Performance Director – Saudi Arabian Maritime Sports Federation

October 3, 2016

Role: Performance Director – Saudi Arabian Maritime Sports Federation – Sailing – Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee

Location: Saudi Arabia

Closing date: Until filled


Sports Federation Performance Directors are a new addition to the sporting landscape in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC)’s ambitious plan to develop partnerships with the Federations to dramatically improve the Kingdom’s status as a sporting nation.  The SOAC has set a demanding medals target for the Asian Games in 2022, as a statement of intent.  This in turn is intended to inspire the current and future generations of young Saudis to participate in sport.
The SAOC is an independent, state-supported organisation. It was founded in 1964 and aligned to the IOC in 1965.  It was re-structured early in 2015 to create new directorates in HR, Legal, International Relations, Finance and Commercial/Communications, with sports activity coming under a new Performance Sport directorate.
The Role: to develop and implement a High Performance Sailing Strategy for the Saudi Arabian Maritime Sports Federation, aligned to the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee’s (SAOC) High Performance Strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic and Technical

– Develop and implement a high performance strategy designed to achieve international sporting success, with a primary focus on achieving peak performance at the Asian Games.
– Work with the SAOC to define athlete selection policies and procedures for inclusion in the ESAP athlete training grant, rewards, recognition and support programme.
– Define athlete selection policies and procedures for each major event.
– In partnership with relevant stakeholders, lead on the development and implementation of domestic club and competition structures, from age-grade through to open-age, which optimise the long-term development of senior level national athletes and teams.
– Work with the Federation’s Secretary General and Sailing participation lead to define athlete development pathways from grass roots participation through to senior national level.
– Ensure access to suitable inter-disciplinary sports science and medicine (SSSM) services, either within the Federation or via the proposed KSA Sports Institute.
– Work with the SAOC’s Head of Performance Coach Development and other coaching stakeholders to develop and implement a high performance coach development programme for Sailing.
– Define Sailing’s high performance domestic training and competition facility requirements
– Establish and supervise post-event review processes.
– Establish and supervise athlete case-conferences to track progress against individual athlete development programmes.
– Act as Team Leader at major events as required and otherwise ensure that the Sailing Federation complies with all registration matters for international competitions.
– Act as the Federation’s anti-doping officer as required.
– Build strong & strategic relationships with the SAOC, other Federations’ Performance Directors and Sailing’s International Federation.
– Work with the SAOC on any multi-sport event planning and preparation activity.
– Appoint and manage a high performance coaching team.
– Work with the senior management team to appoint and manage logistics and administration teams to support national team activities.
– Appoint and manage other technical specialists as required.
– Prepare reports related to the Federation’s high performance activities and achievements.
  • – Manage the Federation’s high performance budget and ensure all resources are used in an efficient way.
  • – Work with the Federation’s high performance coaching team, Logistics and administration team, and the SAOC’s Athlete Services team, to provide continuous support to the athletes, encourage them and develop their skills and performance based on specific standards.
  • – Working with relevant stakeholders (including the SAOC), establish and manage database(s) containing details of the Sailing’s performance athletes, coaches, officials, competition results and facilities.
  • – Develop and maintain effective performance athlete monitoring systems.
  • – Assess each employee’s performance & support their personal development programmes.
  • – Lead and oversee the daily activities of the Federation’s high performance staff.
  • – Define the beneficiaries of the SAOC coach and staff medal incentives scheme at the start of each Asian Games and Olympic Games cycle
  • Skills & Experience Required
  • – Bachelor degree in management/sport/related major.
  • – Significant applied experience of high performance sport in a leadership role with demonstrable success
  • – Experience of working with elite athletes, coaches and technical staff assisting in the design, implementation and evaluation of their performance programmes.
  • – Knowledge and experience of the fundamental requirements associated with operating and being successful within a world class sporting environment.
  • – Elite level sports competition experience.
  • – Comprehensive understanding of coaching, research & innovation, sport science and medicine, international competition and talent pathways.
  • – Ability to develop and activate high performance plans.
  • – Proven leader in the field of high performance sport.
  • – Strong communicator with excellent relationship building skills.
  • – Excellent manager of change.
  • – Builder of strategic partnerships.
  • – Rigorous decision-making skills.
  • – Strong English language skills (writing & speaking).
  • – Outcome/ performance focused.
  • – Strong IT skills.

How to apply:

To apply candidates should send:

Letter of application highlighting relevant achievements and experience

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Details of current remuneration
  • Applications should be sent to