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HEAD COACH – FIJIAN DRUA

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Fijian Drua Board seek a Head Coach to lead the Team on their voyage into the 2022 Super Rugby season. This position represents a unique opportunity to lay the foundations for the Fiji’s long term ambitions in the professional Rugby landscape.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and ultimately the Board of Directors, the primary purpose of the position will be to prepare and coach the team to a standard of excellence that will compete at a Super Rugby level. In partnership with the General Manager the Head Coach will also oversee the development and delivery of a High Performance environment with a multidisciplinary team that provides a best practice setting for Players to develop and enhance their abilities to the fullest potential. The Head Coach will also work closely with the Fiji Rugby Union High Performance Unit to provide guidance and expertise in the identification and long term development of players within the High Performance Academy and National Programs (7s, Warriors and U20s), recognising the importance these programs have with regard to the development of talent for the Fijian Drua and Flying Fijians.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership & Professional Standards

  • Act as the primary leader for the Team, providing leadership and guidance to all areas of the High Performance program
  • Establish a clear vision and culture for the team based on the creation of core values and principles
  • Ensure there is a clear understanding and adoption of the Team’s vision, values, standards and behaviours by the High Performance Team and Players
  • Ensure that the established team protocols and standards are met, maintained and deal effectively with any breach or conflict as per the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for the performance and behaviour of the Team on and off the field
  • Demonstrate the highest levels of honesty, integrity and professional standards at all times
  • Have an awareness of and comply with all relevant statutory, competition, organisation and cultural standards, policies and regulations

Management & Planning

  • Lead the design and implementation of the Team’s coaching plan including periodised and content planning that covers pre-season, in-season and post-season objectives and performance indicators
  • Oversee the design and implementation of coaching strategies and provide Assistant Coaches with responsibility and accountability toward specialist areas ie Attack, Defence, Forwards, Contact, Skill Development
  • In partnership with the High Performance team, develop a Training Schedule and Match Day preparation program to maximise team performance
  • Liaise with Head of Athletic Performance to ensure alignment with physical preparation and coaching strategies
  • Liaise with General Manager and Team Manager on logistics including travel and administration
  • Liaise with CEO, General Manager or delegate regarding commercial operations including Events, Fan Engagement and Corporate matters

Coaching

  • Lead the coaching of the team to a standard of excellence that improves consistently and is aligned  to the values of the Team and Organisation
  • Develop tactical game plans including weekly preview and review with Assistant Coaches and Performance Analyst
  • Measure Team performance against key performance indicators outlined and agreed at the commencement of each training phase
  • Oversee individual player skill development in partnership with Assistant Coaches and other specialist Coaches
  • Ensure that Players have a clear understanding and respect for the Laws of the Game. Facilitate the appropriate application of these Laws through effective and regular communication with Players and Match Officials.
  • Seek continuous learning and education on game trends and Laws of the Game including their impact on the Game and Players
  • Identify and seek professional development opportunities to provide ongoing learning and improvement as a Coach

Selection & Contracting

  • Working within the Team’s selection policy, lead the selection of the weekly Team throughout the Super Rugby season in consultation with Assistant Coaches
  • Provide feedback to Players on a regular basis regarding factors relating to performance or otherwise
  • Work closely with the General Manager and Fiji Rugby Union High Performance Unit on identifying, developing and securing the best available talent for the Fijian Drua
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality with regard to selection and contracting matters

Player Development & Welfare

  • Create individual player development plans at the commencement of each season that include performance targets ie weight, speed, completion rates and technical competency
  • Monitor, assess and record individual player performance and development to provide formal and informal feedback throughout the season
  • Conduct 1 on 1 meetings with Players on a quarterly basis to provide input and analysis on performance and receive input on matters pertaining to the High Performance program
  • Conduct and record individual player performance reviews at the conclusion of the season with data and evidence based analysis of training, match and behavioural performance including continual areas for development
  • Liaise with PRP or delegate to ensure that adequate time is scheduled for Players to undertake personal or professional development opportunities

Stakeholder Relations

  • Work in partnership with the Fiji Rugby Union to ensure there is total alignment between FRU High Performance Academy, Fijian Drua and Flying Fijians
  • Provide advice, input and data to Fiji Rugby Union on the development, performance and physical condition of contracted players as requested
  • Advocate on behalf of players, promoting their ability and performance as and where appropriate
  • Build relationships with local Coaches and Provincial Unions, sharing individual knowledge and experience to assist in the development of coaching and identification of emerging players throughout Fiji
  • Be available and responsive to media requirements and requests to comment on Team matters as agreed and where appropriate
  • Be available to attend, promote or engage in Competition, Corporate or Promotional events, activations and meetings where required
  • In conjunction with the Media Manager or delegate ensure all players have appropriate availability and access to the media
  • Maintain sound, professional working relationships with Match Officials

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • High level of knowledge of Rugby Union with specific regard to Coaching, High Performance, athlete development, planning and performance technology
  • Proven ability to create a vision, establish buy-in, execute and drive/guide performance to achieve results
  • Proven ability in leading and managing diverse teams and individuals
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with the capability to be the primary spokesperson for the Team
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff and players
  • Ability to positively influence all areas of the High Performance department
  • High level of cultural awareness and capability to adapt to a unique environment, particularly Fijian culture

QUALIFICATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Have accumulated 5+ years coaching experience at International, Super Rugby, English Premiership, Pro 14, Top 14 or Top League level
  • Be current – having coached at the top professional level within the last two years.
  • World Rugby Level 3 Coaching Accreditation or Union specific equivalent (or higher)

How to Apply

Applications for this position should include three referees and a current/up to date resumé with an outline of your proven experience to carry out the role and how you meet the criteria mentioned above. Job descriptions for these position can be obtained from http://www.fijirugby.com/. All applications will be treated with strict confidence and should be received by Saturday 5pm, 15 May 2021, with reference to the position being applied for. 

Applications for this position need to be email to Human Resources on the following email address: hr@fijirugby.net

Fiji Rugby Union and our partners thank all applicants for your interest; please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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