Swimming NSW
Sportspeople Recruitment

Sport Development & Participation Manager (Maternity Leave Contract)

Swimming NSW

  • Homebush New South Wales Australia
  • Full Time, Contract/Temp
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  • Actively grow participation in the sport of swimming in NSW
  • Provide support to areas, clubs, swim schools and facilities
  • Lead the Development Officer network
  • 9 month maternity leave contract position

Swimming NSW is the peak body for Swimming in NSW and the ACT. It aims to be the premier swimming state in Australia through increased participation and enhanced performance and through the development of partnerships that provide quality life skills for the community.

Swimming NSW currently has approximately 350 clubs and 34,000 registered members. Its members include swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers and parents of swimmers.

Community interest in swimming as an activity is high. There are approximately 2.4million recreational swimmers and 1.2million kids learning to swim each year in Australia, however swimming club membership has been in slow decline. Swimming NSW seeks to introduce contemporary participation programs and provide support to clubs, swim schools and facilities in order to remain vibrant and important hubs of the community.

Reporting to the CEO, the Sport Development & Participation Manager will work to actively grow participation in the sport of Swimming in NSW. This role is part of the senior management team and works in conjunction with the Swimming NSW Area Development Officers to provide a robust support network for Clubs and Areas to allow growth and achievement of their objectives.

The position oversees six Area Development Officers who work hand in hand with swimming clubs at the grass roots level and provide vital support to increase participation and membership of the sport. Swimming clubs are the end business unit for the sport and require leadership, support, strong systems and mentoring to continue to grow and take on new high-quality programs.

To be successful in this role, you will be tertiary qualified with demonstrated success in the development and implementation of programs which achieved increased 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 leading 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 an empathy for volunteers is required.

This is a rare opportunity to lead a Development Officer network to build the capacity of clubs and drive participation growth across the state. A background in swimming is not essential; however, an understanding of the relationship between coaches, club committee and facility owners in a swimming club environment would be looked upon favourably.

Essential Requirements

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Employer and Other Details

Swimming NSW has a comprehensive website that includes information and news items on all facets of its activities, services and programs. You can also follow in facebook and twitter.

This position will be offered as a maternity leave contract from 7 January, 2019 to 30 September, 2019. Candidates must be prepared to commit to the 9 month contract period.

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Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

Applications close 19 October, 2018.

Preferred Format: Sportspeople Recruitment prefers a 2 page letter of introduction and an accompanying CV of no more than 6 pages, merged as one MS Word file.

Candidates must also complete and submit the Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) which contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application.

Your application should be sent electronically to with the subject identifier of the email to be formatted as follows:

180918-01 Sport Development & Participation Manager - Swimming NSW

The Sport Development & Participation Manager, Swimming NSW recruitment assignment is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment - a specialist division of People Recruitment Group.

Scott Oakhill

FREECALL AUS 1800 634 388, +61 2 9555 5000

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Sport Development & Participation Manager (Maternity Leave Contract) Swimming NSW

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