Part-time Administration Officer sought by Orienteering Australia


The Australian Government in May 2014 announced a new $100 million project over two and a half years called Sporting Schools (SS) to replace the Active After Schools Care (AASC) program which ceased in December 2014. Sporting Schools is to commence in July 2015 and orienteering is included among 32 sports to be offered to the 8,000 primary schools in Australia. Each school would receive funding to have 4 to 7 lessons per sport for, on average, 2 sports for 3 school terms each year. See

The Australian Sports Commission is providing Orienteering Australia with a grant of $80,000 in 2015 for capacity building to implement Sporting Schools orienteering nationally and in each state and territory. Most of this funding is being provided to state associations for implementation tasks including training many more coaches and mappers, running professional development coach training for teachers, teaching orienteering lesson plans, and responding to requests from schools for mapping and a series of lessons.  However, there is also a substantial workload at the national level in ongoing liaison with the ASC and state associations, providing national website resources, issuing coach certificates, maintaining new coach databases and validating to the ASC the credentials of persons registering as SS orienteering coaches, and progress and accountability reporting to the ASC.

Orienteering Australia is therefore seeking to employ an enthusiastic part-time Administrative Support Manager for up to 12 months to share the Sporting Schools workload and some of the day-to-day running of the OA office with the OA Executive Officer. The successful applicant will be an experienced orienteer who will have experience in providing orienteering lessons in schools (or an equivalent teaching background), have strong website and social media skills, excellent verbal and written communication, and be able to work very well in a team with OA paid staff, ASC staff, state and territory contact officers, and teachers and parents making inquiries from schools.  Availability to work in the OA National office will be an advantage. Applications should address these attributes and include 2 referees.

Remuneration is $30 per hour plus superannuation and workers compensation insurance coverage. Initially there is a catch up workload of 2 days per week; this will decline to 1 day per week later in the year.

Contact John Harding at or on 0427 107 033 or during the Easter 3 Days for further information. Applications close on Friday 17 April.