Regional Manager - Gold Coast


Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Job Posted: 12/09/2018

Job Category:

Sport & Recreation / Manager / Supervisor

Job description:


  • Leadership role
  • Want to grow AFL on the Gold Coast?
  • Values driven culture
  • Fantastic team benefits



Our goal here at the AFL is to enhance and grow the game across all states and all levels – from grassroots to elite. As one team, we put on the game, build participation, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, and collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. Our roles may vary but we are all united by our common goal, to leave the game in an even more extraordinary place.



It is AFL Queensland’s vision that participation growth continues to build, assisted by a strong club network with an enhanced focus on engaging female, multicultural and indigenous communities. Specifically, this position will:

  • Through a targeted approach implement AFL programs to gain maximum participation levels at AFL Auskick, School and AFL 9s
  • Focus on driving transition of participants into community club environments
  • Be a positive presence for the AFL brand within a designated “hub” that delivers outcomes to all stakeholders


Please note employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal history record check. The successful candidate is required to possess a valid ‘working with children’ check.

The AFL has extensive procedures and checks in place to protect children and young people in our organisation.



Participation Programs

  • Lead and implement participation strategies across the region through schools, female football, AFL 9s, diversity programs and Auskick
  • Integrate diverse communities into all participation programs
  • Oversee AFL community camps in the region (if applicable).
  • Produce annual mapping documentation to support planning of key objectives
  • Provide quarterly participation reports in line with AFL census requirements


Staff/Financial Management

  • Staff Recruitment – ensure quality and appropriate level of staff to meet outcomes, predominantly on a casual basis
  • Implement regional action plans
  • Coaching and motivation of staff with a results driven focus including periodic performance appraisals.
  • Manage AFL Queensland’s host employer relationship with AFL SportsReady at a regional level
  • Resource management – sufficiently resource region to deliver programs and activities professionally
  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings
  • Ensure that regional and talent budgets are achieved
  • Ensure that forecast adjustments are communicated early and accurately to the AFLQ Finance Department


Community and Talent Programs

  • Identify opportunities for growing new clubs within the region
  • Attend and present development reports at monthly league meetings
  • Attend club and other stakeholder meetings as required
  • Foster links between junior and senior football
  • Develop and implement regional strategies
  • Assist junior clubs with establishing campaigns to recruit participants into junior club football
  • Manage the delivery of the regional talent program at Under 14 & Under 16 levels
  • Manage the regional summer training programs at all age levels as appropriate to each region –appoint a suitable summer training coordinator
  • Manage the talent identification of junior players within the area and support their transition into regional future stars, indigenous and girls youth programs.
  • Liaise and support linkages with the AFL Academy Programs via Academy Managers at the Brisbane Lions FC / Gold Coast Suns FC as appropriate




  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Outstanding leadership skills and in particular the ability to lead a team
  • Proven strategic planning and implementation capabilities
  • Strong business acumen and in particular the ability to manage regional finances
  • Knowledge of education and community participation sectors.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication, interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to effectively manage a diverse and extensive portfolio of projects concurrently
  • Satisfactory “Working with Children” check (Blue Card) from Queensland State Government or ability to obtain
  • Due to the nature of the sporting industry must be willing to work outside normal business hours from time to time such as evenings and weekends.
  • Queensland Driver''s License



  • Formal qualifications in management required along with extensive industry experience – more specifically Sports / Business management qualifications an advantage
  • Sound knowledge of AFL or other relevant sporting environment.
  • Experience with talented player development programs.
  • Good understanding of the Game Development network and programs in Queensland.
  • Level Two AFL Coaching Accreditation





  • We believe in a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Workplace and our staff have access to an extensive Health and Wellbeing program
  • My Development – all employees have access to the AFL’s My development program which consists of on the job training, coaching and mentoring and formal learning.
  • AFL Staff Footy Memberships – easy access to the game, staff can share these with family and friends
  • My Benefits – staff have access to over 350 discounts with some of the biggest retailers and the AFL’s Corporate Partners




Closing Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018