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Communications: Head of Web/Media Content
Assistant Press Officer, U.S. Men's National Team - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)

Position Overview

As a member of the Communications Department and specifically the U.S. Men’s National Team, the Assistant Press Officer’s primary responsibilities encompass the day-to-day media related activities of the National Team, dealing with both internal and external media. The position involves assisting in media strategy, dealing with requests from national and international news organizations, and working with players, coaches and staff. The position also requires the production of written materials as well as social media posting. In addition to serving this role with the full National Team, the applicant will the primary point person for the Youth National Teams and handle similar responsibilities. Prior experience working within a team environment is a must, along with the ability to work in a pressure environment that often involves highly sensitive information.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Serving as primary assistant for all media activities in and around Men’s National Team matches
  • Assisting with the scheduling and coordination of interview requests and other media opportunities
  • Working with MNT players, coaches and staff to complete media commitments
  • Contributing to the planning and execution of Men’s National Team content plans
  • Provide input on content ideas and creative direction for digital platforms
  • Writing Men’s National Team related materials, including press releases
  • Assuming primary role for media-related activities for the Youth National Teams
  • Assist with all PR duties for Men’s YNT tournaments, including U-17 and U-20 CONCACAF Championships and FIFA World Cups
  • Assist with planning and executing Men’s Youth National Team content plans
  • Assist with handling all social media accounts for the YNTs
  • Maintain current statistics on Youth National Team player pools and research historical information
  • Assist with media training for all youth national players                                      

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

  • Liaising between the Communications Department and other departments within U.S. Soccer
  • Maintaining current statistics on Men’s National Team player pool and researching historical information as needed
  • Aiding in short-term and long-term strategic planning

REQUIREMENTS/CHARACTERISTICS:

·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a journalism or communications field

·         1-2 years of experience working within a team environment and within the media world

·         Spanish language skills

·         Ability to develop relationships with athletes, coaches and media based on trust

·         Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills

·         Proven written and editorial skills, along with excellent spelling and grammar skills

·         Ability to oversee schedules and tight deadlines

·         Willingness to take initiative, work independently and follow through on projects

·         Quick learner who can function well in fast-paced, team-oriented environment

·         Full-time position, minimum 40 hour work week with significant travel required

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

BRIEF SUMMARY:

The U.S. Soccer Federation is recruiting a major gift officer, who will be responsible for generating significant philanthropic support for U.S. Soccer. The Director of Major Gifts will oversee the major gift program in a to-be-determined regional territory that will include the New York Metropolitan Area. This individual will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects (individuals and foundations) and participate in donors’ stewardship activities. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects who are capable of making a gift of $10,000+. Some prospects may have a demonstrated interest in U.S. Soccer and an established giving history while others will have to be discovered and/or developed.

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 agreed upon philanthropic goals for the region. Engage in activities that focus on donor-centered philanthropy to maximize potential gifts over the long-term.
  • Ensure that all activities are entered in the database to guarantee the quality of communication and donor records.
  • Identify major gift prospects capable of supporting U.S. Soccer with significant charitable gifts. Cultivate identified prospects via in-person visits, telephone and email communication, and engagement opportunities.
  • Work in concert with the Development Department to organize and host special events in the assigned regional territory.
  • Steward donors via a variety of communications and experiences, including attendance at U.S. Soccer events and FIFA World Cups
  • Engage a network of volunteers to achieve programmatic goals.
  • 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
  • Advanced degree preferred

Experience:

  • 5+ 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 donors, volunteers, and development staff 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
  • Ability to build relationships and successfully foster charitable gifts
  • Achievement-oriented and confident
  • Creative, flexible, and innovative
  • Outstanding organizational skills

Tools, Equipment, & Conditions:

  • Standard office equipment and mobile phone
  • Some domestic and international travel will be required

Work Location:

The Director of Major Gifts 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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