High Performance Director - Cycling New Zealand

  • Olympic and Commonwealth Games multi-disciplinary sport!
  • Lead the overall high performance programme to enable consistent and sustainable international podium performances for New Zealand cyclists.

Cycling New Zealand is the National Sport Organisation for all cycling codes in New Zealand, representing the interests of Road & Track, Mountain Bike, BMX, and Schools Cycling. 

Cycling New Zealand's High Performance programme focuses on supporting New Zealand’s best and most promising cyclists to achieve optimal results on the global stage. With over 40 ‘carded’ athletes, the High Performance programme is delivered by a team of 22 staff including six full time coaches. With an annual budget of over $4.3million, the programme is predominantly funded by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ).

Now is an exciting time to be joining Cycling New Zealand. With a successful campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (4 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze) and a silver medal win in Rio, a new strategic plan is in development with a renewed focus for medal success at Tokyo 2020 and beyond!

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the High Performance Director will lead the overall high performance programme to enable consistent and sustainable international podium performances in line with the agreed strategic plan. The focus of this leadership will be the development and on-going delivery of a connected, whole-of-sport high performance programme vision, goals and operational plans.

To be considered for this role you will need to be a dynamic leader with energy and an ability to swiftly build relationships and credibility with international level athletes, coaches and stakeholders. Proven business acumen and demonstrable business skills including planning, budgeting and change management are also required. Your ability to easily move between quality strategic/analytical thinking and operational delivery will be critical to your success. 

This role oversees the High Performance Team with 8 direct reports; therefore demonstrable ability to inspire and direct staff whilst building a cohesive team culture is key.

Candidates will require a strong understanding of elite athlete performance and development with proven results in the creation, delivery and leadership of a high performance program, preferably within an Olympic/Paralympic or multi-disciplinary sport. An understanding of cycling including the factors that drive international success would be an advantage however candidates with experiences in other sports, at a commensurate level, will be highly regarded.

This role presents a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the delivery of high performance programs both strategically and operationally for all cycling codes throughout New Zealand.