The Opportunity


At OFC we are implementing a new strategy as we work collectively towards achieving our vision for football in the Pacific: Qualifying two competitive teams to the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2027.

We are a highly dedicated, passionate and innovative group of people who are working tirelessly to drive the growth of Oceania football, people, culture and communities.

The Role:

Reporting to the Director of Competitions, the Events/Competitions Manager will be responsible for planning, organising and delivering OFC’s international competitions and associated events in line with expected standards. This role also includes capability development within our Member Associations in any relevant areas including (but not limited to) competition management, event management and match day operations.

This role is also responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring:

  • OFC Competitions strategy, strategic plans, and operational plans.
  • OFC Competitions departmental budgets and any other relevant budget and/or financial reports.
  • OFC’s international match calendar and competitions calendar.

The coming years will be demanding but there are many exciting events including the introduction of new club competitions (Women and Youth). The role will require some travel abroad.

A day in the life of Competitions Manager includes:

Accountabilities: Event Management

Manage the pre-delivery phase of any assigned competitions ensuring the delivery of the competition meets the expected minimum requirements including (but not limited to):

  • Preparing host bid process, evaluation and selection.
  • Planning and preparation of the event with the host location and pre-competition events (e.g., Competitions draws).
  • Liaising with OFC member associations regarding any event management matters and compliance with OFC competition regulations and oversee the delivery of event management operations in the host location.
  • Managing all pre-delivery phase logistics and administration tasks including (but not limited to) procurement, equipment management etc.
  • Conduct post-event evaluations with the objective to Improving OFC competition operational processes and event delivery.

Accountabilities: Competition Management 

Develop, apply and monitor OFC Competition regulations, risk framework, health and safety policies and any relevant regulatory frameworks.

Manage all competitions management matters for any assigned competition to the expected standards, including (but not limited to):

  • Defining and implementing appropriate competition format and match schedules.
  • Managing the team entries, player registration and matches using the OFC’s Competition Management System.
  • Liaising with OFC member associations regarding any competition management matters and compliance with OFC competition regulations and preparing official documentation.
  • Liaising with Host member associations regarding any competition management matters.
  • Oversee the delivery of match and competition operations in the host location.

Skills and experience:

  • You will ideally have 5 years’ experience in sport & recreation and an understanding of not-for-profit organizations plus.
  • Proven track records in successfully managing international events and projects preferably within the sport sector.
  • Sound knowledge of FIFA and OFC Statutes and applications (preferred but not essential).
  • Sound knowledge of the operations structure of OFC and its Member Associations (preferred but not essential).
  • Experience with database management and associated software.
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills with a proactive and flexible attitude.
  • Project Management skills and effective planning skills including the development of strategies.
  • An understanding of the Oceania region, its people and cultures is desirable.

Hours of Work

This role is a full-time permanent role, working 40 hours per week. The sport industry operates outside of traditional business hours, including weekends. To succeed in this role, you must be willing and able to work when and where sport is happening. We have a flexible approach to ensuring our people can balance their family life and personal commitments alongside the demands of the industry.

Benefits and Perks

  • Hybrid working style with 2 days work from home
  • Medical and Life Insurance
  • Supportive team members and on the job training
  • A competitive salary with generous travel allowance

The Next Steps:

Please email a cover letter attached to your resume to [email protected]. Your cover letter should highlight your specific qualifications and recent experiences that are relevant to the role and provide answers to the following questions:

  • Do you have the right to work in New Zealand?
  • What is your expected base salary?

Applications close at 5.00pm (NZST) on Wednesday 31 May 2023.  OFC reserves the right to shortlist and interview candidates prior to the closing date. Should a preferred candidate be identified OFC may close the job ad earlier.