Division: Australian Cycling Team
Reports to: Director of Performance Pathways and Head of Olympic Fast track Program
AusCycling (AC) is the National Body for the sport of cycling in Australia as recognised by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Australian Government (Sport Australia and Australian Institute of Sport), the Australian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Australia and Paralympics Australia.
AC is responsible for leading, managing and developing the sport which includes the national teams at the elite level, including Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, through to grass roots’ community level participation.
The focus of the Australian Cycling Team is to support AC’s Vision of becoming the World’s Leading Cycling Nation and the team’s contribution to this vision will be measured by Olympic and Paralympic Gold medals.
The Australian Cycling Team’s Olympic Fast Track Program provides an innovative approach to recruiting and developing exceptional talent towards the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics in Paris. The program is a critical part of our gold-medal strategy, taking a targeted approach to address key areas of talent shortage, specifically Women’s Team Sprint and Paracycling Endurance. The program delivers a holistic structure of talent identification/talent transfer, recruitment, confirmation and training processes, focussing on athletes with clear potential to achieve Olympic and Paralympic standards within a single Olympic cycle.
Description of Role:
The successful candidate will drive the Paralympic operations within this program, looking to identify, transfer and guide high potential endurance athletes from entry to the sport to induction within the Australian Cycling Team.
Key Role Responsibilities:
- Recruiting potential athletes and operationalising assessment processes.
- Coordinating the implementation of training and race practices in athlete preparation to fast-track athletes to Paralympic standard.
- Operational management including budget and financial management, human resources, coordinating logistical operations, delivery and tracking of project actions.
- Maximising the visibility and reach of the program through utilisation of appropriate media and stakeholder networks.
- Engaging and managing a wide range of stakeholders, including High-Performance Network partners, medical and rehabilitation institutes, experts in athlete development, and coaches from a range of sports, to ensure successful outcomes.
- Delivering best practice protocols to identify and monitor the progression of Paralympic potential athletes including evaluation of testing and training data against normative data and performance trajectories against world’s best.
- Engaging and aligning network coaches and athletes to integrate development planning.
- Working with the Head of the Olympic Fast Track Program and Director of Performance Pathways to align Australian Cycling Team approaches to developing successful testing, monitoring, coaching and preparation practices.
- Working with the Head of the Olympic Fast Track Program to deliver the program based on the established program best practices.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Degree in exercise and sport science or related discipline is required.
- Masters degree in sport related degree desirable.
- Previous experience working with Paralympic athletes is highly desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team essential.
- Experience in delivering outcomes under pressure and tight deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability in project management.
- Current network with National Sport Organisations, Professional Teams, National Institute Network and/or Military would be considered an important asset of the successful candidate
- Evidence of translating high level strategy into action plans and deliverables.
- Evidence of success in selecting and preparing athletes to the highest levels of competition.
- Effective communication skills (including interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and representation) and a proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally, and with a diverse range of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated scientific acumen, planning and management skills and the ability to identify and achieve work objectives within an often-fast-moving environment.
- Implement systematic performance planning/solution frameworks and processes.
- Deliver and implement applied strategies to positive outcomes at the highest level of performance sport.
- Exercise judgement and creativity in challenging traditional assumptions and providing solutions.
- Work autonomously with responsibility to deliver to tight deadlines.
High Performance Behaviours:
- Sets high goals and establishes stretch goals for personal, team and program accomplishment | Passion for excellence and strong desire to excel.
- Team work | Brings vision and develops direction and structure, ensures clarity of role and purpose.
- Sets high standards of performance for self and others | Assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing tasks, ensuring high quality; sets standards for excellence.
- Communication | Clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of platforms to individuals and groups.
- Commitment to continuous learning | Actively identifies new areas for learning.
Key Partners include:
- The High Performance Network (SIS/SAS)
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
- Australian Cycling Team Paralympic coaches (ACT)
- Travel throughout Australia and to domestic and international competition may be required on occassion
- Comply with all policies set down by AusCycling and ensure that they are implemented as appropriate
Other mandatory employment conditions include:
- Working with Children’s Check clearance from the relevant authority;
- Satisfactory Police Check (in the absolute discretion of the Company); and
- Satisfactory No Doping Declaration (in the absolute discretion of the Company)