Director, Sport Development Technology
Chicago, IL Sport Development
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 Director of Sport Development Technology is responsible for overseeing, managing, and implementing technology platforms, services, and solutions used by the Sport Development department. The Director of Technology seeks to create an environment where the ecosystem and processes are supportable, scalable, and stable by driving best practices, transparency, and a focus on interoperability through all systems in use by the Sport Development department.  

Requirements

Primary Responsibilities 


Technology Oversight 

  • Department ecosystem documentation – defines a framework and method for key stakeholders to share their systems architecture, design, and implementation  
  • Department ecosystem normalization – defines standards and processes to ensure technology platforms, services, and solutions are able to be integrated, supported, and scalable across the department(s) 
  • Drives adoption of enterprise technology platforms, services, and solutions across the department 
  • Department ecosystems change management – defines a framework and method for key stakeholders to modify, remove, or add technology platform, services, or solutions, including financial review and approvals 
  • Department ecosystem reporting – provides regular reporting to Sport Development leadership on the status of the platforms, systems, and solutions in use 
  • Develop a strategic plan with department objectives for the area(s) of responsibility every year
  • Complete goal setting and performance review discussions with staff on an annual basis

Technology Management 

  • Financial management – responsible for the administration and management of the technology services budget under Sport Development  
  • Relationship management – responsible for contracts, deliverables, and relationships with vendors and third-party contractors used by the Sport Development department to leverage economies of scale whenever possible. Works closely with the corporate sponsorships department to find opportunities to offset costs with mutually beneficial agreements. 
  • Project management – defines a framework and method for key stakeholders to successfully manage technology projects that hit milestones and deliver on time.  Provides regular reporting to Sport Development leadership on project status and deliverables.  
  • Data management – responsible for ensuring all Sport Development platforms, services, and solutions adhere to enterprise policies and procedures for data privacy, normalization, and reporting. Drives adoption of enterprise data privacy/security tools and policies across the department.  

Technology Implementation 

  • The National Development Center – supports and assists the NDC staff with their technology needs and long-term planning for improvements/upgrades within the frameworks outlined above.  
  • The Learning Center (LC) – supports and assists the LC product management team in developing cycles, testing, and documentation of features/functions within that system. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 
  • General knowledge of soccer
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive IT/business operations management 
  • Experience leading a small-to-medium technology organization; multi-site IT operations environment preferred 
  • Project Leadership experience in complex B2B/B2C environments, including outsourced resources & technologies