Assistant Director - Human Resources

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Assistant Director - Human Resources

Job description



Assistant Director – Human Resources

2-year fixed term contract

About the role

The small HR team at Ascension Island Government provides all aspects of HR services to the employees and dependents of AIG. This includes end-to-end recruitment campaigns, employee relations management, internal communications, development of HR policies and procedures, provision of training/learning and development, staff communication and travel. The role of Assistant Director is a varied and hands-on role, delivering routine tasks up to more complicated employee relations matters and HR advice to the Senior Management Team.

What you’ll do

One day will never be the same as the next in this role, and expecting the unexpected is to be expected! It is an enjoyable and varied role in a very unique setting. Working within our own employment legislation and in line with UK best practice, this leadership role is a combination of practical and hands-on delivery, as well as handling more complicated employee relations issues. The location of the role, access to the island, the diversity of our working population, the environment and the availability of resources all lead to this being a very unique and unforgettable experience of leading and managing an HR function.

What you’ll bring

You’ll be MCIPD qualified (or equivalent demonstrable experience) and will have led and managed at least a small team of HR staff working across all generalist areas of HR. You’ll have excellent written and oral communication skills which you will use to create all HR written material and communication (adverts, policies, procedures, contracts, internal communication) as well as developing effective working and professional relationships in a small community setting. You’ll be a self-starter, willing to roll up your sleeves and switch between routine operational activity to more complex employee relations issues. It’s a great roll for an experienced senior HR generalist who is self-motivated, flexible and adaptable.

What we offer

In addition to an annual salary of £30,000 (taxable on Ascension), the role attracts an Accompanied status contract and the following benefits:

  • Rent free accommodation (with Accompanied or Single status electricity and water allowances)
  • An Accompanied status food allowance of £6,700 per annum (or if Single status £3,350)
  • Relocation costs for your personal effects, including the shipment of a vehicle
  • One mid-contract return journey to your country of recruitment
  • A gratuity payable on the successful completion of a 2 year contract
  • 30 days’ annual holiday (with additional 9 days public holidays)
  • Free primary dental and medical care

The appointment will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory employment references
  • Standard Criminal Records Check
  • Satisfactory Medical Clearance (employee and any accompanying dependents)

What’s it like to work on Ascension?

Ascension is a small volcanic island, situated in the South Atlantic, with a warm stable climate (26-34°C). We are part of the wider British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, situated approximately 1,000 miles from the mainland of Africa and 800 miles from our nearest neighbour, the island of St Helena. Ascension Island has no right of abode, so all people living on the island are employees or dependents of one of the organisations here. Children accompanying parents up to the age of 18 are dependents, following which they are either required to take up their own employment on the island, or move away.

Travel to and from the island is a challenge, even more so with recent travel restrictions worldwide. A charter flight travels to Ascension via St Helena from South Africa, and returns, approximately every 4 weeks. To thrive here on this unique, challenging and beautiful island, you must be resilient, adaptable and able to live and work in an incredibly small community.

Closing date: Sunday 22 May 2022

First stage interviews: w/c 30 May by Skype if off island

Required start date: End July 2022

For more information, a full job description, and to apply visit: If you have any queries about the role, email




JOB TITLE: Assistant Director - Human Resources

TEAM: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Director of Resources


  1. Continue the transformation and development of Ascension Island Government’s (AIG) HR function and lead the HR department.
  2. Provide leadership and management to the HR department and act as an employee advocate as a member of the Senior Management Team.
  3. Review, revise and implement people policies across AIG, ensuring they are fair, transparent and comply with employment law and best practice.
  4. Develop AIG’s employment brand and lead on all recruitment and workforce planning activities.
  5. Provide accurate and timely HR advice across the full spectrum of HR as well as guidance and leadership across all aspects of employee relations matters.


  1. Advise and support Directors with workforce planning and department structure.
  1. Act as a point of contact with general HR advice on day-to-day issues including poor performance, exits, redundancy, grievances, whistleblowing, disciplinaries, leave, sickness absence, medicals etc. ensuring a consistent and pragmatic approach to issues.
  1. Lead on all recruitment activity, including supporting managers with developing job descriptions, adverts, interview questions, advice and guidance on selection.
  1. Delivering recruitment social media campaigns to promote roles, the island, engage with applicants and maximise applications.
  1. Review and revise existing HR policies, AIG Code of Management, systems and procedures in consultation with the Senior Management Team and write/introduce new policies where required.
  1. Deliver effective internal communication with staff across all workforce matters.
  1. Manage the employment contract offer process within required timescales.
  1. Manage and deliver the production of any HR management information as required.
  1. Manage and coach line managers on employee relations policies including performance management and disciplinary procedures.
  1. Ensure managers and HR staff are sufficiently developed to use HR policies and procedures and tools equipped to deliver effective performance management
  1. Lead on the review of AIG’s HR Information System requirements and advise on the most appropriate course of action.
  1. Work with directors to ensure effective succession planning and staff development is embedded throughout AIG to meet organisational needs.


  1. Sit as member of the AIG Accommodation Committee.
  2. Liaise with other Employing Organisations on island to ensure consistency of policy implementation where appropriate.

PERSON SPECIFICATION: Knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes


  • Chartered MCIPD or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of leadership and management of an HR function / team.
  • Expertise and experience of developing, leading and managing change programmes.
  • Up-to-date understanding of UK Employment Law.
  • Solid experience and working knowledge of handling complex employee relations issues, including conflict resolution and disciplinary processes.
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Delivery of recruitment campaigns across a diverse range of job professions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (including interviewing, training, mentoring, coaching, negotiation and mediation skills).
  • Ability to establish credibility quickly, and build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels.
  • Working knowledge of mechanisms for dispute resolution.
  • Good understanding of HR systems and e-recruitment methodologies and tools.
  • Self-motivated and self-servicing, with a good level of IT skills across MS Office


  • Development of L&D programmes and solutions for learning.
  • Successful experience of working in small or remote communities, and an understanding of living, working and adapting to an island way of life.

This Job Description indicates the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list.

The Ascension Island Government (AIG) reserves the right to amend this Job Description from time to time according to operational needs. Any changes will be discussed with you and confirmed in writing. Please note that you share with AIG the responsibility for making suggestions to alter the scope of your duties and improve the effectiveness of your post.

April 2022