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Secretary General

About the Federation of International Touch

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) purpose is to facilitate and nurture the development of Touch globally by working closely with Member Associations and key stakeholders.

FIT activities provide international pathways for Member Associations (players, coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and volunteers) and also facilitate the holding of quality international events, the availability of resources and the delivery of development programs.

FIT undertakes its activities in accordance with the objects, powers, requirements and proceedings as described in the FIT Constitution 2011 (the Constitution), and with a commitment to high levels of ethics and integrity.

The FIT Constitution states the composition of the Board shall comprise of seven members: the President, Secretary General, and Finance Director; and two Directors who shall be elected under Rule 29; and two Directors who may be appointed under Rule 30. The current Board composition and governance structure can be found at the Federation website. In addition to their governance and operational responsibilities as a Board member, each Director is responsible for leading a specific portfolio area and undertaking the role of Regional representative or correspondent.

Primary Objectives of the Position

The Secretary General provides a key interface between FIT and Member Associations (National Touch Associations (NTAs)) on a diverse and wide range of FIT related activities, providing strategic and operational advice and direction in areas of Touch policy development, implementation and interpretation; dispute resolution; membership recruitment; and volunteers.

The position is also responsible for management and administrative activities which provide for effective Board operations, including the coordination of Board Meetings, and preparation of Meeting Agendas, Board Papers and distribution of Board minutes. The duties and powers of the Secretary General are specifically detailed in the FIT Constitution, Rules 16, 35, 38 and 41.

The Secretary General is responsible for three Commissions which fall within the Secretary General’s Portfolio:

The position of FIT Secretary General is a voluntary position.

Length of Term

The Secretary General shall be elected or appointed in accordance with the FIT Constitution for a term of four years from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting held at a FIT World Cup event (an event based on a four year cycle). In those circumstances of a newly elected or appointed Secretary General, the outgoing Secretary General may be required to provide a handover and induction (as per Section 6.5 of the FIT Secretary General Powers Policy – Induction).

Appointments made during the four year cycle and between Annual General Meetings will conclude as per the timeframe detailed above.

Meetings and Time Commitment

The Secretary General may be required to spend an estimated 25 hours per week carrying out the position and undertaking responsibilities, however this may vary subject to particular activities, events and tournaments that may occur from time to time.

Annual activities and time commitment include the following.

Board meetings

Strategic Planning Workshop

Attendance at FIT World Cup Event and possible attendance at Regional Championships

The Secretary General will be required to travel internationally.

Expenses incurred through undertaking the responsibilities of the position are subject to reimbursement and/or payment by FIT in accordance with FIT Financial Policies.

Key Position Relationships

Internal relationships include:

External relationships include:


As defined in the FIT Delegations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Qualifications and Other Requirements

Mandatory Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications

Other requirements:

Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Attributes

Additional Information

Contact Person

Enquiries regarding this Position Description are to be directed to the FIT President.


This document has been authorised by:

Approval Authority
Responsible Officer
Secretary General
Date first approved
6 June 2016
Date last amended
3 September 2016
Effective start date
6 June 2016
Date to be reviewed
1 October 2017