Location: Open to candidates Australia-wide

Term: On-going

Job type: Part-time, 0.6FTE (22.5 hours per week)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply

The role:

The EDO is looking for an outstanding People and Culture Manager to contribute to the achievement of our vision by helping foster our desired culture and values and ensuring that our people are supported, effectively managed and given the opportunity to grow. The position is part-time role of 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours per week) to be worked flexibly as agreed.

Salary: Salary dependent on experience.

We are:

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the leading environmental law practice in the Australia Pacific Region delivering legal solutions for peoples, nature and our climate. We have a big vision which is a world where nature thrives. We’ve got big ambition about the role we can play in delivering that vision and we’ve got an incredible team across the country working to achieve it.

In 2020 we underwent a 12-month period of rapid growth and change following the merger of the pre-existing eight Environmental Defenders Offices located across Australia. And, of course, like all organisations we have had to learn to work in a world changed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EDO is a diverse and inclusive workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply.

Our organisational values are:

Commitment. We are committed to a united organisation, to each other, to collaboration, to justice, to our communities and to creating a world where nature thrives.

Diversity. We are respectful of and welcome diversity of staff, volunteers, offices, environmental regions, communities and stakeholders.

Integrity. We work effectively, efficiently, strategically, professionally and ethically.

Visionary. We lead change and environmental empowerment using innovation, creativity and courage.

You can find out more about our organisation and our work at www.edo.org.au


  • The chance to be part of the largest environmental legal practice in the Australia-Pacific.
  • A flexible and family-friendly workplace.
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.

Selection Criteria

You are:  A great manager driven to help people be at their best with demonstrable experience supporting great people working to achieve a common goal.  

  • You’ve got formal qualifications in human resources, but more than that you’re also up-to-speed with initiatives that get the best from people and know what it takes to maintain and build a great culture.
  • You’re aligned with our organisational values and excited to work for a leading environmental law practice seeking a world where nature thrives.
  • You understand the technical side of HR and have strong attention to detail. Our organisation is required to comply with a range of standards and awards. You’ve got demonstrated experience ensuring that organisations meet those obligations.
  • You’re a clear communicator and effective decision maker. You have a high level of empathy and emotional intelligence and an ability to influence, negotiate, counsel and mediate at all levels of the organisation.
  • You understand confidentiality.
  • You have experience managing change. You understand the impact it has on people and how organisations can best support their people through change.
  • You’ve got a proven track record in executing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy and strategies in organisations.
  • You are able to work in a distributed team environment, working with the Executive and Leadership Team to ensure strategic outcomes are met and the organisation is run effectively and efficiently from an HR perspective.
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector is desirable.

Main tasks and responsibilities


  • Lead continued development of organisational culture and staff engagement strategies.
  • Support and advise the Executive Team on organisational change management, providing advice and support to the wider organisation.


  • Manage and lead staff development and performance processes:
    • Support line managers through the performance review & development cycle, including performance improvement plans and development needs analysis.
    • Ensure the HR lifecycle of employees is managed in accordance with external standards as well as what works for us, and advise senior management on staff attraction and retention strategies.
  • Interpret, apply and ensure compliance with award entitlements, terms and conditions; EDO employment conditions; and the Fair Work Act and related legislation.
  • Conduct remuneration benchmarking, and advise on strategies and practices for allowances and equity across jurisdictions.
  • Manage or advise senior management on all employment relations matters, managing grievance and misconduct claims in accordance with EDO policy, including end to end investigations, and liaise with representative bodies as required.
  • Manage the administration of any workers’ compensation claims and return to work coordination for any staff returning after extended leave.
  • Develop and maintain employment-related policies and procedures, and ensure their consistent implementation across the organisation, in coordination with the National Operations Coordinators.
  • Assist senior management to ensure the organisation complies with its obligations under work health & safety legislation, in coordination with the National Operations Coordinators.
  • Support recruitment as required in conjunction with the National Operations Coordinators.


  • Ensure all employment-related documentation is compliant and fit for purpose.
  • Undertake administrative tasks relating to the role and / or the team.
  • Prepare reports and undertake any other tasks as required.


If you are interested in joining the EDO team, please contact us. EDO provides an inspiring and flexible workplace to get the best out of our staff.

Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] with ‘Application for position of ‘People & Culture Manager’ in the subject line. Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information, contact Blake Powell, Finance & Operations Director via email at [email protected]. Applications close 12pm, Monday, 01 March.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.