Whether you are looking for a sports career position today or planning ahead for next year, the employment opportunities section of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games website provides an excellent way to learn the skills you need and how to succeed. And educators who want to make their courses more relevant to the large number of students seeking a career in sports business can use the information to upgrade course offerings. The career details also show how the teamwork skills amateur athletes develop playing sports or managing a team can also play a valuable role in career success.
The position titled “Coordinator, Resident Services, Athletes’ Village” is a close match for candidates with typical service industry backgrounds who would like to transition to sports business. This team member will help keep athlete’s in top form with well managed facilities off the playing field: the Athletes’ Lounge, Games Room, Retail Plaza, Internet Lounge, and additional leisure spaces. With around 7,000 athletes expected to use the facilities,that will be a busy position with a lot of responsibility. There are two slots planned to work separate shifts and provide full service seven days a week. That is an important reminded that availability to work evenings and weekends has become a must in sports business. The positions also seek highly relevant experience scheduling and managing large teams of volunteers, a skill that has become essential at almost all large international sports events.
The Director of Ticketing position demonstrates how sports event ticket sales has evolved into a fulfilling career opportunity for many marketing professionals who want to take their skills to the next level. The position is built around the ambitious and worthy goal of filling the spectator seats at all games competitions. This does more than help the event organizers cover the costs of presenting the games – full stands motivate athletes to achieve peak performance measurably better than their best practice times. And full stands reward sponsors with more visibility, an advantage they will gladly pay a premium for. The position requires skills that many sports provide good experience for – advance planning and creative approaches to achieving goals. And once again, managing teams of volunteers is a valued, sought after skill.
There are six transport related positions open right now, a reminder about how important on-time delivery of sports equipment and arrival of athletes, coaches and officials is to world class sports events. The current openings are Assistant Venue Logistics Manager, Fleet Manager, Motorpool, Manager, Bus Systems Arrivals and Departures, Vehicle Controller, Transportation Call Center Manager and Manager, Fleet Technology. The rigorous infrastructure for precision transportations programs also shows how sponsors provide much more than money and add know how that enhances success. Both Chevrolet and Cisco Systems are Toronto 2015 sponsors who have valuable skills to add to the transportation mission. Of course, prior experience interfacing with event sponsors and benefitting from their know how is becoming a valuable skill in sports event management.
The Toronto 2015 career development success story has another important role to play. In the current political environment where many local governments have been reluctant to make more infrastructure investments for sports events, the contribution these events make to workforce skill development is overlooked too often. As Toronto 2015 tells its story and spectators and sponsors see the results for themselves, this important message will reach a wider audience.