NORTHSHORE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
Title: Premier Director of Coaching
Reports To: NYSA Executive Committee
The Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) is located in the heart of the Northshore School District, serves over 5,000 players age 5 thru 18, and is one of the oldest and most well respected youth soccer clubs in Washington Youth Soccer (WYS). NYSA offers three levels of play including programs for recreational players, select soccer through Northshore Select Club (NSC), and high level premier soccer with Sound FC. The Premier Director of Coaching should be a leader, educator and have a “player first” philosophy and the ability to work well with coaches and others. The Premier Director of Coaching will serve as the face of the program and be a great ambassador for the club, the community, NYSA, and SSCYSA. The Premier Director of Coaching should have a passion to lead a non-profit community soccer club, be a person that cares about the club, its players and community, and strives to develop players to their highest desired level.
The Premier Director of Coaching holds a leadership role in NYSA, including providing oversight in the following areas:
- Supporting the continuous improvement of player development;
- Addressing the frequent changes in the soccer landscape by adjusting and implementing innovative program plans;
- Serves a vital role with the NYSA Technical Committee with the goal of increasing opportunities for player development and movement between all three levels of play.
The Premier Director of Coaching will report to the NYSA Executive Committee, yet must also maintain a collaborative working relationship with the entire NYSA Board of Directors, the NYSA Technical Committee, Sound FC, NSC, SSCYSA Board of Directors, and key staff and volunteers. The Premier Director of Coaching will be expected to balance the demands of this varied set of relationships.
Essential Job Functions:
The Premier Director of Coaching is responsible for playing a dynamic role in the implementation of NYSA’s player development plan for the premier player. The Premier Director of Coaching must ensure that the player pathways development plan achieves NYSA’s mission, by continuously evaluating effectiveness and currency of existing programs and suggesting potential modifications.
Oversee and guide the philosophy for the development of Sound FC premier programs through technical leadership in the following areas:
- Establish the Club’s overall technical vision and plan in accordance with the Club’s overall mission and vision statement;
- Recruit, develop, directly manage, and announce the Club’s coaching staff, including directors and head coaches;
- Identify and directly manage education and development requirements and opportunities for the Club’s coaches.
- Drive the implementation of coaching curriculum, style of play, and the long-term-player-development principles into the Club’s programs that adhere to US Youth Soccer Association, Washington Youth Soccer, NYSA, and league playing guidelines
- Lead the development and execution of all premier tryouts for all ages, ensuring proper process and procedures are in place;
- Assist coaches with the formation of the Club’s teams; ensuring all players meet premier level standards and all families are notified in a timely manner of team placement;
- Ensures the highest level of professionalism is exhibited by all of the Club’s coaches at all team and/or club events;
- Communicates with coaches and families as it pertains to all aspects of the soccer program;
- Have direct and consistent contact with coaches of teams via the provision of game day analysis feedback, training program design, and, at times, the delivery of training sessions;
- Ensure coaches have the tools and ability to communicate with and build strong relationships with the program;
- Create a culture where coaches within age groups train together and collaborate on the planning and execution of sessions that helps establish a pathway that clearly outlines the options available to players and provides the best progression as players develop within the Club;
- Represent and make all decisions in the best interest of the Club and NYSA at all state and league meetings;
- Work with the NYSA Technical Committee to build on the Club’s existing development base (Recreational and Select Programs) to improve and provide quality development opportunities;
Provide off field and administrative support for the development of Sound FC’s premier programs in the following areas:
- Advise and assist in the implementation of a Club vision to achieve short and long-term success;
- Work inside the annual budget for coaching, training, and equipment;
- Advise and assist the Board and Finance Officer on setting the club-wide annual budget to ensure the organization can effectively balance quality, value, and affordability to its membership;
- Be involved in, advise and assist the Club and NYSA Board on creating, maintaining and implementing the Club’s strategic plan;
- Works with NYSA office staff and coaches to coordinate and communicate both training and game field space;
- Keep all player, coach, and team development records, documents/manuals current;
- Attend monthly Board Meetings when available and hold coaches meetings as needed;
- Advise and assist in the design and implementation of a parent education program including parent meetings and handouts;
- Advise and assist the board in promoting the Club within the community and help with public relations with schools, youth or civic organization where applicable;
Other duties as assigned for the betterment of all three levels of play (Recreational, Select, and Premier) including, but not limited to:
- Provide assistance to the NYSA Technical Committee for the purpose of integrating all levels of play using common processes wherever possible;
- Establish and maintain a clear philosophy and pathway to guide all programs, practices and decision making laid out by the technical committee;
- Assist in the maintenance of all of the existing development programs (includes academies and camps) and provide recommendations to improve;
- Assist in the design of all NYSA technical programs with the intent of improving the technical skills of the association’s players;
- Willingness to communicate with the NYSA Executive Committee, as an advisor on soccer development programs and age appropriate training methods as needed;
- Working with the NYSA Technical Committee, coordinate and implement coaching educational opportunities, including, but not limited to, NYSA coaches certifications and national licenses. All opportunities need to align with Washington Youth Soccer and USSF training standards;
- Run model training sessions for coaches throughout the association.
- Coordinate with the NYSA Technical Committee on a coaches symposiums geared towards all levels of play.
A successful candidate will, at a minimum, have the following qualifications and attributes:
- At least five (5) years experience coaching in Club-based youth soccer programs;
- Possess a USSF “B” or “A” license or NSCAA equivalent;
- Possess strong interpersonal skills with solid written and oral communication skills;
- Possess computer literacy, including the ability to work with standard word-processing (Word, Excel, and Power Point) tools;
- Possess proven ability to influence adults and articulate concepts to large audiences;
- Demonstrate leadership qualities, including the ability to attract, motivate and develop staff and volunteers;
- Possess integrity and follow morally and ethically sound standards;
- Possess good organizational skills and administrative skills;
- Possess a player development policy that is in line with the associations mission and objective;
- Committed to working non traditional hours, nights and weekends;
- Comfortable working with multiple supervisory and/or collaborative bodies;
- Track record of providing strategic direction in inspiring and implementing a shared vision;
- Possess a valid driver’s license and insurance.
Compensation: NYSA will offer a competitive pay structure based on candidate experience,