National Technical Director

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the national governing body for football in Australia. It governs all national teams (including the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas), the Hyundai A League, Westfield W-League, Foxtel National Youth League, Westfield FFA Cup, National Premier Leagues and also leads state, community and grass roots football.

FFA is currently seeking applications for a National Technical Director in our Technical Department.

Technical Development involves building the football of the future and is a long-term process to improve and grow the game over many years. This position exists to define (in conjunction with key football stakeholders) and lead Australia’s national technical vision, strategy, systems and programs.

Key Outcomes

  • Unite key stakeholders behind an inspiring and purposeful vision underpinned by clear values and beliefs;
  • Lead the evolution and implementation of FFA’s National Technical Vision and Strategy to provide coherency across the business and across the whole game, encompassing all areas – the National Football Curriculum, Pathways, Competitions, National Teams, Coach Development, Participation;
  • Contribute to and influence FFA’s overall direction through effective working relationships with other Senior Managers, the CEO, and Board of Directors.

Key Areas of Responsibility

1. Lead Australia’s Football Vision – In partnership with the Technical Department, National Teams and key stakeholders:

  • Evolve and implement the National Technical Vision and Strategy;
  • Develop broad terms of reference for the review of elite youth development – looking at areas ranging from the ongoing integration of ‘best-practice principles’ of player development and resourcing requirements for elite national teams;
  • Utilise communication methods to help staff, the board, and stakeholders to connect to the vision.

2. Influence Participation

  • Influence the technical aspects of participation by working with the General Managers of Participation and Coach Development to ensure growth with a positive developmental experience for all participants.

3. Lead Elite Youth Football / Pathways to National Teams

  • Lead the structure of elite youth leagues (NPL, NYL etc);
  • Work with Club Academies and Member Federation programs to meet best-practice principles;
  • Work with Club Academies, Member Federations and the PFA to ensure the embedding of holistic personal development within elite pathways;
  • Ensure high quality environments across national programs (e.g. High Performance Football Schools, Talent Support Programs etc);
  • Work with the Head Coaches of the Matildas and Socceroos to oversee the alignment between the Youth National Teams programs, Senior National Teams and the National Technical Strategy;
  • Work with National Teams Unit on the appointment of coaches for National Youth Teams;
  • Develop a consistent tool for talent identification and performance data collection across the country.

4. Coach Development

  • Work with the General Manager of Coaching to finalise the Coach Development Framework and oversee its implementation and ongoing improvement by the Coaching Unit.

5. Research

  • Lead the technical team in ongoing research to provide guidance to the technical strategy;
  • Measure and monitor impact of the technical strategy through reviews and other methods;
  • Drive greater industry understanding of different physiological, psychological and performance dynamics and needs across various cohorts of players.

6. External Involvement

  • In conjunction with National Teams Unit, identify key staff to support National Teams at AFC and FIFA tournaments and events;
  • Develop a global network to identify international trends and credibly advocate for Australian players on the global stage.

7. National Teams – In partnership with Head of National Teams and relevant stakeholders:

  • Work with all National Team coaches to drive technical alignment, performance alignment and cultural alignment across Australia’s many National Teams;
  • Work with all National Team coaches to develop objective benchmarks and clear accountabilities for the technical development, performance and culture of our National Teams;
  • Responsible for providing technical analysis reports on the progress of our National Teams to Senior Management and the Board.

Knowledge, skills and behavior required

  • Strong leadership qualities including strategic and networking skills;
  • Ability to build positive relationships and unite the football community;
  • Thorough understanding of the Australian context;
  • Experience coaching or managing staff in high-performance environments;
  • Values and beliefs consistent with the overall philosophy of the National Football Curriculum;
  • Knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of modern player / coach development programs and strategies;
  • Respected in the football community, bringing credibility and knowledge to the role for the male and female game.

FFA People & Culture

FFA’s staff culture is an evolving process of continuous improvement with a consistent passion across the business for growing the game to become Australia’s number 1 sport. FFA’s existing and incoming staff all need to align to the organsiation’s values - People, Collaboration, Integrity, Whole of Game, Unlimited Potential and Excellence. More recently there has been a conscious focus on improving flexibility and work life balance within FFA through the introduction of the FFA People & Work Approach. This allows individuals to develop informal work arrangements to suit their personal situations.

Apply now for this exciting opportunity by sending your resume to . Please be specific in the email title of the role you are applying for.

Only candidates selected for the short list will be contacted in relation to this role. Applications will close COB 31 October 2018.