Men's Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach – Australian Rugby Union

Join the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and make a meaningful difference to the Sevens Program.

The ARU is the governing body of Rugby Union in Australia and is seeking applications for the position of a Men’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sevens Rugby Union Program.

The role will manage and deliver the physical performance program of the National Men’s Sevens Program, to ensure the team is a successful team true to their identity. The role must provide quality leadership, direction and delivery of the physical conditioning and nutrition program of the national Men’s Sevens team (and players in contention for selection) to achieve high performance.

Responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the head coach develop and quantify a preparation and physical performance plan to drive forward into the future
  • Within the context of the season plan, and working in collaboration with program staff, develop and execute individual player plans that result in enhanced performance
  • Work with the medical staff to design, and implement integrated screening programs and injury prevention programs; facilitate a reporting method using the player data management system for coach and player feedback
  • Review skills and team training daily with regards to planned volume and intensity; and provide feedback and recommendations to coaching staff with respect to planned versus executed load
  • Ensure that the national player data management system is used to produce relevant player information on players thus enabling objective decision making in regards to player management in planning for individual tournaments and campaigns
  • Involvement in the development of a national strategy for player conditioning, injury rehabilitation, nutrition and any other sports sciences in Australian rugby from participation rugby to national Sevens team level
  • Monitor and apply best practice conditioning, injury rehabilitation, nutrition and other sports science techniques from international and domestic high performance sports programs, including any such research results (ongoing personal education and training program)
  • Investigate, identify, facilitate and assess research opportunities and direction to enhance the preparation and high performance of the national Men’s Sevens team
  • Ensure that all research undertaken is shared with, and has genuine benefits for, the national Men’s Sevens teams, national Women’s Sevens team, state union Sevens teams and other national teams and/or Australian Rugby

The ARU provides a collaborative, value-based, respectful and empowering environment in which to work and the role will contribute towards defining the Rugby Sevens strategic direction and be accountable for implementing it.

The successful applicant, will have:

  • Elite rugby or sport experience leading and delivering a physical performance program
  • Proven quality program leadership and management skills, together with the ability to align the physical requirements of the game with the vision of the head coach
  • High level of technical knowledge; strong S&C coaching credentials
  • Ability to educate and raise the standards of athletes
  • Ability to develop a positive performance culture, championing teamwork
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to the pursuit of excellence, including high personal standards and expectations of other
  • Willingness to challenge, be challenged and listen
  • Proven program judgement, planning and quality decision making capability
  • Ability to deal with a high level of public scrutiny
  • Industry recognised education and accreditation
  • Strong computer and associated program knowledge and skills and data management eg date management systems, word, excel (spreadsheets), outlook

This is an outstanding opportunity to take responsibility for a state of the art Strength & Conditioning Program, which aims to be the best.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Lina Caccamo, Logistics and Administration Manager, Pathways & Performance, Closing Date Friday 31st July 2015.