FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati

Chief of Staff

FC Cincinnati - Director
Cincinnati · OH
Sponsorship Sales & Activation: Consulting/Strategic Planning
Job Title: Chief of Staff
Department: Administration
Reports to: Chief Business Officer/Chief Strategy Officer 
Job Summary
FC Cincinnati is seeking a highly organized and strategic-minded thought leader that drives the coordination and strategic alignment of all business functions at FC Cincinnati. The individual in this position will work directly with the Chief Business Officer (CBO) and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) to formulate and manage key strategic and operational initiatives for the FC Cincinnati enterprise that are both short- and long-term focused. 

This will involve leading high-priority cross-functional projects while ensuring alignment and accountability across the leadership team and throughout the organization. This person will collaborate with all executives to design and implement processes that enable the business to scale effectively. The Chief of Staff is the Company’s master generalist and is a lifelong learner who will act as a gatekeeper, project manager, and problem solver keeping all executives focused, continuously boosting morale, and perpetually drumming to increase productivity. 

What You’ll Do:
  • Strategic Planning & Execution: 
    • Collaborate with the Co-CEO, CBO, and CSO to develop and implement strategic initiatives aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
    • Drive the execution of strategic projects, ensuring alignment with timelines, resources, and desired outcomes.
    • Monitor progress, identify potential risks, and provide proactive solutions to keep initiatives on track.
  • Cross-functional Coordination: 
    • Serve as a central point of contact and liaison between all business lines of the organization.
    • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration across business lines and strategy teams to optimize workflow and productivity. 
    • Operate at a tactical, strategic, and operational level, handling the oversight of projects that do not neatly fit within the organizational chart or that fall across departments or leadership areas of responsibility.
    • Coordinate meetings, agenda, and follow-up actions to ensure alignment and accountability. 
  • Operational Excellence:
    • Oversee operational functions and processes to optimize efficiency and effectiveness across the organization.
    • Identify opportunities for process improvement and innovation, working closely with stakeholders to implement solutions.
    • Ensure compliance with relevant policies, regulations, and industry standards, providing guidance and support as needed.
  • Leadership and Development:
    • Provide leadership and mentorship to members of the business staff, fostering a culture of collaboration, accountability, and continuous improvement.
    • Support talent acquisition efforts by participating in the recruitment and onboarding of new team members, as needed.
    • Encourage professional development and growth opportunities for staff members to enhance their skills and capabilities.

What You’ll Bring: 
  • Ability to consistently deliver outcomes with little oversight.
  • Ability to leverage influence across the organization to build and maintain relationships and garner support for strategic initiatives.
  • A self-starter mindset that is quick to translate ideas into phased action plans, set objectives, and see the objectives through to completion.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, particularly across several mission critical, multifaceted and ongoing initiatives.
  • Employs best-in-class written, verbal and interpersonal skills to build buy-in with colleagues with diverse personalities and skill sets.
  • Capability to develop and deliver compelling presentations and run efficient and productive meetings internally and externally, regardless of format or audience.
  • Ability to work effectively with Enterprise and Senior leadership while also building strong working relationships at all levels of the company both on the business and technical side.
  • A highly analytical orientation along with a strategic mindset to translate vision into actionable plans and initiatives.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management abilities, with a track record of successfully leading complex projects.
  • Culture carrier and embodiment of the FC Cincinnati values who continuously demonstrates a “whatever it takes” attitude to deliver desired outcomes.
  • High level of integrity, discretion, and confidentiality in handling sensitive information.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

What You’ll Need:
  • Advanced degree preferred, bachelor’s degree required;
  • Proven experience in strategic leadership, executive support, or chief of staff role, preferably within a complex organization or business.

Why You’ll Love FCC:
  • Generous paid time off and holiday time 
  • Option for one work from home day per week (by department and schedule)
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401k plan with company match
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Maternity & Paternity Leave and Family Building Benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program and free subscription to the Calm App
  • Discount off merchandise in the FCC team store
  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Professional development and Frequent team building opportunities
  • Employee recognition programs and referral programs
  • Opportunity for complimentary staff tickets to home FC Cincinnati matches

About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a Major League Soccer team playing at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The club’s diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. Founded in 2015 by Lindner and President/Co-CEO Jeff Berding, FCC began play in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016. The club won the 2018 USL Regular-Season Championship and earned postseason berths in all three of its USL seasons. In 2017, FC Cincinnati also advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a run that included victories over two MLS squads. FC Cincinnati entered MLS as the 24th team in 2019 and opened the club’s 26,000-seat soccer-specific TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood in 2021. FCC won the 2023 Supporters’ Shield – the annual award given to the team with the most points in the regular season – and clinched a spot in the 2023 MLS Playoffs for the second straight year. FC Cincinnati has been recognized for its exceptional growth, impact and company culture as one of Sports Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Sports 2023, named to the Honor List as one of “75 Great Sports Companies to Call Home.”; on the Business Courier’s Fast 55 as one of Greater Cincinnati’s fastest growing private companies; and named to The Enquirer’s Top Workplaces 2024.
About TQL Stadium
TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America, but the world. Critically-acclaimed firm Populous designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that is one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer. TQL Stadium has been named Best Venue at the 2022 World Football Summit in Madrid and the 2022 Prix Versailles World Title in the Sports Category in Paris, France.

The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coach’s office, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. TQL Stadium has featured both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams multiple times each, including the USMNT’s FIFA World Cup Qualification match vs. Mexico and the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinals. The stadium also featured a concert by legendary rock band, The Who, and will host Kenny Chesney’s Sun Goes Down Tour in June 2024.

The closest seats are within 15 feet of the pitch at the $250 million, privately funded stadium. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. FC Cincinnati’s supporters’ section, The Bailey, has grown to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in TQL Stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field.

FC Cincinnati is 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.

Job Questions:

  1. What annual salary range are you looking for?

  2. Have you ever been employed by FC Cincinnati or West End Ventures? If so, what position?

  3. Are you a current resident of the West End Neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio?

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