Director of Coaching, Arlington Soccer Club, Inc., Arlington, MA (Remote)
The Director of Coaching (DOC) is responsible for overseeing all soccer related activities and development activities of the Arlington Soccer Club, including overseeing and managing teams, coaches, trainers and players. The DOC will be responsible for developing, operating and overseeing programs for all levels of play and for all aspects of soccer operations within the ASC. The DOC will lead efforts to achieve the growth and development of the players of the ASC and strive to provide coaches with the necessary tools to develop players’ technical and tactical skills. The DOC will work remote from a home office and must live within reasonable commuting distance of Arlington, MA due to the nature of the position. Core duties and responsibilities include:
- Managing approximately 300-400 volunteer coaches.
- Developing and implementing the ASC’s education and training curriculum as specified by the Board of Directors.
- Management, training and development of the intramural coaching staff, which comprises parent-coaches (often with little or no soccer/teaching experience);
- Coordinating delivery of training curriculum to all professional and volunteer coaching staff, and working closely with travel coordinators, referring coordinators, field coordinators, and clinic coordinators.
- Establishing an effective player selection process for use during tryouts, and coordinating, overseeing, and directing tryouts for all age groups.
- Hosting seasonal coach orientation and education events
- Developing training schedules for teams.
- Reporting to and working closely with ASC Board President with respect to all club matters.
- Attending ASC Board meetings and providing reports to and advising ASC Board, on player development and other soccer related issues.
- Engaging in community involvement including promoting the club, assisting with public relations, and appearances at club functions/ events.
- Conducting recreation coaches’ clinics prior to the commencement of each recreation season and providing written practice plans for use by coaches for practices if desired.
- Creating a player development season schedule.
- Creating, developing and delivering new programs during the Winter and Summer seasons.
- Building relationships with outside soccer vendors to provide up to date coaching content, support and tools to provide the best information for the volunteer coaches.
- Create a club methodology and style of play that represents Arlington Soccer Club from the earlier age groups right through to the oldest teams.
The Primary objective is to develop more capable, self-sufficient coaches. The DOC is responsible for designing a code of conduct for all coaches and to train and monitor the coaches and help them implement practice sessions in line with the Club curriculum and core values of the Club. More specifically, the DOC will –
- Design and implement a coaching education program utilizing a blend of classroom (curriculum) and field sessions (application) that allows for evaluation and feedback.
- Work closely with the Club intramural coordinators.
- Establish specialist clinics and camps and workshops with guest presenters and coordinate attendance.
- Create educational programs for ASC staff by utilizing resources external to the Club’s internal resources. The DOC will provide external clinicians to supplement the educational program provided by the DOC. The specialist clinicians can be player position specific (e.g. goalkeeping) or focused on player injury prevention/rehabilitation or player nutrition.
- Provide coaches with oversight and leadership.
- Provide ongoing support to club coaches, parents and players including; responding to email, mentoring, creating coaching blogs, servicing the online community, and distributing best practice etc.
- Help establish a Junior Coach training program for aspiring young coaches.
- Build and organize the coaching library.
- Provide on-field support for the players
- Coaching players and teams (when appropriate)
- Offer both in-season and off-season clinics and programs
- Serve as ASC representative at league meetings and lead meetings when necessary.
- Maintain positive relationships and open communication with the Board, coaching staff, team managers, parents, players, and community at large.
- Provide semi-annual written evaluations to the coaching staff.
- Act as tournament director for ASC hosted tournaments.
- Assist in the development of the annual club budget.
- Seek corporate and other donors/sponsors for the Club.
- Hiring and termination of coaching staff, subject to Board approval.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in Sports Science, Sports Management, Coaching and Leadership, Physical Education or a closely-related field and 6 years of full-time experience coaching youth soccer.
Experience, which may have been gained concurrently, must include at least 2 years of experience in each of following areas:
- as a Head Coach or head of age group with youth soccer players at professional club/academy level.
- coaching and leading the development and delivery of youth soccer programs within a large volunteer, town-based soccer organization of at least 1000 players ranging across different age groups and abilities from ages 5-18.
- managing professional and volunteer coaching staff.
- coach education of volunteer coaches.
- creating and implementing age group development programs for coaches, players and parents and implementing best practices and current player and coaching models.
- publicly presenting before coaches, players, parents and building relationships with stakeholders and other community influencers to improve and develop soccer opportunities.
Must have at least 1 year of high-level playing experience at a collegiate level or semi-professional club level.
Must possess USSF National “B” coaching license or higher
Candidates for consideration will be expected to have the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:
- demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the holistic development of youth soccer players
- demonstrated knowledge and expertise in Coach development of youth soccer coaches
- proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Drive for the development, presentation and promotion of youth soccer programs and initiatives
- demonstrate knowledge and expertise in periodization
Physical Demands, Work Locations and Work Environment:
The position involves a non-traditional work schedule of daytime hours, evenings, weekends, and some holidays. The DOC will perform work remotely from a home office within reasonable commuting distance to Arlington, MA and also outdoors at town fields and rented indoor facilities in-town and within the Greater Boston MSA. The DOC will routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, multipurpose copiers, MS Office software, Google Drive, as well as other external software as needed. The DOC position also has regular exposure to outdoor activities and weather conditions. The DOC must be able to explain high level concepts and physically demonstrate soccer skills and techniques to coaching staff and players.
The DOC will travel to town fields up to 80% and to out of town venues in the Greater Boston MSA for special events (up to 20%).
Interested applicants should apply with cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, please reference that you are applying for the “Director of Coaching” position in your response.