Wellbeing and Development Coach (Part time - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract)

Applications Close: Friday March 24 2017

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) is the peak Australian Rules Football body in Western Australia and is the caretaker of football throughout the State and responsible for the overall development of the game.

The WAFC is a not for profit organisation that plays an important role in funding the on-going development of football in all communities. This ensures that football is the best resourced sporting code in the State and can have the most active role in building better communities through various development programs.

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join our team as Wellbeing and Development Coach, working 20 hours per week on a twelve (12) month fixed term contract. 

Being a dual focused role, in the area of player development you will have a strong focus on being the conduit between various football programs from the ages of 16 to 18.  A particular focus will be on the development, implementation and follow up of Individual Development Plans for 17 year old players, as well as the education and mentorship requirements of elite level sport.  The role will also look to implement individualised programs and initiatives in the areas of wellbeing, personal development and off-field career pathway planning for players involved in the WAFC talent programs. You will also support players with their non-athletic endeavours and provide support in managing the competing demands of football, alongside various other pursuits including academia, culture, employment and personal development.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining strong working relationships with players to ascertain individual wellbeing development and support requirements;
  • Monitoring Smartabase wellness and maintaining appropriate digital records;
  • Provide support to nominated wellbeing mentors in WAFL Clubs;
  • Managing the delivery of wellbeing curriculum to players, parents and staff;
  • Supporting players transitioning into and out of the State Academy; and 
  • Liaising and maintaining strong working relationships with player’s relevant personal networks (parents, family, school and WAFL Club).

Essential selection criteria

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in athlete wellbeing.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative and contemporary wellbeing strategies and initiatives.
  • Educational facilitation experience with groups of young athletes.
  • Minimum Level 2 coach accreditation.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of talented footballers.

Desirable selection criteria

  • A tertiary degree or qualifications in counselling or psychology.
  • In-depth understanding of the sport and non-sport requirements of elite athletes.
  • Ability to travel with teams.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered, as well as the opportunity to work in Australia’s premier sporting industry.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting position, please submit an application letter (maximum two pages) addressing your ability to address the key responsibilities and selection criteria above, along with your resume to recruitment@wafc.com.au by Friday, 24 March 2017.

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For more information about this opportunity, please contact Adam Jones, State Talent Manager ajones@wafc.com.au