QCU: Assistant General Secretary

Queensland Council of Unions


Position Title Assistant General Secretary
Organisation Queensland Council of Unions
Time fraction Full time
Contract period Permanent

About Queensland Unions

The Queensland Council of Unions is the peak union body in Queensland. It is comprised of 25 affiliated unions, representing nearly 400,000 union members.

Our Mission Statement is “Leading Unions to achieve industrial, political and social justice for Queensland Workers”.

The QCU has an Executive of 46 Officers, 12 of whom form the Management Committee.

Job Purpose & Reporting

The principal purpose of the Assistant General Secretary role is to coordinate campaigns and undertake delegated industrial, legislative, policy or related work activities within the QCU, and to provide operational support to the General Secretary.

The role is an appointed position and reports directly to the General Secretary and ultimately the QCU Management Committee.

Key Responsibilities

Working with the General Secretary the position is expected to undertake the following duties –

  • Coordination of designated industrial, work health and safety and related legislative work (with the General Secretary)
  • Coordination of campaign work, including industrial and political campaigns and campaigns involving diversity and equity groups, with affiliates, community groups, and strategic partners and allies of the QCU
  • Delegated line management of specific operational areas of the QCU

Relevant Qualifications and Experience

Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of skills and experience across a number of campaign, industrial, legislative and/or policy roles within unions or related areas including community, political organisations, and/or government.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate previous experience in a senior leadership role preferably within the trade union movement, with practical experience in managing staff and leading campaigns, industrial, organising or similar activities.

A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable in business, management, law, or a related field.

Skills and Abilities

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability or capacity to –

  • provide leadership skills including team building, coaching and mentoring, flexibility, and integrity;
  • develop and maintain strong and effective relationships and networks with internal and external stakeholders to achieve key organisational outcomes;
  • develop strategic directions in a collaborative and inclusive manner;
  • effectively lobby, advocate, influence, and negotiate successful outcomes for industrial, political, or social issues;
  • influence, negotiate and gain consensus and commitment from others and to resolve issues and conflicts;
  • work collaboratively and consultatively with a range of different stakeholders;
  • lead and implement projects and manage competing deadlines; and
  • lead and model safety and respect in personal behaviours.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to engage effectively with stakeholders, and work collaboratively within an organisation and teams.
  • Well-developed personal organisational and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of commitment to the values and principles of trade unionism and an ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders within the trade union movement.
  • Demonstrated high level of commitment to the respect for and values of cultural and social diversity both within the workforce and the community.


This is a full time position based in Brisbane.

The QCU supports Equal Employment Opportunity and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, and/or people who identify as gender diverse with relevant experience and skills to apply.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in a senior leadership position with proven capacity to manage staff and lead campaigns and/or industrial, organising, or similar activities.
  2. Demonstrated ability to effectively represent an organisation in a professional and leadership capacity.
  3. Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and maintain networks and relationships with relevant stakeholders, partners, and allies with a proven capacity to influence and negotiate successful organisational objectives.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to undertake strategic planning and develop strategic directions, including developing innovative approaches and policies to complex industrial, political or social issues.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to project manage people and tasks and manage competing work priorities and deadlines.
  6. Demonstrated high level of commitment to the values and principles of unionism, and to model and practice respect and safety for all stakeholders, including diversity groups within the union movement and community.

Application Process

For any further information regarding the position, please contact Ms Renee Kempin Executive Officer with the QCU on (07) 3010 2555 or reneek@qcu.asn.au.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 6 October 2023.

An applicant’s CV, together with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria, should be forwarded to:

Ms Jacqueline King

General Secretary

Queensland Council of Unions Level 5

16 Peel Street

South Brisbane Qld 4101

or alternately emailed to reneek@qcu.asn.au.

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