Senior Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisor

Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)

  • Brisbane Queensland Australia
  • Full Time, Contract/Temp
  • $109,757 to $117,532 pa
Closing 17 May 2021
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The QAS recently appointed a new Chief Executive (CE) and have undertaken a strategic review. We have a bold and ambitious vision and strategy, working in close partnership with sports, to enable more medal winning moments by Queensland Athletes to ultimately inspire the State and the Nation ahead. This is also in the backdrop for the potential, and transformational 2032 Olympic and Paralympic bid by the Queensland Government.

In this role you will have the opportunity to lead and manage the Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement (AW&E) Team and Program at the QAS in alignment with the new Vision, Strategy and Values.  The AW&E Programs’ primary objective is to ensure QAS enables an enriching and holistic athlete high performance journey. In this significant leadership role, you will work with the Senior Leadership Team, CEO and other relevant partners to ensure QAS athletes are effectively inducted, equipped with the skills to thrive in HP environments, and are enabled to be inspiring role models for the State and the Nation. A special focus will be in supporting the Team to deliver for the emerging elite athletes who are 4-8 years away from reaching the Podium. The core responsibilities are as follows:

  • Lead the delivery and regular review of the new QAS AW&E Strategy, Tactics and KPI’s
  • Ensure all QAS Athletes have a “Off-field”, individuated plan (using My360 tool) that aligns to What It Takes To Win, and ensures they are supported as a person, and a performer 
  • Create, manage and deliver AW&E key programs in alignment with AIS and NSO partners to address the contemporary issues faced by high performance athletes.
  • Drive formalised partnerships with key education, business and community stakeholders to enable mutually beneficial outcomes i.e., internships, apprenticeships
  • Work with QAS Communications personnel to proactively amplify the extraordinary journeys of Queensland athletes pursuing excellence through powerful storytelling.
  • Proactively link Queensland athletes to schools and targeted community programs to drive positive social change.
  • Establish and engage a QAS Athlete Insights group to advise, guide and support QAS practices and policies.
  • In partnerships with sports, collect independent and formal athlete feedback that provides actionable insights (sport specific and thematic) as to the ‘lived experiences’ of athletes in QAS supported programmes.  
  • In partnership with sports, lead the development and delivery of effective inductions, transitions and exits for QAS athletes.
  • Effectively lead and manage the AW&E team to deliver the QAS AW&E Strategy and report against KPI delivery. Leadership and Management responsibilities include staff supervision and Team / Individual development, stakeholder management, financial management, reporting and providing strategic advice to QAS Senior Leadership Team and QAS Board.

What we’re looking for

Appointments in the public service are based on merit. Your skills for this role will be assessed against the Team Leader Workforce Capability Success Profile by looking at what you’ve undertaken previously and what knowledge, skills and learned experiences you can bring to the team and the role, including your personal qualities and your potential for development.  Your suitability for this role will be assessed against how you:

  • Understand the needs of stakeholders while responding to the requirements of elite coaches and athletes, who seek to be internationally competitive. (Vision)
  • Consider wider organisational objectives when making decisions. Demonstrate the ability to encourage a strong athlete-focus and build understanding of elite coach and athlete perspective within the AW&E team. (Vision)
  • Drive continuous improvement by identifying and implementing improved ways of delivering the AW&E program. Demonstrate the ability to implement change by influencing stakeholders. (Vision)
  • Manage team performance and organise the AW&E team to deliver the AW&E program. Inspire individual and team commitment by giving staff the balance of autonomy and support they need to achieve outcomes. (Results)
  • Manage internal and external relationships, including the ability to build networks and work collaboratively with stakeholders in a high performance sport environment. (Results)
  • Provide advice that is rigorously considered and supported by a clear rationale. Model professional and ethical behaviour and be viewed as trustworthy, honourable, truthful and respectful. (Accountability)
  • Commit to personal development and actively seek feedback to enhance effectiveness. (Accountability)


  • An undergraduate degree in fields including Education or Psychology or agreed equivalent as determined by the Director-General would be highly desirable. Seek advice from the nominated contact officer before applying if equivalency needs to be assessed.
  • Qualifications in Elite Athlete Wellbeing or Career Counselling would be highly desirable.

If your qualification is from an overseas institution, you will need to have it assessed before the appointment can be finalised. For more information about obtaining official recognition of your overseas qualification, please contact the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit of the Australian Government Department of Education.

  • A valid blue card will be required where an employee carries out regulated employment under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000
  • This role will include travel between high performance venues and will require you to work from other locations.

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria

  • Qualifications in Elite Athlete Wellbeing or Career Counselling would be highly desirable


Application Instruction

Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:

  • a current resume
  • a brief letter (max 2 pages) telling us why you are interested in this role. We would also like you to tell us how your experiences will enable you to demonstrate the behaviours described in the section ‘What we are looking for’ and how this will enable you to help deliver on the position’s responsibilities as listed under the section ‘Your contribution’.
  • two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your work performance and conduct. Please ensure that one of the referees is your current or immediate past supervisor.

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Annette Moore

(07) 3708 7859

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