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4 Jun 2024

Director, Youth Football Programs

🇺🇸 College Park, MD, USA
Full Time
7+ years exp.

Position Summary:

The Washington Commanders Community Relations Department is seeking a qualified individual to join the team as a full-time Director of Youth Football Programs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and will be responsible for managing the team’s youth and high school football platforms, events, and programs. This individual will serve as a liaison between all youth and high school football programs in the Washington Commanders market, the NFL, and related team partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Community Liaison: Act as the primary liaison with the youth and high school football community, fostering strong relationships with schools, athletic associations, local conferences, and leagues.
  • Internal Liaison: Collaborate closely with the Vice President of Community Relations and other internal leadership to develop and implement the youth and high school football strategy for the Washington Commanders.
  • Grant Leveraging: Secure and distribute various grants for local football programs and projects (e.g., NFL Foundation, NIKE, Riddell), ensuring the maximization of available resources.
  • Program Execution: Oversee the development and execution of youth football community outreach programs.
  • Fan Development: Expand and develop youth football programming aimed at engaging young fans and fostering a strong fan base (e.g., Washington Commanders Youth Football Camps, Girls Flag Football grassroots activations, and working toward sanctioning as a sport).


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create strategic plans, progress updates, milestones, and recaps for internal leadership.
  • Oversee the development and execution of all youth and high school football community outreach programs, including but not limited to:
  • Player Clinics, Gatorade Junior Training Camps, NFL Flag events, Special Olympics Flag Football, Play Football Gameday Activations, youth football equipment donation requests
  • High School Coaches Clinic, High School Football Showcase, High School Coach of the Week, Friday Night Lights, InSideOut Initiative, Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Washington Commanders Camps and Clinics, Girls Flag Football grassroots and pilot programming
  • Actively develop and maintain relationships within the youth football community and stay informed on current affairs within the Washington Commanders market.
  • Develop and manage the annual budget for all youth football programs.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of youth and high school football contacts.
  • Ensure fulfillment of youth football-based programs, including sponsor elements.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sports Management, Business, or a related field.
  • 7-10 years of experience in event planning or marketing, specifically related to youth and high school sports.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to react quickly under high-pressure situations.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to conceptualize, execute, and see projects through to completion.
  • Attention to detail, creativity, and the ability to operate independently.
  • Team player with the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent cross-functional working and communication skills.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and knowledge of league and external grants related to youth and flag football is a plus.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and events as needed.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours and travel as necessary.
  • Ability to perform duties representing the Washington Commanders' core values (Fight, Impact, Growth, Honor, Trust).
  • Knowledge of sports, specifically the NFL, is a plus.

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.

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