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Senior Coordinator, Participation

International Tennis Federation

The International Tennis Federation is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis. It was founded in 1913 as the International Lawn Tennis Federation by twelve national tennis associations.

20 Jan 2023
Full Time
Closing date
13 Feb 2023


International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. Founded in 1913, its purpose is to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, delivering tennis for future generations in association with its 213-member nations. The ITF oversees the rules and regulations that govern international and national competition.

The ITF is responsible for the worldwide development of tennis through its Development Programme, its Science and Technical department which monitors equipment and technology, and its Officiating department which oversees the education and advancement of officials.

The ITF organises over 1,500 weeks of men’s, women’s, and junior tournaments on the ITF World Tennis Tour, and manages the ITF junior team competitions, ITF Beach Tennis Tour, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Seniors Circuit. The ITF is the owner and rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in tennis, Davis Cup by Rakuten and Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge and manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. The ITF upholds the highest standards of integrity and is a partner in the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

The Role:

The Senior Coordinator, Participation is responsible for processing the administrative activities for the Participation based projects for the ITF Development Department, while supporting the education pillar with administrative projects. The role will provide an effective service to ITF stakeholders (the 213-member National Associations) within the Participation and Education pillars of the 2021-2024 ITF Development Strategy.


With the aim of raising the level of tennis worldwide and increasing the number of countries competing in mainstream international tennis, the ITF Development Programme includes a broad range of initiatives in less developed countries ranging from the grass roots to Grand Slams.

The ITF Development department’s strategy is to create a world where ITF development programmes contribute to the consistent global growth and quality of tennis, with a mission to ‘increase the number and standard of players worldwide’. All activities delivered support the attainment to achieve two objectives within the strategy:

  • Increase participation in tennis worldwide for all ages, genders, playing standard and physical abilities.
  • Develop talented players, particularly those from nations that are both under-resourced and under-represented.


Specific Projects: Participation

  • Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI): General administration of the programme for 140 active JTI nations across the world; processing and communicating resource assistance i.e., National Coordinator subsidy payments; coordinating the global equipment distribution process; and supporting the ITF Development Officers when liaising with their respective nations.
  • JTI Online Reporting Platform: Coordinating the access to new reporting for active JTI nation’s National Coordinators; providing insight to the ITF Development Officers; and support the wider platform development.
  • ITF Tennis Festivals App: Coordinating National Association access to the App; support the user functionality; and assist with the platform development.
  • ITF Tennis Play and Stay campaign: Assistance with communicating the key components of the campaign to national associations, particularly through social media channels.
  • Conferences & Events: Provide event coordination support for the biennial ITF World Participation Conference i.e., overseeing event registration, mobile conference app development, liaison with conference speakers, production and venue teams, and importantly go-live operational support during the event.

Specific Projects: Education

  • ITF Academy eBooks: Support the day-to-day administrative tasks of the ITF Academy eBook function (ITF online learning platform) i.e., support, bulk orders, issuing of vouchers and invoicing.
  • Recognition of Coach Education Systems: To maintain accurate status records and issue approval documentation upon request.
  • Newsletter: writing and administering the ITF Education Monthly Newsletter.
  • Conference & Events: administrative support for the biennial ITF World Coaches Conference and ITF Regional Coaches Conference i.e., building and maintaining event management platforms, event registration, mobile app management, liaison with conference speakers and onsite operational support.

General Duties

  • Liaise and maintain positive relationships with the ITF Development Officers, Olympic Solidarity, and other ITF Development stakeholders.
  • Supporting virtual events and meetings through Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • Monitor budget lines related to participation and education-based projects.
  • To process applications and organise development grant payments.
  • Provide regular written reports as requested.
  • Attend meetings and support with notes/minutes as directed.
  • Provide assistance with other existing and new projects related to the Development dept

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • A good understanding of national and/or international sports structures.
  • Fluent in verbal and written English.
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or French (additional languages)
  • Excellent administrative skills: Use of Microsoft Excel, Word & PowerPoint.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • A certification in sports coaching.
  • Professional attitude, good communication and people skills.
  • Proactive, ability to work on own initiative and under pressure.
  • Thrives within a team environment, while working independently to achieve.
  • Flexibility – some weekend work is a requirement of this role.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • County/National/Regional standard of competitive tennis play or equivalent.
  • ITF Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players (Level 1) tennis certification or national equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sports related subject.
  • Experience in conference / major event organisation.
  • Social media and web communication.
  • Experience of data analysis.

How to Apply

Please click 'APPLY NOW' and provide us with a covering letter and resume (CV) with your application, considering your competency with meeting the ‘Essential & Desirable Skills and Experience’ listed above.

Within your covering letter, provide a brief response of your choosing from one of the following questions:

A. What key components should be included within a promotional campaign within a local area to attract people to play tennis for the first time?

B. What main factors should a Tennis Festival organiser at a club implement to ensure first-time players are retained and return to play in the future?

C. How can more young adults be engaged to become deliverers of tennis within their local area?

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