Date: October 12, 2015
Author: Golf Australia

Development Manager wanted to increase participation in Tasmania

Golf Tasmania is the state governing body for golf in Tasmania with a goal to raise the level of interest and participation in the game from grassroots golfers through to the elite levels, spectators, volunteers and associated industry bodies. Golf Tasmania currently has 68 member clubs, with 8,864 male, 2,005 female, 416 boy and 25 girl Individual members.

Tasmanians are spoiled for fairways and claim more courses per capita than anywhere else in the country. The island has more than 80 golf courses, mostly run by clubs with a sprinkling of public courses, and boasts some of the most spectacular golfing backdrops and scenery. 

This is a new role, reporting to the Golf Tasmania Board. The Development Manager will work closely with Golf Australia Development Staff to increase golf participation throughout Tasmania by working with Golf Clubs and other relevant stakeholders (schools, other golf facilities) in implementing Golf Australia National Participation Programs.

No two days will be the same in this role! While the day-to-day focus is to build relationships with clubs, the role will include regular travel across the beautiful Tasmanian scenery for on-site club visits and delivery of programs, as well as other promotional initiatives (eg. promoting golf participation to visitors at the Tasmanian Open).

To be successful in this role you must be able to work independently, with the ability to manage competing priorities and activities at once and the nous to plan, coordinate and drive the implementation of projects and programs that are on time, on budget and meet strategic targets. Experience in the development and/or delivery of programs resulting in membership or participation growth is essential, ideally from within a sport environment.

A proven background in leading and influencing people is essential, with the communication and negotiation skills required to build relationships and elicit cooperation from a diverse range of key stakeholders (internal and external), creating win/win outcomes. Experience in working with sporting clubs and empathy for volunteers is required. A strong understanding of golf and the local sporting environment is desirable.

As the role works closely with the Development Team at Golf Australia, this is a rare opportunity to be exposed to National initiatives and expertise, with the potential to grow into other development areas.

If you have the energy, drive, passion and fresh ideas to build the capacity of golf clubs and lead participation growth across the state, this could be the role for you!

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