Work With Us | Senior Men's Football Manager

Football South Australia is searching for a Senior Men's Football Manager. Please see full details below. 

The Senior Men’s Football Manager reports to the General Manager Football Operations and works closely with Senior Clubs to manage and deliver the RAA National Premier League, State League 1, State League 2 and Australia Cup South Australian Preliminary Rounds competitions. The role provides leadership across the Competitions Department to ensure the delivery of professional competitions achieved through effective planning, scheduling, and due diligence.

The Senior Men’s Football Manager will be required to have excellent communication skills to maintain and foster positive relationships with Clubs. The role will also require the skills to decipher sensitive reports, often from multiple sources, to provide recommendations to competition disciplinary committees.

The role will provide a high level of attention to detail and deliver strong leadership capability and extensive management skills and experience. The incumbent is required to be a highly organised planner, excellent at time management, and will be solution driven, proactively follow up and close out issues across a range of competition related matters.


The Senior Men’s Football Manager’s Key Result Areas (KRAs) are:-

  • Relationship Management
  • FIFA & Football Australia Statutes
  • Football South Australia Rules and Regulations
  • Competition and Program Development
  • Safety and Risk


Reporting & Working Relationships

  • Reports directly to the General Manager – Football Operations;
  • Ultimately responsible to the Football SA Board of Directors, through the Chief Executive Officer;
  • Assists in providing direction to the League Operations;
  • Lead positive relationships with Clubs and stakeholders, including Football Australia, by demonstrating confidence, empathy, and sound judgment through the provision of accurate and timely responses.
  • Use careful analysis, experience, judgment, and awareness to make informed, balanced, and timely decisions on Competition Rules and Regulations.
  • Professionally manage quality standards and resource allocation for the operation and administration of the Senior Men’s competitions that are consistent with the Football SA’s objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • In consultation with Clubs and stakeholders, actively identify and manage deliverables through evaluation of a wide range of information.
  • Attend and contribute to competitions meetings, disciplinary committees, and other Football SA sub-committees as required.
  • Works collaboratively with
    • Football SA Competition Department
    • Football SA Referee Department
    • Football SA Commercial Operations and Media Department
    • Football SA Venues Manager and Staff
    • Football Australia
    • Government Agencies
    • Affiliated Clubs and Associations
    • Other external stakeholders
  • Contribute to a safe, diverse and healthy work environment free from discrimination and harassment by working in accordance with the organisation’s values and codes of conducts.


Selection Criteria

  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to liaise effectively at all levels, listen objectively, resolve conflict, contribute to successful and positive communications, and formulate problems to solutions;
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Motivated and proactive with an ability to use initiative to solve problems;
  • Ability to multi-task and focus on several issues simultaneously;
  • Proven relationships with an appreciation of Football SA’s stakeholders and community;
  • The ability to liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders to establish and maintain strong and productive working relationships;
  • Proven ability to work under limited direction, independently or as part of a team, identify outcomes, plan, and manage events, set priorities, achieve objectives within time critical deadlines and make timely and well-informed decision and recommendations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in football and sport operations;
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and ability to act with urgency, accept and expect responsibility, perform effectively under pressure, formulate, and suggest practical and innovative solutions;
  • Preparedness to be flexible in respect to work weekends and non-traditional hours as required.


Additional Criteria

  • Previous experience in a sport industry sector (and an interest in football) would be advantageous;
  • There will be a requirement to perform tasks outside normal business hours on regular occasions, including some weekends;
  • Working with Children’s Check (essential);
  • First Aide Certificate (desirable);
  • Driver’s License (essential);
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (desirable).

Applications addressing the selection criteria together with a CV and cover letter are to be submitted by COB Wednesday 22 November 2023 via SEEK.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.