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Job listing closed on 9 Feb 2024
28 Nov 2023

Associate Counsel, Compliance & Player Safety Officer

🇺🇸 New York, USA
Full Time
3+ years exp.
US$130,000 – US$150,000 per year


MLS is seeking an attorney to develop, implement and manage player safeguarding policies and processes for MLS, MLS NEXT PRO and MLS NEXT. The role includes reviewing, revising and updating player safeguarding policies, training programs and reporting guidelines. In addition, the attorney may assist with other compliance matters, including investigations and supporting MLS’s compliance function.


  • Review and manage programs relating to MLS player safety, including policy development, training and education, and response and resolution to ensure league-wide compliance with safeguarding policies.
  • Develop training and education programs for players, coaches, referees, and other participants in the sport.
  • Conduct due diligence and research. Manage intake of allegations of policy violations and conduct investigations, where appropriate.
  • Prepare and develop annual surveys and reports and liaise with USSF’s Player Safety Office.
  • Provide guidance and support relating to compliance best practices and regulatory considerations.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide support to Litigation and Compliance department as needed.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree
  • 3+ years of legal practice, with a strong preference for experience relating to investigations and compliance.
  • Training in trauma-informed investigations preferred

Required Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated individual with outstanding analytical skills and ability to make targeted recommendations.
  • Sound judgement, and flexibility/adaptability to prioritize, organize, manage, and complete time sensitive matters.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics and integrity
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of the Spanish and/or French Language (business proficiency)
  • Experience with trauma-informed interviews

Total Rewards

Starting Base Salary $130,000 - $150,000. MLS/SUM base salaries are contingent upon several factors including individual qualifications, market financials, and operational business needs.

We are committed to providing a Total Rewards package that attracts, supports, engages, and retains talent through the following:

Benefits – comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a suite of programs to promote well-being including a $500 Wellness Reimbursement. A generous PTO offering, and hybrid Office/Remote Work Schedule are also offered to promote Work-Life balance.

Career & Professional Development – on the job training, feedback, and on-going educational opportunities to continue your personal and professional development.

Employee Engagement – office perks, discounts and employee events that go “beyond the traditional paycheck” to make you feel a part of our team and inspire you to elevate the Game!

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

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.