CAYMAN ISLANDS – Technical Director

Applications due 11/30/20

Job Description:

Location: Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Olympic Way, George Town, Cayman Islands

Position Overview

Working with the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (“CIASA“) Board, the Technical Director will play a key role in the development and implementation of the CIASA Strategic Plan, liaising with stakeholders to effectively deliver all aspects of the plan at every level from Learn To Swim through to and including High Performance Competitive Swimming.

Responsibilities

Planning and Implementation

  • Direct and manage the delivery of the CIASA Strategic Plan, monitor progress and conduct regular reviews.
  • Where appropriate identify process enhancements and new strategic initiatives for CIASA Board consideration.
  • Develop implementation plans as well as design and document associated policies, procedures and systems.
  • Produce budget plans and contribute towards the development of a funding model to capitalise on CIASA funding opportunities and investment sources.

Swimming Development & Water Safety

  • Work closely with the Cayman Islands Government Department of Sports to develop an exciting, vibrant and sustainable programme of school swimming. Liaise with Head Teachers and Heads of Department in the implementation of a swimming syllabus to ensure every child receives quality swimming instruction. This includes the development of and the teaching of water safety and competition.
  • Work closely with the Cayman Islands Government Department of Sports to develop an education programme for school swim instructors.
  • Direct CIASA’s Community Development Programme to ensure opportunities are extended to the wider community with the aim of promoting water safety and increasing engagement in aquatic activities at every level.
  • Conduct evaluations of Learn To Swim schemes aiming to achieve the CIASA kite mark standard, offer advice and support as required, and provide recommendations to the CIASA board.
  • Implement and manage the CIASA Awards Scheme recognising water confidence, skills, speed, and distance achievements or to ensure CIASA’s learn-to-swim partners are using their own programme.
  • Promote the formation of new swimming clubs in outlining areas of the islands and liaise with interested parties to initiate development plans.
  • Work to introduce new water safety agencies work with current appropriate agencies to raise awareness of water safety through an education and training programmes.

Competitive Swimming

  • Produce qualification standards for international meets and contribute to the national selection of athletes and team staff in conjunction with the CIASA Representative Team Committee, Commonwealth Games Committee, Island Games Committee and National Olympic Committee.
  • As required by CIASA, as National Team Head Coach and/or National Team Manager, act as National Team Head Coach and/or National Team Manager at international competitions with responsibility for directing and managing the team staff and athletes and creating a team environment conducive to optimum performance.
  • Liaise with FINA and the international organising committees on logistical arrangements and entries for international events, and assist with the development and organisation of CIASA domestic Open Water and Pool events as well as CARIFTA and Island Games.
  • Prepare performance analysis reports for benchmark competitions (pre, during and post meet) for distribution to the coaches, team managers and the CIASA Board.
  • Direct and manage the National Squad programme with a focus on the development of swimming skills and technique, and ensure the delivery of activities that are designed and tailored specifically to each National Squad level with an eye toward the individual development of each squad member.
  • Establish a competitive programme for Masters swimming and identify suitable domestic and international racing opportunities for approval by the CIASA Board.
  • Work closely with Special Olympics Cayman Islands (SOCI) to integrate SOCI swimmers into CIASA Registered Clubs and CIASA Designated Competitions.
  • Maintain a confidential database of swimmer rankings and CIASA/National swimming records and prepare and distribute record certificates.
  • Maintain a database of contact information for the Representative Team Members.
  • Conduct assessments of identified talented swimmers and arrange a suitable programme and opportunities to fulfill their potential.
  • Provide advice and guidance on off island academic and swimming opportunities for swimmers seeking to move off island for educational purposes.

Professional Development, Education & Support

  • Establish individually tailored Coach Development Plans for club coaches and act as mentor and support for club coaches in all aspects of their specific professional development programme.
  • Develop and implement a swimming coaching and teaching Apprenticeship scheme to provide work experience, encouragement, mentoring and support to participating individuals including those involved in the Government’s programmes.
  • Liaise with the Officials Committee to ensure the provision of appropriate education and training opportunities for Technical Officials.
  • Lead a forum for coaches to discuss technical coaching issues, and establish and manage a Coaches and Teachers Association to offer professional advice and in house seminars and clinics.
  • Implement an information and advisory service for registered swimmers, parents, coaches, teachers and officials covering all areas of the Swimming Development and Competitive programmes.
  • Provide advice and guidance to swimming clubs on such matters as principles of training, land conditioning, competition calendars and other related technical matters, and assist with on deck support for clubs when requested and approved by CIASA.

Administration

  • Assist the Board of Directors of CIASA in communicating and implementing CIASA’s Vision, Values and Objectives and overall direction. 
  • Liaise with the CIASA President and CIASA Vice President to ensure that all of CIASA’s obligations to, and enquiries from, the CIOC, Island Games Committee, FINA, UANA, CCCAN and CARIFTA are met in a timely manner. 
  • Liaise with the CIASA Treasurer regarding preparation of budgets and reconciliation of accounts from competitions. 
  • Liaise with the Chairman of the CIASA Open Water Committee to ensure proper planning, preparation and evaluation occur for each open water swim. Assist the CIASA Open Water Committee by co-ordinating with the Flowers Group in respect of the promotion, development and organisation of the Flowers’ sea swims. 
  • Liaise with the Chairman of the Facilities/50m Pool Committee with respect to the maintenance or improvement of existing swim facilities (as applicable) and the plans for the 50m Pool on Grand Cayman and the 25m Pool on Cayman Brac. 
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors of CIASA and CIASA registered clubs in respect of the promotion of masters’ swimming and the development of other aquatic disciplines in the Cayman Islands. 
  • Liaise with the Chairman of the CIASA Representative Team Committee to ensure that all RTC obligations are met in a timely and appropriate manner. Assist the Chairman to ensure that all National Team members and parents have met their obligations in terms of signing and abiding by the Representative Team Agreement and other specific agreements required for individual CIASA team events. 
  • Liaise with the Chairman of the CIASA Fund Development Committee to ensure that all potential information requested by fund development partners or potential partners is obtained as well as to ensure that all CIASA obligations are met for fund development partners.
  • Liaise with the Chairman of the CIASA Booster Club to ensure that all obligations and comments are met by CIASA and liaise generally with the Booster Club.
  • Assist the Board of Directors of CIASA to ensure that all Club Development, club documents, club reports and other obligations are met in a timely manner. 
  • Liaise with the Technical Officials Committee. 
  • Act as Chairman of the CIASA Coaches Committee and conduct meetings with Head Coaches of CIASA registered swim clubs and meetings with all coaches. 
  • Maintain the FINA and UANA entry and games management systems. 
  • Lead or assist in the development and organisation of all FINA schools or clinics for coaches, athletes and/or officials. 
  • Liaise with, or act as, the Chairman of any CIASA Committee established from time to time (as applicable).

Communications

  • In conjunction with the CIASA press officer, actively and positively promote all aspects of the CIASA swimming programme via press and media opportunities, and regularly update the CIASA website with news and information items.

Other

  • Act in an advisory capacity to stakeholders, agencies and interested individuals on all aquatics matters as appropriate.
  • Attend international competitions, conferences and workshops as requested by the CIASA Board and report back findings and key messages.
  • Perform any other relevant duties that may be requested from time to time by the CIASA Board.

Experience & Skills

Essential

  • A passion for excellence with a strong desire to excel and evidence of achieving high levels of professionalism, technical delivery and quality standards.
  • Experience of developing strategies, executing plans, and knowledge of the principles of budgeting and finance.
  • Proven track record of formulating, implementing and delivering a successful swimming programme catering for swimmers of all levels and abilities.
  • Experience of coaching national swimmers who have achieved success at international age group and youth level.
  • Experience of working in collaboration with coaches, athletes and support services in a high performance environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience of operating effectively with a wide range of audiences including swimmers, external stakeholders, coaches, teachers, parents, partner organisations and press and media.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Strong background of experience (and applicable and current formal qualifications) in competitive swim coaching at the national age group level and higher.
  • Graduate level aptitude or Further Education qualification to degree level.
  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Possess current CPR and First Aid certifications.

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering a Swimming Development programme across multiple clubs and/or organisations.
  • Experience of coaching swimmers to senior international level with results on the World and Olympic stage.
  • Knowledge of School Swimming programmes.
  • Experience of implementing Swimming Award schemes.

How to Apply

All application need to be submitted via email to:-

[email protected]

No phone calls.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

 

Contact Information

Chilian Wong-Ellison

PO BOX 10376, GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1004, CAYMAN ISLANDS

phone: 1-345-916-5432