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Senior Director, High Performance

Tennis Canada

Posted 4 months ago



Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Job Type

Job Description

  • Under the direction of the VPHP, the SDHP will lead the implementation, and delivery of the HP strategic plan, operations and budgets  to ensure alignment with Tennis Canada’s sports science, health, wellness and safe sports departments to help deliver the HP strategic plan annual objectives.
  • Working with the Head of U15 Pipeline to replenishing the U15 pipeline talent (depth and quality) and converting top prospects to achieve the stated objectives. This includes administrative support that will integrate sports science, safe sport, well-being and policies through the operations of the U15 Prospect team and U15 Club support program.
  • Working with the Head of men, Head of women, and wheelchair tennis leader to provide systematic support. This includes administrative support that will integrate sports science, safe sport, well-being and policies through the operations of the Regional Tennis Centres, National Tennis Centre, National Camps and different Tennis Canada support Programs, with excellence.
  • Ensure strategy implementation is tracked/monitored with regular reporting of progress against agreed business metrics.
  • Build a strong systematic structure and to ensure a high-performance environment is established, maintained, and enhanced to drive the stated objectives.
  • Establish industry-leading health, wellness, clean sport, safe sport, and EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) standards for the sport of tennis in Canada, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and regulations.
  • Work closely with the Tennis Canada tennis leaders (coaches, coaches lead) of the HP organization to help, implement off court strategies to make impactful differences on the court (Tennis specific results).
  • Work closely with provincial, national and international bodies to influence governance policies that impact Canadian tennis.

Leadership & Relationships

  • Provide strong leadership/management and direction to the high-performance team, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement. This team includes internal and external sports science, safe sport, health and well-being staff and partners.
  • Embody Tennis Canada’s core values of teamwork, innovation, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promote and acknowledge them across the organization.
  • Provide innovative problem-solving around key operating and business challenges within the department.
  • Create a supportive and empowering environment for coaches, athletes, and support staff, fostering their personal and professional growth.
  • Forge strong relationships with key stakeholders in the high-performance tennis community to leverage resources and opportunities that enrich our high-performance programs.
  • Develop a strong partnership with the Tennis Development Team to align, coordinate and maximize resources and help bridge the Participation and HP tennis pathways.
  • Collaborate with external partners, such as Own-The-Podium, universities, research institutions, and other national sports organizations, to drive innovation and thought leadership in player development.

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Qualifications Required

  • 10-12 years of relevant experience in driving world-class high-performance sport and operation plans.
  • A degree in sports science is required with a master’s degree preferred. Or demonstrate an equivalent degree of sports science management/leadership experience working with world class sports organizations/teams.
  • Experience of managing and developing talented high-performance teams and delivering sustained success.
  • A strong understanding of the International/national High Performance, high performance sports systems/teams is an asset.
  • Experience of leading and managing successful performance programs at World and/or Olympic/Paralympic level.
  • Ability to provide strategic direction/planning with the ability to translate vision into actionable plans, systems and results.
  • Experience in the specificities of the sport of tennis is an asset.
  • Ability to manage and communicate “up and down” within a diverse organizational structure.
  • Ability to develop strong external relationships with a wide array of stakeholders.
  • Comprehensive understanding of coaching, sports science/medicine, international competition, talent pathways.
  • Thorough understanding and appreciation of world class standards at key stages of development for high performance sporting environments.
  • Bilingual oral and written (French and English) is an asset.

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