Current Vacancies

 Chief Executive Officer - Rowing Victoria

  • Lead and grow one of Victoria’s great Olympic sports
  • Key strategic and operational leadership role
  • Stakeholder engagement and commercial growth focus
  • Based at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park

As the peak body for rowing in Victoria, Rowing Victoria (RV) represents the best interests of over 9,000 individual athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers by supporting and working collaboratively with 47 member clubs and 50 member schools in order to provide rowing for all ages and abilities in an engaging, welcoming and safe manner. The RV Vision is “Victorians enjoying rowing for life”.

In addition to facilitating the busy annual program for club and school hosted regattas, RV hosts a number of events including Open and Masters State Championships and runs a successful high performance pathways program. RV is governed by a Board of seven who are supported by a number of volunteer commissions and committees, and a professional staff of seven who operate out of the RV office at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

Reporting to the Board, through the President, the CEO is the voice of the sport of rowing in Victoria, providing leadership, direction and overall management of RV activities and services in accordance with the strategic plan. The CEO manages all resources of RV including staff and volunteers.

As a dynamic and ambitious leader, the CEO will drive the elevation of the organisation, working in collaboration with the Board to refine operations, vision and strategy whilst inspiring the rowing community, RV staff, volunteers and stakeholders through a unified journey of change and improvement to better meet the needs of the membership.

To be considered for this role you will be an expert communicator, with the ability to swiftly build credibility to engage and develop lasting, positive relationships with member clubs and schools, and a diverse range of other key stakeholders including Rowing Australia, State Government, VIS, suppliers, partners, sporting agencies, the media and volunteers.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in managing and growing like-sized businesses, budgets and resources, with the ability to manage the day-to-day business operations and priorities, whilst maintaining a focus on the long term strategic priorities of RV.

Your commercial acumen will be matched by your skill in identifying and capitalising on revenue generating opportunities with government agencies and partnerships with brands, whilst your financial acumen will successfully deliver against strategic and operational objectives.

You may already have experience as a CEO or be ready for the step into this key leadership role. Regardless, you will require exceptional well-developed interpersonal skills, including effective upward communication to the Board. A thorough understanding of managing complex relationships is required to understand intuitively the leadership of diverse stakeholder groups.

Whilst a background in rowing is not required, an understanding of sport administration at state, community and/or school level would be looked upon favourably.

This is an exciting opportunity to drive the growth and success of an established Olympic sport at state level as it moves into a new strategic cycle.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately - if you are intending to apply, please do so now.

Applications close: 5pm Sunday 14 April, 2024 - we reserve the right to close the role as soon as sufficient merit applications are received.

Application Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. Sportspeople Recruitment prefers1- a 2 page letter of introduction and a CV of no more than 6 pages, merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file.


The Rowing Victoria CEO search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment - our 253rd CEO search.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Scott Oakhill on 0408 258 337 or FREECALL AU 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

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