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Program & Partnership Manager

Tenpin Bowling Australia

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  • Brisbane or Melbourne Victoria Australia
  • Full Time, Volunteer Position
Closing 10 Jul 2019
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The Program & Partnership Manager will be responsible for developing and delivering outcomes for TBA’s Move It AUS participation project. This aims to increase participation in the community for adults with an intellectual disability and autism, whilst creating and building productive partnerships with disability organisations to secure their support for the project and beyond.

This role will work closely with Tenpin Bowling Australia’s (TBA) senior management team to develop and implement the program. It involes managing all aspects of the project and identifying and building relationships with disability service providers and bowling centres, on both a National and State level, to attract program participants. 

The ability to build strong relationships, particularly with disability service providers, and other key stakeholders is crucial.

Candidates must be able to work autonomously. Exceptional communication, administrative and time management skills, together with a genuine desire to increase physical activity for people with a disability through participation in tenpin bowling.

A strong understanding of the landscape of sport at national, state and local level and a good knowledge of the principles of sport or program development is imperative, as is the ability to think innovatively and implement strategies to grow participation. Experience managing staff is crucial, and any existing relationships within the disability sector or understanding of this sector will be looked upon favorably.

If you are looking to make a big difference for people with a disability in a sport with no age, size, speed or strength limitations, then this is the role for you. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with the senior leadership team to develop and implement TBA’s Move It AUS project including program content and design.
  • Oversee pilot programs to test and refine program content.
  • Develop and build partnerships with organisations with the view to attracting participants to the program .
  • Act as the relationship lead for designated stakeholder groups and organisations at the National and State levels, including the bowling industry and disability service providers
  • Facilitate collaboration between the Sport Development Officers, bowling centres and disability service providers.
  • Develop and deliver marketing and communication plans in conjunction with the Communication Manager, to promote TBA’s Move It AUS program across Australia through State Associations, bowling centres, accredited coaches and other networks.
  • Manage all aspects of the project across Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.  This includes overseeing the Sport Development Officers in each State to deliver outcomes and create a consistent approach to the coordination, delivery, monitoring and reporting outcomes.
  • Deliver on agreed targets and objectives of the project.
  • Manage project expenditure and provide other reports as required by the CEO and Sport Australia.
  • Manage the training and education requirements for program coaches and registered bowling centres.
  • Manage the logistics of equipment, promotional material and merchandise.
  • Develop mechanisms to monitor the program’s success and feedback from participants, partners and stakeholders and incorporate any improvements into the program.
  • Attend all relevant workshops and conference on behalf of TBA (where required).

Issues and challenges faced by the position:

  • Working within a sport that has limited media exposure and therefore limitations in its capacity to attract participants.
  • Working with a diverse group of stakeholders with varying levels of human and financial resources to apply to program initiatives.
  • Growing participation rates in a domestic market with many other sport and recreation choices.
  • Developing and implementing a new program in a relative short space of time.
  • Positioning tenpin bowling as a lifetime, inclusive sport for people of all ages, gender and abilities.
  • Maintaining a sound working relationship with key stakeholders across many geographic regions.

Desirable Criteria


Employer and Other Details

Tenpin Bowling is one of the highest participation sports in Australia. Most Australians have bowled, either socially or in a league. Not only is Tenpin Bowling popular with mainstream participants, the sport is also one of the sports of choice for people with a disability.

Tenpin Bowling Australia Limited is the National Sporting Organisation recognised by the Sport Australia to lead the management and development of tenpin bowling in Australia.  

Tenpin bowling is a sport for all, with no age, size, speed or strength limitations. It is scored objectively and is adaptable to any schedule or number of participants. Requiring mental and physical precision, stamina and skill, bowling is a safe, inclusive, family/community oriented lifetime sport.

TBA vision is to be a lifetime sport for all Australians that enriches people’s lives through the spirit of community with the sport aiming to provide the following:

  • Strong leadership and direction that guides the sport towards their vision.
  • Growing the game and profile with new participants, commercial partners and sponsors.
  • Nurturing the international achievements of the national teams and athletes.
  • Developing and strengthening the grass roots programs through strong partnerships with government, bowlers and officials.
  • Preserving the traditions that shape the values and ethos of the game.

Location and Travel

The role will be based either in Brisbane (Albion) at TBA’s national office or in Melbourne. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided to the successful candidate.

To ensure the best outcomes and service for program stakeholders and widest uptake of initiatives, there will be regular travel throughout the Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

Hours of Work and Contract Term

This role will be offered as a full time role contract position for an initial 12 month period,  which may be renewed subject to funding. Due to the nature of the position, some after hours and weekend work may be required from time to time.

Remuneration & Selection Criteria

An attractive remuneration package will be available to the successful candidate, negotiable depending upon skill level and experiences. At the time of applying, candidates are invited to indicate their remuneration expectations.

In addition to demonstrating relevant experiences across the core functional areas of responsibility identified in this position overview, candidates applying for this position will require a range of personal and professional skills.


  • Existing connections or relationships with disability service providers
  • Proven ability to identify and build relationships with multiple organisations and staff to reach targets
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in implementing development programs
  • Experience in effectively managing staff
  • Experience in developing and delivering marketing and communications plans and material
  • Ability to deal with people with diverse backgrounds and interests and at all levels
  • Ability to work under pressure and to plan, prioritise and organise to meet deadlines, targets and commitments
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi- disciplinary team, located around the country
  • Innovative, proactive, hands-on approach
  • Current Drivers Licence and own transport
  • Current Working with Children Check


  • Relevant tertiary qualification in sports management or a related field
  • Sound knowledge of current and emerging trends in sport and recreation programs
  • Budget development and management

Apply for this role

Preferred Format: As a guide only, TBA prefers a 1-page letter of introduction and an accompanying CV of no more than 6 pages, merged as one MS Word file.

This information should be sent electronically to chris.rushton@tenpin.org.au with the subject identifier of the email to be formatted as follows:

Program & Partnership Manager <<Your Name>>

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Chris Rushton, General Manager on: chris.rushton@tenpin.org.au or (07) 3262 4455.

Chris Rushton

(07) 3262 4455

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