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Athlete Management/Coaching: Official
Director of Referee Programs - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)

U.S. Soccer Overview

U.S. Soccer 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 lead and guide the development of soccer at all levels.  U.S. Soccer operates across the spectrum of the sport from the National Teams to entry level coaching and refereeing education. 

Position Overview

The Director of Referee Programs will be responsible for managing all aspects of the U.S. Soccer Referee Department operations from administrative to technical to achieve the strategic objectives of the department. While the position is administrative in nature, it requires a strong understanding of both soccer and refereeing.

In order to perform the primary duties and functions, this position requires someone who is highly organized, has the ability to communicate effectively in writing and as a public speaker and is able to provide solutions in a fair and firm manner.  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, financial expenditures, etc.).  This position is responsible for ensuring the Referee Department exhibits a high-degree of professionalism, maintains a customer service mentality and communicates consistently and transparently with membership. 

Primary Duties

  • Manage the department’s 3 administrative and 7 technical staff.  These are full-time, part-time and contract employees, some of whom work remotely.
  • Responsible for planning, production and distribution of training content for officials, instructors, assignors and assessors of all levels.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with 55 State Referee Associations and other areas of U.S. Soccer’s membership.
  • Supervise event assignments for instructors, assessors and mentors (over 450 assignments per year).
  • Manage and direct referee programs in support of player development including the Development Academy.
  • Manage and lead the Referee Program’s communication efforts (web and social) and make presentations at various U.S. Soccer and membership events.
  • Communicate with FIFA and CONCACAF in support of international referee initiatives and the assignment of National Team games.
  • Plan and monitor all financial aspects of the referee program (responsible for the P&L of the Department).
  • Additional duties as assigned

Requirements/Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience, preferably in sport/athletic administration
  • Experience working in fast-paced and demanding environments
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Effective and strong communication to different and distinct audiences
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • History of working with deadlines
  • Comfort and confidence as a public speaker
  • Ability to be flexible and use compromise when resolving issues
  • Can analyze data (performance and financial) and translate analysis to action
  • Knowledge of soccer and refereeing is strongly preferred and an advantage
  • Full-time position, minimum 40 hour work week
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Travel required

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Internships: Any Internship
Legal Intern - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)

Term Length: Summer Semester

This internship is only available to candidates that are currently enrolled in law school. 

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.

Position Overview
The Legal Intern will assist our two-person legal department with legal research projects and other legal matters.

Primary Duties
• Legal research: various research projects (for example, researching licensing issues, antitrust, reviewing Federation contracts and the like).
• 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.

Requirements/Characteristics:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills required
• Must have at least one year completed in law school
• Excellent legal research skills required
• Knowledge of Word and Excel helpful

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Membership: Fundraising/Major Gifts
Major Gifts Officer - United States Soccer Federation (New York Metropolitan Area, NY)

BRIEF SUMMARY:

The U.S. Soccer Federation is seeking a Major Gifts Officer (MGO), who will responsible for generating significant philanthropic support for U.S. Soccer. The MGO will oversee the major gift program in the New York Metropolitan Area. This individual will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects (individuals and foundations) and participate in donor stewardship activities. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the MGO will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects capable of making a gift of $10,000+.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

·         In consultation with the CAO, establish an annual operating plan, with measurable performance objectives, that is linked to U.S. Soccer’s fundraising goals.

·         Successfully manage a portfolio of major gift prospects to meet philanthropic goals for the region. Engage in activities that focus on donor-centered philanthropy to maximize potential gifts over the long-term.

·         Identify prospects and cultivate via in-person visits, telephone and email communication, and engagement opportunities.

·         Work in concert with the Development Department to organize and host special events.

·         Steward donors via a variety of communications and experiences, including attendance at U.S. Soccer events and FIFA World Cups

·         Serve as a key fundraising contact for the region; coordinate and implement special projects at the direction of the CAO and perform other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS/CHARACTERISTICS:

Education:

·         Bachelor’s degree required

Experience:

·         3+ years of experience cultivating major gifts from individual donors

·         Demonstrated effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation and ability to manage a large number of activities simultaneously

·         Proven ability to create compelling gift proposals

·         Experience in both collaborative and independent work environments

·         Evidence of being adaptable to working with changing priorities

·         Professional experience working in a sophisticated development organization

Skills:

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to articulate an organization’s vision, values and programs to donor prospects in an engaging, motivating, and compelling manner
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven ability to collaborate with colleagues
  • Resourceful and independent, yet able to work creatively, effectively, and collaboratively within an integrated, team-oriented fundraising environment
  • Professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality in all matters of staff and donor privacy
  • Achievement-oriented and confident, creative and innovative.

Tools, Equipment, & Conditions:

·         Standard office equipment and mobile phone

·         Some domestic and international travel will be required

Work Location:

The Major Gift Officer will report to U.S. Soccer’s headquarters in Chicago, but will be a full-time telecommuting position for a candidate based in the New York Metropolitan Area. 

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Internet/New Media: Audio/Video Editing and Production
Technical Videographer (Independent Contractor) - United States Soccer Federation (Remote Independent Contractor, US)

Position Overview

U.S. Soccer is searching for a Technical Videographer to perform independent contractor work with Youth National Teams on a freelance basis. Technical Videographers execute the production and distribution of technical video designed to fulfill the needs of coaches and scouts across the organization’s various teams. Technical Videographers work closely with the various coaching staffs across the Federation’s many teams and work with the Content and Video Department to develop a library of technical video used by players and scouts. The ideal candidates have exceptional knowledge of technical video systems and their applications to a coaching staff.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Serve as primary Technical Videographer for the coaching staff of specific Youth National Teams during domestic and international trips
  • Film every training session, match or scrimmage, as directed by the coaching staff
  • Cut and assemble clips for coaching staffs and players
  • Cut and assemble highlights of international matches for ussoccer.com
  • Utilize U.S. Soccer’s cloud solutions to upload and distribute video to relevant parties
  • Understand and follow U.S. Soccer’s best practices for capturing video and disseminating to relevant parties
  • Collaborate with members of the Content and Communications teams at U.S. Soccer to ensure technical video is continually archived and maintained in the Federation’s primary system
  • Assist in other facets of video and content needs as necessary

REQUIREMENTS/CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with video in a professional sports environment
  • Flexibility to book work far in advance, and for periods of time ranging from one week to three weeks
  • Fundamental understanding of video production operations with a strong working knowledge of video technologies including content ingestion, encoding, transcoding, decoding, cloud services, video archiving, video player features and functionality
  • Able to operate a wide array of cameras and produce video to the necessary specifications in any environment
  • Expert in Adobe Premiere
  • Possesses meticulous attention to project management detail and strong organizational skills
  • Quick learner who can function well in the fast-paced environment mandated by professional sports
  • Freelance position, booked on an independent contractor basis alongside National team programming

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