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NTCricket: Head of Cricket (Deadline – May 31)

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Posted: 7 May 2024
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Northern Territory Cricket Ltd is the peak sporting body for cricket in the Territory. As custodians of the sport, we work closely with Cricket Australia, the seven other State & Territory Associations and our members to serve and grow the game. Our purpose is to unite and inspire our community through cricket, and our vision is to create a thriving sport for all.

Cricket in the Territory is unique, with a small but richly diverse community which is spread across a vast and rugged land mass bigger than most countries (our two largest towns are 1,500kms apart!). Our season never ends, with Top End cricketers playing in the dry season (Apr-Sep), while those in the Red Centre battle it out over summer (Oct-Mar). Cricket doesn’t stop in the Territory and that’s the way we like it.

Our community is rich in diversity; from Indigenous Australians who represent the oldest continuous culture in the world, to more recent arrivals from South East Asia, to those passing through in pursuit of opportunities that only a northern winter provides, and everyone in between. Everyone is welcome, and everyone plays an equally important role in enhancing the game of cricket.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Cricket is a critical leadership
role that will be accountable for leading and delivering two key areas of the
Strategic Plan:

  • Community Cricket – Sustainable Participation Growth
  • Talent and Pathways – Player, Coach and Match Official Development

The Head of Cricket will increase participation across all forms, levels and demographics within the game. They will support the community cricket network of clubs, administrators and volunteers to make cricket fun, welcoming and accessible across the Territory, in particular driving increased participation amongst women and girls.

The Head of Cricket will be equally instrumental in the delivery of researched best practice to systematically identify, select and develop talented male and female players, coaches and officials, and ensure the most effective pathway structures and programs are in place to help talented participants reach their potential.

The role has a significant mandate, encompassing various crucial responsibilities, and requires an exceptionally capable senior executive or sports administrator with a proven track record in leading teams. You will have experience and knowledge of the Australian Cricket ecosystem (from entry level through to elite teams) and demonstrated success in leading change and reform in complex environments.

The role demands a leader who is not only strategic and diplomatic, but also empathetic and proactive in addressing challenges. You will be a master communicator, collaborator and relationship builder, with advanced analytical, planning and organisation skills to effectively design and deliver a diverse work program, manage resources and make ethically informed decisions.

We are seeking a great fit for our small tight-knit team. An individual who is high character, hands-on, passionate and values driven. This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact in grassroots participation and talent development, and leave a legacy for cricket in the Northern Territory

Community Cricket

  • Design and implement a Community Cricket Strategy in line with the Cricket Australia national strategy, including the Women and Girls Action Plan and Multicultural Action Plan.
  • Lead the Community Cricket Team to drive strategies, planning and programs that achieve the Strategic Plan.
  • Partner with schools, clubs and associations to deliver increased engagement and sustainable participation growth.
  • Build strong connections between entry level participation programs, schools and registered junior club cricket.
  • Deliver exceptional experiences in cricket that drives increased retention rates amongst key demographics.
  • Drive the religious capture and use of participation data and insights to inform decision making and measure progress.
  • Ensure that cricket is fun, safe and welcoming for all with a focus on female, indigenous, and multicultural programs.
  • Establish strong positive working relationships and a system driven approach that values collaboration and alignment.
  • Seek, foster and manage key strategic partnerships (Clontarf, School Sport NT) that benefit the growth of cricket.
  • Lead and embed a best practice junior cricket framework and culture into affiliated associations, clubs and competitions.
  • Oversee and support the delivery of annual Territory wide carnivals (e.g. Imparja Cup).
  • Source and seek funding opportunities to support new, innovative and existing participation growth initiatives.


  • Lead the design and implementation of a clear Northern Territory Pathway in line with Australian Cricket talent development & best practice.
  • Oversee the management and evolution of all male and female pathway structures and programs.
  • Design and implement talent identification and development programs, including innovative ways to attract new talent.
  • Integrate different layers of cricket to maximise opportunities for talented players and coaches to reach their potential.
  • Establish strong positive working relationships and lead the adoption of a system driven approach to talent development.
  • Build depth and breadth of talent to ensure Northern Territory enters Teams in all CA Underage Championships.
  • Re-establish Senior Male and Female Teams and develop meaningful opportunities for players to develop and compete.
  • Re-establish Male and Female Indigenous Teams and a pathway to the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.
  • Work with School Sport NT to ensure Northern Territory Teams compete at all School Sport Australia Champs.
  • Ensure talented players are identified, profiled and developed consistently line with national selection philosophy.
  • Develop a network of skilled, active and accredited coaches in line with a modernised approach to coach development.
  • Drive the development and implementation of plans to support the recruitment and retention of match officials.


  • Play a key role as a member of the National Community Cricket Leadership Team (CCLT) to drive National strategy and future proof cricket.
  • Lead, manage and develop the Community Cricket and Pathway team to foster a positive and dynamic team environment of engaged, motivated and empowered people.
  • Create and drive a culture of continuous improvement and innovation across operations to deliver high quality programs, competitions, experiences and facilities.
  • Develop and manage the annual Community Cricket and Pathways budget in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Further Northern Territory Cricket’s role in elite cricket as part of Australian Cricket’s High Performance Managers Working Group.
  • Act as the lead or member of appropriate sub-committees and working groups to assist Northern Territory Cricket achieve key business outcomes.
  • Assist in the management of Workplace Health and Safety by identifying, assessing and reducing risk and ensuring compliance with WHS policies and procedures.


In addition to demonstrating relevant experience across the core functional areas of responsibility in this Position Overview, candidates will require:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Education, Sport Management, Business Management or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in sports industry, community sport, athlete development or related field (Minimum – 5 years).
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge or understanding of the Australian Cricket ecosystem (from entry level through to elite teams).
  • Level 2 or 3 Cricket Australia Coaching Certification (Desirable).
  • An exceptionally capable senior executive or sports administrator with a proven track record in leading teams.
  • High level strategic thinking with an ability to provide timely, compelling, accurate and data driven information to support decision making.
  • Have demonstrated success in leading change and reform practices, processes, systems and initiatives in a multifaceted organisation.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence and the ability to build strong relationships and influence others.
  • Advanced analytical, planning and organisation skills to effectively design and deliver a diverse work program, manage resources and act ethically.
  • Sound business and financial acumen, with demonstrated experience managing budgets and creating new revenue streams.
  • Advanced computer skills with proficiency in the MS Office suite of applications and other sport related platforms (i.e. Power BI, AMS).

This position is located at DXC Arena, 155 Abala Road, Marrara, Darwin. Travel across the Northern Territory and Inter-State to attend meetings, workshops, competitions and events will be required.

Darwin is a city that is all about liveability. It’s a country town by the water but with all the big city advantages. It is beautiful, warm, close to nature and you get plenty of time back in your day.

This is a full-time position with a normal working week of 38 hours. Standard office hours during non-peak times are 8am to 4pm. The peak period is April to September.

Given the unique nature of the industry there will be periods of unusual and unsocial hours during peak period. A high degree of flexibility is required and is offered in return.

A highly attractive market competitive remuneration package, as well as a fully maintained company vehicle, will be available to the successful candidate, negotiable depending upon skill level and experience.

Candidates interested in the role are invited to discuss their salary expectations with Northern Territory Cricket prior to applying.

How to Apply
Your application should be directed to and applications should include a cover letter and accompanying CV of no more than 5 pages.

In the first instance, general enquiries should be directed to Gavin Dovey, Chief
Executive Officer on 0424 508 435, or Jessica Smith, Office Manager on 08 8944 8900.

Interviews and appointment of the role are scheduled for early June 2024. The successful candidate is expected to commence duties as soon as possible, mindful of notice periods and general availability.


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