Sport Scientist, Youth National Teams
Chicago, IL High Performance
Job Type
Full-time
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 High Performance department’s mission is to maximize performance across all sport development programs at U.S. Soccer. Working with the High Performance Director and Sports Science Manager contributes to the development and delivery of world-class performance support to the Youth National Teams (YNT’s).

Requirements

Primary Responsibilities 

· Provide all performance support for YNT as requested by the High Performance Director and/or the Manager of Sport Science

· Travel extensively with YNTs to training camps and games both within the United States and abroad

· Work closely with the YNT coaches to provide support and guidance with training planning and implementation 

· Work closely with the sports medicine staff to ensure all testing, screening, monitoring and return to play protocols are optimized delivered and recorded

· In conjunction with U.S. Soccer standards lead monitoring, testing, strength and conditioning, and nutrition support to all players within the training camps

· Responsible for tracking and developing individual and team programs as needed with YNT players both within U.S. Soccer camps and within their club environments

· Ensure all data is collected and stored correctly in line with U.S. Soccer standards

· Ensure all data collected is disseminated to all required staff and players in line with U.S. Soccer standards

o Collect pre-camp training information from home clubs

o Create and share post-camp training reports with home clubs

· Build a strong relationship with clubs and/or academic institutions home and abroad to ensure the bi-lateral sharing of data and information is provided pre- and post-camp

· Collaborate with Sports Medicine staff on training and injury prevention strategies outside of camp

· Maintain inventory, supplies, and equipment and evaluate new technology/devices to support player performance

· Provide performance education to players when needed

· Assist in the development and support of all sport science and performance practices across U.S Soccer

· Contribute to the education of staff and coaches within the Federation, and those enrolled in Federation specific qualification pathways

· Help support the department with research within performance and medicine

· Support the development of internal resources required within the High Performance Department

· Support the development of any performance network staff


Minimum Qualifications 

· Bachelor’s degree or higher

· Strong knowledge of soccer

· Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

· Minimum of 4 years of practical performance experience within elite sport

· Able and willing to travel up to 50% of the year

· Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed

· Must be able to stand for long durations, squat, bend, lift, carry, and climb ladders

· Must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds

· First Aid and CPR certification

· Capable of working in fast-paced and demanding environments

· Must be able to connect “micro” details to the “macro” vision and mission

· Proficient experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and Power BI

· Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor


Desired Qualifications 

· Master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physiology, or a related field 

· Passion for soccer 

· Knowledge and experience of performance requirements for adult and youth players

· Experience working in collaboration with coaches and other support staff

· Significant experience working with GPS, heart rate, force plates, and other monitoring systems

· Excellent organizational, data collection, planning, and leadership skills

· Bilingual (English and Spanish)

· Thorough institutional knowledge of U.S. Soccer’s mission, goals, technical plan, policies, practices, and procedures 

· Previous experience with a club or national team 


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