Football Australia

Football Australia

National Male Wellbeing Manager


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Posting Date

May 19, 2022

Role description

Football Australia (FA) is the national governing body for football in Australia, situated on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the histories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building a brighter future together.

Football Australia took transformative steps in 2020 and released its ‘XI Principles - for the future of Australian football’, which advances eleven principles that underpin a bold and innovate 15-year vision and new strategic agenda for Australian football.

At the center of the XI Principles is the recognition of the strength and diversity of the Australian football family. We are a melting pot of two million participants represented by over 200 different cultures. No other sport within the Australian sporting landscape offers the type of inherent diversity which football does. This diversity in culture, ideas, and experience makes us strong and prepares us to take advantage of the opportunities embodied in the XI Principles.

The National Male Wellbeing Manager will lead and manage the Football Australia Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement (AW&E) Framework and deliver associated services designed to improve an athletes’ ability to effectively navigate the critical transition points throughout and beyond their sporting career.

The role will support the following athlete cohorts based within Australia and overseas:

Socceroos – senior men’s national team
Olyroos – U23 national team program
Young Socceroos – camp based U20 national team program
Joeys – camp based U17 national team program

Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide strategic support in the implementation and delivery of the Football Australia AW&E Framework
Lead, manage and deliver the right support to athletes to;
maintain their intrinsic motivation and focus on success in their sport;
make a positive transition into life after sport; and
communicate authentically and positively about their life experiences in sport and transition into life after sport
Implement and review policies and procedures that are aligned to the Football Australia AW&E Framework to support the holistic development, safety and protection of Football Australia athletes
Integrate and manage the athlete wellbeing component within the Football Australia athlete individualized planning process within the context of the high-performance environment
Adopt an individualized case management approach when assessing athlete needs and refer appropriately
Establish, maintain and connect with the various referral networks available, including the AIS Mental Health National Referral Network, AIS National Career Practitioners Referral Network and the Elite Athlete Education Network
Lead on the planning, development, implementation and revision of bespoke and innovative curriculum framework keeping with the direction set by the AIS AW&E branch, Football Australia athlete needs and best practice
Liaise with the AIS AW&E branch in relation to existing pathways for athletes to engage with the Australian community and facilitate work experience programs for placements for athletes
Influence the culture and gain commitment from the High Performance Team to consistently consider athlete wellbeing when making strategy and operational decisions
Engage in ongoing professional development specifically (but not limited to) in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, athlete conduct and safety and protection, education, career mapping and transition within the context of the high-performance environment
Maintain contemporary knowledge of social issues impacting sport and proactively instigate solutions to address any developing issues

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

Bachelor degree in a relevant field (e.g. education, psychology, career counselling, social work, business, or sports management)
Significant experience in, or a comprehensive understanding of, the Australian High Performance sport system
Training or experience in:
mental health and/or counselling
case management of individuals with wellbeing concerns
teaching, sport management, or human resource development
Developing and implementing a long-term strategy
Demonstrated high level experience implementing case management or triage processes to ensure appropriate care and referral are accessible
Demonstrated high level experience guiding and supporting people through various transition, educational and vocational pathways
Demonstrated experience working within a multi-disciplinary team within a high-performance environment
Proven experience building and leveraging relationships to influence and work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
Demonstrated case management of athletes to effectively balance upper secondary/tertiary education with demands of training and competition
Demonstrated ability to establish, implement, maintain and grow community partnerships to provide opportunities for athletes to engage and integrate with activities outside training and competition
Proven ability to undertake leadership and management responsibilities, including staff learning and development
Demonstrated experience to develop, plan and deliver athlete individualized strategies and activities to address the identified wellbeing, career, personal and professional development needs of Football Australia athletes
Experience in providing holistic support for athlete relocation
Ability to maintain performance while navigating, managing and negotiating competing priorities, within a high pressure and complex environment
Strong understanding of the Australian sport system, in particular High Performance
Experience and commitment to delivering best practice in career development support, education, vocational options and guidance
Contemporary knowledge of issues impacting mental health and wellbeing and experience with implementing best practice support
Experience in establishing, maintaining, broadening and leveraging connections with relevant service industry networks
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Excellent attention to detail and strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to deliver timely and accurate information and work across multiple digital applications and platforms
This position will be required to travel domestically and internationally
This position will require weekend work, or outside ordinary work hours
Must provide proof of employee/paid Working with Children Check
Must provide proof of a Police Check (National Police Certificate)
General availability to team members, including after hours

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Application Closing Date: 5 June 2022

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