Strategy Lead
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 


 The Strategy Lead, reporting directly to the Head of Strategy, is a position responsible for driving major strategic projects and business management efforts that are critical in achieving the long-term organizational objectives of U.S. Soccer. This role would work closely with the President, CEO, leadership team, and Board in driving the highest-impact initiatives while managing all key stakeholder groups. The Strategy Lead will work cross-functionally with the sporting, commercial, and operational sides of the organization as part of a small team within the U.S. Soccer Strategy group. 


Major Responsibilities

  • Support cross-functional teams as part of the Strategy group and in partnership U.S. Soccer senior executives to accomplish a broad range of top strategic projects and objectives, including through core project management functions (e.g., project goals, key deliverables, stakeholder management, etc.).
  • Support the CEO and other senior executives in all aspects of board and external stakeholder management, including key analyses for board topics, finalizing and distributing materials, pre-wiring key stakeholders, etc.
  • Execute fundamental corporate strategy function in establishing long-term objectives and key results, regularly tracking progress against metrics, and managing internal processes to align business against objectives (e.g., through senior      management meetings, strategy sessions, etc.).
  • Establish relationships with peers at key external stakeholder groups, using network and secondary research to establish a set of best practices in critical business and sporting functions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams in partnership and stakeholder management and execution, including ensuring organizational priorities are effectuated across our major relationships.
  • Perform key qualitative and financial analyses for major projects, with the ability to create analytical insights, package those into effective communication, and use to inform key decisions.
  • Proactively identify and execute on new opportunities, including new partnerships and monetization opportunities given developing industry trends.
Requirements

  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years professional experience, preferably at a top-tier strategy consulting firm, investment bank, or in sports/media/entertainment
  • Outstanding quantitative, financial, research, modeling, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proactive self-starter who can work independently and with ambiguity to drive towards set objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate with senior executives both inside and outside the organization 
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and ability to apply learnings to create new opportunities 
  • Ability to spot issues and manage risk
  • Desire to be part of a team and drive continual growth of oneself and colleagues
  • Ability to manage and drive forward multiple projects while maintaining zero-defect attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

Desired Qualifications 

  • Passion for the sport of soccer 
  • A strong understanding of the culture of soccer and its fans across North America
  • Knowledge of Sports, Entertainment, Media and Technology industries
  • Prior experience working in the sports industry, non-profit, or national governing body
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and identify opportunities to support U.S. Soccer’s initiatives
  • Fluency both verbal and written in Spanish, or another language

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

  • High emotional intelligence, and the ability to motivate and mentor others
  • Demonstrated work ethic as a self-starter 
  • Desire to be part of a team
  • Committed work ethic
  • Pursue lifelong development and learning
  • Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
  • Accountable for actions/decisions and does not make excuses
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Believe and commit to the company’s culture and organizational goals
  • Adopt a company centric approach
  • Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges      
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Request feedback and is open to criticism
  • Has the ability to be firm but fair 
  • 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