Manager, High Performance Coaching

Posted on August 3, 2022 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.

NSWIS is seeking highly talented, dynamic and organised Manager, High Performance Coaching to lead and manage the operations of a multidisciplinary team focused on maximizing athlete performance within a select group of sport programs. In addition, the Manager, High Performance Coaching will have role specific responsibilities such as developing, implementing, and refining a high performance skill development and coaching program, manage the development of coach lead skills programs.

Some key challenges are to:

  • Lead and manage several sport programs with multidisciplinary performance teams that are performance focused, aligned nationally and locally and meet high standards of quality and safety.
  • Ensure sport programs and individual athlete scholarship holders receive world class coaching and athlete support services and have access to the best possible daily training environments.
  • Utilise research into high performance, analyse performance evidence, sport trends and innovations to ensure program design and delivery is agile and responsive, allowing flexibility within a four-year performance cycle as well as from one cycle to the next to support athlete, coach, and sports’ high performance gaps/needs.
  • Develop effective relationships, plans and partnership/service level agreements with key stakeholders (National and State sport organisations, National Institute Network, PA, AOC, CGA, NSW Office of Sport, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, training venues, Universities etc..) to maximise sport program outcomes and athlete performances.
  • Working in a fast paced, complex multi-sport and multi-discipline high performance environment

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

About you

The successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • At least 7 years’ experience elite coaching, developing athletes at all levels (including elite) and coaches, including leading, devising, and implementing successful programs in a sport or Institute program; demonstrating a proven knowledge of the demands, pressure and the needs of elite athletes and coaches
  • Success in developing and maintaining successful relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Success with building a high-performance culture and the management of multi-disciplinary high performance teams.
  • Allocation and management of financial resources to support sport and athlete performance outcomes.
  • Managing projects with demonstrated success.
  • Staff management, including developing dynamic and driven team and employee performance and development.
  • Excellent meeting coordination, planning and facilitation skills.
  • A highly developed understanding of the following athlete support areas: coaching, sports science, sports medicine, sports technology/data science, athlete wellbeing and engagement.
  • A highly developed understanding of talented athlete development and coach development

This is a fulltime position with an immediate start, offering base salary range $142,323 – $154,185, plus employer superannuation, which will be negotiable based on the successful candidates experience and demonstrated competency. The contract period is until 31 December 2024 in line with the Olympic cycle.

Essential Requirements

  • Relevant degree qualifications
  • Thorough understanding of the requirements of coaching principles, high performance athletes, and coaches
  • Considerable experience in high performance sport management/leadership and coaching.
  • Strategic planning and systems management, including implementing high performance sport program management systems that track progress against success measures and explore innovation and opportunity
  • Integrated management of and accountability for high performance sport outcomes
  • First aid and resuscitation certificate
  • Working with children check
  • Criminal record Check
  • Current driver’s license

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 (maximum 500 words per question)

Pre-screening questions (Please limit your response to 500 words)

  • This role involves developing and managing a coach development program. What are the main challenges facing high performance coaches today, in your view?
  • What are you most proud of in your career to date?

If you would like to enquire about the role contact BJ Mather at 02 9763 0222.

To apply complete your application via the iworkfornsw link by midnight 31 August 2022. Only those applications which address the selection criteria and focus capabilities will be considered by the Selection Panel.

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

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