Human Resources and Staff Development Department: Director of Human Resources and Staff Development

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UNISON is seeking a new Director of Human Resources and Staff Development to manage the Human Resources and Staff Development Department.
UNISON Centre, London NW1
Starting salary
£74,800 per annum incl. London Weighting Allowance & Annual Subsistence Allowance
Closing date
12 July 2019
Contract type
Full time, permanent

About this job

The post holder will have overarching development responsibility and ownership of the union’s people strategy, which includes well-being, engagement, policy and process development, HR operations, industrial relations management, diversity and inclusion and staff training and development.

The Director of Human Resources and Staff Development will play an important role within UNISON’s Senior Management Group and work in partnership with our National Executive Council Committees.  The post holder will provide strategic leadership to the union on key HR and Staff Development projects and initiatives.

The post holder will have very highly developed leadership, negotiating and advocacy skills in order to meet the wide variety of situations arising in the department.  They will require in-depth experience of undertaking strategic planning and a proven track record in organisation wide organisational development and change management programmes.  They will also have high level experience of operating and influencing effectively in a political environment and in-depth understanding of the role of trade union and the national and local social and political environment in which the union operates.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, please download and complete the General application form (under “Resources”).

See job description and person specification (under “Documents”).

Please send four copies of the completed application form along with the recruitment and disability monitoring form to Human Resources & Staff Development Department, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY quoting ref: ORD/143.

Completed application forms must be received by no later than 5pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

Interviews for this position will be held between 29 July 2019 and 09 August 2019.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.