Swimming is Australia’s No. 1 participation sport, and the country’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic Sport.
After disappointment in London and then in Rio, the Dolphins have returned from Tokyo as the most successful gold medal winning squad in history. Australia won 20 medals, including nine golds, lifting spirits across the country. New superstars of the pool such as Ariarne Titmus, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Kayley McKeown and Emma McKeon, captured the imagination of Australia, continuing Swimming’s history of peak performance at Olympic Games and World Championships.
Swimming forms part of the very fabric of being Australian. Swimming Australia is the peak governing body with nearly 1,000 clubs and 90,000 registered members nationally. Swimming is unique as it is a life-skill, a sport and a recreation. Nearly everybody swims or loves swimming, making the Dolphins ever more relatable than other Olympians. Swimming Australia’s vision is to enrich and inspire the nation from grass roots community participation through to elite level swimmers competing on the global stage.
It’s a critical time to join Swimming Australia as it undergoes an unprecedented period of expansion and renewal. The CEO will lead Swimming in seizing the momentum from Tokyo and the continuing opportunity of FINA World Championships and a Commonwealth Games in 2022, and then Paris 2024 followed by LA 2028. Longer-term there is the unprecedented opportunity created by a home Olympics in 2032, which will see the Dolphins central to our Australian Olympic success.
The CEO will be a proven Strategic leader with a strong commercial skillset able to build the Swimming Australia and Dolphins brand. The opportunity created by our success in Tokyo and the prospect of the 2032 Olympics is enormous and the CEO must continually build value in the Swimming Australia assets and brand, generating the required revenue to underpin sport strategy, programs, services, and events.
The role collaborates with a complex system of stakeholders and therefore demands outstanding relationship management skills to engage and build strong, cooperative working relationships within the swimming family. As CEO you will ensure best practice collaboration and a harmonious working relationship between Swimming Australia and its Member Associations.
The CEO will continue to build integrity and trust with our largest stakeholders including critical relationships with Sport Australia, Sport Integrity Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee.
The CEO must be a progressive, modern leader able to implement positive changes to the sport. They will develop a modern, inclusive, and diverse culture with best practice athlete wellbeing and coach development and safe, elite performance.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will:
Leadership & People Management
Commercial & Business Management
For more information on the role including detail on Key Relationships and the Background & Technical Qualities required please see the attached Candidate Brief for further detail.
This role will be based at either the Swimming Australia’s head office in South Melbourne or South East Queensland.
The nature of the position will require frequent domestic and infrequent international travel to attend scheduled meetings and events.
An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be available to the successful candidate, negotiable depending upon skill level and experiences.
Please send your CV along with a detailed cover letter to SRI before Wednesday 29 September that briefly details why you feel you would be suitable for this role and includes details of your current remuneration.
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Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia. In accordance with Child Protection legislation candidates will be required to provide a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance number for verification by Swimming Australia prior to employment. Selection of the successful candidate will be based upon the results of child protection screening and relevant reference checks.
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