Rowing Australia

Pathways Transition Manager

Rowing Australia

  • Canberra ACT Australia
  • Full Time
Closing 17 Dec 2019
Applications 0


This position plays an essential role in developing and supporting the ‘Talent pipeline’ that feeds the Australian Rowing Teams. The Pathways Transition Manager will provide leadership, structure and direction within the Rowing Australia National Talent Pathway Program (NTPP) with particular attention to the transition of athletes from school programs into the broader pathway network, both in Australia and for athletes in the US College system. 


In collaboration with the Deputy Performance Director:-

  • Develop programs and processes to identify, track and support athletes in AUS and the US Collegiate system that possess the qualities and attributes to win medals for Australia in both the Pathways and Elite Programs.
  • Engage with key stakeholders and work cooperatively with each State Pathway Program and their respective Pathway Leaders.
  • Assist in the identification and placement in programs for defined targeted athletes. 
  • Build and implement system-wide programs for the NTPP in the following two key strategic areas:

\Strategic Driver 1: US Engagement

  • Identify and retain athletes with the potential to be targeted by US College recruiters.
  • Establish effective communication protocols with US College-based Australian athletes for all relevant information including training programs, program philosophies and selection documentation and processes.
  • Ensure a comprehensive and up-to-date athlete database is maintained.
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the US, including US Rowing College personnel and recruiters.
  • Design and implement a US repatriation plan to support the successful transition of athletes who have completed their studies at a US College, back into appropriate HP programs in Australia.
  • Create a detailed information resource specifically for US-bound Australian rowers that assists their decision-making &/or preparation.
  • Oversee RA/US College Mentor Program.
  • Assist with the coordination of the US-based selection trials, in consultation with the National Underage Selectors.
  • On-site management and organisation of equipment, transport and accommodation of Australian US-based rowers throughout the pre-trialling, trialling and preparation phases.
  • Assist with the management of travel of selected crews to join the Australian Under 23 team.

Strategic Driver 2: School Transition

In collaboration with RA’s state pathway partners:-

  • Build positive relationships with targeted school programs.
  • Build capacity and more effective and robust relationships within the local networks (school, club & NIN).
  • Strategically target athletes who demonstrate ideal ‘Rowing Athlete Profile’ (RAP) characteristics.
  • Conduct regular forums/education sessions and assist with the implementation of the NTPP curriculum.
  • Implement athlete camps strategy for targeted School aged athletes (budget dependent).
  • Assist NIN and HP pathway performance clubs to ensure a smooth transition through athlete development to high performance pathway within each State from school &/or US College.

Essential Requirements


Employer and Other Details


Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency status.

Skills and personal attributes

  • Interest and experience in athlete talent identification and development
  • Skilled and highly experienced in developing strong relationships; influencing, leading, coaching and motivating staff and working with athletes, diverse stakeholders and people
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent planning, organisational and prioritising skills
  • Commitment, drive and initiative, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • High level of knowledge of international rowing, including awareness of developing trends in coaching technique and skill development
  • Ability to maintain high performance standards while navigating, managing and negotiating competing priorities within a high pressure and complex environment
  • A willingness to work irregular hours (including weekends) and to travel extensively within Australia and overseas
  • Strong understanding of the Australian sport system, in particular High Performance Pathways
  • Sound financial and administrative skills

Qualifications and experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in science, education, coaching or a related field
  • Minimum 5 years in a rowing program or project/program management role
  • Minimum Level 3 NRCAS accredited
  • Working with Vulnerable People card (or equivalent)
  • High level experience in leading and developing principles of coaching, training principles, team management within the development and high performance environment
  • A strong understanding of the needs of junior and sub-elite athletes and coaches
  • Strong knowledge of the attributes and skills required for future success in elite rowing
  • Demonstrated collaborative style to work positively in partnership with a variety of key stakeholders including RA’s state based pathway partners
  • Proven experience in identifying and confirming talent within a sports environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development, strategy execution and stakeholder engagement

Apply for this role

Please submit an Expression of Interest letter addressing the Position Description (max 1 A4 page) and a copy of your current CV to by 5pm AEDST, Tuesday 17 December. 

Jaime Fernandez

+61 427 271 297

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