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Regional Talent Operations Lead - Geelong


Location: Geelong

Job Type: Full time


The AFL is Australia’s premier sporting organisation supporting two constantly evolving national competitions, AFL and AFLW. Our purpose is to progress the game, so everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

We have a strong workforce presence in most States and Territories of Australia including Northern Territory, QLD, NSW / ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.

As the AFL/ AFLW competitions continue to grow and evolve at both the elite and community levels, we are focused on ensuring we attract and retain great people in both permanent and casual roles at all levels and within all areas of our industry.

Importantly, we aim to reflect the communities where our game is played by recruiting locally where possible to strengthen our connection to the ‘grassroots’ of our game. We are also fortunate to have hundreds of passionate volunteers within our industry, offering their time and expertise to help grow our game.

The AFL's purchase of Marvel Stadium in Docklands, Melbourne, further diversifies our workforce with more than 1000 casual employees to make every moment matter for our fans and customers.


As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary, we are all united by a common goal, to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

The AFL is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care. Please note, we undertake several screening processes to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee Working with Children/ Vulnerable People check and a satisfactory criminal history record check.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer and firmly believe that diversity and inclusion is an important part of both the AFL and the communities in which we operate. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ROLE (Maximum Term Position)

The Regional Talent Operations Lead (Geelong) is primarily responsible for the operations of our talent program in a well-balanced high-performance environment which will also include playing a lead role in setting, driving and maintaining a positive, safe and supportive development program culture.

The Talent Lead will plan, manage and lead a talented player pathway program that supports the development and progression of well prepared (physically, emotionally, socially, game play, skills, etc.) young athletes ready for AFL and AFLW football as well as those players that transition into State League and/or community football competitions after their talent pathway experience.

A key objective of the role is to ensure the talent player pathway program is managed and administered in an equitable, efficient and professional manner for all those directly involved and in partnership with key stakeholders.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the administration of the regions’ football program including all events and functions, branded on-field and off-field apparel, player permits, match day management and the related logistics.
  • Accountable for ensuring all training timetables are up to date and venues are booked with football, medical and high-performance equipment ready for each session
  • Facility management, including office accommodation, venue management and game day operations with due consideration of equity and integration.
  • Work with Wellbeing Coordinators to ensure players are well supported during their time in the program.
  • Responsible for implementing the various education programs including those relating to the AFL and Government programs when applicable.
  • Lead, set and maintain a positive, safe and inclusive culture within the region.
  • Manage region staff so that the recruitment, induction, retention, and performance of staff all contribute positively to the conduct of the region talent program.
  • Create strong links with community working with local Councils and supporting the RDC’s to link closely with local clubs, leagues and schools.
  • Support the respective allocated AFL/AFLW Club regarding the implementation of a Next Generation Club Academy within the region.
  • Collaborate with the RDC’s and respective Vic Talent Pathways Manager to identify talented players within the region
  • Liaising with different stakeholders including AFL/AFLW Recruiters, State Academy programs, the Diversity talent team and local community football leagues and schools.
  • Work with Vic Talent Pathways Manager to manage the program budget including local sponsorship revenue, player levies and all expenditure.
  • Utilise the the AFL’s accounting software programs to process invoices and develop monthly reports.
  • Work with AFL's Media team to coordinate the regions media requests, website and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as well as local paper, TV and radio requests with safeguarding of young people front of mind.
  • Continually plan, review, and aim to improve program by sharing ideas with other regions and striving for best practice.
  • Through your appearance, conduct and actions display and promote a positive image of the AFL’s talent pathway program including all the people who are involved or contribute to the program.
  • Develop and maintain productive and positive relationships with stakeholders so that the talent program objectives can be achieved.


Core Competencies:

  • Degree in related field eg: teaching, sports management or equivalent related experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in staff management practices
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience in working in talented athlete programs, and a sound understanding of the development of talented young athletes
  • Demonstrated personal initiative and ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Sound organisational skills with the capacity to manage several priorities and programs simultaneously and logically at the same time
  • Sound knowledge of the football industry
  • Developed presentation and IT skills – suite of Microsoft products
  • Current Victorian Driver License and a current Working with Children Check
  • Available to work evenings & weekends within a flexible working environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of AFL Victoria development/participation programs, desirable
  • Experience in facility management and local Council relations, desirable
  • Experience in working with the key stakeholders in AFL/AFLW Football, desirable
  • Knowledge of the football structure in the region, desirable


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  • Play The Day Your Way – a flexible approach to your working life
  • My Development – lean into the AFL’s My Development program consisting of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning
  • Play Well – access to our extensive Health and Wellbeing program centered around our belief in a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy workplace
  • My Benefits – with thanks to our AFL Corporate Partners, access great benefits and discounts
  • AFL Silver Memberships – permanent team members can access AFL matches at Marvel Stadium and the MCG, enjoy and share the experience of our game with your family and friends!


We care deeply for our people at the AFL with our primary focus being to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all. We strongly encourage and support all AFL team members to be vaccinated (including by receiving booster doses as recommended by the Relevant Authority and/or ATAGI). In addition, we’re committed to utilising other preventative health and safety measures as appropriate and/or as directed by Relevant Authorities to reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in our workplaces.

Applications Close: 27 November 2022