The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Position Type
Full Time

Application Deadline Date
July 17, 2020

Salary Range
To comensurate with experience

Job Location
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Employment Type

Expected Start Date
September 7, 2020

Additional Info

The employer is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

The employer welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

POSITION TITLE: Director, Performance Pathways Posting Date:

Monday, June 29, 2020

DEPARTMENT: Performance Pathways Application

Friday, July 17,

(4:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

(Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre)

875 Morningside Avenue, Toronto Ontario

Interview (Round 1)

Week of July 27, 2020

to commensurate with experience
WORKING CONDITIONS: Full-time (40hours/week)Must be able to work in a highly dynamic and
flexible client service environment. The successful candidate will be required on occasion to work irregular hours and be on-call for emergencies for time sensitive and priority issues.
Some travel required.

Position Summary

The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is looking for a dynamic individual to lead a newly created department at one of Canada’s leading sport institutes.  The Performance Pathways Department will focus on enhancing the high performance sport system in Ontario and creating a learning culture for staff  and sport partners.  CSIO’s Performance Pathways Department supports the current and next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, and technical leaders.

The new Performance Pathways Director will bring their energy and learning mindset to focus on CSIO’s purpose of “Elevating People and Performances”.  In this role, the Director will work with sport leaders in Ontario to develop leading edge talent development and high performance programs, as well as provide professional development and mentorship programs to CSIO staff and stakeholders.

The Director is accountable for the leadership and management of CSIO’s Performance Pathways Department which includes the Performance Systems and Performance Knowledge busines units.  Within the Performance Systems business unit, the Director will lead CSIO’s provincial high performance sport programs including the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI), talent identification programs including RBC Training Ground and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) Paralympian Search; and athlete services programs including Canadian Olympic Committee Senior Manager, Game Plan.  Within the Performance Knowledge business unit, the Director will be responsible for leading the organization’s internal professional development and mentorship initiatives; stakeholder education programs for  coaches and technical leaders; and coach education programs Including the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program.

The Director must develop strong external relationships with CSIO’s performance partners including Provincial and National Sport Organizations, the COPSI Network, Own the Podium, the Coaches Association of Ontario and Canada, and other partners within the Canadian Sport System.

The Director will bring a strong knowledge of the Canadian and Ontario High Performance sport systems and High Performance Strategies to successfully lead CSIO’s Performance Pathways Department.

As a member of the Executive Team, the Director is a critical thinker and will provide thought leadership to contribute to the planning, execution, and achievement of CSIO’s strategic initiatives.

As the leader of the Performance Pathways Department, the Director will lead and motivate a dedicated group of staff and contribute to their mentorship and ongoing learning and development.

Position Responsibilities

Strategy and Executive Team

  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the CEO and other Executive Team members contributing to the strategic direction of CSIO, as well as a key driver of the organization’s uber KPIs and department KPIs.
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve a provincial high performance sport strategy and operational plan for the department and organization.
  • Actively work with performance partners to influence strategic directions and funding initiatives.
  • Lead and oversee the Performance Pathways department staffing strategies.
  • Participate in and contribute to Executive Team meetings
  • Work with Human Resources Manager and Director, Corporate Services on organizational HR Policies & Procedures.
  • Responsible for the management of financial and operational activities within the Performance Pathways Department ensuring budgets and operational guidelines, policies and procedures are adhered to Act as CSIO’s representative on the TPASC High Performance Council and the High Performance User Group at the Velodrome.

Performance Systems Unit Leadership
Collaborate with Pathway Advisors to lead and manage the effective delivery of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative impacting Ontario’s high performance athletes, coaches, and technical leaders, by ensuring a plan exists for targeted athletes with their progression towards
international success.

  • Provide support and expertise to ensure PSO’s and NSO’s have strategically aligned High Performance plans.
  • The Director will work closely with technical leaders and sport organizations to evaluate their requirements and provide professional support to meet their program needs.
  • Collaborate with CSIO’s Performance Services team to ensure sport science professionals are strategically integrated into the high performance athlete development programs
  • Attend key events and activities of targeted sports as well as attendance in the daily training environment of targeted athletes & coaches
  • Ensure appropriate Performance Partnership agreements are in place and executed.
  • Lead the implementation and development of Athlete Services Programs including Game Plan to become nationally leading programs
  • Support the development of tools and best practices for sport that can be shared and implemented for sport partners.
  • Contribute high performance systems knowledge to the organization
  • Establish CSIO as a leader in the Ontario and Canadian Sport System

Performance Knowledge Unit Leadership

  • In collaboration with Lead, Coach Development and Lead, Sport Science Education, facilitate professional development needs and learning opportunities of partnered Ontario based high performance coaches, technical leaders, and sport scientists.
  • Oversee the delivery of the CAC’s Advanced Coach Diploma Program as one of the 3-Hubs in Canada.
  • Provide oversight to the development and implementation of a professional development strategy and mentorship program for CSIO staff.
  • Plan and execute on-site workshops, on-line webinars, symposiums and other education and learning events for stakeholders and partners.
  • Accountable for the successful delivery of coach education and professional development programming offered to sport  system coaches and technical leaders, and work with the Performance Knowledge Unit to explore further programming in this area.
  • In partnership with the Sustainability Department, lead the coordination of events and workshops to contribute to the
    organization’s revenue generating activities.


  • CEO
  • CSIO Directors & Senior Advisors
  • CSIO Performance Excellence Staff
  • CSIO Operational Excellence Staff
  • National & Provincial Sport Organizations
  • COPSI Network
  • Own the Podium High Performance Advisors
  • Coaches Association of Ontario/ Coaching
    Association of Canada
  • Canadian Olympic Committee and
    Paralympic Committee
  • Company Engagement and Innovation
  • Proactively manage and ensure professional development for direct reports and self are up to date and relevant.
  • Ensure the department is acting within the scope of the any governing policies, laws, rules, and regulations that apply to the CSIO.
  • Be an active member of company by participating in staff meetings, other meetings and seminars as required.
  • Adhere to any professional codes of conduct appropriate to your
    profession or other codes of conduct that might be deemed applicable to sports science and sports medicine practitioners in general.
  • Maintain a proactive approach to personal Professional
  • Present workshops, lectures and seminars as required by the Chief Executive Officer (including but not limited to, Advanced Coaching Diploma, Coaching Conferences, National Sport Science & Medicine Advisory Committee meeting).
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties for Chief Executive Officer,
    and other colleagues as requested.


  • Provide leadership, mentoring and performance evaluation and development for direct reports.
  • Responsible for continually identifying and assessing the risks affecting the department and taking proactive steps to reduce and eliminate risk working in conjunction with Senior Management Team.
  • Manage budgets for the Performance Pathways Department and provide input into budget planning, ensuring expenses are within
  • Plan and organize all aspects of the department including staff planning, participate in the selection and onboarding of new staff in the department and organization.

Required Behaviour, Skills, and   Knowledge_____________________________________________________________

and Skills

  • Master’s degree in kinesiology, sports administration or a related field, or a combination of relevant training and experience.

Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in a high-performance sports environment, including five (5) to seven (7) years in a management role.

  • Proven leadership experience including participation on a senior management team and Management of a team of staff.
  •  Excellent knowledge of the high-performance sports systems in Ontario and Canada.
  •  Highly proficient in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services.
  •  Thorough knowledge of budget management.
  •  Excellent people management and team coaching skills.
  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  •  Excellent presentation skills.
  •  Ability to build and nurture relationships.
  •  Business acumen.
  •  Availability in the evenings, on weekends and a flexible schedule.
  •  Must be eligible to work in Canada. Canadian nationals preferred.


In addition to the position responsibilities noted, it is expected that the employee will support the mission and vision demonstrate the organizational values and support the strategic goals;


The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, staff, services, and leadership to high  performance athletes and coaches to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances.


The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is a recognized world leader in the delivery of applied sport science, sport medicine, athlete/coach and staff development, resulting in more Canadian athletes on the international podium.


Commitment, Synergy, Integrity, Openness (CSIO)


We take care of each other

We serve the organization to the best of our abilities

We provide the highest quality of service to our clients


We respect and recognize the contributions and diversity of our team

We interact in ways that bring out the best in each other

We build proactive relationship to achieve success


We are consistent in our actions

We present unvarnished truth in an appropriate transparent manner

We are accountable for our actions


We are authentic in the way we interact with each other

We embrace a solution-oriented approach

We welcome timely feedback on how to improve

Interested applicants must submit their CV and Letter of Intent clearly outlining how their experience and qualifications match the roles and responsibilities required to fulfil the Director, Performance Pathways role

Applicants should submit their CV and Letter of Intent to:

Search Committee

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

875 Morningside Avenue, Suite 100

Toronto, ON M1C 0C7


Canadian Sport Institute Ontario welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.                                              

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