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Athletic Trainer, Youth National Teams

United States Soccer Federation
Chicago, IL
Player Operations: Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy/Doctor
Job Title:                             Youth National Team (YNT) Athletic Trainer 
Location:                            Chicago
Department:                     High Performance (OT-28) 
Reporting To:                     Director, High Performance (HPD), Chief Medical Officer (CMO) & Senior Manager, Sport Medicine (SMM)
Normal Work Hours:      Contracted
FLSA Status:                       Exempt
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 are seeking motivated, passionate, skillful 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.
Position Description
Working with the HPD, CMO and SMM contribute to the development and delivery of world class athletic trainer support to the YNTs.
High Performance Department (HPD) Overview
o   Maximize performance across all sport development programs
o   Provide multi-disciplinary expertise.
o   Integrate high performance into everyday environment.
o   Develop innovative and soccer specific research.
  • Utilize multi-disciplinary standards.
  • Implement systematic and evidence based approaches.
  • Make information accessible and practical.
  • Develop and manage a network of qualified experts.
Primary Responsibilities
·         Provide all Athletic Training support for the YNTs as requested by the HPD, CMO and SMM
·         Travel extensively with YNTs to training camps and games both within the U.S.A and abroad
·         Responsible for the delivery of the USSF standards in Injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation to all YNT players
·         Responsible for evaluating and referring major injuries and/or illnesses to the team physician, consultants, hospitals or specialists as appropriate
·         Ensure all medical data collected, stored and up to date correctly in line with USSF standards, including but not limited to; nature of injury or illness, treatment given, date, insurance, injured reserve, injury protection, medical authorization, medical information release, physical examinations, medical referrals, surgical reports and x-ray/MRI information
·         Ensure all data collected is disseminated to all required staff and players in line with the USSF standards and time frames
·         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
·         Build strong relationship with YNT clubs/colleges home and abroad to ensure the bi-lateral sharing of data and information is provided pre and post camp
·         Supervise any support other medical staff within the YNTs
Other duties as assigned or required.  May include:   
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current sports medicine standards and protocols and help support the development of other medical staff within the USSF
  • Communicate regularly with the SMM & High Performance administration to review/amend current and future inventory requests
  • Help support the department with research 
·         Support the development of internal resources required within the high performance department

Minimum Qualifications

·         Bachelor's Degree athletic training or Related field
·         NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
·         Current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (or equivalent) certification
·         Minimum 5 years clinical experience working within Soccer and/or other elite sport 
·         Experience working with youth athletes
·         Current member of NATA or similar governing body 
Desired Qualifications:  
·         Master’s Degree in Athletic Training or related field
·         Advanced certification/experience in movement analysis (AFS, CES, PES)
·         Proven track record in delivering world class medical provision to athletes and coaches
·         Experience working in collaboration with coaches and other support staff
·         Academic Publications 
·         Vast knowledge and experience of medical equipment and technology
·         Proficient on computer with software such as Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access and Video Editing
·         Effective communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and athletes having a range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives
·         Excellent organizational, data collection, planning and leadership skills

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes: 

  • 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 
Performance Evaluation Criteria:
How are you successful?
  • Think/Create – Are you thinking strategically and creating new processes to increase efficiency and improve the program?
  • Manage – Do you have a development plan for teams and players and are you providing regular, necessary and meaningful feedback?
  • Communicate – Are you communicating proactively, openly and effectively about your efforts and productivity with internal and external audiences?
  • Execute – In order of priority, what plans/initiatives are currently in deployment and are they meeting all established deadlines?
  • Measure – What quantitative data are you using and reporting on to continually measure effectiveness and/or support new ideas/asks
  • Deliver – Are you performing at a level comparable with your peers in the company and are you seen internally and externally as a credible expert?
  • Service – Do you act in a manner consistent with the company’s values and serve as a mentor/role model?

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