Human Resources Officer

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Arethusa College

Arethusa College (QLD) is an independent, co-educational school catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12. Arethusa College provides an alternative approach to education for students where previous schooling in a mainstream setting has not been successful due to social, emotional, physical, educational, familial or situational difficulties. The College believes that engagement in education has the potential to empower marginalised students.

Arethusa’s holistic programs aim to re-engage and support students who are experiencing a wide range of risks, challenges and difficulties, aiming to establish a pathway to their employment. By providing flexible learning environments, with targeted and diverse curriculum programs, Arethusa College strives to support and develop its students, both physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. All programs are underpinned by quality pedagogy, targeted literacy and numeracy development, 21st Century skills, design thinking and the development of responsible, global citizenship.

Arethusa College offers students a ‘fresh start’ and an alternative approach to education, seeking to develop each student’s core knowledge and skills; as well as guiding them to develop and achieve both personal and career goals. The College provides supportive and educational programs to assist students’ social, emotional and physical health.


Arethusa College is one school with many campuses that exist to reconnect disengaged students, by creating alternative educational communities that facilitate, ‘Real Connections’, ‘Real Learning’ & ‘Real Futures’.


Arethusa College is committed to creating a culture where we in practical ways ‘Believe in our students’, ‘Where we Expect of them’ and ‘Where we Celebrate with them’.

The Role

The Human Resources Officer is responsible for providing support to the Human Resources Manager in the various Human Resource functions, including end-to-end recruitment, staffing, training and development, performance monitoring and employee advice.

This is a busy, diverse and sometimes demanding position that is people and service focussed. It requires the person to be able to think on their feet and be flexible due to the nature of the school environment. It requires the person to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with other staff, including teachers and Heads of Campus, volunteers and contractors.

The Human Resources Officer reports directly to the Human Resources Manager.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to the HR Manager
  • Provide support to employees on HR enquiries
  • Place Job Ads on various platforms
  • Review and manage applications
  • Arrange staff interviews on behalf of the Leadership Team
  • Coordinate and conduct staff onboarding across Campuses
  • Co-ordinate with the HR Manager and Executive Principal to send out new employee paperwork and follow up of this paperwork
  • Process of new employee paperwork and chasing any outstanding paperwork
  • Organise the issue of staff ID and photocopier cards to new employees or replacements cards for existing staff
  • Monitor and update staff and licences including obtaining copies for file
  • Monitor and update staff and volunteer First Aid and CPR certificates including obtaining copies for file
  • Co-ordinate First aid/CPR sessions for staff
  • Book and liaise with staff for personal professional development
  • Co-ordinate and liaise with Campuses regarding staff professional development
  • Manage staff database
  • Return to Work Coordinator
  • Full life cycle of Workers Compensation and Injury Case Management
  • Provide early intervention advice on new injury cases
  • Provide ongoing support to the injured employee
  • Develop and implement return-to-work plans in consultation with the relevant Head of Campus and employee
  • Monitoring of blue cards
  • Monitor and maintain expiry dates and details of blue cards for staff, volunteers and student placements through the database.
  • Volunteers/student placements
  • Co-ordinate with Head of Campuses for new volunteer & student placement
  • Process completed volunteer/student placement paperwork and liaise with Head of Campus when all paperwork has been processed
  • Monitor and update volunteer licences including obtaining copies for file

General Duties

  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Attend staff professional development and staff devotions where applicable

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Previous HR Generalist experience in a busy environment (a school setting is desirable)
  • Moderate computing skills including MS Office
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well-developed organisational skills
  • Ability to use initiative and apply sound judgement
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sensitivity with confidential issues
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines
  • A calm manner under pressure
  • High standard of personal presentation
  • Be flexible and adaptable to change

The successful application will have:

A current Working with Children Check (Paid Blue Card) or be willing to obtain one prior to commencing
Open Drivers Licence

Include a cover letter and detailed resume with your application.

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