Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) is Tasmania’s peak Water safety and Lifesaving organisation. Our movement is a part of the history, fabric and future of this country. It represents the lifestyle, values and beliefs of the Australian culture. It protects life, it saves life, it promotes life. We create a safe environment in and around our waterways, through patrols on, in and around aquatic environments and through community education and training programs.

We achieve this by working with our members, communities, educational institutions, governments, and other organisations in the provision of best practice education, training, surveillance and rescue and risk management services. Each year to grow our capacity to be able to reach the community and meet their diverse needs, SLST recruits Community Lifeguards and Education Instructors.

Training & Community Programs Manager Vacancy

Surf Life Saving Tasmania Inc (“SLST”) is the peak organisation for surf lifesaving activities in Tasmania.

We are looking for someone to step into the Training & Community Manager role for Leanne Johannesen during her maternity leave. The primary role of the Training & Community Programs Manager is to ensure the effective review, development and delivery of key SLST member and community training and community programmes across all aspects of its operations. It is planned to begin the role in June to ensure overlap between Leanne and the person for a smooth transition and a handover of workplans with induction into the position.

The prime responsibilities are to:

Responsible for the application of operational aspects of the SLST Strategic Plan which include day to day:

  • Managing the compliance of Vocational Education Training (VET) for both member and commercial training as per our agreement with our Registered Training Organization (RTO), Life Saving Victoria (LSV);
  • Work with Regional Life Saving Committees, Life Saving Executive Committee, Trainers and Assessors and clubs to support members training, provision of training resources, version control, standards and professional development;
  • Co-ordinating the delivery of commercial training and community programs to achieve SLST’s vision and mission;
  • Co-ordinating the delivery of lifeguard and consultation services;
  • Managing relationships with commercial clients, LSV, SLSA, interstate SLS counterparts, Emergency Services, Marine and Safety Tasmania (MaST), Royal Life Saving, Swimming Tasmania, government and other complimentary community organisations;
  • Management of fulltime and casual staff reporting to this position;
  • Working within applicable budgets and monitor financial position;
  • Delivery of position workplans and providing relevant reports to Advisory Committees and the Board;
  • Advising and assisting the CEO and Board on commercial operational matters.

The successful applicant must address the following selection criteria:


Essential:           Cert IV TAE and/or relevant management qualifications or experience.

Desirable:          Undergraduate degree in management, marketing or commerce.

                          Past or present membership of a surf life saving club or community education organisation.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated ability to work constructively with a wide range of volunteer / paid personnel and a wide range of organisations across numerous locations;
  2. Demonstrated ability to liaise and manage relationships with businesses and other complimentary organisations in order to support the achievement of strategic and operational goals;
  3. Demonstrated ability to plan and lead a professional team of employees in the planning and implementation of operational imperatives;
  4. Experience managing compliance within an RTO;
  5. Proven ability to market and protect a well-known brand and achieve commercial viability for the organisation;
  6. Demonstrated ability to show initiative and innovation to achieve practical work outcomes.

SLST is an equal opportunity employer with commitment to safeguarding children and young people. All candidates will be required to undertake a working with children check.

The successful applicant will be based in Hobart but expected to travel around the state with some interstate travel possible.

For a copy of the Position Description and any queries please contact Karyn Blakey on 0417 333 504 or email  

Applications to:

Training and Community Programs Manager Position

Surf Life Saving Tasmania Inc.

GPO Box 1745

Hobart TAS 7001

Applications must be received by 9.00 am on Monday, 22nd April 2019