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High Performance Director

Athletics New Zealand

Athletics New Zealand is the national governing body for athletics in New Zealand.

21 Sep 2022
Full Time
New Zealand
Closing date
10 Oct 2022

Athletics New Zealand’s role is to encourage, enhance and promote all aspects of athletics in New Zealand and each week thousands of people take part in Athletics NZ initiatives. From grassroots community participation to international high-performance competition, athletics is one of New Zealand’s most popular sports.

Athletics New Zealand has a rich heritage of Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games success. Athletics has produced some of New Zealand’s sporting icons including Jack Lovelock, Dame Yvette Williams Corlett, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker and more recently Dame Valerie Adams, Nick Willis, Tom Walsh, Anna Grimaldi, Lisa Adams and Holly Robinson. That legacy continues with kiwi athletes winning 6 Olympic and 16 Paralympic medals in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

This is an unique opportunity to lead the high performance operations of one of New Zealand’s most popular and successful sports.


The purpose of this position is to lead a high performance programme and environment that enables athletes to produce international success as demonstrated by podium performances at World Championships and Major Games and the development of a sustainable athlete development programme with attention to athlete wellbeing. The High Performance Director is responsible for the development, management and results of all national team programmes and initiatives and for development programmes capable of producing the next generation of world class athletes. The High Performance Director’s primary focus includes:

  • Providing strategic direction and operational leadership, with the support and guidance of the Chief Executive, for all aspects of ANZ-HP Programme.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the current ANZ-HP Strategy enabling New Zealand athletes to achieve optimal performances on the international stage and supporting their wellbeing.
  • Creating and driving a World Class and supportive environment and performance culture across the ANZ-HP programme through building of strong relationships with key stakeholders including personal coaches, management, administrative and expert support personnel.
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent lines of communication between Athletics NZ, HP coaches, HP programme athletes and other relevant domestic and international organisations to ensure they understand the purpose and content of the ANZ-HP Programme.
  • Overseeing the delivery of (but continually exploring ways to improve/refine) a systematic approach that supports talented athletes and coaches to perform at the highest levels, whilst supporting athlete and coach wellbeing.
  • Managing all reporting for the performance plan investment schedule and deliver on the HPSNZ contracted Key Performance Indicators.
  • Planning and reporting including Board Reports via the Chief Executive, budgets and monitoring and HPSNZ reporting against Investment Schedule.
  • Delivering presentations and providing updates to ANZ Board, HPSNZ, Sport NZ and internal stakeholders as required. Athletics NZ High Performance Director Role

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