Head of Strength & Conditioning

Posted on December 20, 2021 by

About us

The NSW Institute of Sport [NSWIS] is a high-performance sporting organisation that supports Australian athletes to become world’s best. We reach all regions of NSW with an Olympic and Paralympic training facility based at Sydney Olympic Park and high-performance hubs across NSW that provide world class daily training environments for our athletes and coaches. Our experts work in collaboration with partners within the national sporting system to create and deliver high performance support services and environments to prepare athletes and coaches for international competition.

About the role

NSWIS has an exciting opportunity – we are seeking a driven Head of Strength and Conditioning professional to enable and impact athlete and sport performance, building on the high capability of our team to position NSWIS as national system leader. The Head of Strength and Conditioning is accountable for establishing and maintaining world class technical expertise and service delivery, identifying, and contributing to innovation/research projects, integrating emerging technology and systems, and influencing system-wide knowledge growth.

The role will manage the technical delivery of strength and conditioning support across NSWIS sport programs, ensuring relevance and alignment with national partner priorities. The role will involve the delivery of strength and conditioning support to athletes and coaches in allocated sports program(s).

This is a full-time position, offering salary range $118,602 – $123,883 which is negotiable based on the successful candidates experience and demonstrated competency. The contract period is until 31 December 2024 in line with the Olympic cycle.

For further information about the role and the key accountabilities please see the job description.

Job description

About you

  • Breadth of experience (6+yrs) in high performance sport across different sports and/or levels of the high -performance athlete pathway
  • Extensive experience 2+years in staff management and leadership including the development of personal professional development plans
  • Proven success in utilising strength and conditioning knowledge for planning, periodising, innovating, and managing athletes across multiple seasons/campaigns to support medal-winning performance (or equivalent) at a senior international level
  • Experience in developing, managing, and leading a diverse multi-disciplinary team to deliver high performance sport objectives in a complex environment, with previous experience in playing a major role within a performance/support team
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, influence, diagnose, plan, and deliver inter-disciplinary solutions to complex individual and team performance problems, with appropriate monitoring and review processes to achieve ongoing performance objectives
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide timely, compelling, and concise advice to inform senior management to support decision making
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the maintenance, technical operation, and related procedures/protocols of a variety of sport science equipment for testing and monitoring purposes

Essential requirements

  • Min 6+ years full-time equivalent experience in the provision and application of strength and conditioning support to high performance athletes
  • Masters in Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning or a related field
  • ASCA Level 2 or international equivalent
  • ASCA PCAS Elite or international equivalent
  • ESSA Sport Scientist Level 1
  • Level 1 & 2 Anti-Doping Certificate (ASADA)
  • Keep Australian Sport Honest Certificate
  • First Aid and Resuscitation certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Current driver’s licence

Applying for the role

To apply for this role please submit:

  1. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements and focus capabilities in the job description for the role (maximum 1 page)
  2. An up-to-date CV outlining experience, qualifications and achievements (please include at least two referees)
  3. A response to the pre-screening questions below

Pre-screening questions:

  1. Can you please describe what has been your experience managing people, staff recruitment and employment contracts? Can you describe a situation where things have not gone so well? What did you learn and is there anything you would do differently as a result?
  2. In 300 words or less can you please describe a situation where you have contributed to developing a high-performance organisation or team using research and/or innovation?

If you would like to enquire about the role contact Alex Natera, Manager, Sports Science at 02 9763 0222.

To apply complete your application via the iworkforNSW by midnight Sunday 30th January. Only those applications which address the selection criteria and focus capabilities will be considered by the Selection Panel.

Apply now

This recruitment may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future roles that may arise over the next 18 months.

For more information about the NSW Institute of Sport please visit www.nswis.com.au.

The NSW Institute of Sport encourages all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID 19, to be so. Candidates unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition may be requested to provide an NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form completed by a medical practitioner.


Commitment to Diversity

The NSW Institute of Sport is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce which reflects our community, sport partners and athletes. We encourage applications from suitable candidates including; of all ages, genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, veterans, refugees, LGBTIQ+ community and people with disability.

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