Current Vacancies

State Operations Manager - Northern Territory, Softball Australia

  • Champion the sport of softball throughout the NT
  • Drive strategy to deliver and grow participation and competition opportunities across the NT
  • Full Time or Part Time contract role based in Darwin
  • $80,000 pa plus super, plus motor vehicle

Softball Australia (SA) is the National Sporting Organisation for softball, as well as directly managing four states/territories including, the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria. SA has recently launched its new five-year strategic plan 2023-2028 with a vision that softball is for everybody and inspiring heroes on the world stage.

Once recognised by the Northern Territory Government as the sport of choice for Indigenous women in remote communities, softball is one of the most geographically dispersed sports, played from one end of the Territory to the other. There is now a renewed focus to rebuild participation across the state at every level across all demographics.

eporting to the SA's General Manager - Game Development, the State Operations Manager - Northern Territory is a key leadership position for SA and is responsible for the strategic delivery and growth of softball in the Northern Territory. The role will collaborate with and support the Softball Northern Territory (SNT) Board as well as developing key stakeholder relationships with the NT Government, School Sports NT, affiliated and non-affiliated associations, and grass roots softball clubs and players across the NT.

The State Operations Manager NT will champion the sport of softball at all levels, at every opportunity. The role will collaborate with the SNT Board, SA Executive Leadership Team, and SA staff to drive strategic objectives and achieve performance measures in line with SA’s and SNT’s strategic plan, annual plan, and budget.

No two days will be the same in this role! This is a unique challenge to re-launch a sport, identifying innovative ways to “make softball happen” such as modified formats, drop-in sessions, t-ball and social games to grow participation at grassroots level, in schools, and both men’s and women’s competitions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate superior leadership and relationship management; with an honest, upfront, cohesive, and collaborative management style. A proven background in engaging and influencing people is essential, with advanced communication and negotiation skills. You will need the maturity to lead participation staff, contractors, volunteers, and stakeholders along with strong commercial/business acumen. You should be able to work cross-culturally and find innovative ways to achieve shared outcomes for Softball Australia and the NT softball community.

A strong understanding of the NT sport landscape (including community and school level) and a good knowledge of the principles of sport or program development will set you up for success. Candidates must be able to work independently with the ability to think creatively and implement marketing strategies for the growth of programs. You will have the agility to successfully navigate both the strategic and operational, with an appetite and desire to get your hands dirty in the day-to-day activities of growing the sport. No job too big or too small. A 'get the job done' mentality! Whilst an understanding or passion for softball would be ideal, more important is an ability to engage and harness the community through a journey of growth.

This exciting role will suit a driven, resilient individual seeking a fantastic career opportunity and challenge. As the role works closely with the Game Development and Marketing teams at Softball Australia, this is a rare opportunity to be exposed to National initiatives and expertise, with the potential to grow into other development areas.

If you have the energy, passion and fresh ideas to build participation across the state, drive change and make a significant contribution to softball across the Territory, this could be the role for you!

Due to the seniority of this position and the level of remuneration on offer, this position will be offered on a part-time basis (minimum 28-32 hours per week). There is also an opportunity of full time employment for a less experienced candidate who meets the minimum requirements of the role. The position also requires travel to regional and remote locations throughout the NT including driving and flying in small aircrafts.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for these roles immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now - we reserve the right to close applications 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 prefers a 1-2 page letter of introduction and a CV of no more than 6 pages, merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file.


The State Operations Manager - Northern Territory, Softball Australia search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Angelique Everett on 0401 659 024, FREECALL AU 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

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