People and Culture Lead

Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023

Australian Communities Foundation

Are you an expert in Human Resources looking to support people and culture at a purpose-driven organisation? Join the team at Australian Communities Foundation and help create a fairer and more sustainable Australia.


Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) is a non-profit, intermediary foundation working with hundreds of everyday philanthropists to support structured giving, address social issues, and create positive, community-led change.

We are currently home to more than 470 funds and foundations led by families, individuals, giving groups, and corporate/NFP organisations across Australia. In 25 years, we have grown into one of Australia’s largest community foundations with a unique national focus. Each year, we disburse more than 1,000 grants totalling more than $20 million.

We foster a supportive, collaborative, values-led, and flexible team environment. You will have the opportunity to be involved in projects that make a meaningful difference to people and planet. We believe in a fairer Australia – one where social, environmental and cultural justice is the norm – and if you want to join our team, you should too!


The People and Culture Lead supports the ACF Senior Leadership Team in all matters relating to the Human Resource activities of the organisation. This role is responsible for ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is deeply embedded through policies, performance and culture.

Part-time (0.6 FTE negotiable). Melbourne with flexible/remote working supported. Head office in East Melbourne.


  • Passionate about using your skills to make the world a better place, you understand that everyone can contribute to creating a fairer and more sustainable Australia and you are keen to play your part.
  • You have a strong background in Human Resources and enjoy integrating culture and values to help teams do their best work.
  • You understand the value that value of different perspectives and lived experiences, and are passionate about embedding diversity, equity and inclusion within organisations.
  • A fast learner, you are adaptable and able to work collaboratively.
  • A team player, you are committed to building strong relationships with different teams across an organisation.
  • A real people person, you are committed to building strong, positive relationships with your team and those you work to support. You are aligned with ACF’s values and bring a positive and supportive attitude to your work.

APPLY NOW if you are passionate about using your Human Resources background to contribute to a fairer and more sustainable Australia. Applicants should be strongly aligned with ACF’s values: Inclusion, Agency, Courage, and Fairness.

Key selection criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Human Resources or related field
  • Relevant professional experience with at least 5 years’ experience in similar profession
  • Demonstrable ability to integrate and balance culture and values with legislation and best practice
  • Strong interpersonal and written skills and communication
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as ability to collaborate as part of a broader leadership team
  • Highly organised and able to move between tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work productively with time pressures while managing multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Advanced computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to solve problems and use initiative when required
  • Ability to act with integrity and maintain appropriate discretion as required of the role
  • Must have the right to work in Australia and provide necessary documentation if requested.

Benefits of working with us

Our work is purpose driven. A career with us means contributing to a fairer and more sustainable Australia, and at times that can mean working hard. That’s why we prioritise wellbeing and flexibility for our team.  

  • Flexible workplace: We understand that life is a balancing act, which is why we offer and enable flexible working arrangements for our team, including adaptation of working hours and a combination of working from home and the office. 
  • Professional development: Our team is empowered to grow and shape not only the work we do, but also their own careers through professional development opportunities. 
  • Support for mental wellbeing: All team members can access free and confidential short-term counselling through our Employee Assistance Program. 
  • Community of Giving: Our East Melbourne co-working space houses a dozen likeminded philanthropic organisations who share a vision for funding and supporting social and environmental change in our region. Co-workers meet regularly for social events and lunches, and the space is dog friendly. 
  • Staff Fund: It’s important to walk the talk, which is why we support our team to give to the causes they care about through the ACF Staff Fund, with donations matched by the ACF Board (pre-tax payroll giving available). 
  • Generous leave: We make space for the other important parts of your life through parental leave, gifted leave days when capacity allows, and the option to purchase additional annual leave. 
  • A vibrant and diverse team culture: We invest in building a positive team culture and invite our team to suggest new ideas to enable this further. We actively encourage feedback through our annual staff survey.  

We’re proud to be Great Place to Work-Certified

Next steps

For general enquiries, please contact Madeleine Shea, Executive Assistant, on 03 9412 0412 or email [email protected].

For specific enquiries related to this role, please contact Daniel Brugaletta, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, on 03 9412 0412 or email [email protected]

Please submit applications, including a resume and cover letter responding to the key selection criteria, to Madeleine Shea, Executive Assistant, at [email protected]

Applications close 5pm AEDT Tuesday 14 March.

ACF is proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace. We support flexible work arrangements, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people identifying as LGBTQIA+, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and people with lived experience of disability.