Youth Technical Director - Chicago Fire FC (Chicago · IL)

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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 dedicated Youth Technical Director to join our team! 

Job Overview
  • Manage all technical aspects of Chicago Fire Juniors (CFJ) and academy affiliate program while adhering to and promoting the club brand
  • Implement the ability specific curriculum, philosophy & methodology of the Chicago Fire Football Club (CFFC)
  • Assist the academy program with player identification & benchmarking of local youth players
  • Facilitate all coaching education requirements of the club and affiliate program with current staff while identifying new staff to recruit to the program
 
Responsibilities:
 
Management
  • Be the direct link between the technical side of the club and CFJ board of directors
  • Oversee the hiring of all youth club technical staff and determination of compensation based on job description, experience and qualifications
  • Management of all CFJ technical staff including head coaches, assistant coaches and goalkeeper staff
  • Oversee the fitness and medical support personnel to ensure support systems for CFJ technical staff and players are coordinated and professional
  • Work closely with CFJ technical staff to determine all program needs are evaluated and processed
  • Coordinate and oversee all CFJ technical meetings and reporting mechanisms for the club’s technical staff
  • Work in conjunction with the executive director to manage the CFJ budget (salaries, travel, programs, equipment, education) 
  • Represent the club with all national, regional and state associations to ensure good relationships and appropriate competition level is maintained for all teams
  • Represent players as needed to USYS, USSF and Chicago Fire academy scouts to ensure placement and opportunities for players in state, regional, national and/or academy programming
  • Collaborate with the academy technical director to develop synergies and objectives between the academy and youth programming
 
Development
  • Work with directors and coaching staff to implement ability specific curriculum for all teams and levels of play
  • Plan and evaluate current and future soccer development at the club and make effective public presentations as applicable, at board meetings, staff meetings, tryouts, town hall meetings and annual club meetings
  • Provide a formal evaluation of all soccer aspects of the club at the end of fall, winter and spring seasons to the CFJ board of directors & CFFC management
  • Define the goal setting process and KPI’s for all CFJ technical staff within the club and conduct staff evaluations twice per year
  • In conjunction with directors oversee the review process of all technical staff within the club 
  • Create professional development plans for all technical staff within the club based on yearly evaluations
  • Support the academy affiliate program by leading all areas related to the provision of technical resources
 
Education
  • To provide staff development opportunities through educational clinics, game analysis, USSF/IYSA courses and mentoring with MLS academy and 1st team staff
  • Provide coaching support opportunities for academy affiliates and local recreational programs
  • Develop, implement and lead parental education programs for CFJ membership
  • Work with academy support staff to support off-field education to youth players
 
Operations
  • Support the executive director and director of operations in the planning and execution of all business operations
  • Work with directors to retain players and build membership on an annual basis
  • Work in conjunction with the executive director on resource needs
 
Qualifications: 
  • 5 Years of club management and/or director of coaching experience
  • Hold a current USSF “A” coaching license 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Strong leadership qualities encompassing all levels of management
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial individual who is a hands-on worker 
  • Excellent organizational 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 hr@chicagofirefc.com to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.