Philadelphia was awarded the 16th Major League Soccer franchise in February, 2008 and the team was officially announced as the Philadelphia Union in May, 2009. Owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC (“KSE”), the group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season in 2010 and opened what is now Subaru Park in June, 2010. Subaru Park is an 18,500 seat, world-class soccer specific stadium that sits beautifully along the Delaware River at the base of the Commodore Barry Bridge and is only 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The club has reached the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2018, and has appeared in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2011, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, securing their first showing in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2021. In 2020, the Union were awarded the club’s first Supporters’ Shield after finishing with the best regular season record in MLS. The club hosted the Eastern Conference Final in 2021 and were named the Eastern Conference Champions in 2022. The Philadelphia Union have once again clinched a berth in the 2023 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. The 2022 season finished at the MLS Cup against LAFC, in one of the most intense matches in League history!
Philadelphia Union’s culture and brand positioning of Young, Fearless, Challengers differentiates us from others and focuses our vision to be unafraid and defy the ordinary. KSE is relentlessly pursuing excellence both on and off the field and will lead the way, set the standards and share the glory. Our connection to Philadelphia is symbolized in the Club’s crest as the snake, colors, shield, slogan and thirteen stars all represent Philadelphia as the original capital city and its call to action during the American Revolution.
ABOUT THIS ROLE
The primary responsibility of the General Manager is to serve as the strategic, operational, and visionary leader of the WSFS Bank Sportsplex, operated by Union Sports & Entertainment (parent company of the Philadelphia Union). The General Manager will create and manage all of the programing across multiple sports (soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, etc.) and have profit/loss responsibility. Programming will consist of teams, leagues, drills, skills, camps, clinics, tournaments, showcases and field rentals within each sports vertical. The WSFS Bank Sportsplex consists of 7 outdoor fully lit fields, 1 indoor full-sized field, 2 multi-sport courts, an 8,000 sqft performance center, tenant space, café/dining and flex space. This role will report to the President of the Philadelphia Union and Union Sports & Entertainment.
Assist with the planning and construction process that is currently underway for the WSFS Bank Sportsplex.
Identify which sports verticals to offer programming and what types of programming within each vertical – i.e. skills, drills, camps, clinics, tourneys, leagues, showcases, etc.
Hire sports specific directors/managers as well as coaches that will help establish programming in each sports vertical.
Meet with Union Sports & Entertainment executive staff weekly to discuss P&L and facility utilization.
Implement field and court utilization and management software.
Work with Union digital staff to build out WSFS Bank Sportsplex web and digital properties and keep them updated with programming.
Coordinate the development and implementation of budgetary control systems, record keeping systems, and other administrative control processes.
Manage the procurement and maintenance of equipment for various sports programming.
Prepare and present reports concerning activities, expenses, and budgets.
Develop and maintain partnerships throughout the region and nation necessary for execution of programming (i.e., facilities, youth clubs, townships, universities, etc.).
Develop non-profit community-based programs in various sports verticals. Develop partnerships with key stakeholders to implement such programs (i.e., Boys and Girls Club, Chester Biddy Basketball League)
Allocate and manage facility space for maximum efficiency and profitability.
Supervise maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment.
Manage facility operations manager(s) and core services such as security, cleaning, and waste, HVAC, maintenance and repair.
Proven experience in organizing, booking, and operating sports tournaments youth & adult sports leagues, camps and clinics and similar activities.
Experience managing sports facilities.
Prior responsibility in daily P&L management and budget oversight. Skilled at identifying and creating opportunities to deliver revenue goals.
A minimum of 5 years of management experience, preferably in the sports, recreation and/or facilities industry.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business, sports administration, or related management field.
Operational knowledge of F&B, entertainment, and youth sports clubs as well as parties, corporate events, and team building preferred.
Experience working with convention & visitor bureaus, regional sports commissions, and/or regional event management booking in a regional sport and/or convention centers.
Must be able to work weekends and/or holidays as directed.
Intimate understanding of the youth sports environment.
Strong people skills and aptness to effectively represent a positive image for Union Sports and Entertainment.
Comprehensive benefits package including three medical options, vision and dental coverage, including flexible spending & health savings accounts.
Pre-tax and Roth 401k (up to 4% is matched, after 90 days of service).
Company-paid life insurance and disability.
9 paid holidays and 20 PTO days annually.
Wellness reimbursements including Headspace meditation app.
Hybrid office schedule to allow remote work on Mondays and Fridays.
Summer Friday hours.
50% merchandise discount.
Other league and partner discounts.
Complimentary or discounted tickets.
24/7 state-of-the-art Fitness Center and locker rooms.
On-site Café with grab-and-go options, salad bar, and grill!
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.