Head of Athletic Performance - National Women’s Sevens – Rugby Australia - Moore Park

Rugby Australia (Rugby AU), the governing body of Rugby Union in Australia, is looking for a Head of Athletic Performance – National Women’s Sevens, who has the ability to lead and prepare a program that will ensure our athletes are the best physically prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Lead and deliver the national Women’s Sevens team program in line with Australian Rugby’s strategic plan, including the creation of a high-performance culture
  • Ensure the National Women’s Sevens team is a successful and winning team true to their identity
  • Provide and facilitate ongoing support, education and professional development for Emerging and Youth national teams, and State Union Program Coaches and Program Managers


  • Provide quality leadership, direction and delivery of the national Women’s Sevens team program (and programs for players in contention for selection) to achieve high performance results. Includes:


    • Develop and quantify a team preparation plan (annual periodization plans) for all domestic tournaments, World Sevens Series, Sevens World Cup and Commonwealth and Olympic Games
    • Within the context of the season plan, and working in collaboration with program staff, lead the development and execution of individual player plans, that result in enhanced performance. This includes the development and use of the athlete management system for coach, staff and player tracking and feedback
    • Ensure effective staff leadership, collaboration and alignment across coaching, operations and logistics, physical performance, performance science, medical science and research including the design and implementation of integrated assessment programs for player and team performance
    • Lead the weekly scheduling of practice and performance activities
    • Assist in the development of a national strategy and direction for player conditioning, injury rehabilitation, nutrition and any other sports sciences in Australian rugby from participation rugby to national Sevens team level (in conjunction with other national Heads of Physical Performance including Sevens and Wallabies positions).


    • Plan, execute and review all team and individual practice sessions
    • Review skills and team training daily with regards to planned outcomes including volume and intensity; and provide feedback and recommendations to staff and players
    • Review daily information pertaining to the performance, physical status and well-being of individual players provided by staff and athlete management systems
    • Regularly assess and report on the compliance and effectiveness of individual and team recovery programs
    • Oversee the implementation of the national testing program at National Women’s Sevens team level and analyze and report results to team staff and players


    • Maintain and enhance utilization of a national physical performance data management system for all National Women’s Sevens team players and players in contention for selection
    • Liaise closely with State Union Sevens Program, Heads of Physical Performance to align programming and information (data) analysis (including load analysis)
    • Provide regular updates to the Head Coach on the physical performance status of all National Women’s Sevens team players and players in contention for selection
    • Liaise with other National Women’s Sevens team staff and national program staff (SSSM) to advance knowledge of player physical performance status and development strategies
    • Coordinate information pertaining to a player’s rehabilitation from injury program and status
    • Ensure that the national player data management system is used to record and produce the relevant reliable information on players that will enable strong objective decision making regarding player management in planning for individual tournaments and campaigns
    • Monitor and apply best practice conditioning, injury rehabilitation, nutrition and other sports science techniques from international and domestic high-performance sports programs, including any such research results (ongoing personal education and training program)
    • Share conditioning, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports science methods and results from the national Women’s Sevens team programs with the Heads of Physical Performance of State Union Sevens team programs and other national teams (eg Youth and Emerging teams)
    • Investigate, identify, facilitate and assess research opportunities and direction to enhance the preparation and high performance of the national Women’s Sevens team and eensure that all research undertaken is shared and has genuine benefits for the national Women’s Sevens teams, national Men’s Sevens team, State Union Sevens teams and other national teams and/or Australian Rugby.


  • Industry recognised education and accreditation - Level 2 ESSA, Level 2 ASCA and a Masters in S&C coaching and Level3 ASCA would be desirable
  • Program leadership and management skills – high level position held with evidence of proven high- performance physical performance coaching
  • Strong association with elite rugby or sport
  • Strong computer and associated program knowledge and skills and data management eg date management systems, word, excel (spreadsheets),) Outlook/Elite Rugby or sport experience leading and delivering a physical performance program
  • Ability to align the physical requirements of the game with the vision of the Head Coach
  • Proven quality people management and ability to build relationships
  • High level of technical knowledge; strong coaching credentials
  • Ability to educate and raise the standards of athletes
  • Ability to develop a positive performance culture, championing teamwork
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to the pursuit of excellence
  • Proven work ethic
  • Willingness to challenge, be challenged and listen
  • Proven program judgement, planning and quality decision making capability
  • Ability to deal with a high level of public scrutiny

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Georgie Dickson at Alternatively, you can call Rachel Buckling on +61 2 80055528 for a confidential discussion. Closing date 26th November 2018.

National Referee Development Coach – Rugby Australia

An opportunity exists within Rugby Australia’s (Rugby AU) High Performance Department, for an energetic strong leader as the National Referee Development Coach. The primary purpose of the role is to identify and develop match officials to be ready for promotion to the high-performance referee program, including selection to:

  • National Rugby Championship (NRC)
  • Super W and Aon Sevens (Women's rugby)
  • Under 19 National Championships (URC)
  • U18 Academy series
  • U16 National Championships
  • National Sevens Championships (Senior Men, Youth Boys and Girls)

The ultimate objective of the role will be to ensure more match officials from Australia are being selected to the professional levels of the game, such as:

  • World Series Sevens
  • Super Rugby and
  • Test Rugby

Working with the National Head Coach, Referees, the National Referee Development Coach will be responsible for overseeing the establishment of a National Referee Development Program and assisting in the co-ordination of existing community referee development programs. Key priority deliverables including:

  • A strategy to recruit and retain talented officials
  • Talent identification systems & adoption of the national ‘profile’ in the selection of referees
  • A talent development program including agreed ‘high performance pillars’ delivered at national and state levels
  • Personal coaching and allocation of coaching resources to service referees selected in the national development program

The role will require strong relationships with the State refereeing programs and structures throughout Australia.

Rugby Australia’s match official department is striving to create a world class high performance environment with culture and people at the forefront …. and the successful candidate will make a major contribution to the direction of the program.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in a high-performance environment (Super Rugby or equivalent preferred) as a referee, coach or player. Desired experience and personal attributes include:

  • Appropriate tertiary degree or relevant experience;
  • Level 2 Referee Coaching or above
  • Meet requirements of Working with Children Check.
  • Proven ability to lead teams and individuals in a high-performance environment
  • Demonstrated credibility and respect at Rugby Australia, SANZAAR and World Rugby levels or equivalent in another sport
  • Experience of coaching, mentoring individuals and groups at community and high-performance level and ability to engage in continuous learning and development
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and mobilize others to act strategically
  • Demonstrated project management skills, with the ability to initiate, monitor and review projects and activities in line with organizational plans (includes use of systems)
  • Previous management experience with a demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Strong communication skills, written & verbal ability to develop and deliver presentations on program direction;
  • Proven ability to deliver practical programs and projects;
  • Experience in a high-performance environment (Super Rugby and above preferable), as a referee, coach or player
  • Strong experiences and knowledge in high performance / professional rugby
  • Previous position held in state or national sporting organisation.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Rachel Buckling at Alternatively, you can call Rachel Buckling on +61 2 80055528 for a confidential discussion.

Applications close Friday 21st November 2018

Assistant Physiotherapist - Queensland Reds - Brisbane

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) is the governing body of Rugby Union in Queensland, and is responsible for leading the growth, sustainability and success of Rugby Union in the state via a robust Strategic Plan in collaboration with Rugby Australia (AU), is looking for a strong, full-time Assistant Physiotherapist to start on 21st November 2018.

The Queensland Reds Assistant Physiotherapist will support the Head Physiotherapist in providing physiotherapy services to the Queensland Reds squad and the Red’s Academy as required; including, but not limited to the assessment, treatment, injury prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.

The role is responsible for:

  • Attending all staff, medical and player assessment meetings, assemblies/team meetings/training sessions/games and tours as required by the management and medical teams
  • Liaising with the Team Doctor and Head Physiotherapist to aid the medical management of players
  • Liaising with Athletic Performance staff with respect to correctives, rehabilitation programs and the development/implementation of physical performance programs
  • Managing the treatment and rehabilitation of injured players as required
  • Co-ordinating physiotherapy related treatment and rehabilitation activities when the main squad is away – including but limited to massage, strapping, injury assessment, treatment and further management
  • Updating medical notes in Smartabase and to update rehabilitation planners and provide acute and sub-acute rehabilitation exercises and plans for injured players
  • Submission of reports on player injury treatment and treatment progress/plan all the service providers within the Queensland Red’s Support Team
  • Assisting the Head Physiotherapist with the maintenance of physiotherapy equipment and consumables as required
  • Preparing travelling kit for assembly and travel.


  • Tertiary qualification in Physiotherapy
  • Minimum 3 years relevant professional clinical sports experience
  • Current Physiotherapy Registration
  • Current Combined Civil Liability Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Product Liability Insurance
  • Excellent musculoskeletal assessment and treatment techniques
  • Experience working with groups of athletes within varying age and experience profiles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous team sport physiotherapy experience
  • Contact sport experience.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to, or to discuss the role in more detail please contact Rachel Buckling, on (02) 80055528. Applications close 12th November 2018.

Temporary Salesforce Administrator (Parental Leave Cover) - Rugby Australia - Moore Park

Rugby Australia (Rugby AU), the national, governing body of Rugby in Australia has an exciting opportunity for a Temporary Salesforce Administrator to cover Parental Leave, for a six-month period, starting in the middle of January 2018.

Reporting to the Head of Technology, the Salesforce Administrator provides technical support and configuration in the delivery of projects, enhancements and ongoing support and maintenance for Salesforce and related products i.e. Marketing Cloud, Analytics Cloud etc across Rugby Australia and its affiliates.

Key responsibilities:

  • Administer Salesforce (and related products) driving standards within project and enhancement implementations
  • Manage and coordinate the delivery of Salesforce (and related products) enhancements across Rugby Australia and its affiliates
  • Manage and deliver activities related to reporting, dashboards, configurations, customizations, developments and production deployments.
  • Provide problem diagnoses, resolution and support for escalated issues related to Salesforce projects
  • Develop and maintain documentation on processes, policies, application configuration and help related materials for users.
  • Continuously drive and maintain data quality by implementing clean-up procedures, including data migrations and mass data uploads ensuring data quality
  • Perform ongoing system administration such as, maintaining user roles, monitoring application storage, security settings, profiles, workflow rules and data integrity.
  • Meet with stakeholders and determine the best way to implement solutions using standard Salesforce functionality
  • Work closely with our development partners to ensure issues/new functionality is prioritized and developed in line with best practices and meet stakeholders needs

The successful applicant will have:

  • Relevant Tertiary Education
  • ADM201 qualification
  • 2 years Salesforce administrator experience Salesforce development best practices
  • WebService/API knowledge
  • Mulesoft
  • Apex
  • Visual Force
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Passion & Drive
  • Information Seeking
  • Team Commitment
  • Results Focus
  • Marketing Cloud
  • Analytics Cloud
  • Data Loader
  • Excel
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer Focused
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding written skills to produce clear and concise technical documentation
  • Outstanding troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Georgie Dickson at Alternatively, you can call on +61 2 80055527 for a confidential discussion. Closing Date: Friday 2nd November 2018.