General Manager Community Engagement - Athletics Victoria

Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
circa $85,000 pa + superannuation (AUD)
13 Mar 2019
27 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Strategic senior leadership position
  • Develop and grow athletics clubs and schools across the state
  • Support club capability, participation growth and governance
  • Albert Park based with regional travel

Athletics Victoria (AV) is the governing body for athletics in Victoria, with more than 50 affiliated clubs across the state. Boasting close to 6,000 registered athletes, officials and coaches, AV conducts competitions and events for athletes over 12 years and of all abilities. A staff of 14 support the Committee of Athletics Victoria (8) and a number of sub committees to achieve AV’s strategic objectives.

With the recent finalisation of a new strategic plan, this is an exciting opportunity to take on a newly structured role to develop and grow clubs and schools, ensuring more of the community can enjoy the benefits of athletics.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the General Manager Community Engagement will provide strong leadership across all facets of the Athletics Victoria Clubs and Community portfolio to support club capability and capacity, participation growth and good governance. Athletics clubs and schools are the community touchpoints for the sport and require leadership, support, strong systems and mentoring to continue to grow and deliver a consistent level of ‘athlete experience’.

As a member of the Senior Leadership team, this role will make a substantial contribution to the relevant AV business strategies and plans. Relationship development with many of AV’s key stakeholders will also be of key importance.

To be successful in this role, you will be tertiary qualified and/or have demonstrated success in a sport or club development role that has achieved increased capacity for participation, ideally on a state sporting landscape. You will have the ability to manage competing priorities and activities at once with the commercial nous to plan, coordinate and drive the implementation of projects that are on time, on budget and meet strategic targets.

A proven background in engaging and influencing people is essential, with the communication and negotiation skills required to build relationships and elicit cooperation from a diverse range of key stakeholders (internal and external), creating win/win outcomes. Experience in working with sporting clubs and schools and an empathy for volunteers is required.

This is a unique opportunity to work directly with athletics clubs and schools at the grass roots level and provide vital support to grow participation and membership across the state. A background in athletics is not essential; however, an understanding of the relationship between coaches, club committee and facility management in a community sport club environment would be looked upon favourably.

Significant travel throughout Victoria will be required to visit clubs and attend events. Your own reliable vehicle will be required to meet these travel requirements, with all work-related travel expenses to be reimbursed. Some evening and weekend work will be required to meet the needs of the clubs and to attend significant athletics meets and events.

Candidates must be an Australian Citizen / Permanent Resident or have unlimited working rights within Australia to be considered for this position.