Director, Partnership Marketing
Chicago, IL Strategic Partnerships
Job Type
Full-time
Description

The next 10 years serves as a moment in time unlike any other for the sport of soccer in the United States. With the sport thriving and U.S. Soccer’s Senior, Youth and Extended National Teams achieving success on and off the field, and the FIFA World Cup on U.S. soil in 2026, there has never been a better time to join the soccer movement!


Position Description 


U.S. Soccer is seeking a Director of Partnership Marketing to join our industry-leading team and help drive the growth of soccer in the United States. This individual will be a leader within U.S. Soccer’s growing commercial team and an important driver in the relationship between the Federation and its largest strategic partners. The Director will be keenly focused on driving partner-specific commercial value among its roster of blue-chip partners while leading and developing a team. The Director will also work with Soccer United Marketing and the balance of the Federation’s commercial team to build the U.S. Soccer brand, engage fans, and deliver results.

Requirements

Primary Responsibilities 

This individual will be a key contributor on a team 100% focused on growth and retention of current U.S. Soccer partnerships including, but not limited to:

·  Leading a dynamic team: direct, develop and inspire a team that is driven to deliver on both our partners’ and U.S. Soccer business objectives while demonstrating a consistent level of intellectual curiosity. 

·  Owning day-to-day relationships: lead U.S. Soccer’s relationships with a number of strategic partners; develop and implement creative and high-impact activations that help all parties achieve their goals, including integration with our media partners to build and strengthen long-term strategic relationships.

·  Establishing new platforms and opportunities: work collaboratively with U.S. Soccer colleagues across all departments to help create and implement sellable programming and identify ways that current partners can be authentically integrated to help accomplish their goals, and support U.S. Soccer’s bullish growth projections.

·  Implementing Partner Engagement Strategy: Oversee the development and execution of U.S. Soccer’s year-long partner engagement and hospitality strategy including all aspects of event planning, budgeting and on-site logistics.

·  Renewing existing relationships: lean on industry trends, deep category knowledge, evolving partner objectives and meaningful relationships to drive long-term partner extensions

·  Securing new partners: assist business development initiatives and the growth of U.S. Soccer by reviewing proposals and developing innovative concepts that support prospective partner objectives.


Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of expertise
  • 8+ years of experience in strategic brand and partnership marketing 
  • Able and willing to travel up to 35% of the time to all domestic U.S. Soccer controlled matches 
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings, weekends & holidays
  • Able and willing to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Pro-active and curious with a bias for action to maximize partner value 
  • Proven organizational, leadership and project management skills are required. Must be able to lead a team, think strategically, and handle multiple projects.

·  Strong analytical skills and experience understanding and interpreting quantitative and qualitative research

·  Creative strategist with the ability to open doors

·  Relationships with senior level marketing executives at agency and client level

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent events through multi-tasking and managing priorities efficiently
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint and advanced Microsoft Excel capabilities
  • Experience with Adobe suite or a similar program is preferred
  • A background in, and passion for, soccer, sports and entertainment is preferred
  • Experience in sports marketing 
  • Desire to be part of a team
  • ”Student of the Game” mentality and desire for continual growth
  • Accountable for actions/decisions and does not make excuses
  • Multi-lingual a plus

Who We Are

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 are soccer stewards, uniting people through the global game and our collective goal to inspire, elevate communities and change lives in pursuit of a better future for soccer and our nation. Our core principles are: We Aim High, We Win Together and We Champion DEIB; our staff embody the values of Integrity, Commitment, Teamwork and Respect; and we’re seeking candidates that share our beliefs. We embrace a healthy work life balance, diversity, technology and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and by supporting members, impacting athletes, and serving fans.  


Who You Are 

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity as employees have the privilege of working with the top soccer players and commercial minds in the country. We’re looking for someone who is a difference maker, creative, accountable, loves working with and engaging with people and excited by the prospect of leveraging some of our country’s biggest soccer events to build and execute initiatives and tactics that grow the sport and showcase the United States’ best soccer players. Your work will directly support the ability to achieve our mission by providing resources and awareness to programs that develop world-class players, coaches, referees and National Teams. 


Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes: 

  • 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
  • Presents new ideas for partnerships and internal processes 
  • 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 

Benefits

·  Comprehensive compensation plan with generous benefits and time off offerings

·  Vacation Time: Increases at your 5th and 10th year of employment. Starts at 2 weeks (10 days) 

·  Holidays: 16 paid holidays—including end of the year federation wide holiday break

·  Sick Leave: Unlimited

·  401K: U.S. Soccer immediately contributes 3% of your salary whether or not you make your own contributions. If you choose to contribute, U.S. Soccer will match up to 6% of your salary at 100%. Immediately vested. 

·  Medical: PPO and HSA plans 

·  U.S. Soccer covers 100% of employee and dependent premiums for Dental and Vision


Culture & Perks 

·  Relaxed business casual dress code

·  Nike discounts

·  U.S. Soccer Store website discounts

·  Ticket access to Chicago Fire and Red Stars regular season games

·  Social Activities year-round (ex. Footgolf, Volunteer opportunities, Holiday parties and more)

·  Free annual subscription to Headspace app 

·  Flexible work schedule including working from home options