Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.

NZRL is divided into seven zones that service the grassroots needs of the game.These zones compete in the National Premiership/Championship, as well as women’s, youth and schools’ competitions. NZRL manages the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns who play regular international fixtures and compete in the Rugby League World Cup every four years.

Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League. 

Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way.  We are diverse, we call New Zealand home and therefore we are all Kiwis.   We live and play The Kiwi Way – all day/every day:

  • We are inclusive, respectful and humble
  • We are responsible
  • We are innovative and courageous
  • We are family first


  • Rugby league enjoyed by more people
  • A financially sustainable NZ Game
  • Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game
  • Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
  • NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation


The Football Operations Assistant is tasked with assisting in the planning, administration, and delivery of all NZRL tournaments, competitions and events. The NZRL Football & High-Performance department is connected to, and works with, all areas of the organisation, and the wider rugby league community, hence the requirement for a motivated team performer who can also work independently.


  • Assist the Football Operations team in monitoring player transfers, movements and application of the current Development Fees policy.
  • Assist in the administration of tournament and competition sanctions.
  • Assist in the development of competition or tournament manuals and procedures.
  • Assist in the logistics and delivery of judicial hearings.
  • Assist in the logistics and delivery of NZRL national tournaments and competitions.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of Zonal and District Tournaments and competitions.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of National age group Resident programmes and teams.


  • Meeting NZRL KPIs for football administration, planning and event delivery tasks.
  • Delivering on tasks as directed and requested from the NZRL Football Operations Manager.
  • Working with other departments and teams to ensure communication, alignment and understanding around football events, competitions and tournaments .


  • Be punctual and work the hours and times specified.
  • Prioritise workload to ensure work of the greatest importance to the business is undertaken with urgency and to a high standard.
  • Support and help develop a positive workplace culture.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Responsibly manage all business resources within accountability levels.
  • Undertake all duties and responsibilities outlined in this Job Description and all other duties as required by the business.
  • Comply with all employment obligations.
  • Promptly undertake to complete all reasonable and lawful instructions and directions given.
  • Serve the business in good faith, promoting and protecting the business’ best interests.
  • During work time, and such other times as may be reasonably required, dedicate all effort to the execution and fulfilment of the duties, responsibilities, obligations and instructions related to employment.
  • Demonstrate through own actions a commitment to Health and Safety at work when undertaking work or observing others in the workplace.


  • Demonstrated experience in leading and assisting in delivering football – Sound MS Office and database management skills
  • Experience using the Sporty database system is desirable.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Applications close on Wednesday 23 February