Player Development Manager - NSW Rugby League

Homebush, Sydney, Australia
Dependent upon experience and qualifications
06 Feb 2018
28 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Athlete Development & Player Pathways focus
  • Competitive Salary + Motor Vehicle
  • Iconic sporting brand
  • Based in Homebush, Sydney

The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for Rugby League in New South Wales and is a member of the Australian Rugby League Commission. It was the inaugural body for rugby league in Australia (created 1907) that oversaw the formation of the game in 1908. Currently the NSWRL is comprised of nineteen (19) members who include sixteen (16) clubs, together with the Country Rugby League (CRL), the NSWRL Referees Association and the combined strength of the Sydney Metropolitan Junior Leagues.

The NSWRL supports and administers the rugby league pathways and associated competitions in the state of NSW. These include specifically the Jersey Flegg, SG Ball Cup, Harold Matthews Cup and the Tarsha Gale Cup. The pathways are facilitated by the programs and services provided by the NSWRL at its Homebush High Performance Centre in conjunction with the selection and management of the NSW U18, U20, U16, Women’s representative teams.

Reporting to the General Manager Football, the Player Development Manager will lead the development and manage the implementation of world leading player development programs and systems as outlined in the Performance Strategy with a specific focus on the U16, U18, U20 and Women’s Programs. The role has a particular emphasis on ensuring compliance with agreed Player Development Minimum Standards, working with the NRL Clubs to positively influence their player development programs.

The role works in conjunction with the Performance Solutions Manager to provide expert analysis, advice and guidance to athletes and implement identified performance solutions throughout the player development programs.

In addition, the Player Development Manager manages relationships with the Coaching and Development Managers responsible for the delivery of the NSWRL Junior Representative program and its associated development programs within NRL and NSWRL clubs development programs. This will involve the direct management of staff and resources allocated to the identified player development programs and reporting on their progress and delivery against agreed performance targets.

To be considered for this role you will be experienced in the design and delivery of player development and/or athlete development pathways programs. You will be highly conversant in the development of educational frameworks underpinning the athlete development pathways for sport.

You may have also had experiences in coach education and mentoring at a senior level. Having led and managed projects on a national or state level for a minimum of 2 years, you will be well practiced in change management as well as delivering and evaluating new programs.

While an ARL High Performance Rugby League Coaching Accreditation will be highly regarded, we are open to receiving applications from candidates with ARL Level 2 qualifications and those outside the sport of Rugby League; therefore an equivalent accreditation from another sporting code will be acceptable.

The role requires excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to work throughout the State with a diverse group of stakeholders and influence them to move towards best practice and the delivery of programs of work.

A BSc or Masters level degree in the areas of sports science or related areas with an application in the area of player development and/or experience coaching or playing at a high level will be considered favourably.

This is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the development and performance of rugby league players throughout NSW.

NOTE: Candidates MUST be legally entitled to work in Australia. NO VISA sponsorship opportunities will be available for this position.