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Expressions of Interest – Wests Director of Rugby Operations 2022

Position Outline

Western District Rugby Club is seeking a committed and innovative Director of Rugby Operations who will be responsible for the delivery of all Wests Lions Rugby Program coordination and activities to drive results across the club. The position must contribute and commit to a strong rugby program operation to enable the club to perform at the highest level.


You will bring a strong understanding of rugby development, coach development, people management, game strategy, training programs and club operations. You will enjoy actively engaging with people and be adaptable to meet the ongoing needs of the organisation.


The Director of Rugby Operations will report to the Committee of Wests and the President on a day-to-day basis, on behalf of the Committee. The position will also work collaboratively with the Wests Rugby Head Coach.


Please send your applications to:

Applications close on Friday 15th October 2021.



The Director of Rugby Operations is responsible for the recruitment, development and management of players and coaches at the Club. With specific responsibilities being:

  1. Rugby Program

    • Oversee the implementation of the strategic rugby plan and development program throughout the club (including Wests Junior players where applicable).

    • Set up a process to identify and develop talented players through the club and beyond, with focus on transitioning Wests Juniors to the Senior Club.

    • Liase with the S&C to implement processes across the whole club to optimise fitness & conditioning, prevent & evaluate injuries, coordinate training & recovery sessions.

    • Identify, recruit and develop coaches ensuring sufficient and appropriate coaching staff are assigned to each team (including illness cover).

    • Develop and nominate players for representative programs (NRC, Brumbies Academy, Brumbies)

    • Report to the Executive Committee on rugby matters and make recommendations on improvements/ initiatives that need to be implemented.

    • Be aware of all administrative procedures regarding player registration and eligibility.

    • Liaise with the Club coaches, players committee and team captains on matters such as playing facilities, equipment, playing gear, etc.

    • Research and present contracts from clothing suppliers to the committee for consideration

    • Ensure the ordering of playing kit and Club Merchandise through our suppliers

    • Order all necessary medical equipment such as strapping tape and work with our strappers about maintaining medical bags

    • Organise and plan our significant social events such as Old Boy’s Day, Sponsor’s day, Ladies Day and presentation Night.



   2. Recruitment Strategy

  • Lead, (with support from the Committee and Wests Rugby Head Coach) responsibility for the recruitment and retention of players, coaches and management and developing and maintaining links with local and inter-state schools and colleges.

  • Connect players with employment and housing opportunities

  • Provide succession planning to ensure that qualified coaches are appointed to all teams and coaches receive the appropriate training required by attending designated coaching courses and one on one development.

  • Work with Committee members, The Wests Rugby Development Officer and Wests Rugby Head Coach to develop strategies across several areas (social media, school engagements, universities, juniors) to optimise recruitment strategies.


   3. The Director of Rugby Operations should:

  • Have a Level 2 Rugby Australia Coaching accreditation (or be working towards achieving the accreditation).

  • Be highly organised.

  • Be up to date with the latest trends/ideas.

  • Be innovative.

  • Work closely with the Wests Rugby Head Coach.

  • Have good communication skills – players/coaching staff/committee.

  • Be committed to working towards the club’s goals.

  • Develop positive relationships with players/coaching staff/committee

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