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United Soccer League  
Job Title:  Vice President, DEI & Community Impact 
Position Type: Full Time  
Location: Tampa, FL (USL Headquarters) 
 
Overview of the United Soccer League (USL) 
The United Soccer League (USL) is shaping the future of soccer in America. We are the nation’s largest and fastest-growing professional soccer organization, bringing the world’s game to more and more communities across the United States and Canada. Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL oversees multiple professional and elite pre-professional leagues, including the USL Championship, USL Super League, USL League One, USL League Two, USL W League, USL Academy, and Super Y League.  
 
We are authentic to the spirit of the game, honoring the dedication of the players, the passion of the supporters, and the culture of the clubs. We believe in the power of soccer to unite people, provide unique life experiences, and have a meaningful impact in local communities. We work as a team, challenge the status quo, and strive to make everyone feel welcome.  
 
United Soccer League is the proud recipient of Front Office Sports' Best Employers in Sports 2021 and Tampa Bay Business Journal's Coolest Office Spaces. 
 
Position Purpose 
As a strategic member of USL Headquarters, the Vice President, DEI & Community Impact will be the USL’s leader in driving the USL’s overall DEI and community strategies, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, and ensuring the organization upholds its commitment to that culture. The role will work cross-functionally with departments in the USL to develop, execute, measure, and amplify the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and community initiatives both internally and externally. The Vice President, DEI & Community Impact will play a significant role in partnering with our Content, Partnerships, Sporting, and People Operations teams to develop and manage programs that drive action and have a real impact in the USL Headquarters, our clubs, and the communities we serve.  

Duties and Responsibilities 
Specific duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Lead diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and community initiatives throughout the USL.  
  • Lead the execution of the company’s DEI and community strategies, and the design and implementation of strategic DEI and community initiatives to drive cross-functional adaptation and adoption.
  • Work with department leaders to define and establish DEI standards and metrics to support overall DEI and community initiatives.  
  • Lead and support various internal DEI and community committees including IMPACT Committee, IDEA HQ, etc.
  • Support relationships with player advocacy groups across the USL (e.g., Black Players Alliance).
  • Build and manage strong relationships with DEI and community-focused stakeholders, constituents, partners, and civic organizations.
  • Track and support the inclusion of diverse vendors and suppliers to ensure the advancement of DEI and community objectives within partnership opportunities.  
  • Partner with USL Content teams to develop content which highlights diverse storytelling and communities. 
  • Partner with People Operations department to support intentional sourcing, recruiting, and development of diverse talent. 
  • Develop and facilitate training and developmental programs to support an inclusive and diverse culture. 
  • Remain abreast and provide guidance on external communications related to situations, both internal and external, that have a significant community impact. 
  • Lead the strategic planning and execution of various community initiatives (e.g., United Against Racism, Forever Proud, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, etc.).  
  • Research, analyze and deliver strategic insights, best practices, and recommendations for DEI and community solutions which support the organization’s overarching DEI and community strategies and goals.  
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.  
 
Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education. 
  • 8-10 years of professional work experience within DEI/Community.  
  • Demonstrated ability to influence, work with cross-functional teams and interact effectively with all levels. 
  • Strong strategic program/project management, ideation, collaboration, and storytelling skills.  
  • Proven ability to manage multiple concurrent programs/projects and lead them to completion. 
  • Experience facilitating difficult conversations and demonstrating high judgment around confidential or sensitive matters. 
  • Strong presentation abilities, both written and verbal with excellent public speaking and group facilitations skills.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with team members, executives, member clubs, and external partners. 
  • Ability to work independently in a multi-faceted, fast, fluid, and deadline-driven environment. 
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic a must. 
  • Ability to work as business needs require which may include long days, evenings, weekends, occasional holidays, and travel if/when necessary.  
  • Must have U.S. work authorization.  
 
We have great Perks - Comprehensive Benefits Package • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance • Health HSA and FSA • 401k w/ up to 6% match • Corporate Discounts • Paid Vacation, Holiday & Sick Days • Business Casual Dress • Casual Dress Fridays • And More!  

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Job Questions:

  1. How many years of professional DEI/Community experience or experience within a similar capacity do you currently have?

  2. What previous experience do you have building and leading DEI & Community initiatives to foster collaboration and organizational impact?

  3. Do you have prior DEI/Community experience with a sports team, league, or agency? If so, what experience and with which organization(s)?

  4. This position is a full-time, in-person role at our USL HQ office located in Tampa, FL. If selected for this position, when could you begin in-person employment?  

  5. What is your salary expectation for this position (Response Required)? 

  6. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States for our Company? 

  7. Do you now, or will you in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status, etc.) to work legally for our Company in the United States?