Athletics Canada is currently accepting applications for the following positions, see below for more information on each opportunity:
- Chief Technical Officer – Applications close March 31, 2017
- Head Coach – Applications close March 31, 2017
- Intern, National Teams Unit – Applications close March 24, 2017
Chief Technical Officer
1.1 ORGANIZATION: Athletics Canada
1.2 TITLE: Chief Technical Officer
1.3 JOB CATEGORY & NATURE OF POSITION: Full time professional (Employee)
1.4 SUPERVISOR: Chief Executive Officer
2.0 QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Athletics Canada (AC) is seeking a world-class Chief Technical Officer (CTO) to lead in the implementation of AC’s High Performance Plan and ultimately drive the future success of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic programs. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the successful candidate will:
- Have proven experience in developing, implementing and leading a successful high performance program, team and culture in an international sport, resulting in podium success at World Championships and/or Olympic / Paralympic Games.
- Demonstrate an ability to build strong relationships and credibility with coaches, manage staff and communicate with stakeholders.
- Have an understanding of Olympic and Paralympic sport and the Canadian sport system.
- Have a strong understanding of the factors that drive international sporting high performance success and be able to effectively harness operational and technical resources.
- Have a strong business acumen and demonstrable business skills including planning, budgeting and policy.
- Be a strategic thinker and effective communicator, with the ability and confidence to challenge the status quo.
- Be highly motivated and energetic with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and a passion to perform.
- Be a team player.
- Well organized.
3.0 RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Chief Technical Officer (CTO) is responsible for developing, leading and executing the overall vision and direction of Athletics Canada’s (AC) high performance program in order to achieve sustainable podium performances at IAAF / IPC World Championships and Olympic / Paralympic Games. To achieve this, the CTO will build and maintain a culture of excellence, develop the systems, plans and accountabilities necessary to lead the High Performance vision and plan.
The CTO will provide leadership and work closely with the Head Coaches (Olympic / Paralympic), Lead of High Performance Development & Pathways, and Sport Science Sport Medicine (SSSM) Director; in delivering AC’s High Performance program and all relevant elements within the program. Administratively, the CTO is responsible for the preparation and management of high performance budgets and accountable for the operation and expenditures of the High Performance Program and its staff. This position requires extensive domestic and international travel.
3.2 SPECIFIC DUTIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
A. Leadership, Development, Planning, Management and Evaluation
- Lead and direct AC’s high performance program, aligning with AC’s strategic plan and its approved budgetary, administrative and operational framework.
- Lead the process of developing, reviewing and updating a rolling quadrennial High Performance Plan and annual operational plan to ensure immediate and sustainable success is attained.
- Provide, manage and maintain a world-class high performance culture and daily training environments for targeted athletes within the high performance program.
- Clearly articulate AC’s high performance policies to all high performance staff, practitioners, coaches and athletes as they relate to their involvement in the program.
- Assist in the development of high performance policy.
- Lead and direct the high performance staff with the appropriate level of authority and autonomy.
- Develop and conduct performance employee evaluations of AC’s high performance leadership team (Head Coaches, Lead of High Performance Development and Pathways and SSSM Director).
- Lead AC’s HP technical staff through regular, annual and quadrennial program debriefs and planning sessions for all high performance programs.
B. National High Performance Hubs (East and West)
- Articulate a strong vision for and participate in the development of appropriate world-class HUB environments for the high performance program that meets the long-term needs of coaches and athletes, contributing towards the goal of sustainable international success.
- Collaborate effectively with facility owners, AC Head Coaches, SSSM Director, Lead of High Performance Development & Pathways, HUB Managers and performance partners to develop and implement: annual national HUB operational plans, policies, procedures, budgets and monitoring practices.
C. Medical and Sport Science
In collaboration with the SSSM Director:
- Ensure effective leadership and overall management of the high performance program’s SSSM programming.
- Establish an athlete performance centered, collaborative approach between national team coaches, personal coaches and Integrated Support Team (IST) members, to design, implement and manage an effective and timely sport medicine and sport science support program that is proactive and leading edge.
- Ensure that priorities for Athletics / Para-Athletics specific research are established and implemented.
D. Stakeholder Management
- Manage the day-to-day relationships, programs and processes with AC’s high performance partners including Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Sport Institutes.
- Recruit, select and manage the network of high performance coaches and the AC high performance technical staff in collaboration with key performance partners.
- Develop the capacity of our system by ensuring that we are maximizing the resources that reside within our national and international network.
- Participate as a member of all committees of AC that are related to specific job requirements.
- Keep all appropriate individuals and committees informed as required through normal reporting and communication channels.
- Ensure that overall AC marketing strategies are well supported by national team athletes and program coaches as per regulations.
- Be available for public relations and promotional appearances as required.
- Provide regular technical updates to the CEO and the AC Board.
- Assist in the development and evaluation of activities relating to the strategic plan, including the provision of an annual evaluation report.
- Lead and direct AC’s annual Own the Podium review and presentation in collaboration with the Head Coaches, SSSM Director and Lead of High Performance Development and
4.0 LEVEL OF AUTHORITY
4.1 DEGREES OF SUPERVISION
The CTO has responsibilities for daily management of AC’s high performance staff. The CTO will be responsible to and evaluated by the CEO and in doing so the CTO will regularly consult with the CEO in all technical and programming activities.
4.2 POWER OF DECISION
Reporting to the CEO, the CTO will lead and direct the high performance staff with the appropriate level of authority and autonomy.
5.0 EMPLOYMENT STATUS
The CTO position is a permanent employee position. The CTO is part of the management staff of AC with responsibility for other full time employees in the area of high performance program management.
6.0 APPLICATION PROCESS
If you have proven leadership experience and believe you possess the appropriate experience and skill set for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter with the top three reasons why you are the ideal candidate for this position. Applications are to be submitted electronically no later than end of day March 31, 2017, to:
Carmen Drouin & Associates
Human Resources & Management Consulting
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Athletics Canada is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. In addition, Athletics Canada is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.
1.0 QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Athletics Canada (AC) is seeking a world-class Head Coach to lead the implementation of AC’s high performance program and ultimately drive and sustain the future success of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic performances. The successful candidate will:
- Have proven experience in implementing and leading a successful high performance program, team and culture within an international sport environment, resulting in podium success at World Championships and Olympic / Paralympic Games.
- Five (5) to 10 years of leadership experience at multi-sport events, including coaching at more than five World Championships or Olympic / Paralympic Games.
- Have extensive understanding of the factors that drive international high performance success.
- Demonstrate an ability to build strong relationships and credibility with coaches, athletes, support staff and stakeholders.
- Have a strongly developed international network within athletics, including coaches, training locations and facilities.
- Be an exceptional communicator, possess highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability and confidence to respectfully challenge the status quo.
- Be highly motivated and energetic with a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and a passion to perform.
- Demonstrate intricate knowledge of the Canadian amateur sport system and of AC’s sport partner programs; including Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada and Canadian Sport Institutes.
- Media skills and significant experience in communicating through and working directly with a variety of media.
- Have extensive experience in coaching at the international level and have completed NCCP Level 4 certification or have equivalent international qualifications.
2.0 RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Head Coach is responsible for leading a world-class high performance plan for both the Olympic and Paralympic programs, which will execute all elements related to the direction of AC’s high performance plan, ensuring continued and sustainable high performance success on the world stage. The Head Coach is responsible for leading and evaluating AC teams at international events, as well as the content and implementation of yearly training plans, indivudal athlete performance plans and associated competition plans. The Head Coach will lead in the evaluation and guidance of all athlete and coach performance programs in collaboration with AC’s Event Group Leads and Sport Science Sport Medicine Leads as identified within AC’s High Performance Plan.
2.2 SPECIFIC DUTIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
A. Leadership, Development, Planning, Management and Evaluation
The Head Coach will:
- Lead the development and implementation of validated performance standards to underpin a world leading high performance culture that is athlete focused and coach driven.
- Will have the capacity for significant travel, both nationally and internationally.
- Work with the Chief Technical Officer in developing, reviewing and updating a rolling quadrennial high performance strategic plan and annual operational plan to ensure immediate and sustainable success is attained.
- Assist in developing and delivering a comprehensive high performance program in collaboration with the Olympic / Paralympic Development Leads, including benchmarks and systematic requirements to achieve short term (0-4 years), and long term (5-8 years) podium success.
- Review and approve (in collaboration with AC’s staff coaches and/or personal coaches) all Individual Athlete Performance Plans (IAPPs) and Athlete Enhanced Support budgets for all identified/targeted athletes.
- In collaboration with various organizational technical leaders, establish performance metrics, standards and strategic capacity for targeted high performance athletes, coaches, practitioners and staff members as it relates to AC’s high performance vision.
- Ensure that all targeted athletes sign and comply to the terms of AC’s High Performance Athlete Agreement and Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) criteria.
- Contribute to Sport Canada carding and team selection criteria for all national team athletes and events.
- Work with the Chief Technical Officer in conducting an annual debrief and evaluation of AC’s high performance program, inclusive of all identified athletes and their coaches.
- Work with the Chief Technical Officer in conducting performance evaluations of AC’s staff coaches.
- Assist in creating and facilitating ongoing coach professional development opportunities for all key coaches within AC’s high performance program, to ensure world class transfer of high performance knowledge and the identification of new areas for learning in a commitment to ensuring a culture of continuous improvement.
- Participate in key forums along with the Chief Technical Officer.
- Contribute to and/or prepare reports as required.
B. Daily Training Environment
- Understanding optimal world class daily training environments, and associated gaps, for all targeted athletes for the purposes of further enhancing the daily training environment in collaboration with the Chief Technical Officer, IST Lead, event coaches and personal coaches.
- Undertake regular visits to the national hubs, and key camps and competitions. The Lead Coach may choose a designate when appropriate.
- With the Chief Technical Officer, make recommendations in matters relating to AC coaches, personal coaches and their support.
- Oversee and assist in the organization of national and relay based camps.
- In collaboration with the Chief Technical Officer, articulate a strong vision for and participate in the development of appropriate world-class hub environments for the high performance program that meets the long term needs of coaches and athletes, in contributing towards the goal of sustainable international success.
C. Sport Science and Sports Medicine
- With the Chief Technical Officer and IST Lead, ensure a performance focused, collaborative approach including staff coaches, personal coaches and integrated support team members.
- In collaboration with the integrated team, undertake individual athlete SSSM gap analysis.
D. Stakeholder Management
- Assist in managing relationships, programs and processes with AC’s high performance partners including Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Sport Institutes.
- Manage the network of coaches and other staff in collaboration with key performance partners.
- Participate as a member of the National Team Committee, providing input in areas such as team staffing, team selection and carding.
- Be available for public relations and promotional appearances as required.
- Provide regular update reports on activities planned and completed.
- Assist in AC’s annual Own The Podium review and presentation in collaboration with the Chief Technical Officer, IST Lead and the Olympic / Paralympic Development Leads.
3.0 LEVEL OF AUTHORITY
3.1 DEGREES OF SUPERVISION AND DECISION MAKING
AC’s Head Coach has responsibilities for the daily management of AC’s high performance program. The Head Coach will be responsible to and evaluated by the Chief Executive Officer and will regularly consult with the Chief Technical Officer in all technical and programming activities.The Head Coach will have appropriate responsibility and authority of the high performance program.
4.0 APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by March 31, 2017, to Sylvie.King@athletics.ca. No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Athletics Canada promotes employment equity. This position is supported by Sport Canada.
Intern, National Teams Unit
The purpose of this internship is to give the successful candidate a practical learning opportunity where they can gain experience in sport management, specifically in the areas of national team programs. The objective is to assist with day-to-day coordination and delivery of 2017 National Team Programs.
- Provide event support to the National Team Unit for the 2017 athletics season
- Information gathering from athletes and coaches
- Athlete performance tracking
- Assist with team logistics, including shipping and receiving, inventory management, travel coordination, event registration, etc.
- Various duties as required, including website maintenance through a content management system and inventory
- Must be working toward a degree/diploma/certificate program in business or sport management and a general interest in the sports industry
- Excellent organization skills and attention to detail is essential
- Ability to effectively manage multiple projects/tasks of varying complexities in a fast paced environment, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
- Strong computer and database skills
- Ability to work with limited supervision
- Flexible approach, positive attitude, initiative and a willingness to learn
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a team player
- Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset
- The term of this internship would be the middle to beginning of May until the end of August 2017
- Standard office hours are 35 hours/week (some weekend and evening work may be required)
- Available for the National Championships being held in Ottawa July 3–9, 2017
- Complimentary parking is provided
- The ideal start date would be May 1, 2017
- An honorarium will be available to the successful candidate
Please send cover letter and resume to Sylvie King (email@example.com) by March 24, 2017, citing the position title in the subject line. No telephone calls please. We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected will be contacted for an interview.