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Senior Manager, Sport Science

United States Soccer Federation
Chicago, IL
Player Operations: Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy/Doctor
Job Title:                             Senior Manager, Sports Science
Location:                            Chicago, IL
Department:                     High Performance (OT-28) 
Reporting To:                     Director, High Performance Director (HPD)
Normal Work Hours:      Varies 
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, contribute to the design and delivery of world class performance & Sport Science support to all male and female senior and youth players within the national teams. 
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
·         Manage and develop all full-time, part-time and external consultant performance staff within the WNT, MNT and youth teams.
·         Develop strong working relationships across the multi-disciplinary team, sharing and informing best practice. 
·         Ensure the highest standards of data and player information is collected in line with the requirements of the HPD and the USSF
·         Lead, develop and implement the requirements for all aspects of delivery and data collection across the performance pathway including (but not limited to) sport science, Strength and Conditioning, nutrition, psychology.
·         Develop and improve relationships with all national players club teams to ensure bi-lateral exchange of performance data and information pre and post national camps.
·         Under guidance of the HPD develop internal and external research 
·         Travel and provide support to national teams as and when required during games and training camps
Other duties as assigned or required.  May include:   
·         Support and develop performance systems, data and staff within the MLS.
·         Support and develop performance systems, data and staff within the college and/or other soccer institutions
·         Help support and develop an internal and external CPD program for staff within the federations and practitioners within clubs.
·         Contribute to the education of staff and coaches within the federation and those enrolled onto federation specific qualification pathways.

Minimum Qualifications 

·         MSc in Sport Science/performance or related field
·         BSc in Sport Science/performance (or equivalent)
·         Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Accreditation
·         Minimum of 10 years experience working within Soccer and/or other elite sport
·         Knowledge and experience of performance requirements for adult and youth athletes
Desired Qualifications:
·         Knowledge and experience of performance requirements for adult and youth athletes
·         Experience working in collaboration with coaches and other support staff
·         Significant experience in managing and developing staff
·         Previous experience working with multi stakeholder projects, data and research
·         Vast knowledge and experience of performance equipment and technology
·         Proficient on computer with software such as Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access and Video Editing
·         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 
Organizational Performance Evaluation Criteria (subject to change):
  • 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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