Central Leisure Manager

Shoalhaven City Council

  • Wollongong, Shoalhaven & Illawarra New South Wales Australia
  • Full Time
Closing 9 Dec 2021
Applications 0


About the company

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance. 

Shoalhaven Swim | Sport | Fitness is proudly managed by Shoalhaven City Council.  

Through management of state-of-the-art sporting facilities and a range of Leisure & Aquatic Centres across our region, as well as Destination Parks (Voyager Park & White Sands Park) and community facilities, Shoalhaven Swim | Sport | Fitness aims to enhance and promote a fun, fit and healthy lifestyle for our growing community. 

About the role

The Leisure Manager will be an experienced Precinct Manager who will deliver efficient and well-organised management practices. This position has an emphasis on leadership and motivation in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, and will require excellent communication and presentation skills.  
An understanding of the key success criteria in operating an Aquatic, Health & Fitness facility is essential. In addition, experience in monitoring & reporting on operational budgets and the management of sporting fields and destination parks. 

This permanent, full-time position works 38 hours per weekMonday to Sunday between the hours of 5.00am to 11:00pm (as per the roster) based at the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre – The Wool Road, Vincentia.  

The advertised salary is based on the grade of the position, comprising of 4 steps within the range shown. The starting salary is at Step 1 within the grade. Progression through the salary steps shall be based upon the achievement of performance objectives relating to the position. 


Reporting directly to the Manager - Shoalhaven Swim Sport & Fitness with 6 direct reports to the position, the focus is to:   

  • Monitor and report on standards of service across Bay & Basin Leisure Centres, sporting fields/amenities, community facilities and destination parks, and identify ways to improve standards and outcomes. 
  • Oversee the delivery of dynamic and commercially orientated programs and activities. 
  • Support and guide the Coordinators in the delivery of services across Shoalhaven Swim | Sport | Fitness. 
  • Foster a safe, efficient, cost effective and customer focused culture based on excellence. 
  • Contribute to the budget development for the Department, monitor spend and identify ways to improve Return on Investment. 
  • Ensure processes and protocols are in place for compliance with all relevant legislation and Council policies. 
  • Plan, organise and implement a broad range of programs, activities and services to maximize revenue generating potential of the facility.
  • Prepare Council reports which are accurate and concise and include recommended actions, budget compliance, including reporting on any irregularities/anomalies. 
  • Contribute to the budget management process, including preparation of business case for new activities for consideration by the Department Manager.  

Skills & Experience

In order to be successful in the position, you will be/possess:   

  • Degree in Recreation, Business or Marketing or related discipline or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in managing Aquatic Facilities, Leisure Centres, Sporting Fields, and/or Showgrounds. 
  • Experience in preparing and monitoring budgets 
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence 
  • Current Apply First Aid Certificate 

This position requires a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applicants are required to apply and pay for this check if not already obtained. 


We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:  

  • Generous Leave Entitlements 
  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years 
  • Fitness Passport
  • Novated Lease Arrangements 
  • Discounted Private Health Insurance 
  • Training and Development Programs 

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria


Application Instruction

You will be required to submit an online application by attaching your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and respond to questions regarding general information about you. 

In addition, you will be required to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of the position by answering the below questions relevant to the essential criteria as outlined in the job advertisement. 

For more information on the application process, please visit how to apply on Councils website. 

  1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting. 
  2. Please list the relevant qualifications and experience you hold. 
  3. Please explain your experience in managing and supporting a team 
  4. Please describe your experience preparing and monitoring budgets 
  5. This position requires an NSW Working With Children Check, please provide your Working With Children Check number.  

Please note: If your application progresses to an interview you may be requested to complete pre-interview tasks. Including a presentation on opportunities for the Bay and Basin destination parks/precincts and providing evidence of general correspondence and report writing from previous employment.

Contact:  Kevin Norwood - Manager - Shoalhaven Swim Sport & Fitness (02) 4429 5645

Applications Close: Thursday, 9 December 2021 (at Midnight) 

Shoalhaven City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds 

When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email 

Kevin Norwood

(02) 4429 5645

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