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Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team – Network Employee - U.S. Soccer (Chicago · IL · Open to Remote)

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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.  

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Position Description 
On a per diem basis, the Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team will be responsible for coaching the Women’s Para National Team, helping develop individual players to compete at the sport’s highest levels. In addition, manage the daily high-performance requirements of the national team players and staff within training and competition environments.

The candidate will guide the team through centralized training programs and multiple domestic camps in preparation for regional and international tournament competitions. The Women’s Para National Team’s ultimate goal is qualifying for and competing at the Para Soccer World Cup.  

Requirements

Context of the Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team 
  • Works to support the leaders of the ENT Department 
  • Supports the goals and initiatives of the ENT Program 
  • Prepares Women’s Para National Team to perform at the highest level 
  • Contributes to the long-term vision and policy of the Federation  
Purpose of the Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team 
  • Work collaboratively with the ENT development managers on all program areas (i.e., player enhancement, education, scouting, and program development) 
  • Contribute to the development of a strategic plan to accelerate the growth of ENT programs and players 
  • Lead the Centralized Training Program for the Women’s Para National Team assigned  
  • Identify, support, and develop resources required to fulfill the strategic requirements of the ENT
  • Primary Responsibilities 
Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team 
  • Manage per diem staff on the build-up to and during training and competition 
  • Support club and player development at all levels of the game, including helping to facilitate competitive opportunities within each discipline at a local, regional, and national level  
  • Link with crucial partners and providers to raise awareness leading to player identification via soccer-specific and non-soccer settings 
  • Support the creation and delivery of a talent identification matrix across disciplines 
  • Identify critical providers for the delivery of presentations and/or coaching clinics to raise awareness and identify participants for the ENT program 
  • Contribute to the other sporting ENT programs (projects, initiatives, calls, meetings, camps, courses, events, etc.) 
  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with Professional Clubs, College and staff working within the game 
Tasks and Duties of the Head Coach of the Women’s Para National Team 
  • Lead and coach the Women’s Para National Team at domestic, regional, and international competitions 
  • Lead the creation and delivery of a national team, level talent identification matrix for Para Soccer 
  • Collaborate with U.S. Soccer’s Talent ID department to integrate metrics to track potential players (from the mainstream and C.P. specific game) 
  • Create a database of current Women’s Para Soccer players (youth, adult, and domestic) 
  • Work with clubs, leagues, and coaches to release National Team players for international competition 
  • Manage staff and players during all Women’s Para Soccer NT training sessions and competitions  
  • Create and implement a periodization model reflecting performance and development requirements of the Para Soccer NT 
  • Design and implement player development plan inclusive of individualized training plans for players covering technical, tactical, and physical assessments 
  • Support the creation of better playing environments at a domestic level (i.e., competitive non-NT opportunities) 
  • Produce clear and concise reports tracking Women’s Para Soccer NT players 
  • Evaluates and reports on the effectiveness of the program and monitor trends through internal/external and qualitative/quantitative research to make improvements as needed 
  • Complete goal setting and performance review discussions with staff on an annual basis
  • Assist with other ENT program duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • USSF “A” License or equivalent experience within Para Soccer 
  • Experience in a High-Performance soccer environment (Senior Pro, Pro-Youth, Elite Youth or National Teams) 
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to solve problems and execute decisions under pressure 
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Must be able to connect “micro” details to the “macro” vision and mission
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) and Video editing 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor
  • Able and willing to travel up to 50% of the time required (domestic and international)  
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed 
Desired Qualifications
  • Passion for soccer
  • Proven history successfully managing and developing players within a soccer environment 
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) 
  • Excellent organizational, data collection, planning, and leadership skills 
  • 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.