AFL Umpiring Community Umpiring Development Manager


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Job Posted: 10/10/2018

Job Category:

Sport & Recreation / Sports Management

Job description:



As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, 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. While our roles may vary we are all united by a common goal, to leave the game in an even more extraordinary place.




The Community Umpiring Development Manager will collaboratively develop, implement and oversee a national Community Umpiring Development strategy in consultation with all State/Territory bodies that drives growth in umpire participation through increased recruitment and retention; high quality umpiring performance through education and development programs that promote inclusive, sustainable and quality environments.


Please note, employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal history record check.



Umpire Performance

Regularly review, modify and improve:

  • The national umpiring curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of community umpires.
  • The national accreditation system/program that applies to umpires and umpire coaches to ensure they are both engaging, meaningful and produce better qualified and prepared community umpires.

Umpire Recruitment

  • Develop and implement a marketing and promotional strategies/initiatives to increase community umpire recruitment.
  • Manage and co-ordinate the AFL Umpire Appearance Program, the AFL Community Umpiring Round and the “Umpire.AFL” social media platforms.
  • Understand the key challenges and issues that face community umpiring to identify and deliver solutions that result in meaningful improvement.

Umpire Retention

  • Plan and facilitate opportunities to share Community Umpiring Group best practice (blueprint) with interested external umpiring stakeholder groups and leagues.
  • Investigate the possibility of establishing an umpiring specific “community club improvement program” as per that for community football clubs.

Umpire Resources

  • Develop and disseminate national resources that support the recruitment and development of umpires at community level.
  • Develop and maintain a dynamic central technology portal where all community umpiring resources can be readily accessed.

Umpire Diversity

  • Develop and implement strategies/initiatives to increase the recruitment and retention of umpires from diverse backgrounds (Female, Multicultural and Indigenous).
  • Manage and co-ordinate the umpiring program at the AFL Diversity Championships or similar State/Territory based programs/events.

Stakeholder Management

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with State and Community Umpiring personnel.



  • Experience in sports management/development or similar
  • High level problem solving skills.
  • Ability to reach objective conclusions after appropriate consultation
  • Comprehensive understanding of AFL football
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to influence internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation skills including verbal and written communications
  • Sound knowledge of the Laws of Australian Football
  • Budget management experience and skills
  • Experience in stakeholder management and engagement
  • Ability to identify future challenges and develop plans to address them
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Collaboration, negotiation and influencing skills





  • 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


Applications close:  22 October 2018