Job advert: High Performance Manager

Water Polo Australia (WPA) is seeking a highly focused, professional and motivated individual to join our team in the role of High Performance Manager.

WPA is charged with the development and education of water polo players, officials, coaches and volunteers throughout Australia and with the conduct of competitions and championships for all levels of participation.

With the High Performance Plans stated vision to the best water polo nation in the world, Water Polo Australia’s purpose is to facilitate and grow the sport of water polo, thereby increasing participation at all levels and achieving sustainable success at the elite level. To become the best water polo nation in the world, we need to lead all key areas of strategy that will enable the sport to deliver on its stated vision.


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What is Water Polo Australia looking for in their High Performance Manager?

Reporting to the CEO, we are looking for someone who has the capability to develop, lead and manage a World Class High Performance Program for Water Polo Australia, with a particular focus on the High Performance strategy for the 2020 Olympic Games.

As a member of the Water Polo Australia senior management team, you will be responsible for ensuring that organisational targets are met through excellent management of coaching and performance staff within the high performance program. Overall, the goal is to ensure the sustained success of the national sport and teams at the top level.

What does the High Performance Manager do?

As WPA HPM you will understand the key levers for high performance delivery and then develop and implement the strategy to achieve sustainable international success at senior and junior levels. You must be able to think and plan strategically to develop and implement a high performance plan that aligns with allocated resources. This will require effective management of staff and budgets. It will also require the development of a strong working relationship with the Australian Sports Commission and other stakeholders such as the National Institute Network, the WPA Member States and the National Water Polo League Clubs. You must be able to understand trends in national and international water polo, as well as high performance sport in Australia.

Key Responsibilities


  • Establish high performance programs and environments that deliver success, in conjunction with the National Head Coaches
  • Engage and drive excellence from all stakeholders through the ability to build partnerships, influence, negotiate and communicate effectively
  • Build and successfully implement long-term strategic plans, this will be realised by an ability to lead and motivate a team to work together to deliver the vision
  • Effective staff management and development

Communication and Reporting

  • Clearly and confidently articulate a vision and plan to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Review all major competitions and campaigns gaining input from the relevant stakeholders
  • Report as required to the CEO and through to the WPA Board

Financial Management and Planning

  • Develop, manage and monitor the high performance annual budget, ensuring the programme operates to meet all targets while operating within the limits of the budget
  • Assist with the preparation of funding applications and sponsorship proposals that relate to the high performance program
  • Establish and deliver annual high performance plans, including campaign plans, staffing plans, the planning of the national system and the national underpinning and development programs
  • Establish a national coach and athlete pathway, leading regional content, ensuring talented coaches and athletes are identified and developed

High Performance Program – Overview of Strategic Priorities

  1. Whole of Program: develop and lead the delivery of a robust high performance plan which provides clear direction, strategies, measurable program objectives, priorities and accountabilities to ensure a cohesive and truly national Water Polo high performance program
  2. Athlete Pathway: develop a national player development framework for the sport to be delivered at all levels of the athlete pathway.  This will include developing curriculum and testing protocols which can be used throughout the sport to inform the progression of development for athletes
  3. Coach Pathway: ensure the development of a clear High Performance Coach pathway in water polo
  4. Daily Training Environment: facilitate a collaborative and effective relationship with program partners (SIS/SAS, AIS, SSOs, NWPL Clubs and foreign clubs) to ensure the optimum daily training environment is available for athletes both locally and internationally
  5. Competitions and Camps: oversee the National Selection Committee to facilitate optimal overseas and domestic national Team Camps and Competition tours, including formulation of selection criteria and the selection of athletes, coaches, and the coordination and provision of sports science, sports medicine and other support services
  6. Innovation: in conjunction with the AIS, develop and implement a research and innovation strategy designed to discover new knowledge that can be put into action to improve performance heading toward Tokyo.

To be successful, you will need to:

  • Implement a robust world class high performance programme, resourced with world class people, systems and processes
  • Help guide the Stingers and Sharks to win medals in major international competitions including – World Championships, World Cup, Olympic Games and, Junior / Youth World Championships
  • Assist Water Polo Australia to achieve its Towards 2020 strategic outcomes

 You will be expected to have:

  • A demonstrated experience in the establishment and execution of high performance programs that underpin success,
  • Strong understanding of the national and international landscape that Water Polo Australia operates within
  • Understanding of the structure and dynamics of Australian sport including the interrelationships at local, state and national levels.
  • Successfully led a high-performance team and network on a national or international level
  • Previous success as an effective team leader (of employees/volunteers) who is able to build a cohesive team culture within a sporting environment and deliver results
  • Educational qualifications or industry experience demonstrating a senior management capability
  • An understanding of sports motivation techniques, sports science, nutrition and sports medicine requirements
  • Flexibility to for work outside of office hours for meetings, events etc. and travel domestic and international from time to time

You will be:

  • Results oriented and possess a strong passion to succeed,
  • Able to meet competing demands through effective prioritisation,
  • Able to exercise sound judgement, observe confidentiality and use discretion and initiative,
  • Able to work outside of normal business hours, and to travel domestically and overseas for periods,
  • A highly motivated and target-orientated individual that has a passion for sport and achieving elite success,
  • Able to constantly drive improvement through the acquisition and application of leading practices and innovation.

Are you interested in the role?

If this sounds like you, please submit your application via email to


To have a confidential discussion find out more about this exciting opportunity and to discuss your salary expectations, contact Paul Bruce (Left Field Sports Solutions) on +61 (0) 407 426592


In your application, you should include a covering letter with your resume and provide an indication of the remuneration you are expecting.


Applications close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 15 November.