Manager, Sports Science

Posted on September 24, 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

We are seeking a highly experienced and skilled manager to lead and manage the operations of our Sports Science Department. This area includes approximately 30-40 staff working across: physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, performance analysis and performance psychology.  The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, and a passion for developing people to be world’s best in their practice.

This is a fulltime position with an immediate start, offering a competitive salary of $139,478 – $151,103 plus 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.

This is an identified position requiring a Working with Children Check.

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

Job description

Some of the key challenges are:

    • Lead and foster a high-performance team culture which is professional, respectful, and supportive but allows for challenge and a common understanding that TeamNSWIS is working to support Australian athletes to be world’s best
    • Work collaboratively with the NSWIS Executive Committee and High-Performance Management Team so the sport programs benefit from the wide range of support available
    • Prioritise resources and services to achieve performance outcomes within the sport science and strength and conditioning disciplines with consideration of i) the Partnership agreements negotiated by the NSWIS High Performance Manager’s with national and state sport organisations ii) NSWIS sport program’s performance team requirements/KPIs and iii) the athlete’s categorisation and development needs
    • Develop effective relationships with key stakeholders and professional bodies (National and State sport organisations, National Institute Network, PA, AOC, NSW Office of Sport, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, training venues, Universities, ESSA, ASCA, etc) to maximise NSWIS sport science and strength and conditioning practices and professional development to positively impact athlete performance

About you

You will have:

    • Minimum 10+ years’ experience in high performance related to: sports science, strength and conditioning, sport management/leadership, coaching
    • Success with building a high-performance culture and the management of multi-disciplinary Sports Science teams
    • Strategic planning and systems management, including implementing systems that track progress against success measures and explore innovation and opportunity
    • Staff management, including developing dynamic and driven teams and managing employee performance and development

Essential requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree in Exercise Sport Science or related field
  • Level 2 SIA – Anti-Doping Certificate (ASADA)
  • Keep Australian Sport Honest certificate
  • First Aid and Resuscitation certificate

Applying for the role

To apply for this role please submit:

  1. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements and focus capabilities for the role (maximum 2 pages)
  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 (maximum 500 words per question)

Pre-screening questions (Please limit each response to 250 words)

  1. What are you most proud of in your career to date and why? (Max 250 words)
  2. If we were to ask people you have worked with, how would they describe what type of Manager you are? (Max 250 words)

If you would like to enquire about the role contact Wayne Earl at

To apply complete your application via the iworkforNSW by midnight Sunday 31st October. 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

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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