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National Team Director - TG (Gymnastics Canada)

15 April 2018

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Gymnastics Canada (GCG) is the national sport governing body responsible for the governance, development, and promotion of Gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve (12) Provincial Federations and over 700 clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operation standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programing.

Under the direction of the GCG High Performance Director (HPD), and working in conjunction with the Program Manager - TG, the National Team Director - TG shall be responsible for leading and executing the vision for GCG’s Trampoline Gymnastics National Team program, managing the direct coaching support and National Team program implementation for athletes within the National Team program and, where applicable, assisting in developing athletes within the TG elite athlete development system. As the lead TG technical expert for GCG, the National Team Director - TG will lead dedicated GCG and Integrated Support Team (IST) staff in the implementation of a world-leading High Performance TG program that targets the continued improvement of podium and medal performances for Canada at major international competitions (World Cups, World Championships, multi-sport competitions, and the Olympic Games).

In setting the direction for the TG High Performance program, the National Team Director - TG will work with personal coaches, the TG IST, the Program Manager – TG, and the HPD on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis in the areas of program planning, coaching support, athlete monitoring, and overall program evaluation. The National Team Director - TG demonstrates high level planning, evaluation, and communication skills, has strong insight and perspective on the unique Canadian gymnastics High Performance environment, and understands the Canadian sport system and the positioning of the TG High performance program within the high-performance sport funding framework in Canada.

At the direction of the HPD, the National Team Director – TG may represent GCG in dealings with Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada, FIG, PAGU, and other national or international service organizations with respect to TG High Performance activities and programs. As required, the National Team Director - TG shall work closely with the HPD, the Program Manager - TG, the Finance Director, and the CEO to prepare budgets and make presentations to government and non-government agencies as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities
National Team

  • Establish a High Performance environment that supports and targets medal success at major international competitions, World Championships, and Olympic Games;
  • Within the scope of program and performance objectives outlined in the TG High Performance quadrennial plan, provide leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of annual and long-term training and competition plans for TG National Team members in conjunction with their personal coaches and the TG IST;
  • Oversee the establishment and implementation of TG National Team training camps throughout the year;
  •  As required or planned within the program, lead the provision of appropriate coaching and IST services for National Team athletes for Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups, and other identified international competitions;
  • With assistance from the HPD, the Program Manager – TG, the TG Program Committee, and Selection Working Group, lead the development of selection criteria for the National Team, for specific international competitions, and for the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program;
  • With the assistance of the Program Manager - TG and GCG staff, ensure appropriate files on athlete training, competition results, and monitoring of progress are kept as required, and are communicated as required;
  • Lead the monitoring and annual performance evaluation process for the TG National Team Program and contribute significantly to the documentation and presentation requirements to funding and program partners (Sport Canada AAP, Own the Podium);
  • Work with personal coaches, assigned GCG staff, TG IST staff, and the HPD in providing a consistent and progressive athlete-centered High Performance environment.
Athlete Development
  • Work closely with the HPD, the Program Manager – TG, and GCG contracted technical staff in the implementation of the athlete talent identification and monitoring system;
  • Work closely with the HPD and the Program Manager - TG in the development and monitoring of the TG “Athlete Podium Pathway” and “Gold Medal Profile” tools.
Coaching Development
  • Act as a resource to the Program Manager - Education and other GCG technical staff in the development and implementation of a national coaching philosophy to complement the Long-Term Athlete Development Model;
  • Act as a resource person in matters related to advanced coaching education programs and advanced coaching education;
  • Mentor developing coaches at the request of the HPD and as appropriate to the long-term needs of the TG High Performance system.
Sport Science and Research (Integrated Support Team)
  • Work with the HPD, the TG IST Lead, and the Program Manager - TG to ensure that the sport science and research needs of the TG National Team are met;
  • Take a lead role in the implementation of appropriate athlete performance monitoring and measuring systems, in conjunction with assigned IST professionals;
  • Develop and/or assist in the development of proposals for applied sport research and work closely with the IST in the design, implementation, and feedback on applied research.
  • Work with the HPD and Program Manager – TG on submissions, reports, communications, and other requirements that are integral to the continued support and development of the TG High Performance program;
  • Engage on a weekly basis with GCG technical staff and GCG members and partners in meetings and activities that relate to the overall GCG High Performance programming environment;
  • Work closely with the HPD and Program Manager - TG on the development, monitoring, and reporting for the TG High Performance program budget.
Qualified candidates will have Level 4 NCCP certification and/or an Advanced Coaching Diploma or similar advanced coaching education qualifications specialized in gymnastics. They must also possess:
  • The proven ability to design, implement, and manage a TG National Team/High Performance program in a country ranked in the top-8 in the world;
  • At least ten years of working experience with National Team and High Performance athletes and coaches at national and international levels;
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong understanding of the Canadian sport system;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with professional gymnastics coaches, HP athletes, judges, and other sport leaders;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English, with well-developed written and oral communication skills. The ability to communicate in Canada’s both official languages is an asset.
This is a full-time position with frequent domestic and international travel. There is an expectation of full-time residence in Canada, but location is flexible. The salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience and will include an attractive employee benefit package. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their applications and resume, with salary expectations, in confidence prior to May 4, 2018 to:

Mary DeGrasse, Executive Assistant
Gymnastics Canada
1900 City Park Drive – Suite 120
Ottawa, ON, K1J 1A3
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.