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Athletics Canada is currently accepting applications for the following positions; see below for more information on each opportunity:

  • Talent Confirmation Lead – applications due June 4, 2018

Talent Confirmation Lead

LOCATION: TBC, Canada
DIVISION: High Performance
REPORTS TO: High Performance Director
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Indeterminate
EMPLOYMENT DETAIL: This position is supported/funded by Own The Podium.

PURPOSE
The primary purpose of this role is to lead Athletics Canada’s (AC’s) able-bodied High Performance (HP) Talent Confirmation program based on the High Performance Plan. The purpose of the Talent Confirmation program is to support a selected group of young and/or relatively inexperienced Canadian athletes and their personal coaches, assessing each athlete’s realistic capacity to progress to Olympic and/or World Championships medals within six to eight years.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To lead AC’s HP Talent Confirmation program based on the High Performance Plan.
  • To be an active member of the HP Senior Management Team focusing on the Talent Confirmation specific aspects of the program, including Athletes, Coaches, Sport Science Sports Medicine and Innovation (SSSMI), Facilities, Equipment and Competitions.
  • To act as AC’s spokesperson on HP Talent Confirmation issues as and when required.
  • To act as an Athlete Performance Adviser (APA) to assigned athletes on the Canadian Athletics Performance Pathway (CAPP), mainly able-bodied athletes on the CAPP Talent Confirmation program.
  • To line manage assigned staff if required.
  • To construct, monitor and report on assigned aspects of AC’s HP Talent Confirmation budget.
  • To lead AC’s IAAF World U20 Championship campaign.
  • To lead other age group camps, competitions and conferences as required.
  • To assist in the development of Talent Confirmation selection policies based on objective and subjective criteria.
  • To act as a selector as and when required.
  • To form strategic relationships with key stakeholders in the Talent Confirmation program including AC’s Branches, Sport Canada (SC), Own The Podium (OTP), USports, key USA (NCAA) track and field coaches and programs, Canada Games Council, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sports Institute Network (COPSIN), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), etc.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

  • Athletics Canada’s High Performance Director.
  • AC’s HP Senior Management Team.
  • HP coaches, managers and service providers, especially those working with Talent Confirmation athletes.
  • Other Provincial and National Peak Sporting Bodies.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

Experience: (Essential experience required as a minimum to perform the job effectively)

  • Extensive experience in developing athletes on the pathway from the pre-elite level through to International success, preferably in the sport of athletics.
  • Experience leading, coordinating and managing teams of young sportspeople at major international events, preferably in the sport of athletics.
  • Knowledge of the sporting systems of Canada including SC, OTP, USport, CCES, COPSIN, Canada Games Council, etc.
  • Knowledge of the athletics system in Canada, including AC and its Branches.
  • Knowledge of the international sporting systems in athletics especially those that impact younger athletes including the IAAF, IOC, CFG, NACAC, PASO, FISU, NCAA and WADA.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Experience of managing budgets.

Education/Qualifications: (The educational, professional or vocational qualifications, necessary to perform the job effectively)

  • University Degree is preferred

Professional Expectations/Responsibilities:

  • To be an exemplar of AC’s HP Values and Behaviors.
  • To treat athletes, coaches and officials with respect and integrity.
  • To actively pursue continuous personal and professional development and to maintain a level of education compatible with actively addressing the HP program’s needs.
  • To adhere to Athletics Canada Code of Conduct and employment regulations.
  • To refrain from defamatory remarks against AC, AC members and funding sponsors.
  • To represent AC in a professional manner by wearing AC issued or sponsored clothing at training camps and at competitions.
  • To attend relevant domestic and international camps, competitions and conferences.

SUCCESS CRITERIA/MEASUREMENTS

  1. The number of CAPP Talent Confirmation athletes achieving the consideration criteria for their next level of the CAPP program each year (these criteria are still being developed).
  2. The number of other assigned athletes winning medals, finishing top eight or in the top half of their field, improving of their pre-event rankings and setting personal bests at benchmark events (“benchmark events” are the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and IAAF/WPA World Championships).
  3. The number of CAPP Talent Confirmation athletes and other assigned athletes winning medals, finishing top eight place and in the top half of their field, improving of their pre-event rankings and setting personal bests at other international Championships and Games.
  4. The number of Canadian athletes winning medals, finishing top eight or in the top half of their field, improving of their pre-event rankings and setting personal bests at the World U20 Championships.
  5. The number of Canadian athletes achieving the consideration criteria for the CAPP Talent Confirmation program each year (these criteria are still being developed).

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by June 4, 2018, 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/funded by Own The Podium.

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