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Lifesaving Society Canada (National Office)
in Ottawa, ON
invites applications for the position of
Sport Commission - Development Chair

Friday, June 5, 2020

Job Description

As the 4 year cycle for the Sport Commission membership comes to a close, the Sport Commission is looking to fill vacant chair/representative positions.  The chairs will develop and lead operational subcommittees to complete tasks as established by the Sport Commission in order to meet the objectives and priorities set by the Lifesaving Society Board of Directors.

Position Title:
Sport Commission - Development Chair


To develop Lifesaving Sport in Canada with specific focus on programs and activities thatsupport the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan.

Reporting Relationship

The Development Chair reports to the Sport Commissioner and is expected to follow all conditions as set out in the Sport Commission Terms of Reference.

Although reporting to the Commissioner, the Development Chair may work with the following inorder to achieve its objectives:

  • Sport Commission members
  • National Team Manager
  • National Team Head Coach
  • Chief Executive Officer and/or National staff
  • Management Team and Branches
  • Any other group or individual as approved by the Commission

Terms & Conditions

  • The Development Chair is a voting member of the Lifesaving Sport Commission governance structure. Voting members of the Sport Commission can be volunteers or staff (National or Branch).
  • Voting members can sit for four (4) years with the option of reapplying for an additional two (2) year term.
  • Individuals who resign, are relieved from their position or who are deemed inactive shall be removed from the Commission.


  1. Attend Sport Commission meetings, to include the annual in-person meeting, as per the current Sport Terms of Reference. Report to the Sport Commission on success and direction of the athlete and coaching development program.
  2. Coordinate work of volunteers and staff in completing action plan items.
    • Voting members can establish both standing and term operational sub-committees consisting of volunteers, National staff or Branch staff. Committee members are not eligible to vote but can attend a Commission meeting upon the invitation of the Commissioner.
    • The following standing committee(s) fall under the Development portfolio:
      • Athlete Program Development
      • Coaching Program Development
  3. Collaborate with Lifesaving Society Canada and its Branches to leverage Canada’s Lifesaving Sport positioning to the benefit of Lifesaving Society Canada, its Branches, programs and activities.
  4. Create a national athlete development strategy for youth that links sport and Society programs/activities and that provides a bridge to high performance opportunities. Manages the Train to Train component of the LTAD.
  5. Manage approved projects within pre-set budget limits and following the LSC program development model.
  6. Provide training, certification and participation opportunities for Lifesaving Sport coaches.
  7. Works with the National Team Manager and National Team Head Coach in organizing and implementing training camps for young athletes alongside high performance athletes.
  8. Works with the High Performance Chair to support the transition of young athletes towards High Performance.
  9. Undertake other roles and activities aligned with the strategic plan and assigned by the Lifesaving Society Canada Board of Directors which are consistent with the purpose of the Development portfolio.

Required Qualifications

Skill Set and Knowledge Areas

  1. Experience as an athlete, coach, official or manager in any sport.
  2. Hold a Current National Lifeguard certification or Lifesaving Instructor award or higher.
  3. Available to attend Sport Commission meetings and operational subcommittee meetings.
  4. Experience in program development and project management
  5. Ability to speak in English and French is an asset.

Contact Information

Interested applicants  are encouraged to submit a letter of interest along with a full resume to:
Martin Leprohon