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Head Athletic Trainer, Women’s National Team (WNT) - U.S. Soccer Federation (Chicago · IL)

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Player Operations: Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy/Doctor
U.S. Soccer Overview
 We are U.S. Soccer and we are the future of sport in the United States.  Our mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States.  We embrace diversity, technology and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and serve our athletes and fans.  We seek motivated, passionate, skilled people who can think, create and work on a team.  
U.S. Soccer is a growing company that looks for team members to grow with it. U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive compensation package, casual work environment, an inclusive culture and an atmosphere for professional development.
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The Federation’s core values are the individual attributes and characteristics that staff embody to uphold the organization’s principles and succeed. These values guide our employees: Integrity. Commitment.  Teamwork.  Respect.
Position Description
 The head athletic trainer will be responsible for managing the healthcare and safety of the Women’s National Team and supporting athletic training practice across U.S. Soccer. In camp, the athletic trainer will have a high level of clinical responsibility working with our multidisciplinary high performance staff of athletic trainers, sport scientists, massage therapists, physician, and dietician. Out of camp, the athletic trainer will execute a high level of administrative responsibilities in providing consultations, referrals and maintaining organizational duties relevant to the WNT and high performance department. In addition, the individual will commit to the high performance department’s mission and strategy to maximize performance across all sport development programs at U.S. Soccer. 
Primary Responsibilities
  • This position is firmly integrated into a multidisciplinary team of health care specialists, making communication and coordination paramount in the success of this position
  • The head athletic trainer is responsible for providing first aid/emergency care, injury/illness evaluation, monitoring, assessment, conducting rehabilitation, and making medical referrals
  • Responsible for upholding delivery of U.S. Soccer standards in injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation to all WNT players
  • Responsible for evaluating and referring significant injuries and/or illnesses to the team physician, consultants, hospitals, or specialists as appropriate
  • Support in design and implement injury mitigation and prehabilitation programs
  • Support in conducting movement-based evaluations to develop long term care plans for individual athletes
  • Collaborate in return to play decisions
  • Work closely with the High Performance staff to ensure the USSF standards in all testing, screening, monitoring, and return to play protocols are optimized, delivered, and recorded
  • The athletic trainer will be able to coordinate yearly physicals and administer baseline impact testing
  • Responsible for tracking and developing individual programs with all WNT players within U.S. Soccer camps and their club environments. 
  • Maintain a complete and up-to-date roster of player health and participation records in electronic medical record system
  • Responsible for accurate and timely daily documentation of all player treatments into EMR and other medical documentation 
  • Send daily/weekly medical reports to the coaches, physicians, and other staff members within the organization
  • Responsible for leading communication of medical decisions to senior medical leadership, head coach, and general manager as appropriate
  • Ensure all medical data collected is disseminated to all required staff and players in line with the U.S. Soccer standards and time frames
  • Support evaluation of vendors of equipment and technology; help to identify products that would be valuable for players and assist with the implementation of solutions
  • Responsible for medical inventory, ordering, management, packing and organizing medical supplies for travel
  • Travel extensively with WNT to training camps and games both within the United States and abroad
In camp: 
  • Daily treatment, scheduling, and programming of maintenance and player care 
  • Supervise and support other medical staff within the WNT training camps 
  • Lead day-to-day operations of the medical room, including staff and player scheduling and maintaining a clean and safe environment 
  • Lead on-field training coverage
  • Build a strong relationship with WNT clubs home and abroad to ensure the bi-lateral sharing of data and information is provided pre and post-camp
  • Support medical administrative duties related to USOPC, WADA/USADA, workers compensation, and others as designated
  • Develop and maintain a pool of qualified network medical professionals to support the team in the camp environment 
  • Contribute to the development and support of all athletic training practice across U.S. Soccer
  • Complete administrative and other duties as required or assigned may include: 
  • Support and develop athletic training practice within the NWSL
  • Support and develop athletic training practice within the college and/or other soccer 
  • institutions Help support and create internal and external continued professional development for staff within the federation and practitioners within clubs
  • Contribute to the education of staff and coaches within the federation and those enrolled in federation specific qualification pathways          
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree or higher in Athletic Training or related field 
  • NATABOC certified athletic trainer (ATC), eligible for licensure in Illinois
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical experience working within Soccer and/or other elite sport 
  • General knowledge of soccer
  • Capable of working in fast-paced and demanding environments
  • Must be able to connect “micro” details to the “macro” vision and mission
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Certifications- BLS for Healthcare Providers 
  • Proficient in managing and executing emergency medical care best practice
  • Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor
  • Able and willing to travel up to 75% of the time
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Must be able to stand for long durations, squat, bend, lift, carry, and climb ladders
  • Must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds 
Desired Qualifications:   
  • Passion for soccer
  • Advanced education in manual therapy and rehabilitation techniques
  • Advanced certification/experience in applied movement analysis and biomechanics; exposure to Gray Institute Methodology
  • Experience working in soccer
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and athletes having a range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives 
  • Excellent organizational, data collection, planning, and leadership skills 
  • Experience working in collaboration with coaches and other support staff
  • Proven track record in delivering world-class medical provision to professional athletes 
  • Vast knowledge and expertise of medical modalities, equipment, and technology 
  • Proficient on computer softwares such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Electronic Medical Record System, GPS Monitoring System, or other athlete monitoring platforms
  • Thorough institutional knowledge of U.S. Soccer’s mission, goals, technical plan, policies, practices, and procedures 
  • Previous experience with a club or national team 
Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes: 
  • Live our Principles & Values
  • Adopt a company-centric approach—Serve the Athlete and the Fan
  • Embrace and see learning as a lifelong pursuit 
  • Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges 
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Open to criticism and does not make excuses
  • Possess a tireless work ethic
  • Wants to be part of a team that wins
  • Has the ability to be firm but fair 
  • Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
  • Build relationships through genuine interpersonal skills 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.