Educator Developer
Description

U.S. Soccer Overview


We are U.S. Soccer and we are the future of sport in the United States. Our mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. We embrace diversity, technology and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and serve our athletes and fans. We seek motivated, passionate, skilled people who can think, create and work on a team. 

U.S. Soccer is a growing company that looks for team members to grow with it. U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive compensation package, casual work environment, an inclusive culture and an atmosphere for professional development.

The Federation's core principles set organization-wide standards to identify and foster our culture and inform how we interact and hold each other accountable. These principles guide U.S. Soccer: We Win Together. We Aim High. We Champion Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. To be successful as a USSF employee, it is critical to demonstrate and live up to these principles every day and with every interaction with peers, stakeholders, and partners. 

The Federation's core values are the individual attributes and characteristics that staff embody to uphold the organization's principles and succeed. These values guide our employees: Integrity. Commitment. Teamwork. Respect.


Position Description


Reporting to the Director of Coaching Education, the Educator Developer will lead the newly formed educator pathway. Educators, from Grassroots to Pro, take part in a four-part educator course to be certified to teach for a 3-year period. This process first provides educators with fundamental U.S. Soccer coaching education concepts. From there, the educator begins their course level-specific training, which will then continue with the teaching of a course. 

The Educator Developer will lead this process while integrating into the department's other two main strategic areas: Formal Education and Continuous Professional Development. 


Primary Responsibilities


The Educator Developer will focus on three main areas:

  • Establish and expand a formalized Educator Pathway for GR-Pro and all other formal courses 
  • Identify, educate, and support educators to expand the delivery (quality and variety) of courses at all levels with a focus on diversity 
  • Provide development opportunities for educators and educator developers

The Educator Developer will work closely with and report to the Director of Coaching Education. The Educator Developer will be responsible for:

  • Leading the Educator Pathway
  • Developing and growing the Educator course
  • Teaching, guiding, and assessing educators
  • Managing the learning environment
  • Contributing to the Department's Vision and Strategy 
  • Co-creating and implementing the specific sequences of actions and schedules which support the development of the Educator pathway strategic plan (including the Educator Developer pathway)
  • Co-creating and implementing education opportunities with specific sequences of actions and schedules which support the development of Educators and Educator Developers (Continuous Professional Development)
  • Tracking progress, assessing, and reporting following the department plan

The Educator Developer will foster positive working relationships with members and staff while representing the Federation and its interests. In addition, the Educator Developer might undertake additional responsibilities to support the fulfillment of department and/or organizational objectives. 

The Educator Developer will have a working relationship with the operational staff, including but not limited to operational planning, event management, and member support. 


  

Leading Oneself 

  • Display, implement, and model moral and ethical standards when representing the Federation
  • Display the ability to continuously develop yourself and help others develop themselves through U.S. Soccer's philosophy on Learning and Teaching
  • Be a role model (demonstrate vulnerability and take responsibility) and maintain a growth mindset as a self-regulated learner
  • Organize, manage, and track projects from conception to implementation 
  • Demonstrate collaboration skills to work toward a common goal with others
  • Utilize research and education-based evidence for improvements to programs and processes 

Educating 

  • Motivate, support, and inspire individuals and groups of students to engage in the learning process 
  • Facilitate a learning environment based on adult learning principles that include a guided discovery process, collaboration, and interaction
  • Encourage behavioral change by applying effective teaching strategies and methods in a reality-based environment
  • Work in a team environment to co-create curriculum and content

Managing the Learning Environment

  • Create and organize conditions for an efficient and effective learning experience

Evaluating

  • Utilize an ongoing formative assessment process to monitor students' development, and provide meaningfully 
  • and timely feedback to enhance the teaching process
  • Facilitate the process with active listening/guided questioning, thereby transferring responsibilities and ownership of the learning process to the student
  • Utilize summative assessment to determine if a student's demonstrated competencies meet the course 
  • learning objectives/criteria by the end of the course experience 
Requirements

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's Degree in education or related discipline
  • U.S. Soccer A License
  • Related discipline connected to soccer (i.e., teaching/coaching pedagogy, adult learning, technology, or sport science) 
  • Technical leadership experience within a club, league, or Federation
  • Minimum five years experience as a coach educator 
  • Technology Proficiency in Teaching and Facilitating
  • Capable of working in fast-paced and demanding environments
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to prioritize workflow
  • Must be able to connect "micro" details to the "macro" vision and mission
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work and execute under pressure and deadlines
  • Proficient Experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor
  • Able and willing to travel up to 20% of the year
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion for soccer
  • Bilingual (English, Spanish or other)
  • Background in educational roles
  • Thorough institutional knowledge of U.S. Soccer's mission, goals, technical plan, policies, practices, and procedures

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes: 

  • Live our Principles & Values
  • Adopt a company-centric approach—Serve the Athlete and the Fan
  • Embrace and see learning as a lifelong pursuit 
  • Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges 
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Open to criticism and does not make excuses
  • Possess a tireless work ethic
  • Wants to be part of a team that wins
  • Has the ability to be firm but fair 
  • Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
  • Build relationships through genuine interpersonal skills  

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • U.S. Soccer has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine and is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated at the start of employment