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Chicago Fire Football Club is a Major League Soccer team that was founded in 1997 and is Chicago’s ambassador to the global sport of soccer. 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 success of the Club in the coming years.

Some of the fabulous employee perks Chicago Fire Football Club offers to full-time employees include:

Work-Life Balance

  • Option to work remotely 1 week from any place of choice per year

  • Flexible work arrangements & hybrid scheduling (upon manager approval)

Paid Time Off

  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off upon hire

  • 22 days of paid holiday time off (including 2 weeks off at the end of each calendar year)

  • 1 day of birthday PTO

  • 4 hours of Volunteer Time Off per month

Excellent Benefit Programs

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, Supplementary Life, Supplementary AD&D, Flexible, Spending Account & Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits

  • 401k eligibility immediately upon hire with a 3% employer contribution rate

  • Educational Stipend of $1,500 per year

Paid Parental Leave

  • 14-16 weeks fully paid leave for employees giving birth and 8 weeks fully paid leave for committed partners & spouses – applicable to foster care & adoptive parents as well

  • 6 weeks fully paid FMLA leave to care for a family member with a serious medical condition

Office Culture & Facilities

  • Once a month ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to focus on employee wellbeing

  • Full game room, frequent happy hours & parties, employee recognition programs, and access to a full workout center and rooftop at our central office

Position Overview:

Chicago Fire Football Club seeks a Manager, Youth Soccer Development to join our team! This individual will report to the Senior Director, Youth Soccer Development, and lead the day-to-day operations of our player programming and coaching education initiatives. This individual will work cross-functionally on multiple projects and drive the success of each one and deliver on both business and sporting objectives. We are looking for someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about youth soccer and being a part of a team that aims to support the growth of the game locally and regionally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning and execution of youth soccer programming including Emerging Talent Centers (ETC), Residential Camps, Football Festivals, and other player development programming

  • Ensure all program/event registration, administrative, facility, and operational needs are organized and communicated

  • Formulate a promotional plan that delivers on attendance goals and the success of each program/event

  • Coordinate with the HR department for the hiring and onboarding of part-time staff

  • Support and prepare the Emerging Talent coaching team to deliver a high-level on-field product to participants through session planning and oversight

  • Liaise with Chicago Fire Academy staff so all player development standards are being met and exceeded with each program/event

  • Organize the coach education calendar and plan for hosting licenses and professional development workshops

  • Support the management and evolution of the Chicago Fire digital coaching platform

  • Assist the ticket sales department with promoting ticket packages and gameday opportunities to participants

  • Ensure all risk management policies and player well-being needs are met

  • Establish strong relationships with key stakeholders of the youth soccer club and community leaders where programming and events are held

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 4 years of soccer operations and/or coaching experience

  • Excellent administration and organizational skills

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred

  • Minimum USSF D License or equivalent

  • Understanding of the youth soccer landscape in the Chicagoland area

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task

  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial individual who is a hands-on worker

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19

Please note:

  • 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.

  • 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 [email protected] to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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