As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary we are all united by a common goal, to leave the game in an even more extraordinary place.



The Community Football Manager role is responsible for the strategic management and operation of all community football leagues and clubs across Tasmania.  The position will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to manage and grow community competitions through facilitating quality community Club environments, umpiring pathways, and the most appropriate competition structures and pathways from junior to senior football.

This role has accountability for the management and implementation of AFL game development programs and initiatives in Tasmania (with a specific focus on participation growth).

Please note employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal history record check. The successful candidate is required to possess a valid Working with Children Check. The AFL has extensive procedures and checks in place to protect children and young people in our organisation.



  • Develop, implement and manage all Game Development programs
  • Lead and guide participation strategies across the regions through schools, female football, AFL 9s, Diversity programs and Auskick
  • Integrate diverse communities into all participation programs
  • Implementation of Regional Hubs and Affiliation with Clubs and Leagues
  • Support Community Football League and Club administrators across the state
  • Oversee the future structure and growth of junior and senior football within Tasmania and the determine effective governance structures of all competitions and leagues
  • Undertake ongoing review of competition structures in line with strategic directives
  • Ensure quality and appropriate level of staffing to meet outcomes
  • Facilitate Staff training to ensure all Development Staff are competent to deliver programs
  • Work closely with the key external stakeholders including the Tasmania Football Council
  • Sufficiently resource region to deliver programs and activities professionally
  • Ensure that regional budgets are achieved



  • Graduate education in sports business, marketing or related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • At least 5 years’ experience within the football industry, large community based sporting or other similar organisation experience managing a business unit, a significant football competition or key projects across complex and challenging environments involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven strategic planning and implementation capabilities
  • Ability to innovate, challenge convention and manage change.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, with high level of stakeholder management skills, especially negotiation.
  • Proven financial management and accountability.
  • Operational and administrative management experience and attributes.
  • Ability to persuade and influence others, particularly volunteers for mutual benefit
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights/weekends and to work well in an autonomous environment



  • Specific experience within the football network or a large community based sporting or other organisation that has provided a knowledge of community, grass roots level sport.
  • Knowledge of AFL Tasmania development participation programs






  • We believe in a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Workplace and our staff have access to an extensive Health and Wellbeing program
  • My Development – all employees have access to the AFL’s My development program which consists of on the job training, coaching and mentoring and formal learning.
  • AFL Staff Footy Memberships – easy access to the game, staff can share these with family and friends
  • My Benefits – staff have access to over 350 discounts with some of the biggest retailers and the AFL’s Corporate Partners



Click Apply and submit your resume and cover letter.

Closing Date: 5pm Sunday 19 August, 2018