Talent Identification Program Manager - USA Cycling (Colorado Springs · CO)

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About USA Cycling:
USA Cycling is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of cycling in the United States and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling on a national level and achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists of all ages and abilities, from enthusiasts to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and organized racing. In other words, we are striving to bring home Olympic medals while at the same time, doing all we can to grow the fun, enriching, and rewarding sport of bike racing in communities across the country.
 USA Cycling is actively engaged in growing the cycling community to better reflect the diversity of our nation. Our staff is now geographically spread well beyond our Colorado Springs headquarters, offering remote positions across the United States. By joining USA Cycling, you will be able to apply your individual talent and passion towards shaping the future of American bike racing.
 About the Position:
USA Cycling is building out a Talent Identification (TID) program focused on Hispanic, African American, and other youth communities of color in Los Angeles County with a goal to fast track the opportunity to introduce these underrepresented groups to bike racing, to create frictionless access to USA Cycling’s developmental programs, and to provide a pathway to the pinnacle of global sport. 
With the upcoming 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the program is strategically based at the VeloSport Center in Carson, CA and consists of three sequential stages: Community Awareness, Talent Identification, and Talent Integration. Community Awareness involves intentional and strategic relationship building and engagement with critical local stakeholders in order to attract and recruit participants. The Talent Identification process is two-fold, starting with an open call qualifier utilizing a collection of basic skills tests to identify general athletic talent and extend invitations to participate in the second-step Combine. The Combine will include a battery of cycling-specific skills tests to determine aptitude for cycling-specific talent. Finally, Talent Integration means embedding talented athletes within USA Cycling’s development programs, including the Olympic Development Academy and National Team. The ultimate goal of the new program is to not only touch the lives of thousands of kids and young adults between now and the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic Games, but for at least one of these athletes to earn a medal at those very Games.
The Program Manager is responsible for the design and operational execution of the program in Los Angeles (LA) County. This includes, but is not limited to, community engagement; planning and executing program communications and marketing campaigns; coordinating and leading program initiatives; managing equipment; program staffing; talent identification; event coordination; and program execution. 
This role reports directly to the Director of Track and works closely with the Director of Track Sprint, Director of Track Endurance, Communications Manager, Chief of Sports Performance, Chief of Commercial Development, Chief Marketing Officer, and DEI Director.

 Core Responsibilities:
  • Determine the official design and execute the entirety of the talent identification program, from launch through LA2028
  • Identify key stakeholders in LA County (public schools, community colleges, YMCA, etc.), establish strong working relationships with them and work collaboratively to attract and recruit participants 
  • Work with USA Cycling track coaches to determine best format of open qualifiers and combines, appropriate dates and locations, and ensure necessary permits and legal requirements are met 
  • Serve as spokesperson and representative for TID program locally and nationally
  • Work closely with the marketing and communications department to develop and launch program communications, including all recruitment materials
  • Help identify and establish program team members, including employees and contractors and provide supervision for team, including weekly program meetings
  • Seek ongoing funding sources to ensure the program is sustainable
  • Provide program updates on a monthly basis to broader Sport Performance department
  • Determine options for expanding the program beyond LA County
  • Other duties as requested and/or determined.

 Experience Required:
  • 3 years’ experience in complex project management 
  • Aptitude for establishing strong working relationships and coordinating project delivery with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with project design, delivery and evaluation
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Authorized to work in the United States

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience engaging with and empowering members of disinvested communities
  • Industry experience within the sport of cycling, the Olympic movement, or a related field
  About You:
  • Highly detail-orientated with exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional attitude in high pressure situations
  • Excellent verbal presentation and interpersonal skills 
  • Self-starter and creative problem-starter
  • Team player who is willing to do whatever needs to be done
  • Passionate about building and supporting community
  • Able to adapt and adjust plans as necessary
  • Awareness of the various dimensions of diversity, including gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Willingness to work weekends as required
  • Mission-driven and motivated to work in the cycling and/or Olympic space
  • Experience, understanding, and/or appreciation for the sport of bicycle racing and an eagerness to grow participation and engagement on a national level.

Software Experience:
Familiarity with the following software applications (or similar) is preferred: Microsoft Office (World, Excel, PowerPoint), budgeting software, and athlete data management software.
This position will be based in Los Angeles County but will require occasional travel.
  • 5-10% travel 
  • Occasional travel to the USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs
Comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Plan and Heath Saving Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Vacation Time
  • 403b Retirement Savings Plan 
USA Cycling is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.