Executive Director, Workforce

Department for Health and Wellbeing

  • SA



The Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians. The department believes in health for all, with a focus on wellbeing, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care. As an administrative unit under SA Health, the department assists the Minister for Health and Wellbeing to set the policy framework and strategic directions for SA Health. An Executive Director (ED), Workforce is now sought to partner with the executive leadership team, to deliver a contemporary workforce function and lead a team of up to 50 HR professionals.


A newly created role, the ED, Workforce is responsible for building a culture of integrity, inclusivity and accountability across SA Health. Working with leaders from across the local health networks and SA Ambulance Service, you will establish the strategic HR agenda for a 30,000 plus workforce.  As a thought leader, you will develop strategies to assist operational implementation across workforce development, operational practices, employee relations and business improvements to ensure a more coherent system wide approach.


A strategic HR leader, you will have a proven track record developing and owning a HR strategy and forming key partnerships to drive organisational reform. A natural collaborator, you will demonstrate credibility and influence in complex multifaceted environments, preferably with an understanding of government, as well as demonstrated knowledge of contemporary HR practices.


This is the leading HR executive opportunity in the South Australian government to drive change.  This role will enable you to make a real difference by shaping strategic thinking and championing a cultural evolution, with a focused effort on bringing people together, to deliver significant reform for the health system, state and community.


Applications should be forwarded by no later than 5:00pm Adelaide time 30th October  2020, addressed to the attention of Nicole Underwood in Word format. Confidential enquires are welcome to Nikki on (08) 8214 8020.

Download File 737629 – Underwood Executive SA Health ED Workforce Candidate Briefing Document.pdf


Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Applications close 30th October, 2020 Apply Online

Executive Director, Workforce

Department for Health and Wellbeing

From $ 250000
Consulting and Strategy
Human Resources
Organisational Leadership
Work Type
Full Time - Fixed Term