State Development & Pathway Officer

Rowing Tasmania

  • Tasmania Australia
  • Full Time
  • Up to $65,000 pa + super + car + benefits
22 Aug 2022
Applications 0


  • Fixed Term Contract (3 years + 2 x 2-year options)
  • State-wide with some Interstate Travel

Organisation Overview

Rowing Tasmania Inc is the State Sporting Organisation responsible for the development, promotion, and governance of the sport of rowing throughout Tasmania. Rowing Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation that is governed by the Board of Rowing Tasmania. Rowing Tasmania is one of seven State/Territory Associations, which make up the membership of the national body, Rowing Australia.

Rowing Tasmania’s mission is:

  • To build capacity
  • To promote rowing
  • To provide high-quality opportunities for participation and enjoyment.

Rowing Tasmania’s Vision is to make rowing a sport for life.

The primary purpose of the State Development & Pathway Officer (SDPO) role is to oversee the growth and development of rowing in Tasmania.

The position will design/refine and implement club, school, coach, and athlete development initiatives to improve the recruitment and retention pathways for each of these stakeholder groups.

The position requires a highly motivated and energetic individual with proven sports development experience and strong communication skills, relationship building, and organisational skills. The ability to forge a close working relationship with Rowing Tasmania’s affiliated bodies, staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders will be essential to the successful achievement of this position’s objectives.

Core Responsibilities

Leadership and management of Rowing Tasmania’s programs related to:

  • Promote the high-performance pathway and identify talented athletes to progress to the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) and the Nationals Training Centres (NTC).
  • Coach education and professional development.
  • Athlete development.
  • Other initiatives and projects as developed in conjunction with the CEO.

Coach Development

  • Develop and manage the Rowing Tasmania Coaching Development Strategy to ensure the provision of:
    • sufficient accredited coaches to support current and future needs
    • appropriate opportunities to support the continued development of coaches’ skills and knowledge and practical application.
  • Lead the optimisation and ongoing implementation of the Rowing Australia Coach Accreditation Scheme in Tasmania.

Athlete Development Programs

Lead the optimisation and delivery of programs across the following Rowing Tasmania’s market segments:


  • Actively support the delivery of the Pathways Program in collaboration with Rowing Australia Pathways Network and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS).

State Representative Teams

  • Coordinate and manage Club & Pathway 8's State Team operations and selections.
  • Coordinate and manage Masters State Team operations and selections.


  • Review and implement the annual Para-Rowing plan.
  • Recruit and manage Para-Rowing support to assist with program delivery.

School Rowing

  • Lead the ongoing development and implementation of programs designed to facilitate progression from school rowing to club rowing.
  • Lead the development of strategies to increase the number of non-traditional rowing schools and club-based school-focused rowing programs.


  • Represent Rowing Tasmania at relevant events (state/national/local) and on relevant committees/working groups as required.
  • Assist other staff/volunteers within Rowing Tasmania when required

Any other duties within the Employee’s capabilities and that are reasonable to expect the Employee to undertake as directed by the CEO from time to time.

Key Interactions


  • Rowing Tasmania Board of Directors.
  • Chief Executive Officer.


  • Affiliated Club and Schools (traditional and non-traditional rowing schools).
  • Rowing Australia
  • Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS).
  • Other State Rowing Associations.

Essential Criteria

  • Previous experience in sports development including the implementation of successful programs focused on clubs and athletes
  • Effective communication (written and verbal), negotiation, and relationship-building skills.
  • Effective time management skills, ability to meet deadlines and prioritise tasks.
  • A positive “can-do” attitude with the ability to be solutions focused.
  • Excellent computer skills and information technology literacy.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as actively contribute within a small team environment.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
  • A strong focus on safety both on and off the water.
  • Drivers Licence.
  • Current Working with Vulnerable People Check (or ability to apply prior to commencement in the role).
  • National Police Check (or ability to apply prior to commencement in the role).
  • Level 2 Coach Accreditation or the ability to obtain one.
  • Power Boat Licence.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge and understanding of the sport of rowing is preferred.

Term and Hours of work

The role is a full-time fixed-term position working 38 hours per week.

Part time and job sharing may be considered but requires two suitable applicants 

The nature of the position will require out-of-hours and regular weekend work and intra-state travel to clubs and schools.


Up to $65,000 per annum including allowances, a fully maintained Company car plus superannuation, and other benefits.

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria


Application Instruction

Applicants are required to send:

  1. Cover letter outlining suitability to perform the role successfully as they relate to the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Resume outlining relevant experience and skills

to Rob Prescott, Chief Executive Officer, Rowing Tasmania via email rob.prescott@rowingtasmania.com.au

Subject Line Reference: Rowing Tasmania SDPO 2022 Application

Applications close

5.00 pm, Monday 15th of August 2022

Rob Prescott

0418 130 758

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