National Performance Director

Listed: 25 October, 2021
Role ID: 807956

Gymnastics Australia (GA) is the national governing body for gymnastics within Australia. Established in 1949, Gymnastics Australia's Vision is that Every Australian life is enriched by gymnastics. Encompassing seven gymsports, being the Olympic disciplines of Women's and Men's Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as Aerobic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Gymnastics and Gymnastics for All, gymnastics provides opportunities for all Australians.

Gymnastics Australia is committed to driving a safe and empowered environment, protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment, a process that may include, but is not limited to, comprehensive reference checks, an identity check, a ‘working with children’ or equivalent check and/or a ‘national criminal history record’ check. We also require all applicants to read and understand the Child Safety Policy and Member Protection Policies prior to appointment.

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What is Gymnastics Australia looking for in their National Performance Director?
A leader who can establish, implement and monitor the overall strategic direction, priorities and operational plans across the Olympic disciplines of Gymnastics, as well as provide oversight and guidance to the non-Olympic Gymsport High-Performance programs.
The National Performance Director (NPD) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and is a key member of the GA senior leadership team.

Who are you?
To be considered for this role, you will have demonstrated experience in leading world-class holistic and athlete centered elite sports programs delivering at key pinnacle and benchmark events on the world stage.  Significant knowledge and applied experience within a National Sport System to optimize international and national performance outcomes. Established networks within the Australian and/or international HP sport system. An outstanding communicator, demonstrated experience of leading, managing and developing teams that can deliver consistently over time. A commitment to a high-performance environment that supports and empowers all athletes.
Key Performance Areas:

  • Development and delivery of a clearly articulated, athlete centered and sustainable High Performance Framework (HPF)
  • Management systems in place to track, monitor and report progress against the HPF key strategic objectives and measures
  • Implementation and analysis of athlete intelligence and wellbeing systems that identify athlete performance and environmental profiles, pathways performance trajectory and results, with integrated performance services support
  • Constructive, professional relationships with program partners and other stakeholders contributing to the enhancement of system partner funding/investment in GA’s HP Program at the level(s) required to successfully progress to achieve performance targets
  • Effective national leadership to ensure national programs are aligned to achieve KPIs and national performance targets at benchmark events.

The ideal candidate will have;

Qualifications (essential)

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or post-graduate management qualifications or similar experience
  • Established networks within the Australian and/or international HP sport system
  • Experience of a recent leadership role within a domestic and/or global sports organisation
  • Working with Children Check and National Police Check.


  • Proven ability to manage challenges and issues within a global high performance environment and determine immediate and effective solutions
  • Proven ability to formulate, design and execute a strategic plan, aligning stakeholders to maximise their contributions
  • Proven ability to establish high level partnerships within a sport system and capable of diplomacy, the ability to communicate and influence at all levels


  • Understanding of the key levers, principles and environment required for holistic athlete development as integrated into high performance delivery to achieve international success
  • Up to date with current global trends in high performance practice and systems.

Personal attributes

  • Ability to work at a fast pace in a multi-task environment, prioritising activities to meet deadlines
  • Highly motivated individual who has a passion for sport
  • Comfortable setting high standards, leading change and developing accountability with team members.

This role is being managed exclusively by Left Field Sports.
If you wish to discuss the role in more detail, please call Paul Bruce on 0407 426 592.
Applications close 15 November, 5:00PM (AEST)

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