The Head Coach – Squads is responsible for delivering a successful squad based program as part of the wider aquatic programs and as part of the UWA Sport service offerings. This includes a balanced approach to high performance, pathway development and long-term swimmer engagement.
Through an agreement with the UWA West Coast Swimming Club, the Head Coach – Squads is also recognised as the Head Coach of the UWA Westcoast Swim Club.
Due to the nature of performance swimming this role will operate on a regular split shift basis and require regular weekend work.
As a result of the multi-site nature of this program the role will spend time at UWA and non UWA venues.
Generate strong results, both for elite and developing swimmers, across a range of events and meets.
Provide UWA students with an opportunity to engage in competitively orientated swim training.
Position UWA as a destination of choice for high performing student-athletes.
Maintain the performance outcomes agreed between UWA Sport and the UWA West Coast Swimming Club.
Ensure a culture exists that encourages and generates strong swimmer engagement, measured primarily through squad swimmer retention rates.
Maintain coaching and service commitments against budgeted expectations.
Support the Aquatic Manager and other team members in the efficient delivery of programs and services.
Coaching – 80%
Coach the Performing National squad, including on deck session delivery, program planning and athlete interaction.
Represent UWA Westcoast Swim Club as Head Coach, including attendance at key club events and meets.
Align all feeder programs of the Performing National Squad so as to encourage and create a performance pathway, including the graduation of Performing National Squad members into WAIS programs.
Establish a flexible and appropriate coaching philosophy that encourages swimmers to achieve their highest possible results whilst equally succeeding in engaging swimmers (of all ages) for an extended period of time in a variable squad service offering.
Squad Coaching Oversight – 20%
Provide leadership to, coordinate and oversee appointed squad coaches to ensure program standards and quality of service is being achieved.
Ensure all coaches understand and engage with program processes related to swimmer attendance monitoring/check-in, fee payments, risk management and operations management systems.
Provide recommendations to the Aquatics Manager on product offering and price points related to the squads program.
Maintain a positive working relationship with key stakeholders, including but not limited to UWA Westcoast Swim Club, Venues West, WAIS, Swimming WA and Swimming Australia.
Occupational Safety & Health and compliance
To comply with the University’s, UWA Sport and other regulatory bodies’ policies and procedures.
To take reasonable care to ensure personal health and safety in the workplace.
To be an integral part of UWA Sport team.
To assist in the delivery of key events.
Other duties as required by the General Manager of UWA Sport.
Specific work capabilities (Selection Criteria)
Relevant degree level qualification.
Current ASCTA Coaching License at a silver level but a at a minimum of bronze.
Experience within an aquatic program and awareness of the “pathway” that exists between Learn To Swim, casual swimming and squad programs.
Ability to craft and communicate comprehensive squads program for swimmers with a broad range of goals
Demonstrated experience in the financial management of a sport program with experience delivering outcomes with set resource and budget allocation.
Wide experience within the sport and recreation industry with a preference to community focused programs, events and/or services.
Demonstrated experience in the management and oversight of staff, including full time, part time, casual, volunteer and contract teams.
Proven ability to work with and establish the use of general project and program plans across a sport based organisation. This is inclusive of but not limited to risk management, facility reporting/maintenance and more general project management.
Highly organised with real experience in a multi-faceted organisation with competing priorities and deadlines.
Proven and well-referenced ability to manage upwards.
Tangible success and reputation for delivering excellent customer service and experiences.
Tangible experience in working with and collaborating with an internal marketing and communications unit.
Demonstrated leadership and people management skills.
Well-developed communication, negotiation and inter-personal skills.
High competency in the use of computers and a good understanding of their application in the sport and recreation industry.
Advanced swimming specific knowledge and coaching experience
Good knowledge of the Sport and Recreation industry
Understanding of occupational safety and health issues.
Sound knowledge of the university and/or university sports sector.
An operational awareness of sporting facility management, including aquatic specific facilities.
Current Bronze Medallion and Resuscitation certificates
National Police Clearance.
First Aid Certificate
Working with Children Check
Pool Managers Certificate (desirable)
Special requirements (Selection Criteria)
Travel – some travel will be required to attend Interstate Competitions (including Australian Championships and Australian University Games).
Weekend work is required.
For an applicant to be considered, a cover letter, resume and separate document addressing the selection criteria must be submitted.
UWA Sport Vision: To be regarded as the leading university in Australia for participation, performance, and inclusion in sport.
UWA Sport Mission: We guide and provide meaningful experiences that strengthen communities and the people within so they are inspired to discover, pursue and reach their full potential.
UWA Sport forms part of the Division of Student Life, which is managed under t...he Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) portfolio. Sport and Recreation is an important part of campus life and the student experience at The University of Western Australia.
UWA Sport aims to enhance the reputation of the University through the performance of sporting clubs, teams, and high profile athletes, whilst also providing an outstanding student experience through participation in Sport, Fitness, and Recreational activities.
UWA Sport provides professional management of the fitness, sports and recreation facilities, clubs, programmes and activities of the University. UWA Sport works closely with all stakeholders and external strategic partners in delivering sport and physical recreation opportunities for the University community in accordance with strategic and operational plans.
This includes managing the fully equipped Recreation and Fitness Centre; the courts and playing fields on the Crawley Campus; the 33 hectares of sporting facilities and playing fields at UWA Sports Park; and the martial arts center at Claremont Campus. In addition, UWA Sport operates the Watersports Complex situated on the Swan River providing world-class outdoor activities.