Athlete Management/Coaching: Team Administration/Operations
Director of Equipment Operations, National Teams - United States Soccer Federation (Carson, CA)
Job Title: Director of Equipment Operations, National Teams Department: NTC / YNT Reporting Relationship: Director of Youth National Teams Administration Location of Job: Carson, Calif.
U.S. Soccer Overview
U.S. Soccer, a non-profit organization, is the National Governing Body for the sport of soccer in the United States. Its mission is to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all levels.
The Director of Equipment Operations will be responsible for all equipment operations for U.S. Soccer, with emphasis on those relating to the National Teams. The position demands a high level of familiarity with the sport of soccer and extensive knowledge of the products and equipment necessary to compete in the game at the highest level. The position will be responsible for ensuring the Equipment Department maintains a high-degree of professionalism, focusing on improving financial tracking, inventory control, communication and transparency. It is also expected that the person in this position will work to incorporate new ideas to increase efficiency and productivity (organizational processes, new technology, etc.). The Director of Equipment Operations will report to the Director of Youth National Teams Administration.
Responsible for acquiring, organizing and distributing National Team Equipment, including Nike apparel and equipment, and team training and medical equipment
Create and foster relationships with necessary vendors (Nike, Kwik Goal, sponsors, shipping providers, etc.) as well as U.S. Soccer HQ staff.
Work closely with vendors and sponsors on team and department orders, being proactive in determining advance needs for National Teams and other U.S. Soccer services (Coaching Department, Development Academy, Scouting Staff, AGM & Special Events, etc.)
Coordinate with sponsors on product ordering, distribution, presentation and compliance
Guide partnership with apparel supplier to maximize U.S. Soccer's needs related to apparel trends, product launch, product positioning and sales
Interface with coaches and HQ staff regarding their needs, and gather feedback from players and staff on the quality and use of equipment
Responsible for planning out long-term cost projections and enforcing departmental purchasing guidelines based on cost projections and budget
Maintain accurate inventory on equipment and supplies at the National Training Center (including Nike gear, Gatorade product, medical supplies, Kwik Goal equipment, etc.)
Produce clear and concise reports tracking product allotment dispersal, inventory, staff schedules, shipping and financial reports, etc.
Track and verify invoices and accounts for all purchases and freight costs, while managing expenses and finding effective ways to limit costs
Recruit and manage per diem staff, providing direct performance feedback with regards to U.S. Soccer equipment objectives
Independently manage the day-to-day operation of the equipment room, storage room and locker rooms
Maintain proactive communication and positive relationships with National Team administrative and coaching personnel
Serve as main emergency contact on a 24/7 basis for any shipping or critical needs that arise for traveling teams, staff, etc.
Provide efficient and effective leadership for full-time staff in a positive, productive and safe work environment
Additional duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
Minimum 3 years’ experience managing equipment and inventory, preferably in professional sports or university athletics
Experience working in fast-paced, demanding, team-oriented environments
Ability to handle heavy boxes weighing upwards to 100 lbs. required
Ability to prioritize and manage a number of different projects simultaneously
Management experience, combined with an understanding of international travel environments
Effective and strong communication and organizational skills
General knowledge of soccer required
Full-time position, minimum 40 hour work week
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
Extensive travel required
When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:
1. How many years of experience do you have working with equipment and inventory in a management role?
2. Do you have experience working for a professional sports organization or university? If yes, please list organization/university and the annual budget you managed.
Legal Intern - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)
Job Title: Legal Intern Department: Legal Reporting Relationship: General Counsel/Staff Attorney Location of Job: Chicago, IL Term: 15 hours/week, Mid-January – Mid-May, 2014
U.S. Soccer Overview
U.S. Soccer, a non-profit organization, is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of soccer in the United States. Its mission is to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all levels.
The Legal Intern will assist our two-person legal department with legal research projects and other legal matters.
Legal research and contract review: various research projects (for example, researching licensing issues, antitrust, and the like) and reviewing contracts
Governance: assist with issues related to internal bylaws and policies
Office organization: basic administrative assistance, including legal filling (requires a need to review and understand documents)
Assistance with other legal issues and projects as assigned
Excellent written and oral communication skills required
Must have at least one year completed in law school and must receive law school credit for the internship.
Partnership Manager - National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Kansas City, Ka)
The NSCAA is currently seeking a skilled and energetic Partnership Manager. This role is primarily responsible for overseeing partnership fulfillment as well as acquiring exhibitors and new partners for NSCAA.
Qualified candidates will have at least three years professional experience in marketing, sales, partnership fulfillment or a related field. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Partnership Manager” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is December 20. We are looking for someone to begin on or before January 13.
Management of assigned NSCAA Partners and their process
Work with CMO and Partners to define future outcomes for partnership
Facilitate regular partnership meetings and support partners to achieve mutually determined objectives through in-house expertise, planning workshops, sharing of research and resources, etc.
Strategize and collaborate with all departments to align partnership opportunities with the events strategy and goals
Develop creative ways to partner with companies in order to maximize their involvement and financial support
Working with Marketing Manager oversee development, scheduling and effective use of partner communication assets for promotion of NSCAA programs
Oversee success metrics, tracking and reporting of partnership and NSCAA activation objectives
Strategically identify key targets; responsible for directly confirming sponsorships to drive revenue support for event
Manage sponsor deliverable process, including but not limited to loading and delivering partner emails through NSCAA email clients and managing partner website and on-site event presence
Work with Marketing and Event Managers to ensure sponsorship commitments are delivered
Manage all pre-event and onsite partnership relations and communications, ensuring excellent support and overall experience
Revise all partnership management master templates as necessary; execute and manage adoption by team
Manage all advertising print and digital advertising sales
Collect all artwork from advertisers and partners as necessary for Soccer Journal and Convention publications
Manage all exhibit issues with Exhibition Management Provider
Maintain relationship with the exhibition center staff and all rules pertaining to each building
Design and forward exhibitor registration packet to current, former and prospective exhibitors
Use various sources, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines and other shows to reach out to potential new exhibitors
Day-to-day response to exhibitor inquiries, both sales and service
Maintain NSCAA booth placement and longevity records
Maintain the database of exhibitors for each convention
Design and forward exhibitor forms, housing information, contracts and other pertinent information to exhibitors as a part of the exhibitor guidebook
Approval of and distribution of the exhibitor kit
Determine labor policies and forward to Exhibitors and Exhibition Management Provider
Responsible for all financial issues regarding the exhibitors
Coordinate with the lead retrieval company for lead retrieval services for exhibitors
Coordinate issues between the exhibitors (SICA) and the NSCAA
Lay out the floor plan according to NSCAA policies
Approve all early move-in requests
On-site handling of issues
Skills and Abilities Required
Proven ability to lead and project manage large and simultaneous projects, defining and implementing goals while maintaining scope, budget and schedule
Strong client relationship management, sales and customer service skills, with the ability to inform and persuade people
Ability to work cohesively with a team and also independently with strong initiative and proactive involvement
Strong written and verbal communication and sales skills, able to deliver clear, concise information to partners, clients and team.
Exceptionally detail-oriented and organized, ensuring quality and consistent output
Ability to effectively solve problems, make decisions and take action, exercising solid independent judgment
Ability to maintain a professional attitude and work independently with little guidance in a fast paced, changing environment
Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Proficiency in software applications (CRM systems, Email clients, Google Docs)
Qualifications and Experience Required
Four-year College or university degree in Business or Marketing preferred or equivalent education and/or experience.
Minimum three years of business development or direct revenue generation experience. Ideal experience working with events where sponsorships were sold and managed.
Good leadership skills with previous project and/or team management.
Strong knowledge of the soccer industry, trends, and strategies.
Spring 2014 Graphic Design Intern - National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Kansas City, KS)
The National Soccer Coaches Association Association of America seeks a graphic design intern to assist the Creative and Brand Manager. This internship will give the intern valuable real-world experience in print and web design.
The intern will work about 40 hours per week in the office, Monday - Friday.
The intern must be organized, and detail-oriented, possess strong design and layout skills, and be a graphic design major or graduate. Proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is required.
The intern is considered an integral part of the Marketing department and as such, their ideas and input will be valued.
The main duties of the graphic design intern will be:
• Assist in the design of print materials (forms, flyers, course booklets, ads and more)
• Assist in the design of web materials (banner ads, website imagery, social media graphics and more)
• Weekly meeting to go over projects with the Creative and Brand Manager
• Attend weekly Marketing Team meetings
• Assist in brainstorming concepts for upcoming projects
• Other duties as assigned
To be considered, please email your resume, along with at least three design samples (in PDF format) to Audrey Kuether - akuether@nscaa.
With the NSCAA, you will have the opportunity to:
Participate in projects involving Membership, Education and Events
Work in a team of up to seven other interns
Have a one-on-one lunch with the NSCAA CEO Joe Cummings
Attend learning seminars with each department
Attend social and networking outings with your peers and the office staff
Receive an NSCAA Coaching Diploma at no cost to you
Benefits of the Internship Program Include:
An affordable housing option located in the heart of Kansas City and only 10 minutes from the NSCAA office
A welcome package including branded NSCAA apparel and gear
Working in a fun, upbeat environment
Opportunity to attend the Annual Convention
Opportunity to represent the NSCAA at various events
Be considered for potential job openings at NSCAA and with NSCAA partners post-internship
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