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Director of Female Player Development VBR Star Soccer Association

Description

Summary:
The Director of Female Player Development (DFPD) is primarily responsible for promoting, developing, supporting and helping grow all player development programs for girls’ soccer within VBR Star. The focus of this position will be to grow individual player development through a healthy playing environment. This position will work closely with the Director of Coaching to achieve best implementation of female development within our club dynamic. In addition, the DFPD directs and monitors on-going activities for coaching development to ensure that the coaches of female players fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with VBR Star’s established standards and coaching curriculum.
 
Posted Date:
4/21/2022
 
Job Location:
Virginia
 
Position Type:
Full-time
 
Contact Name:
Danny Beamer
 
Contact Email:
Dbeamer@vbrstar.com
 
Description:

Title: Director of Female Player Development

Reports to:  Director of Coaching

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Type:  Full Time

The VBR Star Soccer Association’s vision is to be recognized as the highest quality soccer program throughout the Virginia’s Blue Ridge. We use creative development strategies through domestic and international competition to help players achieve their highest potential both on and off the field.

  • 35-year history of developing youth soccer players through integrated programming that extends from academy to recreational through elite travel teams and a USL Academy team.
  • Employ an age-appropriate soccer curriculum, licensed coaches and dedicated professional soccer staff.
  • 24 travel teams, 200 players in our academy, 475 recreation players and 208 adult players.
  • Through a unique public/private partnership with the City of Roanoke, developed and maintained a lighted six field Bermuda grass complex with club offices.
  • Founding member of VCCL and CCL.
  • 26-year history of VBR teams playing in the Gothia Cup, the largest youth tournament in the world.
  • Long standing relationships and positive social impact help foster and maintain major sponsorships that support running the club.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Director of Female Player Development (DFPD) is primarily responsible for promoting, developing, supporting and helping grow all player development programs for girls’ soccer within VBR Star. The focus of this position will be to grow individual player development through a healthy playing environment. This position will work closely with the Director of Coaching to achieve best implementation of female development within our club dynamic. In addition, the DFPD directs and monitors on-going activities for coaching development to ensure that the coaches of female players fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with VBR Star’s established standards and coaching curriculum.

Although the focus of this position is towards female player development, it is expected that the DFPD will participate and influence player, coach and program development for the entire club.

PLAYER RECRUITMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

The DFPD plays a critical role in the VBR Star player tryout process. The DFPD is responsible for helping to ensure that tryouts and player recruitment activities are conducted effectively. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ensuring the scheduling of coaches and staff for sufficient coverage for all tryouts.
  • Assisting coaches with administering all elements of the tryout process.
  • Ensuring that coaches comply with club tryout policies and practices.
  • Recruiting players to grow base through ID Clinics and related program initiatives. Facilitate and grow pathways and opportunities for female player development:
  • Oversee the appropriate movement of female players (up or down levels) to find the optimal placement for their development. Provide guidance and support to the Director of Coaching and staff coaches in the evaluation/communication with parents and players regarding any movements.
  • In the college-bound age groups (U15-U19), DFPD will promote and support the coaches in their integral roles to assist players and parents with the college recruitment process.
  • Develop and create new soccer programs for female player development and related curriculum.
  • Develop subsidiary club female player development and Implementation of related curriculum.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Director of Coaching, the DFPD will be expected to participate in the following player development initiatives, tasks and activities as directed:
    • Support VBR Star camps and clinics.
    • Support the VBR Star Winter Training Program.
    • Support and promote all VBR Star club tournaments and special events
    • Support and promote club marketing projects.
    • Propose strategic program initiatives to help the club continuously improve and grow.

COACH RECRUITMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Assist the Director of Coaching to continuously improve the attraction and retention of talented and diverse individuals as members of our coaching staff:

  • Help to identify quality coaches and recruit, interview and assess potential candidates.
  • Recommend coaching assignments for all female teams.
  • Manage and communicate with coaches on potential changes in assignments/placement.

COACH ASSESSMENT EVALUATION/MENTORSHIP

Facilitate and grow pathways and opportunities for coach development:

  • Help set expectations with coaches of female players and provide a cumulative written annual summary to the Director of Coaching.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to help coaches of female players understand and apply the club curriculum effectively.
  • Encourage coaches and staff to advance their coaching education.
  • Practices/Games - for each coach of female players, attend a minimum of two (2) practices and one (1) game per season to assess overall effectiveness in performing coach development; and advocating compliance with established standards and our coaching curriculum.
  • Evaluate - Consult with the Director of Coaching to conduct periodic and year-end written evaluation for each coach of female players.
  • Oversee or conduct coaching education specific to the female player development curriculum.

USL W LEAGUE MANAGEMENT

Planned for the Summer 2023, VBR Star will begin play with a new franchise in the USL W league. The DFPD will assist the USL W program.

CLUB POLICIES and PROCEDURES

Ensure coach awareness, understanding and compliance with club governance:

  • Inform, review, and assist with club policies/procedures with every coach of female players on an annual basis.
  • Policies and procedures are noted in the VBR Star Policies and Procedures Handbook, and include, but are not limited to: field policies, safety procedures (weather related, goal safety, player equipment), coaching policies (conflicts, attendance, etc.), game day procedures (discipline and injury reports, etc.).

MEETINGS

Coordinating with the Director of Coaching, the DFPD is responsible for assisting the planning, coordination, participation and execution of:

  • VBR Star Club Coaches meetings - typically held periodically throughout the year.
  • Fall pre-season, post-season/Spring pre-season, post-season meetings - quarterly meetings with coaches of female players.

COMMUNICATIONS, DOCUMENTATION and CONFLICT RESOLUTION

The DFPD is responsible for ensuring the following communication and documentation:

  • Respond to emails from club management, Director of Coaching, coaches, families, players, and interested parties within 48 hours.
  • Communicate with the Director of Coaching on a regular basis; providing a written summary of issues and updates about female teams for Fall and Spring season, and mid/post season.
  • Communicate the needs/concerns of players/families/coaches to club administrative and technical leadership.
  • Help support maintaining the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of relevant information on the club website and social media.
  • Where applicable, the DFPD will disseminate information regarding club culture to players/families/coaches/teams. The DFPD is expected to:
    • Be honest and transparent with all communications; and lead by example to inspire and empower others to perform at their best.
    • Communicate the club’s mission, vision, core values and strategic plan to help ensure that coaches execute the objectives accordingly.
    • Be an advocate for the professional development of coaches by facilitating evaluations, and communicating the assessment of opportunities for improvement and growth.

The DFPD plays a critical role in helping to mitigate or resolve conflicts. It is expected that the DFPD will:

  • Promptly address issues or concerns pertaining to female player development, programs and staff that are escalated from feedback, complaints or suggestions from players, parents, coaches, other members or interested parties.
  • Ensure that resolution to issues pertaining to female player development, programs and staff are leveraged as an opportunity for club, coach, player and program improvement.
  • Provide a written summary of issues and resolutions to the Director of Coaching and the Executive Director.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Continuing Education and Conferences: It is expected that the DFPD will continue to seek professional development for themselves, and the coaching staff. VBR Star will continue to support this effort based on established coaching education benefits and reimbursement policies.
  • Professional development includes, but not limited to, relevant professional industry memberships, conventions, symposiums, licensing, etc.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS 

Preferred qualifications and experience for the DFPD position includes:

  • A minimum United States Soccer Federation (USSF) C license, a National Youth license or comparable foreign or United Soccer Coaches license/diploma.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of comparable coaching experience id preferred.
  • At the discretion of the Director of Coaching and Executive Director, a combination of education and playing/coaching experience may be substituted for specific licensing and/or experience requirements. Likewise, licensing requirements may be waived for a time period of one year if a coach is working to obtain licensure.
  • The ability to work independently and to manage, develop, and motivate professional soccer staff and volunteers are required. This requirement includes the strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills necessary for effective interaction with members, volunteers, professional staff and the community at large.
  • The ability to accommodate logistical requirements of the position including, but not limited to, the following are expected:
    • Maintain weekly office hours
    • Extensive outdoor work year-round
    • Flexible work schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays for clinics, camps, training, games, and meetings
    • Must provide own transportation for games, training, tournaments, and occasional meetings
    • Must manage time effectively and balance the demands of the regular club schedule of activities (i.e., practices, clinics, games, tournaments) with the managerial and administrative work required of the position.
  • Ability to use video technology to support coach and player development is preferred.
  • Ability and flexibility to assist with any other duties that the Executive Director, Director of Coaching or Board of Directors request. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting in the office with general operations coordinated with the staff.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience.
 
 
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