The Event Operations Specialist is part of the Operations Department for Minnesota United Football Club (MNUFC), a sports business located in the Twins Cities area of Minnesota and a member of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top tier soccer league in North America.

Job Description:

The Event Operations Specialist will assist in the design and lead the execution of the Minnesota United FC NEXT Pro team, MNUFC2. In addition, this role will support MNUFC First Team matchdays and other Allianz Field stadium events as needed. The Event Operations Specialist will contribute to increasing department efficiency and the overall improvement of event management for MNUFC events. This position is a full-time role reporting to the Director, Events & Guest Experience.

Position Responsibilities:

MLS NEXT Pro Duties -

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for MNUFC Next Pro Operations and Competition both internally and with the League office.

  • Assist the Director, Events & Guest Experience with communication and management of MLS NEXT Pro standards and policies distributed by MLS NEXT Pro.

  • Lead vendor management, activation logistics, and overall event coordination for MNUFC2 at the National Sports Center and Allianz Field.

  • Manage all matchday setups and tear downs including, but not limited to: gate setups, locker room setups, and all other matchday equipment needs.

  • Serve as visiting team and referee point of contact both pre-event and during event.

  • Create and manage all materials needed for competition (ex: timelines, match notices, matchday meetings, etc.)

  • Work with the rest of the stadium operations department on scheduling the necessary staff needed for MNUFC2 matchdays. (ex: security, operations, and guest experience)

  • Prepare and print event day materials for staff ensuring information is ready at scheduled report time.

  • Create standard operating procedures, checklists, and training manuals for areas of operations oversight.

  • Ensure event and venue information is consistently and accurately communicated across all internal and external platforms.

  • Inventory and manage all events department assets.

  • Responsible for event recap notes.

Other Duties -

  • Assist the events team with First Team match day setup and execution when needed.

  • Support major soccer events at Allianz Field such as the US Open Cup, International Friendlies, US National Team events, Leagues Cup, and MLS Playoffs.

  • Participate in the planning and execution of MNUFC club-driven events.

  • Stay up-to-date on industry products and trends, identifying opportunities for inclusion into the MNUFC events and experiences.

Required Experience, Qualifications, and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Hospitality, Business or related field; or a combination of related education and work experience.

  • 2-5 years of event management or event planning experience.

  • A strong foundation of analytical and client service skills.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to influence others to drive change.

Work Conditions

  • Available to work evenings, weekends in addition to normal business days.

  • Ability to stand/walk for 8+ hours at a time

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

Company Profile:

MNUFC is a professional soccer club playing in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top tier of soccer in North America, and which operates under the oversight of the U.S. Soccer Federation, a member of FIFA. The Club is headquartered in Golden Valley, MN. Soccer operations are located at the MNUFC Training Center in Blaine, Minnesota, and the team plays its home matches at Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN.

MNUFC is a progressive employer that values group and personal excellence, individual commitment, shared responsibility, diversity and respect for all people. Its mission includes community engagement and betterment through the expression of the values of soccer, the premier sport of the world. The Club promotes an open work environment with collegial and supporting work dynamics that foster positive individual and group performance, and the opportunity for career advancement.

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.