Posted 7/26/2022

Job Title: Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Job Status: Part-Time (8-10 hours per week for 10 weeks)

Season: September – November 2022 

Reports to: CEO

Season Stipend: $3,500

Open Field’s new initiative set for 2022 is with Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), where we’re partnering to start a club soccer team to attract, and support student athletes from immigrant, refugee, and other marginalized communities in the region. We believe a first-class soccer experience combined with academic support (team study hall), life skills workshops, and career orientation will encourage student athletes to thrive, earn their associate degree in 2 years, and ultimately increase their economic mobility.

The Head Coach is responsible for the development and maintenance of an effective community college men’s soccer program that competes in the NIRSA league. This will include the design of training sessions and drills for skill-development and physical fitness and the implementation of soccer strategy and game tactics for a competitive and successful season based on the strengths of the players. The Head Coach also supports the social and intellectual growth and development of student athletes.

Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure a high level of play and ethics in all practices and league games
  • Designs and implements training sessions to meet needs of individual players and overall team
  • Collaborates with College Program Coordinator to coordinate all team and league logistics 
  • Communicates with other coaches, referees, league officials, and other colleagues in a professional manner
  • Serves as liaison between student athletes, Open Field staff, and CCAC staff and faculty, as needed
  • Drive 15-passenger van to provide transportation to student athletes, as needed
  • Transport soccer equipment to and from fields, as needed
  • Report on activities, as needed 

Qualifications: 

  • 2-3 years prior coaching experience at club level or higher
  • Leadership skills to effectively coach a college soccer program and maintain a controlled environment 
  • Enthusiasm for cultivating a safe and positive space for young adults
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly student athletes
  • Creative and skillful in problem solving
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Comfortable working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and racial equity work
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation (your own vehicle)

 Expectations: 

  • Maintains flexible, seasonal work schedule for coaching games and practices, including evenings, weekends, and potential holidays (based on travel and post-season advancement).
  • Maintains balance between in-person, in office hours (following COVID-19 protocol) and some work-from-home / flex-schedule, when not in the field, as directed by supervisor
  • Responds promptly to calls and emails, especially those related to the program
  • Promptly notifies and communicates with supervisor and program partners about all changes to program plans
  • Maintains professional interaction with volunteers, participants, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact related to the program
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Must be able to lift minimum 30lb

How to Apply:

Posted 7/11/22

Job Title:                              Program Manager

Job Status:                          Full Time, 40 hours per week

Salary:                                  $42,000 – $45,000/year

Schedule:                            Mon – Thur: 11am – 8pm, Fri: 1pm – 5pm; some weekends*

Location:                             80% on site^ or in office and 20% remote

                                                Main Site Location(s): Northside, West End, and Moon Township

                                                Current Office Location: Shared co-working space in East Liberty

 

Organization Description

Open Field’s mission is to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport by promoting health, education, life skills, leadership, and equity through soccer. Our sport-based youth development (SBYD) programs create a safe space for youth to play soccer and learn, with a social impact topic connected to every session. Since 2010, Open Field’s global team has engaged more than 5,000 youth in educational soccer programming, mentoring relationships, travel abroad experiences, and cultural exchange in Cameroon, Africa and Pittsburgh, PA.

Job Description

The Program Manager facilitates sport-based youth development programs (SBYD), oversees staff and volunteer coach mentors, and strengthens connections with youth participants, parents, and community partners. The Program Manager designs, plans, implements, and evaluates educational soccer programs for youth ages 6-18, primarily from the immigrant and refugee community, in after-school, community-based, and summer camp settings. This includes designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating curricula and program structures that increase and enhance social and emotional learning (SEL), leadership skills, mentor relationships, gender equity, and conflict prevention and resolution in low resource communities where we work. The Program Manager is responsible for cultivating safe spaces on and around soccer fields for social emotional learning and personal growth of youth participants. This includes recruiting, managing, and mentoring staff and volunteer coach mentors. The Program Manager is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Pittsburgh office, which includes managing projects related to gently used soccer equipment collection and distribution, fundraising event planning, partnership development, donor engagement, and strategic planning for growth and sustainability of the organization. The Program Manager is self-directed, creative, and willing to take on leadership roles in new initiatives. They report directly to the CEO and will have 2-4 persons working as part time coach mentors who will report directly to them.

 

*Hours will vary based on the program season. For 6–8-week periods in spring, summer, and fall the hours listed above are expected. For 2-4-week breaks in between seasons and during the winter season, the work schedule can be different. Some weekend activities include community events, field trips to professional and college soccer games, fundraising events such as PLAY4PURPOSE Charity Soccer Tournament (August) and Taste of Africa (Sept/Oct), and the Steel City World Cup (June).

^ You must have your own vehicle and be willing to travel to program sites daily.

 

Job Roles & Responsibilities Breakdown

 

Program & People Management (30%):

  • Design and plan SBYD programs, including life skills / SEL skills curriculum development and soccer skills instruction preparation
  • Manage system to attract, screen, train, recognize, and retain volunteer coach mentors
  • Train, manage, supervise, and mentor staff coach mentors year-round (2-4 persons working 10-20 hours per week)
  • Schedule and manage seasonal coach mentors during summer months (6-10 persons working 5-25 hours per week at different program sites)
  • Facilitate bi-annual staff performance reviews to ensure high quality program delivery
  • Delegate responsibilities, where feasible and appropriate, to staff coach mentors
  • Co-design and administer program evaluation tools (surveys, discussion groups, etc.) to measure impact and outcomes
  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics (session times, duration, staffing equipment, etc.) for programs with partners, staff coach-mentors, interpreters/translators (as needed)
  • Coordinate logistics for transportation of youth, including communication with rental company, staff or volunteer driver(s), as needed
  • Plan SBYD events, including end of season celebrations, field trips, friendly soccer matches, etc.

 

Program Implementation (40%):

  • Implement SBYD programs, serving as a lead coach mentor and lead staff person on site
  • Coordinate with other program staff to ensure high quality implementation of program activities
  • Drive the 15-passenger van to transport youth to/from the field
  • Transport soccer equipment (pop up goals, cones, pinnies, and soccer balls) and apparel to/from field and provide temporary storage, as needed
  • Develop and manage a system to engage parents in Open Field activities and beyond (school, social services, etc.)
  • Train, mentor, and support Youth Leaders, teenagers from target communities, with support from CEO and other staff
  • See that 6-gallon water coolers are filled at pre-determined, convenient location before each program (carry full water coolers to/from car)
  • Coordinate purchase of snacks for each program
  • See that bibs/pinnies are washed weekly or as needed (our goal is that a future office space will have washer/dryer)
  • Select equipment (primarily soccer cleats) from storage unit in Crafton for participants at the beginning of each program season, or as needed

Operations and Admin (20%)

  • Organize and participate in community events to promote our mission
  • Organize and participate in fundraising events, including recruiting event volunteers, soliciting in-kind donations for raffles/auctions, and ‘producing’ the event on the day-of
  • Assist CEO in reporting and presenting on the program to funders, partners, and at public events
  • Support social media and digital communications strategy and content, as needed
  • Conduct standard office management and administrative tasks such as proofreading, database management, printing, and mailing

 

Equipment Management (10%)

  • Oversee donated equipment collection campaign(s), logistical coordination for shipping to Cameroon, and distribution efforts in Pittsburgh
  • Coordinate purchasing, allocation, and distribution of apparel (jerseys, swag, etc.) and equipment for each season of programming, including end of season events
  • Coordinate equipment for weekly programming including balls, cones, pop up goals, pinnies, water, and snacks

 

Job Expectations:

  • Maintains flexible, seasonal work schedule for coaching at various sites around Pittsburgh (i.e. afternoon and evening hours during school year, daytime and evening hours during summer months, some weekend days as-needed)
  • Maintains balance between in-person, in office hours (following COVID-19 protocol) and some work-from-home / flex-schedule, when not in the field, as directed by supervisor
  • Responds promptly to calls and emails, especially those related to the program
  • Promptly notifies and communicates with supervisor and program partners about all changes to program plans
  • Maintains professional interaction with volunteers, participants, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact related to the program
  • Facilitate visits to the homes of youth participants in various neighborhoods during registration or as needed
  • Communicates with families (parents) using interpretation and translator services, as necessary
  • Transport youth to activities (specifically teenagers for work opportunities such as running camps, workshops, or trainings, etc.), during league play (for teams competing in leagues outside of Open Field programs), and/or special events (team-bonding activities, etc.)
  • Coordinate with high school and club soccer team coaches to register participants and support them in participation beyond our programming
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Tracks and reports hours worked using required forms
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly youth participants

 

Job Qualifications:

  • Prior experience leading and managing people
  • Prior experience as an educator, youth program staff, or camp counselor, especially in a setting with diverse populations
  • Prior soccer experience, either as a player or coach (basic knowledge of the game is important)
  • Enthusiasm for cultivating a safe and positive space for youth
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly youth participants
  • Creative and skillful in problem solving
  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-3 years equivalent experience in youth and/or community development
  • Comfortability working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and racial equity work
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed and alternative discipline practices, e.g. restorative practices
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation (your own vehicle)
  • Must have PAAct 33/34 Clearances, FBI Fingerprint Background Check (mandatory)
  • Mandated Reporter Training, Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Online Training (if these trainings are not yet completed during the hiring process, they can be during onboarding)

 

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance with UPMC Health Plan
  • 401k plan with employer matching contribution after six months
  • 10 paid personal days (accrual rate of 0.83 days/month)
  • 9 paid organization holidays
  • 3 paid floating holidays, to be used at your discretion

How To Apply:

 

Complete the application form below and email your resume in PDF format with your last name in the file name to contact@openfieldintl.org.

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Open Field provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Open Field expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.