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Remote Development Manager - Maningrida


Location: Maningrida

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.


The Remote Development Manager focuses on facilitating and overseeing AFL programs and competitions throughout West Arnhem Land to achieve lasting health, fitness, well-being, and social cohesion outcomes. All community-based AFL programs are designed to facilitate safe, inclusive, and professional environments for all participants and stakeholders. Community-wide AFL programs are delivered to enhance and promote high school attendance, social inclusion, positive lifestyle choices and safe communities.

This is a 24 month max term contract in Maningrida.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide weekly AFL administration support to host safe, well-governed, and inclusive AFL competitions for males and females for adults and youth.
  • Support the development of female football through targeted programs and competitions.
  • Recruit, mentor and oversee casual staff, trainees, and community football volunteers.
  • Coordinated community-based Auskick and Game Development activities.
  • Deliver in-school AFL programs aligned to AFLNT Game Development programs to support high school attendance and good behaviour.
  • Proactively collaborate with other service providers and organisations to support community cohesion and safety in Maningrida.
  • Host AFL events and activities to support and promote targeted health messages and initiatives.
  • Facilitate and support the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre programs and student residential camps.
  • Support talented AFL players throughout West Arnhem Land to engage NT State Academy, NT Thunder, and Next Generation AFL programs.
  • Keep up-to-date reporting and participation statistics on AFL participation outcomes.


Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work with and proactively influence people.
  • Understand and demonstrate the ability to coordinate, train and recognise volunteers in the football environment.
  • Ability to work autonomously, manage time effectively, meet deadlines and utilise on-ground support to achieve key outcomes.
  • Availability to work weekends and after hours.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills, and ability to build rapport with a diverse range of people.
  • Able to manage and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage all gear and equipment for football programs and competitions, including ordering supplies.
  • Ability to manage AFLNT fleet vehicles, including regular servicing and condition reports.
  • Ability to manage budgets and deliver all AFL programs within allocated funding structures.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness.
  • Experience in remote Indigenous communities
  • Ability to be self-aware and seek appropriate support when required during difficult times.
  • Ability to work with the structures and policies of the AFL, AFLNT and the AFLNT Remote projects team.
  • Ability to travel regularly to remote Aboriginal communities for program delivery.


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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: 24 March 2023