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Manager of Game Development & Community Programs


  • Darwin Northern Territory Australia
  • Full Time
Closing 26 Sep 2019
Applications 0



Our goal here at the AFL is to enhance and grow the game across all states and all levels – from grassroots to elite. As one team, we put on the game, build participation, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, and collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. Our roles may vary but we are all united by our common goal, to leave the game in an even more extraordinary place.


This role is an AFL NT Executive position responsible for the strategic development and implementation of programs across the Northern Territory. It will grow participation, engagement in remote communities / competitions, schools and clubs with an enhanced focus on engaging female and multicultural participants.

The role aims to:

  • Oversee the delivery of all Game Development, Remote Projects and Michael Long Learning and Leadership (MLLLC) programs
  • Evaluate and continually improve current programs while considering further opportunities for growth
  • Focus on driving transition of participants into community club environments

Please note employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal history record check. The successful candidate is required to possess a valid ‘working with children’ check.

The AFL has extensive procedures and checks in place to protect children and young people in our organisation. 


Participation Programs

  • Develop, implement and manage all Game Development programs
  • Produce annual mapping documentation to support planning of key objectives
  • Provide regular participation reports in line with AFL census requirements and manage the online reporting process
  • Facilitate game development opportunities around regional AFL and/or NAB Challenge games

Remote Projects

  • Develop community engagement plans for each community
  • Develop a coordinated strategy around the future funding requirements of all remote projects
  • Oversee the acquittal and reporting relating to funding partnerships
  • Evaluate and continually improve offering including the development of new programs and initiatives
  • Deliver recommendations of the Deloitte SROI report

MLLLC Education Program

  • Oversee and support the execution of the education program within the MLLLC
  • Oversee the acquittal and reporting relating to funding partnerships
  • Evaluate and continually improve offering including the development of new programs and initiatives
  • Support the commercial and programs team around a coordinated approach to future funding opportunities

Staff and Stakeholder Management

  • Staff Recruitment – ensure quality and appropriate level of staffing to meet outcomes
  • Facilitate Staff training to ensure all Development Staff are competent to deliver programs
  • Coaching and motivation of staff with a results-driven focus including periodic performance appraisals
  • Frequent contact with staff; (regional, national and AFL house)

Financial Management

  • Resource management – sufficiently resource to deliver programs and activities professionally within budget and funding guidelines



  • Formal qualifications in management required along with extensive industry experience – more specifically Sports / Business management qualifications an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a wide range of people from all areas of the AFL network
  • Outstanding leadership skills and in particular the ability to lead a team
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing through high level communication and presentation skills
  • Proven strategic planning, development and implementation capabilities
  • Knowledge of education and community participation sectors
  • Satisfactory “Working with Children” check (Ochre Card) from Safety NT or ability to obtain
  • Due to the nature of the sporting industry must be willing to work outside normal business hours from time to time including evenings and weekends
  • Northern Territory Driver's License


  • Experience in working with indigenous people.
  • Sound knowledge of AFL or other relevant sporting environment
  • Good understanding of AFL network and programs in the Northern Territory



  • We believe in a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Workplace and our staff have access to an extensive Health and Wellbeing program
  • My Development – all employees have access to the AFL’s My development program which consists of on the job training, coaching and mentoring and formal learning.
  • AFL Staff Footy Memberships – easy access to the game, staff can share these with family and friends
  • My Benefits – staff have access to over 350 discounts with some of the biggest retailers and the AFL’s Corporate Partners



Closing Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019

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