Swimming Australia Gold Coast GOLD Program _________________________________________________________________________________ Position Description Title: Gold Coast GOLD Coach Closing date: Wednesday 11th February 2015 Interview date: Tuesday 24th February 2015 _________________________________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND Swimming Australia Ltd. (SAL) is the peak body for competitive swimming in Australia with approximately 1000 clubs and 90,000 registered members nationally. SAL revenue sources include funding from the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and corporate partnership investment from sponsors such as Network Ten, Speedo, Dairy Australia and the Accor Group. In partnership with and from the investment we have received from the ACGA, we have established the Gold Coast GOLD 2018 Program to maximise podium performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast GOLD 2018 program and this position link to our aspirational goal which is to be the number 1 ranked swimming nation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Our Strategic High Performance Plan is built on three performance streams of Olympic Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Paralympic Pool Swimming. Success at the Commonwealth Games is a significant milestone on our journey to the top of world swimming. We have identified seven key performance drivers that will enable achievement of our vision including: i. Program Governance and Leadership; ii. Integrated National Technical Direction; iii. Daily Performance Environments; v. National Competition Plan; vi. Sustainable Performance Pathway; and vii. Embedded SSSM provision and innovation. iv. National Team Culture; Swimming Australia’s preparation plan for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is integral to our Strategic High Performance Plan and focuses on the Gold Coast GOLD program ensuring our athletes within the system are prepared for Senior Australian Swim Team success at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. SAL is a long standing ACGA Program Sport and has historically been a major contributor to Australia’s Commonwealth Games medal tally over many years. We recognise the importance of the Commonwealth Games to the Australian psyche, and likewise understand that the successes of the Australian Swim Team is linked to the success of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team. To ensure the success of our Gold Coast GOLD project, SAL will appoint a dedicated part time Gold Coast GOLD Coach who will be responsible for providing technical leadership and a consistent approach to program management and athlete development over the three and a half-year life of the project. Location – the preferred base for the Gold Coast GOLD Coach to operate out of is South East Queensland; however this may be negotiated to attract the right candidate. The final location will be discussed with the preferred candidate prior to an offer of position. There is an expectation that both domestic and international travel will be required from time to time Salary – structured to attract the best candidate and pro rata based of the days of work. Days of Work – Such days as necessary to carry out your duties on a part time basis. This will involve two days on average per week and full time working weeks are to be expected as part of the role. Reporting to the Performance Director, and under the Technical Direction of the Swimming Australia National Head Coach, the Gold Coast GOLD Coach will provide technical leadership and advice on all aspects of the Gold Coast GOLD Team Preparation Program, as well as leading our team at identified competitions and camps STRATEGIC Within the context of SAL’s overall vision, contribute to the implementation of the Strategic High Performance Plan and the Gold Coast GOLD Initiative, which will include: – Ensure targeted Gold Coast GOLD swimmers and their coaches are supported towards podium performances in 2018; – Act as Head Coach on the Gold Coast GOLD Event Camps and specifically targeted International Competitions ; – In conjunction with the SAL Performance Pathway Manager, participate in regular reviews of the of the Gold Coast GOLD program to ensure the strategic relevance of the activities for future implementation, Provide advice to Performance Director and the Gold Coast GOLD Technical Panel on all aspects of the Gold Coast GOLD program including policy, athlete preparation and selection criteria OPERATIONAL Under the technical direction of the National Head Coach, ensure that a consistent delivery is implemented for the development of swimmers and coaches involved in the Gold Coast GOLD program. Provide direction and technical leadership to the activities of the Gold Coast GOLD program, national youth and developmental teams (training camps, competition etc.). Attend all SAL national competitions to act as a Talent Scout to identify talent. Conduct regular visits to the home programs of coaches who have swimmers in the Gold Coast GOLD program. Implement Individual Athlete Performance Planning (IAPP) that is linked to the Athlete Management System (AMS) as o A means of improving tracking and monitoring of athletes’ preparation and needs. o Improving the targeting of resources to athletes with the greatest probability of delivering Podium results. Provide regular reports against program outcomes. RELATIONSHIPS Maintain effective relationships with coaches and athletes in the SAL – ACGA Gold Coast GOLD program. Proactively develop and manage cooperative relationships between SAL and the ACGA as well as other relevant agencies to develop high performance swimming in Australia. Ensure that all High Performance activities meet SAL sponsors and other contractual obligations. ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS Strong understanding of the Australian and International Swimming Systems SAL Gold or Platinum Level Coaching Licence Understanding of sports science/medicine and the ability to incorporate them into youth training programs Understanding of the high performance and athlete maturation needs of youth athletes and their coaches High level organisational and management skills Strong planning, analytical and reporting skills KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Broad understanding of the modern performance sport planning and reporting tools; A minimum ten-years of recent international swim coaching experience at major international meets Personal coach of a successful international swimmer from early development phase to success at a major international meet An ability to shape strategic and operational thinking to achieve desired outcomes; Strong communication and representational skills; The ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders; Strong planning and reporting skills and the ability to identify and achieve objectives within an often fast-moving environment. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. PERSONAL ATTIBUTES The ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality Innovative and strategic thinker Provide leadership within a team environment Be capable of undertaking extensive travel both internationally and domestically that could extend over four weeks at a time An understanding of the Australian sporting system in relation to Australia’s Winning Edge. PERFORMANCE MEASURES: The performance of the Gold Coast Gold Coach will be measured by: Gold Coast GOLD Coach Annual Plan is successfully implemented and reviewed annually and aligns with the Strategic High Performance Plan; In conjunction with the Performance Pathway Manager, evidence that the program is attracting, retaining and developing athletes along the pathway that are capable of medal successes at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games; Strong and productive relationships in place with key stakeholders and partners APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS APPLICATION Please apply by sending a copy of your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you believe you are the person for this role to the following email address – email@example.com Please note the closing date for receipt of applications is the 11th February 2015 at 13.00pm AET SECONDMENTS If you are interested in applying for this post on a secondment basis, please indicate this clearly on your application form. Details of secondments will then be discussed with individuals SELECTION 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). You should presume that you have not been successful if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date. 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 and specifically those travelling from overseas. 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 post on Tuesday 24th February 2015.
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