Vacancy: High Performance Operations Manager

Shane Jenkins2012 Archive

Orienteering Australia is seeking to recruit a part-time High Performance Operations Manager who will coordinate and support the effective operations of the Orienteering Australia High Performance Program. The Manager will work with OA Director, High Performance Grant Bluett, High Performance Manager Kay Haarsma, the High Performance Management team, Australian University Sport and event managers for the national foot and mountain bike league series. Hours are variable but average 8 hours per week.

The contact person for more information is Grant Bluett at grant.bluett at gmail dot com and applications close on 4 May 2012. Applications should be sent to the OA Executive Officer ( and should include relevant experience in orienteering, sport administration and organisation of team travel, management skills and other attributes you will bring to the position, plus contact details for 2 referees.

Tasks of the HP Operations Manager include:

Support people in HP positions by assisting in or completing duties to:
i. ensure appropriate arrangements (accommodation, training, support, equipment, uniforms etc) are made for Australian teams competing in international competitions.

ii. liaise with and set up annual training and competition opportunities with New Zealand and other countries as appropriate (in conjunction with, or separate to test matches).

iii. help coordinate training camps within Australia.

iv. update and distribute team / squad contracts and team feedback forms and compile a summary of the latter.

Administer the conduct of the National Foot O League and National MTB-O series: 
i. call for applications by member states to conduct events as a part of the National League.
ii. liaise with National League event organisers to ensure a balanced program of formats.

iii. provide feedback to organisers.
iv. maintain and update rules and regulations in consultation with the OA Board (where appropriate), athletes and team managers.

Liaise with State/Territories Academies/Institutes of Sport and/or other relevant Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) service providers (eg universities, private providers etc) to promote the sport of orienteering, engage with them to present orienteering as a professional sport, and identify development opportunities for the athletes (International training opportunities, performance analysis, recovery, nutrition etc). Ensure this engagement and opportunities are communicated back to the relevant stakeholders within the OA high performance system (eg athletes, coaches, Manager High Performance, Director High Performance).

Facilitate orienteering at the University levethrough:

i) Liaise with the Australian University Sports High Performance Manager regarding participation in World University Orienteering Championships, selection criteria and management.

ii) Publicise and co-ordinate the running of an Australian University Orienteering Championships concurrent with the Australian 3 Days Championships at Easter.

iii) Coordinate applications for national squad / team members to either a) enter a university elite athlete scheme or b) seek additional university entry points as an elite athlete.