Senior Manager, Sport & Recreation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1180228

Are you passionate about harnessing the power of sport and recreation to transform lives? Do you believe in the positive impact of physical activity on student success and wellbeing? If you're a visionary leader looking to make a significant impact in a dynamic university setting, we invite you to become the cornerstone of Curtin University's Sport & Recreation department.

Curtin Sport and Recreation

At Curtin, our commitment is to ignite inspiration and captivate students on campus, enriching the student experience. We're not just about academic excellence, we believe in nurturing the whole individual, and sport and recreation play a pivotal role in our community. Our programs are designed to enhance physical health, foster social connections, and enrich the university experience through teamwork, exercise, and social activities. We're committed to creating an environment where our students can thrive, not just academically, but in all aspects of their lives.

Our state-of-the-art facilities, comprehensive fitness and recreation services, along with a diverse range of programs and events at Curtin Stadium, create an immersive environment where this vision comes to life. From innovative programs to exciting events, we aim to foster a truly holistic and enriching experience for our students, staff, and community.

Your new role

As the Senior Manager, Sport & Recreation, you'll spearhead the strategic direction and oversee the comprehensive management of our diverse offerings, including our fitness centre, sports clubs, social sports, events, and more. You'll lead a robust team, ensuring the delivery of high-quality, engaging, and safe experiences for our students, staff, and the wider community. Your role is crucial in balancing the commercial aspects with our mission to enhance student wellbeing, making sport and recreation an integral part of the Curtin experience.

In this role, you will:

  • Strategic Leadership: Chart the course for Curtin Sport & Recreation, aligning with our broader university goals to enhance student life and wellbeing.
  • Operational Excellence: Drive the operational management of our facilities and programs, ensuring they meet the highest standards of service and customer satisfaction.
  • Community and Partnership Building: Foster meaningful relationships within and beyond the university, enhancing our offerings and creating lasting benefits for our community.
  • Financial Stewardship: Ensure the financial health of our operations, balancing revenue generation with the delivery of top-tier programs and services.
We're looking for:
  • A strategic thinker with a proven track record in sports and recreation management.
  • A dynamic leader capable of inspiring and managing a diverse team.
  • An adept communicator skilled in building partnerships and engaging with various stakeholders.
  • A forward-thinker with a keen eye for financial management and operational efficiency.
  • Someone with a relevant tertiary qualification and extensive experience in the sport and recreation sector.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a supportive and flexible environment, surrounded by sport & recreation professionals passionate about sport and wellness who consistently strive to deliver excellence.

As an employed team member under the umbrella of Curtin Sport and Recreation, you are encouraged to utilise all the attractive services offered with a free gym membership to Curtin Stadium’s state-of-the-art sport and active recreation facility. This is a great opportunity to utilise your experience to enhance the wellbeing and betterment of our students, staff and community and support our pursuit to make tomorrow better.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Abby Fox, Acting Manager - Talent Acquisition on 08 9266 4626 or [email protected].

About us

Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, hotel, bus station, accessible parking and endless food options including a supermarket.
Aside from the vibrant campus life, we offer more than just a job. We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace and are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options*, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Curtin University Leave (2 days), Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus, access to Long Service Leave after 7 years of continuous service (65 days/13-week entitlement for full-time staff).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be* eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin’s wellbeing locations at

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Join us!

To apply, please ensure your application includes:

  • a cover letter
  • a copy of your current CV
  • statement addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role
Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated leadership and organisational skills with proven ability in strategic planning and facility development.
  • Demonstrated people leadership skills with the ability to lead and motivate a large team in the achievement of organisational goals, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Proven ability to liaise with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and experience in high level strategic partnership, sponsorship, and engagement management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the challenges involved in managing a multi-function sport, recreation and fitness operation and the capacity to anticipate and respond to current and future trends with a proactive approach to the identification, analysis, and investigation of opportunities to improve growth, performance, and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in budgeting and financial management.
  • Strong experience in connecting sport to community and social interaction.
  • Proven experience in integrating sporting programs & recreation activity with physical and mental health across large communities and/or student cohorts.

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Applications close: Sunday 25 February 2024, 3PM AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

As this is a 12-month fixed-term contract, you will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of diverse gender, sex and sexuality, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Please contact the Curtin careers team at [email protected] or 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), if you require any special adjustments or have questions in relation to this application process.

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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