Player Development Manager - Melbourne Football Club - Closing 28 Nov 2021

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  • Melbourne ▸ Victoria ▸ Australia
  • Nov 22, 2021
Full time management Development

Job Description


The Melbourne Football Club is the founding Club of the AFL.  Our journey started 162 years ago when we wrote the rules of the game and then became the inaugural VFA/VFL/AFL Club and still carries the distinction of being the oldest professional sporting club in the world. Our vision of the future has been shaped by the foundations of our past. A foundation which created the Demon Spirit.



A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Player Development Manager to join Melbourne Football Club in Season 2022, in a full-time permanent capacity. This role is responsible for delivering the Club’s Player Development strategy to manage overall player welfare, ensuring every player can fulfil their potential both on and off the field.




Player personal development

  • Develop and implement the Club’s Player Development Strategy to manage overall AFL player welfare.
  • Implement individualised Action Plans across 1-3 year players; support and monitor players to work towards their established goals and identify and mitigate any risks and challenges faced
  • Oversight of other development programs for 1-3 year players including organisational needs and well-being
  • Assist the coaching group and other key staff in the monitoring of player progress through Action Plans and the Player Development Program as a whole
  • Identify, assist, and coordinate player support (via both internal and external resources) for all player welfare matters.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with the playing group, player families/partners and other key stakeholders.

Support the player lifecycle in its entirety

  • Coordinate and facilitate an engaging induction program ensuring players have a smooth transition into the Club, including player family induction and welcome function
  • Coordinate Host Family Program including housing and relocation support to ensure suitable living arrangements
  • Regularly communicate with players and Host families, manage ongoing requirements of parents/partners and act as a point of liaison between the Club and player family 
  • Coordinate delivery of AFL/AFLPA Football Induction Program for 1st year players
  • Support exiting players (1–3-year players) to enable a successful and smooth transition out of Football

Manage education, training, and development opportunities

  • Set best practice standards for the playing group on all education programs offered by the AFL/AFLP
  • Liaise with AFL/AFLPA regarding compulsory annual education sessions and manage the logistics in implementing training 
  • Develop personal development sessions assisting 1 to 3 year player’s transition into the elite performance environmen
  • Identifying individual learning needs of players, create a learning environment within the club that addresses these needs
  • Identify relevant stakeholders, build relationships, assist in the delivery of programs and spot opportunities for players through education providers, university contacts and other relevant networking opportunitie
  • Build trust and maintain strict confidentiality with players

Player well-being

  • Work with the Club psychologist to establish appropriate confidential internal and external referral networks to support player resilience & wellbein
  • Lead and work in conjunction with the Indigenous Projects Officer. Understanding the unique needs of players from indigenous and multicultural backgrounds to utilise AFLPA’s Best Practice Guidelines for Supporting Indigenous Footballers to provide the necessary support to maximise their AFL career


  • Tertiary qualification in Psychology, Education, or a related discipline highly desirable
  • Completion of AFLPA Executive Certificate (Player Development) consistent with CBA requirements or a commitment to complete certification.
  • Minimum of a Certificate IV in health science, education, behavioural, social science, psychology field or related discipline.
  • A portfolio of life experiences, specifically an understanding and empathy for the unique environments that high performance athletes operate in will be highly regarded  
  • Proven experience working with athletes in a mentoring or education environment
  • Outstanding relationship building skills and the ability to leverage these to achieve outcomes through coaching and counselling of athletes
  • Demonstrated ability to work with information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Strong administrative, coordination, organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team, and maintain accountability


This position presents the opportunity to work in a unique environment, the home of sport within the Melbourne & Olympic Park Sporting Precinct, as well as our newly developed high performance facility at Casey Fields. We provide a welcoming, safe, and flexible approach to work and provide an environment that benefits from and enables the best from everyone. Our people will thrive within a club that is committed to a creating an environment where we feel proud to belong, supported by a culture of wellbeing and balance.




If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please submit a cover letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role.


Applications close midnight Sunday 28 November.  

The Melbourne Football Club is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and diverse candidates.

Please note that due to the overwhelming number of applications received by the Club, we are unable to reply to every application. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.



Our Commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People

Melbourne Football Club aims to provide children and young people with a positive and enriching environment that promotes their social, physical, or emotional development and love for the Club. We are committed to safeguarding children and young people in our care and ensuring that they feel safe and are safe. We expect representatives of the Club, regardless of their role or level of responsibility to support such an environment.


This role will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks, including a National Police Check and a Victorian Working with Children Check, and Vaccination requirements.



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