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Community Engagement Manager

Sunshine Coast Lightning

  • Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia
  • Full Time
Closing 28 Nov 2021
Applications 0


We’re looking for a Community Champion!

As a Club, we endeavour to make real change in people’s lives and need a motivated, ambitious and compassionate person to take the reins with our community programs.

At Lightning we are a netball Club made for and with the Sunshine Coast community - making this role an important and exciting position to fill.

Developing meaningful programs, including the delivery of our First Nations Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, is a truly rewarding opportunity for the right candidate.

If this sounds like you, then keep reading! Join Sunshine Coast Lightning in an exciting growth phase!

Introduction to Sunshine Coast Lightning

Sunshine Coast Lightning is a netball franchise that participates in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) league - the world’s premier netball competition. Netball is the largest female participation sport in Australia and that dominance is poised to continue with the SSN entering a new broadcast rights deal with Foxtel Group and Kayo Sports from 2022.

Lightning prides itself on accelerating the growth of the sport through best practice initiatives and demonstrating excellence both on and off court. Lightning’s prominence in the SSN also showcases the Sunshine Coast region to a national and international audience.

The Club has experienced enormous success in its first five seasons, competing in three consecutive SSN Grand Finals, winning back-to-back Premierships in 2017 and 2018, and Minor Premiers in 2019 - making it the most successful start-up professional sporting team in Australian history. It is also the only SSN Club to feature in all five finals’ campaigns since the competition’s inception.

The Club has been just as successful off-court, attracting a solid membership base, a diverse portfolio of international, national and local corporate partners, repeat sold-out home matches at USC Stadium and incredible engagement with the local community.

About The Role:

The Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for the planning and delivery of Sunshine Coast Lightning’s community engagement strategy to showcase the important role of its players, coaches and staff as leaders and role models, and demonstrate the Club’s social and economic impact within the community. The role will also be responsible for identifying and driving new growth opportunities for the Club through the commercialisation of community and education programs.  This will include generating revenue from commercial partners, donations, and government grants to raise funds for the Club’s community initiatives.

The role will require a high degree of stakeholder management, exceptional communication skills, and an ability to build and develop strong partnerships with community, commercial and government organisations.

About You:

  • Bachelor degree/tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in a relevant field
  • Experience in a similar role with the proven ability to manage and deliver community programs and/or events
  • Experience in developing and managing financial resources and budgets, including ability to deliver income/fundraising targets
  • Experience working in a community/not-for-profit focused organisation with will be highly regarded
  • Strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills  
  • Excellent relationship building and influencing skills
  • Exceptional organisation skills and a demonstrated ability to manage time and resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. 

This is a full-time role, however due to the nature of the position and the sport industry, evening and weekend work will be required.


Application Instruction

For the opportunity to demonstrate your experience, ambition and suitability for this role, please send your written application, including both covering letter and CV to, addressing the 'Community Engagement Manager' in the subject line. 

This position is based at Lightning HQ, part of USC’s High Performance Sport Precinct located at its Sippy Downs campus on the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland. 

Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday 28 November 2021.

(Please note that only applicants who have been selected for interview will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to accept recruitment agency applications).

The successful candidate will need to meet club screening requirements, which will include National Police Record clearance and obtaining a Blue Card/Working with Children Check, before they are appointed to their role.

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