Be part of building a national brand. Headquartered in Toronto, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to high-performance sports excellence. We are the largest private supporter of high-performance sport in Canada and we are responsible for all aspects of Canada’s involvement in the Olympic Movement, including the participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games.
Reporting to the Director, Sport System Excellence and Relations, the Senior Manager, Game Plan oversees the Game Plan total athlete wellness program: Career, Education, Network, Health, and Skill Development resources for active and recently retired national team athletes. This position leads a team of managers and athlete advisors across multiple organizations in the Canadian sport system and involves working with senior leaders across the sport system and COC partners.
Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, is Canada’s total athlete wellness program. Game Plan is a collaboration between the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN).
This position will be located in one of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s offices (Toronto, O.N.; or Montreal, Q.C.); the Canadian Paralympic Committee Offices (Ottawa, O.N.) or in one of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institutes and Centres (COPSIN), which are located in: Victoria, B.C.; Calgary, A.B.; Saskatoon, S.K.; Winnipeg, M.B.; Toronto, O.N.; Montreal, Q.C., and Halifax, N.S.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES
Strategic Planning and leadership
- Lead the development of the vision and mission of the program and communicate that to Game Plan to athletes, the Game Plan sport partners (COC, CPC, Sport Canada, COPSIN), private sector partners, educational institutions, NSO leaders, coaches, and the broader Canadian and international sport and wellness communities.
- Develop a national, cross-organizational strategy to deliver resources across Game Plan’s five elements to approximately 3,000 active and recently retired national team, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes.
- Manage the Game Plan Steering Committee by preparing appropriate reports, budgets and planning documents.
- Assess and manage risks to the program, and partners.
- Oversee the integration of all internal and external stakeholders across marketing, digital, communications and other COC, CPC, COPSI Network, and Sport Canada functional areas to ensure consistency of program understanding, representation, and athlete experience.
- Contribute strategic guidance and support to Canadian Olympic Committee’s marketing partnerships team to ensure alignment between COC’s organizational goals, the wider sport system, and athlete needs.
- Act as spokesperson for Game Plan in national media and ensure integrity of COC’s brand and reputation publicly.
- Ensure a diversity and inclusion lens is considered in all Game Plan activities.
- Identify new opportunities for Game Plan partners and vendors for key projects.
- Foster a collaborative and unified approach to total athlete wellness by building strong relationships and strategic partnerships within the sport system
- Work closely with teams across COC, CPC, Sport Canada, COPSI Network, and the National Sport Organizations to ensure Game Plan is appropriately addressed in strategic plans and agendas.
- Work with National Olympic Committee (NOC) peers to continually stay aware of trends, best practices, successes and challenges.
- Work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to integrate its Athlete Career Program and Athlete’s Hub resources into Game Plan.
- Ensure COC/Game Plan founding partners are appropriately recognized and integrated into Game Plan planning and implementation.
- Develop a strong team culture among a diverse group of staff, contractors and advisors in a matrix and complex organizational structure
- Ensure there are the right human resources in place in Game Plan and COPSIN to operationalize the strategic goals of the program.
- Create and manage the Game Plan quadrennial and annual budget and forecasts.
- Lead the advisors on the development of their regional budgets and plans.
- Work with COPSIN presidents and senior staff to ensure Game Plan’s contributions to their budgets align with regional goals as well as Game Plan’s goals.
- Advise the Game Plan Steering Committee on the ongoing financial status and needs of the program.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CRITICAL SKILLS
Education and Experience
- Post-secondary degree in sport administration, business, or related field preferred and a minimum of 5 to 7 years’ related work experience.
- Olympian/Paralympian or an individual with significant knowledge of and experience with the Canadian high-performance sport system
Skills and Abilities
- Solid understanding of Canadian sport landscape;
- Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal/external colleagues and stakeholders
- Management skills, including strategic planning, project management, and financial and budget planning, with the ability to balance several projects at the same time and strong attention to detail
- Strong communication skills – English and French (verbal required); English written (required) and French written (an asset)
- Successful experience in working effectively with senior leadership and a proven ability to provide guidance and direction to peers.
- Experience reporting to a Board of Directors or external stakeholder steering committee is essential.
- Experience leading and managing a team, including remote management, within a matrix organization structure.
- Strong ability to identify and resolve complex problems.
- Demonstrates and embodies the COC Values of Accountability, Excellence, Fun, Respect and Bravery.
- Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally.
Competitive salary based on experience, excellent benefits package.
Please send all cover letters and resumes by February 9, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org, citing the position title in the subject line. No telephone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The COC is committed to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes and work environment are inclusive and barrier-free. At the COC, we celebrate and welcome the diversity of all employees and believe that having a team of individuals with different backgrounds, views, experience and capability working together makes us stronger and better as an organization.
Accommodation is also available upon request for individuals taking part in all stages of our recruitment and selection processes. Please advise the recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs due to a disability are accommodated. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.