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Manager - Daily Performance Environment

Swimming Australia

  • Brisbane Queensland Australia
  • Full Time, Contract/Temp
Closing 7 May 2021
Applications 0



Responsible for providing critical advice and direction to leverage the expertise of coaches and performance support practitioners in the Swimming Australia High Performance Centre Programs to optimize athlete performances.

Critical in supporting the delivery of the Swimming Australia High Performance Plan outcomes including:

HP Centres and Athlete Program

  • Drive the strategy and partnerships to ensure the Swimming Australia DPE model (Hubs and Performance Programs) is robust and adaptable to contribute to our Paris outcomes.
  • Provide advice and direction to establish and deliver to a network of High-Performance Hubs and associated Performance Programs.
  • Negotiate, manage, and monitor agreements between SA’s key delivery partners, including Hubs and Performance Programs Principal Partners and the National Institute Network (NIN).
  • Conduct formal and informal reviews of SA’s HP Programs.
  • Be a key point of contact to support the coach led model and be proactive in engagement and communication.
  • Facilitate the Swimming Australia Performance Pathway program in providing categorised athletes access to the SA HP Hubs to enhance progression and development.
  • Prepare reports on the performance outcomes of the Hubs and Performance Programs to the General Manager – High Performance, and High Performance Committee, for use by the Board and AIS, as necessary.
  • Across the three performance streams, manage the policy and implementation of relevant funding for Hubs and Performance Programs.
  • Be the conduit between key Swimming Australia outcomes (BME debrief, categorisation and camps and competition support) and our network.

Hub Management

  • Provide advice and exceptional support to the General Manager - High Performance for the Swimming Australia Hub and Performance Programs.
  • Support the General Manager - High Performance in managing the functions and activities of HP.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate the operational plans for Hubs and Performance Programs.
  • Implement and evolve the appropriate management tools to accurately report on the framework of agreed performance measures for each Hub.
  • Support the Hubs and Performance Programs to deliver an integrated and consistent network of activities to deliver on the HP Strategic Plan.
  • Utilise evidence-based research and analysis of world’s best practice to provide high-level advice, direction and resources to support high performance outcomes.

Committee and Governance

  • Deliver a bi-annual meeting schedule and review of all Hub and Performance Programs with engagement by relevant partners and Swimming Australia technical leadership.
  • Participate in key internal and external committees and forums as required.


  • Develop and manage, in conjunction with the General Manager - High Performance, operating budgets for each performance Hub, camps and competition preparation.
  • Exercise appropriate financial delegation as approved by the Board.


  • Partner with and work effectively and collaboratively across SA and relevant stakeholders to achieve organisational goals, targets, and objectives.
  • Provide regular updates to the General Manager - High Performance as required.
  • Proactively plan, manage, coordinate, track and run assigned tasks.
  • Attend and participate in meetings and attend events as required.
  • Uphold and foster a culture of high performance displaying Courage, Excellence, Unity and continuous improvement within SA.
  • Conduct thorough self-checking of information and documentation.
  • Maintaining project files and keeping documentation in order.
  • Undertake other reasonable tasks as delegated by the General Manager - High Performance.
  • Perform general office duties as required.
  • Adopt continuous learning and improvement processes in all aspects of the position.
  • Implement, participate and promote SA Safe Sport Framework, values, policies, processes and procedures.


This position reports directly to the General Manager - High Performance and indirectly to the General Manager - Paralympic & Open Water Program.


  • Key Internal Stakeholder Relationships
    • General Manager – High Performance
    • HP and SA staff
    • HP Committee (HPC)
    • SA Member Associations, including ASCTA and ASA
    • SA Board
  • Key External Stakeholder Relationships
    • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
    • Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
    • National Institute Network (NIN)
    • University Partners


Qualifications & Workplace Checks

  • Satisfactory working with children check.
  • Satisfactory police/criminal record check.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Sport Management, Business, Commerce, Coaching or equivalent.

Experience/Skill Level Required

  • A minimum of 4 years in a high performance network leadership position in Olympic or Paralympic sport or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading high performance programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • An exceptional understanding of performance drivers that underpin elite sport.
  • Solid understanding of the Australian and International sports system.

Aptitude & Interpersonal Skills

  • The ability to lead and manage change through influence rather than authority.
  • Demonstrated commitment, drive and initiative, with the ability to work independently and inter­ dependently as a productive leader and facilitator.
  • Strong communication (both verbal and written), negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Awareness of and ability to work in accordance with the Swimming Australia’s policies and procedures.
  • Proactive and self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate and work well with others in a cross-functional environment to pursue team goals, share information, support others, show consideration and respect for alternate ideas and solutions.


  • Active management and engagement of the Swimming Australia Supported High Performance Centre (HPC) Programs. Develop a consultation plan for the implementation of the Hub and Performance Program Beyond Tokyo.
  • Leverage the expertise of coaches and performance support in the SA High Performance Centre programs to optimise athlete performance at international competition.
  • Deliver effective and efficient funding support for program and individual performance preparation season planning in place for Olympic program athletes.
  • HPU financial reporting is accurate and timely and underpinned by best practice budget process.
  • Following, supporting and fostering SA Safe Sport Framework, values, policies, and procedures.
  • Satisfactory achievement of ongoing targets, goals, and objectives as set by the General Manager – High Performance and Swimming Australia.

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria


Application Instruction

Please apply by sending a copy of your CV with a one page covering letter outlining why you believe you are the person for this role.  

Please e-mail your application to us at linda.durbidge@swimming.org.au  quoting the position reference: Manager - Daily Performance Environment. 

Please note the closing date for receipt of applications is 5:00pm on 07 May 2021.


Short listing will take place as soon as possible following the closing date. Please could you indicate clearly on your application a telephone number where you can be contacted during office hours (i.e. 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).   Please note that:

  • you should presume that you have not been successful if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date. 
  • only those applicants that progress to shortlisting and/or interview will be contacted.
  • SA will make background checks on any applicant, including police checks
  • SA’s decision of which candidate it appoints to the position is final
  • SA is not obliged to provide to any candidate any information relating to the recruitment process including reasons for its final selection

Whilst provisional dates have been set for the recruitment and selection timetable, we may need to be flexible in varying the dates and possibly location of interviews to take account of the individual requirements of candidates.  It is likely that the selection arrangements will only be confirmed following short listing, when the requirements of candidates being called to interview can be more clearly assessed, however, it is intended to hold interviews for this position on 12 May 2021.

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