Director of Performance - Chicago Fire FC (Chicago · IL)

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Player Operations: Strength and Conditioning
Chicago Fire FC is Chicago’s ambassador to the global sport of football. Founded in 1997, and competing in Major League Soccer, Chicago Fire won its first championship in its debut season and was foundational in the careers of several current MLS coaches and players, as well as International and UEFA Champions League coaches. 

Under new ownership, the Club recently returned to Soldier Field as well as opened a new 50,000 square foot office in the heart of the city. With tremendous growth and expansion, the Club is laying the foundation for an audacious and ambitious vision that will transform the brand and the company in the coming years.

Chicago Fire FC is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Our diversity initiatives start with the recruitment and selection process; therefore, we’d like to welcome all diverse candidates to apply to opportunities within our Club. 

Chicago Fire Football Club is seeking a Director of Performance to join our team! 

  • Responsible for delivering an integrated strength & conditioning and player monitoring & management plan to the professional/national players that align with methodological principles 
  • Lead and coordinate a team of Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Sport Scientists to ensure all players receive individual development programs, monitoring, and reporting on pre-season / in-season preparation.
  • Ensuring alignment between 1st team, academy, and juniors’ programs, and between the club and national team requirements.
  • Meeting KPIs for professional player development.
  • Working closely with the support staff (including coaching, medical, and physiotherapy staff) in implementing an integrated professional player program.
  • Attending and assisting with workshops, in-service meetings, professional development courses/workshops, and other supported workshops.
  • Assisting in the delivery of coach and player education programs.
  • To be aware of and to implement nutrition policies.
  • To be aware of and to attain the performance measures set for the position.
  • To lead and facilitate the development of all direct reports.
  • A recognized degree or Higher National Diploma in physical education, human movement or exercise, and sports science.
  • A minimum of three years experience in a senior fitness position within a professional fútbol environment.
  • High level of knowledge around the physical, psychological, technical (position-specific), and tactical (style of play) demands associated with fútbol;
  • High level of knowledge around the profiling and screening of athletic qualities;
  • Excellent coaching and programming skills around injury prevention (relative to the demands of fútbol) and return to play/perform criteria (relative to different injury types)
  • Excellent coaching and programming skills around the development of plyometric ability, linear speed (sprinting), multidirectional speed (COD/Reactive Agility), and fútbol specific movement skill integration.
  • Excellent coaching and programming skills around the development of fútbol specific conditioning, specifically as it relates to the functional integration of conditioning within the context of practice.
  • Excellent coaching and programming skills around the development general and specific strength and power;
  • Excellent coaching and programming skills around the development of recovery and regeneration plans;
  • Excellent ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and share responsibility for player development and program management;
  • Excellent people management and leadership skills;
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills;

CFFC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and maintaining a workplace for employees and applicants for employment that is free from discrimination.  The Company does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, age, veteran or military status, disability, sexual orientation, sexual orientation or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training. 
If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.