Job Position: Sport and Recreation Programs Officer

Position Title:  Sport & Recreation Programs Officer

Campus Location:  Townsville

Employment Status:  Full-Time

Position Description

The role of the Sport and Recreation Programs Officer is to provide coordination and/or assistance with the planning and delivery of various sport and recreation activities for James Cook University (JCU) Students.

The Sport and Recreation Programs Officer is required to assist with the O Weeks events, Market Days and the delivery of JCU’s sport events such as inter-college, inter-faculty and social sports programs, University versus Army contests and the Annual Sports Awards.  This position is responsible for the coordination, delivery and reporting on the social sport program and includes night time events and assisting the Student Association as required.

Roles and Responsibilities

Assist with JCU Student Based Sporting Programs (including night time events):

  • Communicate with JCU Sport and Recreation Manager and Officer in regards to running of each event and the hand-over of information for the JCU Winna Shield and Interfaculty sport competitions.
  • Communicate and delegate tasks to JCU sport casual staff members who will be working alongside the programs officer at each event.
  • Prepare the venue/facility for the evening’s event.
  • Ensure successful delivery of sporting events and maximum participation.
  • Collect player payments (if applicable) and process.

Coordination of Social Sport, Interfaculty Programs and Intervarsity Games

  • Advertise sport program to students and general public for both semesters.
  • Plan and implement sport sign-on.
  • Organise individual athletes into teams as well as whole nominated teams into a functional draw for each sport.
  • Appoint skilled referees for all sports.
  • Manage required sporting equipment for all programs.
  • Communicate important sport information such as draws, payment details and results to all participants.
  • Prepare administrative paperwork for the programs, including scorecards, team sheets, incident reports and name checks.
  • Ensure casual sport staff are briefed on the night’s proceedings and ensure the smooth running of the program.
  • Coordinate in conjunction with fellow Sport and Recreation Officers the management of University intervarsity teams.

Administration and Reception support

  • For the Sport & Recreation Manager and other staff as directed.
  • For all JCU Sport Programs including JCU University v Army, Social Sport, for the JCU Residential College Competition and Inter-Faculty competitions.
  • Provide sport and recreation information to students and staff.
  • Help to control JCUSA Sport & Recreation assets including merchandise and sporting equipment.

Demonstrate a commitment to the James Cook University Student Association’s values.

Special Conditions

It is a requirement of this position to possess:

  • a Queensland Government Blue Card for working with children and young people in Queensland; and
  • a First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate;

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

  1. Sound organisational and time management skills including the ability to plan, implement and coordinate the delivery of sports programs.
  2. Proven work experience (either paid or volunteer based) working in sport and recreation Officer or similar.
  3. Effective interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills that can be adapted for various audiences.
  4. Skills and knowledge in various common sports and equipment requirements.
  5. Be able prioritise tasks have the ability to complete these tasks to a high standard.
  6. The ability to be able to work autonomously when completing jobs as well as using their initiative without the need to be directed by manager(s).
  7. To be able to do manual handling tasks.
  8. Demonstrated experience in maintaining a safe work environment and to all ensure all Workplace Health and Safety requirements are followed.

Highly Desirable

  1. Current C Class Driver’s Licence.
  2. A university related degree in sports and/events or similar/equivalent qualification
  3. A Sports Medicine Australia, Sports Trainer Qualification.
  4. Experience in working/being involved in multiple sports.

How to apply

Applicants must provide a cover letter that details how you have the skills and qualifications addressing the selection criteria outlined above and a copy of your resume/CV.  

These must be emailed to [email protected] with 'Position Application:  Sport and Recreation Programs Officer' in the subject outline.  

Applications close at 4pm on Tuesday March 12.  

Late applications will not be considered.  

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call on 07 4781 4502.  

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