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When you join Seattle Sounders FC, you join a soccer-loving, socially progressive, ambitious club rooted in the best soccer city in America. We have one of the most passionate sports fan bases in North America who are invested in the Sounders as much for our commitment to making a positive impact in our communities as they are for winning the 2019 MLS Cup and 2022 CONCACAF Champions League on home soil. We exist to create special moments like these, where we enrich lives and unify our fans and city through soccer.

The Head of Grounds is responsible for the full oversight and performance of field maintenance which includes six playing surfaces/fields at the Seattle Sounders Headquarters and Training Facility. This role will have expertise and knowledge of grounds maintenance tools and techniques, turf grass science, skilled and semi-skilled grounds maintenance functions and landscape architecture. This role will also manage the grounds crew team members and maintain the necessary equipment needed to accomplish tasks in a timely and efficient manner.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervises the construction and maintenance of Sounders FC Training Facility grounds.

  • Performs daily responsibilities of fields which includes mowing, irrigation, fertilizing, pesticide applications, field painting, cultural turfgrass practices, equipment operation and maintenance and snow removal.

  • Develops and implements plans to reduce impacts on the environment including storm water management, waste management and erosion control.

  • Manages inventory and oversees the preventive equipment maintenance and replacement programs

  • Orders and maintains all products necessary for grounds maintenance.

  • Ensures the safe operation of light duty vehicles such as mowers, tractors and trucks.

  • Performs seasonal maintenance of the equipment fleet and ensure proper maintenance is performed in a timely manner.

  • Assures the necessary practice equipment (goals, benches, etc.) is set up, maintained and in good working condition.

  • Prepares the annual budget for the maintenance and improvements in accordance with strategic plans and defined maintenance standards.

  • Fosters professional relationships with coaching staff, first team support staff, players, co-workers and tenants.

  • Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Interviews, hires, trains, directs and supervises a staff of employees for the purpose of maintaining the sports facilities grounds.

  • Oversees the training, scheduling and deploying of personnel to accomplish the work in compliance with OSHA and Worker Right-to Know standards.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of grounds maintenance related work experience in professional/collegiate athletics with 2 years of lead or management experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of equipment and procedures of grounds construction and maintenance.

  • Ability to operate turf related equipment (i.e., tractors, mowers, aerifiers, field paint machine).

  • Knowledge of techniques of planting and maintaining plants, trees and shrubs suited to the area location.

  • Candidate must have strong leadership, interpersonal and supervisory skills.

  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to prioritize and juggle tasks.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.

  • Fluency in Spanish is desirable but not required.

  • Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time and in various weather conditions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This position will work in-person from the Sounders FC Headquarters and training facility in Renton, WA.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, as needed.

  • Must be fully vaccinated at the time of hire and follow all club and league COVID-19 protocols.

  • Must reside within Washington state upon date of hire.

  • Must be able to facilitate own local travel.

  • Must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship

  • Responsibilities include regular work outdoors and may require standing on feet for long periods of time, as well as some lifting of up to 40 pounds.

BENEFITS AND PERKS

Seattle Sounders FC offers competitive compensation and an engaging, supportive environment that prioritizes the health and well-being of our people by providing the following top-notch benefits:

  • Healthcare plan with 100% employer sponsored premiums for employees and dependents

  • Discretionary PTO policy supports employees in taking time off when needed

  • Complimentary tickets to Sounders FC and Tacoma Defiance matches

  • 401k retirement plan matching

  • Generous parental leave program to support new parents

  • Discounts on Sounders FC products, merchandise and with Sounders FC Partners

  • Training opportunities to support growth and development

  • Volunteer opportunities in the Seattle community offered in support of social impact and RAVE Foundation initiatives

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives. Women, gender-nonbinary, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Sounders HR department with any questions.

The physical demands reflective of the duties and work environment herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Sounders FC is committed to providing Reasonable Accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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