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Physical Therapist, Women's National Team with U.S. Soccer Federation in Chicago, IL

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Player Operations: Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy/Doctor
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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 by supporting members, impacting athletes, and serving 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.
Department Overview 
The High Performance department’s mission is to maximize performance across all sport development programs at U.S. Soccer. 
Primary Responsibilities
Working within the High Performance Department, contribute to the design and delivery of world class medical and physical therapy support to the U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT).
  • Provide all physical therapy and assist with medical support for the WNT as requested by the Sports Medicine Senior Manager, High Performance Director, and Chief Medical Officer. 
  • Work closely with the WNT head athletic trainer and other high performance staff to ensure U.S. Soccer standards in all testing, screening, monitoring and return to play protocols are optimized, delivered and recorded.
  • Travel extensively with WNT to training camps and games both within the United States and abroad
  • Responsible for the design and delivery of U.S. Soccer standards in injury prevention, screening, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of all WNT players
  • Responsible for evaluating and referring major injuries and/or illnesses to the team physician, consultants, hospitals or specialists as appropriate
  • Responsible for tracking and developing individual programs with all WNT players both within U.S. Soccer camps and within their club environments
  • Ensure all medical data collected, stored and up to date correctly in line with U.S. Soccer 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 U.S. Soccer standards and time frames
  • Build strong relationship with WNT clubs home and abroad to ensure the bi-lateral sharing of data and information is provided pre and post camp
  • Develop and support all physical therapy practice across U.S. Soccer
  • Develop internal and external research under the guidance of the High Performance Director
  • Other duties as required or assigned. This may include:              
    • Support and develop physical therapy practice within the NWSL
    • Support and develop physical therapy practice within the college and/or other soccer institutions 
    • Help support and develop an internal and external continued professional development program for staff within the federation 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
  • Master's Degree
  • Licenced Physical Therapist, eligible for licensure in Illinois
  • Minimum 5 years clinical experience working within elite/professional sport 
  • Current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (or equivalent) certification
  • Able and willing to travel up to 50% of the year
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed
Desired Qualifications
  • NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) 
  • ABPTS: Sports Physical Therapy Specialist Certification (SCS)
  • Experience working in soccer
  • Proficient in managing and executing acute care and emergency medical care best practice
  • Advanced education in manual therapy and rehabilitation techniques 
  • Advanced certification/experience in movement analysis (AFS)
  • Knowledge and experience of physical therapy requirements for adult and youth athletes
  • 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 
  • 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 experience of medical modalities, equipment, and technology 
  • Proficient on computer with software such as Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, HealtheAthlete, STATsport 
  • Academic Publications

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 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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