, research, creative work, and administration”. This is achieved by providing professional, innovative and efficient services and programmes, developing partnerships based on trust and integrity. Our goal is to foster excellence, productivity and fairness as we work to strengthen the University’s ability to recruit and retain high quality staff, and develop a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential.

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi 

Fixed Term Role till December.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Employment Relations Adviser to support our HR professionals. You will be immersed within this well respected central HR Advisory unit. Reporting to Employment Relations Manager and Legal Counsel, you will advise and support the HR Advisors and HR Managers through Employment Relations matters. Success will be measured through your ability to help mitigate risk and support positive employee and business outcomes.

With a collaborative working style, you will contribute to engagement with the Unions and provide legal expertise in preparations for collective bargaining.

About you | He kōrero mōu 

As an experienced Employment Relations specialist you will ideally have the following skills:

  • Knowledge of relevant employment legislation including the Employment Relations Act and Health and Safety legislation
  • Experienced in resolving ER issues.
  • Working in partnership to build capability by developing, coaching and mentoring HR Managers and Advisers.
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and strategic thinking skills.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively to provide advice, including drafting letters and in written correspondence and reports.
  • Experience of working effectively with Unions and staff on issues affecting the organisation
  • An understanding of the education sector would be an advantage

For more detailed information on this roles accountabilities and requirements, please review this link to Employment Relations Advisor


Relevant tertiary qualification


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Practising certificate

Additional Information

What we offer | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • 6.75% superannuation scheme

For more information please visit our Staff Benefits page.

How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Sunday, 26th September 2021 and include a current CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Nathan Pattison – nathan.pattison@auckland.ac.nz

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz.

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Sunday, 26th September 2021

Job Categories: Coordinators and Advisors. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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