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Executive Director | Arlington Soccer Association
Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) seeks an exceptional Executive Director (ED) with a commitment to youth sports and who brings innovation, stellar community relationship building, and engaging leadership to advance ASA’s growth and sustainability. ASA’s mission is to provide quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities.
Founded in 1970, the Arlington Soccer Association offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps, clinics and other programs throughout the year. Each year, more than 9,000 children participate in ASA programs, which include the following:
- Recreational Soccer - With more than 6,500 players participating each Fall & Spring in league play, the recreational soccer program is the largest ASA program. Players register and are placed on teams within neighborhood soccer clubs, based on elementary school enrollment. The recreational program provides quality soccer experiences for players, both boys and girls, from kindergarten through high school age. Anyone of any ability and level of income is welcome to participate.
- ADP – With 380 players, the Arlington Developmental Program (ADP) is for U9, U10 and U11 boys and girls. ADP provides Arlington area youth with the opportunity to acquire and develop soccer skills through higher levels of competition and greater coaching expertise in a professional training environment. ADP is positioned between ASA’s Recreational and Travel programs.
- Travel Soccer – With 90 travel teams, ASA Travel Soccer provides the opportunity for over 1,200 boys and girls ranging from U9 through U19 to participate in a competitive youth soccer environment that promotes excellence and sportsmanship. The Travel Soccer program is player-focused and develops each player to their highest potential by focusing on three pillars of development: technical skills, club pride, and love of the game. The program provides a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable experience, promoting the emotional and physical well-being of each athlete. Players are trained to compete at the highest level and encouraged to utilize their soccer skills as a source of success that translates to all aspects of their life.
- Other Programs – In addition to Recreational, ADP, and Travel Soccer, ASA continually seeks to expand its soccer programs. Additional programs include:
- Mini Soccer Program for boys and girls who are not yet in Kindergarten.
- ASA Academy & Pre-Academy for six and seven year-old players who are playing on recreational soccer teams and who want additional training and game opportunities.
- ASA Camps & Clinics throughout the year for boys and girls of all abilities to help players develop outside the normal practices and games of the season.
- Real Madrid Program – In partnership with Real Madrid Foundation and Arlington Public Schools, ASA delivers an after-school soccer and character-building program for at-risk children.
- TOPSoccer – a community-based soccer training and team placement program that brings the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girls, ages 4-19, who has a mental or physical disability.
- Drop-In Soccer – supervised pick-up soccer activities for all children staffed with ASA coaches and/or parent volunteers who help organize and supervise play.
- Tournaments – ASA seeks to expand its players’ soccer horizons by hosting exciting soccer tournaments. ASA hosts one of the region’s premier travel tournaments, the Arlington Spring Invitational Soccer Tournament (ASIST), each March. Other tournaments include the Summer 3 v 3,a Recreational soccer tournament in mid-November, and a college showcase tournament in January/February.
With an annual budget of $5M, 25 talented staff members, and 40 travel coaches who report to the Director of Coaching. Governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, ASA benefits from a network of nearly 1,000 volunteers supporting every team and ASA programs. ASA is an inclusive soccer organization dedicated to continually developing its programs, activities, and facilities so participants have the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential. For more information, visit the website at http://www.arlingtonsoccer.com/
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide strategic leadership to grow the organization and ensure the long-term sustainability of resources and ASA activities. The ED will advance ASA’s strategic objectives and will build on the success ASA has experienced under the previous ED who served more than seven years in this role and whose tenure ends at the end of June 2017.
Strategic priorities for the organization and the ED include:
- Work with community partners to maximize utilization of field space across ASA programs.
- Develop and diversify funding resources to support the growth and sustainability of ASA programs.
- Enhance development opportunities for players & staff.
- Develop a culture of volunteerism and community service at all ages. Expand ASA’s external and internal communications.
ASA has a talented staff that has established technical programming for the FY18 year. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to focus early in his/her tenure on building relationships with key stakeholders: Board, staff, county officials, community partners, sponsors, donors, and other constituencies.
ASA’s Executive Director will:
- Partner with the Board of Directors to develop and implement ASA’s strategic plan and translate the plan into measurable goals and objectives.
- Lead, develop, and retain ASA’s high-performing senior management team.
- Actively engage ASA staff, volunteers, board members, partner organizations, sponsors, donors, and other key constituencies.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
Community Relations and Fundraising
- Cultivate and steward effective relationships with Arlington County officials, community partners, sponsors, donors, and other organizations to support achievement of ASA’s goals.
- Build a stronger ASA brand by developing and refining external communications including web presence, social media, and external relations.
- Strengthen ASA’s fund development by building partnerships with current and future sponsors and cultivating relationships with donors.
- Identify new opportunities and advance specific ASA causes through community relationships.
- Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of ASA programs and services in coordination with the senior management team.
- Ensure the programs and services contribute to ASA’s mission and reflect ASA’s values and priorities.
- Oversee planning, implementation and evaluation of special projects.
- Drive volunteer recruitment and retention within and across ASA programs.
- Develop, implement and report on annual financial and operations plan that supports the strategic objectives of the organization.
- Identify and implement advancements in organizational structure, processes and systems to ensure the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of ASA.
- Oversee appropriate staffing requirements for effective organizational management and program delivery.
- Implement and maintain a staff performance management process which includes on-going performance monitoring and regular performance reviews.
- Identify and evaluate risks to ASA and its customers, staff, volunteers, property, finances, goodwill, and brand.
- Ensure the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage and that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of insurance coverage.
- Ensure compliance with Federal, state and local regulations.
Experience and Attributes
A strong candidate will bring a strong commitment to the values of youth team sports and the mission of US Youth Soccer. S/he will also bring a variety of experiences and attributes to ASA including:
- 10 years of progressive leadership and management experience in non-profit organizations, preferably soccer or general sports management.
- 5 years of senior management experience in organization with $3M in annual revenue from a combination of fee and non-fee income sources.
- Strong business acumen with a high level of financial literacy and sound business management that advances effective and efficient operational systems and processes.
- Proven track record developing and growing relationships with funders, sponsors, and donors and securing non-fee funding.
- 5 years of representing an organization with local community leaders, county/city officials, civic organizations, sponsors, major donors and other external stakeholders.
- Effective communicator with outstanding interpersonal and networking skills; proven experience in leveraging in-person, social media, and print communications that advance mission impact.
- Success in recruiting, developing, managing, and retaining volunteers and staff.
- Collaborative leadership style that inspires and motivates staff.
- High ethical behavior and personal integrity; ability to align staff and volunteer behavior with these values.
- Ability to think strategically, translate strategic imperatives into measurable annual plans, monitor progress toward goals, and mitigate risk.
- Prior experience managing or directing a successful soccer club or has served in other leadership positions for a successful soccer club preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business, nonprofit management, sports administration, or related management field.
- Flexibility and a willingness to work outside of normal business hours to include evenings and weekends as necessary.
To apply, e-mail your resume, a cover letter that explains how your skills align with the requirements above, and salary requirements to: ASA@raffa.com (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries, contact James Sunshine at email@example.com. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Arlington Soccer Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
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