Football Operations Manager – New Zealand Rugby League

By iSportconnect | August 18, 2016

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Closing Date: 26th 


New Zealand Rugby League is recruiting a football operations manager, responsible for managing day-to-day logistics for our events calendar.

The role will also ensure all sanctioned events and activities comply with NZRL rules and regulations.


Competition and Tournaments

  • – Responsible for the compilation of competition/tournament draws and on-going support for updates, changes, results, etc.
  • – Compilation of “event” run sheets with relation to the football aspects of the event and co-ordinate various requirements (match management, match officials, ball boys, etc)
  • – Compile competition/tournament manuals and ensure every participant has appropriate knowledge of event requirements.
  • – As required, arrange all logistical aspects for event ie flights, transport, accommodation, venues, fields, pre & post match requirements etc.
  • – Ensure complete visibility of all events/activities through our communications network (bulletins, newsletter, website, social media etc)
  • – Continuously work with appropriate zone, district and associate personnel to ensure all football activities, initiatives and KPI’s are constantly driven and are of the highest standard.

International Events

  • – Work with NZRL representative team managers to assist where appropriate, with all arrangements for residential and international events to ensure every campaign is delivered to the highest standard.
  • – Communicate with all relevant overseas personnel to co-ordinate arrangements for visiting international teams.
  • – Act or assign a liaison officer for all sanctioned touring teams, that have scheduled games against NZRL representative sides.


  • – Work with high performance general manager and chief financial officer to assist compilation of all budget information for all competitions, tournaments and events.


  • – Co-ordination of NZRL event meetings, ensuring stakeholder buy in and a high level of execution across all NZRL high performance calendar of events.
  • – Co-ordination of the judicial and appeals procedures in line with NZRL policies and procedures.

Key Relationships

  • – Work with NZRL personnel on any initiatives that improve the practices of the NZRL Football Department and enhance NZRL’s relationships with key stakeholders.
  • – Develop and maintain relationships with key external partners and providers, various venue staff, zone/district liaisons, local authorities, etc.
  • – Assist the NZRL executive and board with other tasks/projects as and when reasonably required, in consultation with the chief executive officer.

Planning and Reporting

– The following planning and reporting is required:

  • – Bi-weekly work-in-progress meetings with relevant NZRL staff, as per NZRL’s management process.
  • – Co-ordination of the key event review process with all relevant stakeholders, producing an overview document capturing key learnings and opportunities for improvement.

Key Competencies

  • – Strong organisation skills, demonstrated via your proactive approach to event management
  • – Well-developed delegation skills, supported by appropriate leadership qualities
  • – Excellent written and verbal reporting and presentation skills
  • – Computer literacy in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • – Ability to interact negotiate and lead confidently with groups of participants and stakeholders
  • – Be able to demonstrate innovative thinking, manage priorities and maintain performance under pressure
  • – Ability to work independently and as a crucial part of the team
  • – Relevant university degree or established competency in the fields of sport development and programme implementation
  • – Have a passion for rugby league and growing the sport in New Zealand
  • – Have an understanding of the sport’s wider importance to New Zealand communities
  • How to Apply
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