Taekwondo Canada

Career Opportunity: Performance Director

  • July 23, 2018
  • Job Opportunity

POSITION:                 Performance Director

SUPERVISOR:             Executive Director

LOCATION:             Ottawa, House of Sport



Taekwondo Canada is the National Sport Governing Body for Taekwondo in Canada. We are recognized by World Taekwondo, Pan American Taekwondo Union, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Taekwondo Canada sends national teams to the Olympic Games, World Taekwondo Championships, Pan Am Taekwondo Championships, Pan Am Games, World Taekwondo Junior Championships, Poomsae World Championships, Pan Am Poomsae Championships, and is also targeting the 2020 Paralympic Games.



Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Performance Director will be responsible for the development, planning, management, and execution of all national team programs and initiatives ensuring consistent and sustained performance at the international and domestic level, such as World Championships and Olympic/Paralympic Games.

In addition, the Performance Director will be responsible for development and maintenance of the performance pathway of the sport, from playground to podium. 



Leadership in Performance Development

Through on-going feedback from key performance stakeholders and in alignment with Taekwondo Canada’s strategic plan, devise, implement and monitor Taekwondo Canada’s four and eight-year high performance plans;
Ensure the planning, evaluating, documenting and overseeing the implementation of all elements of Taekwondo Canada’s high-performance programs to ensure sustainable excellence by Canadian taekwondo athletes;
Based on individual athletes and program needs assessments, and in collaboration with identified system coaches, develop, manage, and monitor sport science programs;
In consultation with identified system coaches, lead the development and implementation of talent identification and recruitment strategies;
On an on-going basis, monitor and evaluate system coaches, consultants, integrated support team and administrative performance staff progression;
In association with the Executive Director, act as Taekwondo Canada’s point of contact in relation to any funding performance partner;
Act or appoint a designate as a team leader in all multisport Games, World Championships and other Domestic and International events when required;
Oversee the proper functioning of both the High-Performance Committee and the Coaches Committee.


System Development

Work collaboratively with the provincial and territorial governing bodies by providing needs-based assistance and mentorship with regards to athletes, programs and high-performance systems implementation;
Lead in the development of an updated and comprehensive Taekwondo specific LTAD and podium pathway to be shared with clubs as well as provincial and territorial sports organisations;
With oversight from the High-Performance Committee and system coaches, develop, implement and manage selection criteria for Sport Canada’s Athletes Assistance Program (AAP), and athlete and coach selection to major international events;
Act as Taekwondo Canada’s representative on all high-performance matters with our partners and stakeholders;
Be available for public relations or promotional appearances as required;
Represent Canadian Taekwondo internationally.


General Administration

Oversee the coordination of all aspects of the administration, management and support of the national team during competition, including all multisport games, World Championships and other domestic and international events when required;
With support of the program manager, prepare the annual and quadrennial budgets, and conduct periodic and special budgetary reviews for national programs;
Ensure that all reporting to either performance partners, board of directors or Executive Director is done in a concise and timely manner;
Support other organization function areas such as communications, events, etc.


Experience, Skill and Education

Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
Five or more years of progressive experience in high-performance sport, including demonstrated success at a senior level and relevant experience at international events such as World Championships or Olympic Games;
Proven consultative, facilitation, and decision-making skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with colleagues and a wide variety of stakeholders and partners;
Experience in developing strategies, budgets and proposals, defining requirements, preparing reports, and delivering presentations;
Proven record in leading teams in multi-disciplinary, cross functional environment, delivering objectives and performance targets;
Superior understanding of strategic high-performance sports system planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the national and international level;
Proven ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team of dedicated professionals in the pursuit of common goals;
Open, transparent, ethical, and professional in all areas of interaction and reporting.



The position requires knowledge of the Canadian high-performance sports system and of the programs of Taekwondo Canada’s key sports partners, including Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Paralympic Committee;
NCCP level 4 coaching certification, or equivalent experience/education;
The ability to work effectively in both English and French.



Qualified applicants are to submit a resume and cover letter explaining their experience and why they are suited for this position, along with salary expectations to, hr@taekwondo-canada.com, with “Performance Director Position Application” in the subject line.   Applications are due by August 10, 2018.   

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