First listed on: 14 June 2024

Head of Sustainability


As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary, we are all united by a common goal, to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

The AFL is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care. Please note, we undertake several screening processes to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee Working with Children/ Vulnerable People check and a satisfactory criminal history record check.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer and firmly believe that diversity and inclusion is an important part of both the AFL and the communities in which we operate. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.


This role will be critical in continuing to drive the AFL’s strong commitment to sustainability and deliver the AFL’s sustainability goals.  This position will play a key role in continuing to lead project teams, and supporting our industry and stakeholders deliver the AFL’s sustainability framework, and producing strategic plans that drive real change.

The role will have a strong focus on commerciality and working pro-actively with multiple Industry Partners, AFL & Marvel Stadium departments and relevant Stakeholders in identifying collaboration opportunities to support programs, investment and awareness. The role requires the ability to collaboratively work with commercial partners on investment opportunities that deliver sustainable outcomes for all.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Drive the industry leadership in sustainability framework, values and practices that protects the future of the game at all levels
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and create new opportunities. Work with industry experts to conduct sustainability- or environment-related risk assessments
  • Take lead on internal and external Sustainability-led discussions and working groups to establish the position of SME with access to Commission and Executive
  • Lead the commercial aspect including continuing to drive opportunities with existing key partnerships and drive new opportunities that achieve sustainable and commercial objectives
  • Build on relationship with Footy for Climate team working together to support AFL and club sustainability initiatives and create awareness at local level.
  • Implement AFL’s climate action plan with ongoing review of business impact, financial cost and opportunity
  • Work with AFL Strategy and Operations teams to identify areas for strategic programs and partnerships, piloting and evaluating the success of approaches, and developing co-ordinated rollout plans with existing and new partners
  • Continuing to drive AFL’s upward trajectory in terms of financial performance and strategic development through integration of sustainability implementation plan
  • Establish industry partnerships and co-ordinate integration of third-party resources and content where appropriate
  • Work with procurement to innovate processes, products and services to drive efficiencies and effectiveness, and to stay abreast of legislative and market developments
  • Review sustainability program objectives, progress, or status to make sure compliance with policies, standards, regulations, or laws
  • Work with Marketing and Comms teams to formulate and implement sustainability campaign and/or marketing strategies
  • Work with Strategy to develop sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals for supplier, employee, partners, media, government, public interest, or other groups
  • Manage contracts, budgets and costs to ensure profitable growth for the AFL within the sustainability sector


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and the ability to achieve change
  • Proven track record in fostering a strong culture of innovation and driving change across organisations.
  • Strong experience in commercial negotiations and excellent relationships with key AFL and Marvel Stadium partners/suppliers preferred.
  • Ability to develop and drive collaborative relationships across departments and geographies
  • Ability to problem-solve and manage multiple priorities
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Proven record of delivering targets and outcomes.
  • Ability to build effective partnerships with external organisations to support purpose-led initiatives and shared valued efforts
  • Experience in operating in a complex, commercial environment
  • Able to influence third parties to achieve desired outcomes


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  • Play The Day Your Way – a flexible approach to your working life
  • My Development – lean into the AFL’s My Development program consisting of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning
  • Play Well – access to our extensive Health and Wellbeing program centered around our belief in a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy workplace
  • My Benefits – with thanks to our AFL Corporate Partners, access great benefits and discounts
  • AFL Silver Memberships – permanent team members can access AFL matches at Marvel Stadium and the MCG, enjoy and share the experience of our game with your family and friends!

Applications Close: 25 June 2024

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