Performance Team Director - Western Australian Institute of Sport

Perth, Australia
Salary to attract high quality candidates
08 Oct 2018
26 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Contract, Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time
  • Lead and manage a multidisciplinary Performance Enhancement Team
  • Maximise athlete performance within a select group of sports and individual athletes

The Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) is an elite sports institute established in 1983 by the Government of Western Australia to support athletes in Western Australia.

WAIS measures its success by the quality and quantity of its contribution to Australian International Sporting Success. The WAIS operational focus is on the delivery of high quality daily training environments to athletes currently representing Australia or considered capable of representing Australia in the future. WAIS operates and manages a series of Sport Programs as agreed in formal partnerships with each sport's National Sporting Organisation (NSO) and the State Sporting Organisation (SSO). Each program constitutes a core element of the sport’s national high performance athlete pathway. WAIS will employ a Program Coach, or Coaches, to lead and direct a Program.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Performance Team Director leads and manages the operations of a multidisciplinary team focussed on maximising athlete performance within a select group of programs. This is one of three Performance Team Director positions within WAIS, each responsible for a cluster of sports and/or programs. The specific sport programs under the direction of this position are yet to be confirmed.

This role has a focus on maximising athlete performance through ensuring sports’ coaching plans, systems and support structures are in place. The role will lead a multidisciplinary Performance Enhancement Team (PET) consisting of specialist sport coaches and professional staff covering biomechanics, physiology, psychology, Personal Excellence, nutrition, medicine, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning. This includes ensuring the PET capability continues to evolve to ensure future challenges do not impact the team’s ability to achieve its goal to deliver athlete performance targets. Routine reporting on the operations and outcomes of the team to the Chief Executive Officer and to sport program partners is required.

As a member of the senior management team the role will contribute to the routine monitoring and review of WAIS strategy and organisational capability required to deliver future results.

The role will suit candidates experienced in influencing and facilitating behavioural change in people and organisations and managing complex teams within a fast pace environment. These experiences may have been gained directly in high performance sport or alternatively through working in a leadership, coaching or mentoring capacity with high achievers in a non-sport environment. Regardless, candidates must demonstrate a clear understanding of the requirements of high performance coaches and best practice in high performance coaching to bring about results.

This role is based in a new modern $34 million purpose built facility at the WAIS High Performance Service Centre, located at HBF Stadium within the Mt Claremont Sports Precinct. WAIS staff include over 40 full and part-time coaches and 15 sport scientists and performance service officers.

The contract period will be initially 2 years + 2 years subject to negotiation and ongoing performance.