The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) is the peak Australian Rules Football body in Western Australia. It is the caretaker of football throughout the State and responsible for the overall development of the game.

The WAFC is a not for profit organisation that plays an important role in funding the ongoing development of football in all communities. This ensures that football is the best resourced sporting code in the State and can have the most active role in building better communities through various development programs.

The need has been identified to source a suitably experienced individual to take up the newly created position of General Manager Football Affairs, reporting to the Chief Executive and responsible for providing strategic management of all Football Affairs in WA.  Key responsibilities include: 

  • Overseeing the integrated model across all football competitions & pathways, and game development, such that the game continues to improve and grow.
  • Working with the WAFC Executive to provide visionary leadership of football in WA.
  • Ensuring the WAFL competition remains sustainable, successful and cohesive.
  • Ensuring that Game Development continues to deliver increased participation through the district structure in conjunction with all football community stakeholders.
  • Maintaining positive relationships with key football stakeholders including WAFL clubs, Community Football bodies, the AFL, Government and media, such that football in WA benefits collectively.

Through the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will be required to demonstrate the following:

  • Alignment to our values of – Team | Respect | Passion | Professionalism | Leadership.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the current Football environment and structure in WA.
  • Tertiary qualification in management or other related discipline; completion of relevant post-grad. level study will be highly regarded.
  • 7 to 10 years’ management experience at the Executive or GM level.
  • The ability to proactively establish and maintain positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across the industry.
  • Developed commercial acumen including sound financial management skills and previous experience in developing and executing strategy.
  • Proven leadership behaviour, having previously managed a team to consistently deliver to expectations while fostering a collaborative, open and accountable team environment.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

The incumbent will be regularly required to be available outside ‘normal’ working hours, often over weekends and in the evening, such is the nature of our industry.

This is a unique opportunity to work at a senior level in a dynamic environment with one of the highest-profile sporting organisations in WA; and thereby able to actively contribute to leading West Australians through a positive experience with Australian Rules Football.

If you are interested in applying for this challenging position please prepare an application letter (maximum three pages) demonstrating your ability to address the above selection criteria, and submit along with your resume by emailing by COB Friday 8th May 2015.

All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence.