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Posted by RLPA

April 29, 2021

Join our team: Chief Operating Officer


The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) is seeking a highly skilled professional to fill the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

As COO, this person will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the RLPA’s operations in order to execute the RLPA’s strategic objectives. Working with the RLPA CEO and leadership team, the COO will implement the delivery of the RLPA’s vision, purpose, and strategy and manage the RLPA staff and key workstreams.

The COO will be responsible for all aspects of business operations, including Administration, Player Engagement and Operations, Legal, Finance, Communications, and Commercial. The successful applicant will also have primary responsibility in planning for collective bargaining, the negotiation and implementation of that key agreement, and its ongoing monitoring and compliance. Developing and executing effective strategies (through collective bargaining but also outside of that process) that secure outcomes that protect and advance the rights, welfare and interests of members of the RLPA, will be an essential focus in this role.

Multiple stakeholder relationships will be critical in this role, most importantly with the playing membership, but also with the RLPA Board and advisors, NRL, Clubs, States, National governing bodies, IRL and RLWC, and Accredited Agents. Therefore, the COO must have strong inter-personal skills to develop and enhance those relationships.

The COO will have the ability to develop and implement plans for the RLPA’s operational infrastructure, systems, processes and performance management. The successful applicant will drive a strong culture of high performance and service to the RLPA membership. Along with the Legal Counsel, the COO will be responsible for ensuring the constitutional and regulatory compliance of the RLPA.

The COO will have demonstrable experience and performance in the advocacy and representation of others. They will also have an ability to influence positive change and experience in managing a dynamic and hardworking team. The successful applicant must have exceptional communication (verbal and written) skills and operate with the utmost integrity.

A background in business, member-based organisations and advocacy will be important and a strong understanding of industrial and employment law (but not necessarily legally trained). Whilst the COO will not have direct responsibility for financial operations, they must have strong financial knowledge and skills to ensure the financial performance of the business and to understand the economy relating to professional sport, particularly rugby league.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work in rugby league at a senior level and make a difference in the lives of RLPA members and their families by advocating for their rights and advancing their interests.

Application Instruction

Please email your application to with the title ‘Application for Chief Operating Officer’.

Please include you resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages. Your cover letter should outline why you should be considered for the role based on the criteria outlined in the Position Description.

For more information on this role, please refer to the Position Description.

You can also call the RLPA on +61 2 8732 1700

Applications Close – 5pm Friday 14th May 2021

The Rugby League Players’ Association is an inclusive employer and encourages applications from anyone who aligns with our values of Professionalism, Courage, Fairness and Respect, and meets the desired skills and knowledge outlined in the advertised vacancy.

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