Director of Soccer Operations at Calgary South West United Soccer Association
The Calgary South West United Soccer Club (CSWU) is seeking formal applications for the full-time position of Director of Soccer Operation (DSO)
CSWU Club Background
SWU began in 2003 when communities in South West Calgary formed a cooperative to provide a more comprehensive soccer program and improve the development opportunities for our players. From the beginning, our emphasis has been player development with a strong focus on individual technical skills. We offer boys and girls programs ranging from U3 – U19 and we are in the process of building a stronger relationship with the Callies Soccer Club for adult programming. The 2003 collaboration of Shawnee, Cedar Ridge, Fish Creek and South Four communities forming CSWU has grown significantly and as of March 15, 2018 we have started training at our own indoor soccer facility. CSWU’s extensive membership and our own indoor Soccer Center have afforded us an optimistic and positive future and we look forward to continuing our strong participation in the Canadian soccer community.
Overview of Qualifications
The successful candidate will, at minimum, possess the following skills, qualifications, and prerequisites:
National B License or International equivalent, with National A license preferred
Preference given to individuals with post-secondary education; degree or diploma
Experience in directly hiring, managing, mentoring and motivating highly-qualified, elite coaching personnel
Experience managing technical budgets and associated cost management and reporting
Experience and understanding within the Canadian Usport and/or NCAA systems
An ability to think and plan strategically, and effectively link technical planning with broader Club goals and strategic intent
Strong communications skills and an ability to convey technical planning to non-technical Club stakeholders, including the parents of players
A team player, with an ability to operate as part of an integrated multi-functional management team
Hold a valid driver’s license
Up to date criminal record and background check required
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should forward their resume, salary expectations, and references.
Candidate screening will be ongoing until the position is filled.
The Director of Soccer Operation reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the CSWU Board of Directors
The DSO is responsible for:
CSWU administrative staff
CSWU player & parent community
CMSA as CSWU representative
Calgary soccer clubs
Alberta Soccer & Canada Soccer
Community partners & stakeholders
Formal Player & CoachProgram Plans
Coach Development - staff and volunteer development pathways
Player Development - documentation, education and execution
Creating a player development pathway
Manage full and part time training staff
Create a High Performance, elite, year-round technical program
Member Relations & Communication
Meeting or exceeding Board mandated performance metrics
Club Growth and Inspiration
Knowledge and Experience
A belief that youth coaches and youth soccer clubs play a fundamental role in the development of soccer in the country
Knowledge of and support for the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) model
A proven track record of success in the development of large youth soccer programs at every level
Knowledge of the Canadian soccer landscape, and the challenges and opportunities it presents to player development
Knowledge of elite player development systems and how they differ and integrate with community sport programs.
Improve education & understanding of Grassroots players/parents to increase the number of players transitioning from Grassroots to CMSA programs
Growth and strengthening of membership by ensuring the organization is responsive to community requirements and professional in its delivery of programs
Consistently exemplify the governing principles of professional leadership, passionate service, and progressive collaboration on behalf of CSWU, demonstrating integrity and ethical standards
Actively identify, recruit, and develop female coaches
Develop a clear, written Coach Development Plan which includes the establishment of a formal Coach Mentorship program
Evaluate current Academy programs, Coach and Player Development initiatives and make recommendations for improvements based on the Club’s short and long-range strategic goals and objectives
Act as the chief spokesperson for the CSWU on Club-level technical development matters, including external liaisons with governing bodies and leagues.
Work within the community to help build the CSWU brand and awareness of our various programs
Recruit, develop and directly manage the performance of the Club’s complement of age group Academy Coaches and other Coaching Staff including external liaisons with governing bodies and leagues
Monitor compliance of Club curriculum with Canada Soccer Pathway guidelines
Addressing the frequent changes in the soccer landscape by adjusting plans and programs accordingly
Provide direction and leadership for all staff coaches and team coaches
Establish an ongoing education program for parents rooted in the Club philosophy, Canada Sport for Life, LTPD and other related best-practices to support their children’s athletic development
Establish partnerships with university and professional soccer organizations to ensure progression and availability of highest possible opportunities for Club’s top soccer talent
Recruit, develop and directly manage Academy Coaches and team coaching staff
Clearly define coaching staff job descriptions, expectations and timelines
Conduct semi-annual performance reviews of staff coaches
Create a team atmosphere for coaching staff and motivate coaches to grow and inspire players
Technical program development
Build on the Club’s existing player development program base and improve program quality, delivery and communication
Maintain procedures for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technical Development Plan including player retention, transition and promotion
Development of specialized programs such as Keeper training, fitness, sport science, skills camps, etc.
Ensure that the established CSWU style of play is implemented into Technical programming
Coaches are mentored on supporting and promoting a highly-skilled/technical possession style of play
Develop and establish an elite player plan and pathway that will incorporate a High Performance Training Center
Establish structured program quality management initiatives including in-season player evaluations and try-outs.
Create a culture of ongoing coach education through annual planning and hosting of age specific LTPD Coaching Community & Licensing Streams in accordance with the CSA Coach Education Pathway
Support and guide the development of Club-wide curriculum's for all age groups, including the development of an online technical library
Build partnerships with external technical service providers to create a fully integrated on and off field coach and player development program
Be responsible for the Club’s overall technical budget including Academy, Grassroots and Community programs
Work with the Executive Director, administration staff and CSWU Board to manage related costs
Directly manage the technical staff budget dedicated to coaching and administrative personnel in the Club’s technical department and associated programs and teams
Provide the Board with monthly technical reports for inclusion in monthlymanagement reporting
Provide an annual review and budget recommendations for the following year
Contribute as part of the Club’s staff management team to meeting and reporting requirements of the Club’s Board of Directors and its Technical Committee
To ensure that boys and girls of all ages and abilities have equal access to the game of soccer. To inspire them to technically develop their game through a focus on individual success and personal growth rather than winning at all cost. To become the soccer club of choice for players of all levels and abilities. To develop and support a life long love for the game.
We believe that the development of both male and female players is equally important.
We believe that financial, social and cultural barriers should never stand in the way of player development. As an outcome, we are committed to working with families to remove these barriers.
We believe that although team success is important, individual development of young athletes both on and off the field is the most valuable take away for all our players.
We respect and appreciate the dedication of all age groups and divisions equally.
We believe in and promote a highly technical “possession” style of play, which has been the hallmark of our top teams. Our goal for all teams and players at all levels within CSWU is to play this style of soccer.
We create opportunities for players to continue soccer at the Men’s, Women’s, Collegiate, University and Professional levels. We work with other Clubs and organizations in Calgary and elsewhere, where appropriate, to advance individual and team development.
We endeavor to promote a culture at SWU where all players, parents and coaches believe that Club comes first – players play for the Club and ona team. We additionally endeavor to provide a variety of programming suitable for all players.
Our player development process includes transparent practices which promote the inclusion of feedback from trainers, coaches and players.
Job Type: Full-time
Soccer Leadership: 8 years (Preferred)
National B or International equivalent, National A preferred (Preferred)