NT Thunder team

Position Vacant: Manager of NT Thunder (NEAFL & VFL W)

18.09.18 14:56


– Create pathways and quality environment for male and female players in the Northern Territory
– Values driven culture
– Fantastic team benefits

Our goal here at the AFL is to enhance and grow the game across all states and all levels – from grassroots to elite. As one team, we put on the game, build participation, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, and collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. Our roles may vary but we are all united by our common goal, to leave the game in an even more extraordinary place.

The Northern Territory Thunder was established to compete at 2nd Tier level and commenced in the 2009 season as part of the NEAFL competition. In 2018 the NT Thunder FC entered the VFLW competition to complete both pathways for male and female players in the Northern Territory.

The NT Thunder aims to:

Generate greater interest, participation and support for Australian Football within the Northern Territory by becoming the highest profile Australian Football team outside of the AFL.

Contribute to improved education, employment, training, health and wellbeing in indigenous communities by inspiring young indigenous people to participate in sport.

Increase the number of Northern Territory players in the AFL by providing a structured, quality football training and development program that supports a career path into the AFL.

Earn widespread community support in the NT by demonstrated excellence in development of athletes, ability to engage regional areas, and professional conduct of NTFC commercial & business operations for, and at the local level.

Ensure long term Club viability through good corporate governance and management practices that drive financial sustainability and prosperity.

Base a high-performance team around home grown Territory players, which play an exciting Territory brand of football, consistently competing in Finals and Grand Finals

This role is responsible for organising all off-field football activities for NT Thunder teams, to ensure the playing group is provided with the highest level of support, giving them the structure and resources to compete and perform to the best possible standard. The role is also responsible for list management within salary cap requirements.

Please note employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal history record check. The successful candidate is required to possess a valid ‘working with children’ check.

The AFL has extensive procedures and checks in place to protect children and young people in our organisation.


Manage club personnel – liaise and coordinate between Senior Coach, other coaches, Strength & Conditioning, Medical, Academy players and volunteers.

List management – manage process of recruiting and retaining talent – senior and junior players as well as coaches
Maintain and enhance activities and relationship with NTFL Club and Affiliated Clubs and Leagues within the Northern Territory.

Coordinate all football operations tasks (venues, training, preseason, match-day, competition requirements) for both NEAFL and VFLW.

Coordinate with AFLNT Media and Commercials Operations draw request to the NEAFL and AFL Victoria.

Coordinate relationships and activities with affiliated clubs – promoting the participation and talent pathway within the Northern Territory Football Club Programs.

Work with the Manager of Commercial & Marketing to establish a strategic commercial and community partnerships plan.

Responsible for financial management of the Club, including contracting players to the NT Thunder / ThunderW within salary cap requirements.


Sound knowledge of the NEAFL, VFLW and NTFL competition structures, AFL talented player pathway program -including the drafting process – along with strong football networks both within the NT and Australia wide

Experience working and engaging with people from different cultures and circumstances, and ideally, involvement with players from indigenous and remote community backgrounds.

Experience in managing conflict in a manner that adequately delivers outcomes for all parties.

Willingness to work outside normal business hours from time to time such as evenings and weekends due to the nature of the sporting industry.

Experience with effectively recruiting, retaining, and managing volunteers

A capacity to lead, influence and educate individuals to achieve positive life, career and educational outcomes


We believe in a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Workplace and our staff have access to an extensive Health and Wellbeing program.

My Development – all employees have access to the AFL’s My development program which consists of on the job training, coaching and mentoring and formal learning.

AFL Staff Footy Memberships – easy access to the game, staff can share these with family and friends.

My Benefits – staff have access to over 350 discounts with some of the biggest retailers and the AFL’s Corporate Partners