“One Vision, One Focus, One Club” Guide CRYSC South Region Goalkeepers through the player development pathway by providing oversight into goalkeeper placement, daily on-field specialized training, seasonal match analysis, and regular player evaluations. Be a representative of CRYSC and the Goalkeeping Program in communications and interactions with member families. Conduct coaching education and serve as regular support to CRYSC team coaches and directors.
RAPIDS SOUTH GOALKEEPING DIRECTOR COLORADO RAPIDS YOUTH SOCCER CLUB
CLUB VISION: “To be the heart behind the crest.” At Rapids Youth Soccer, we focus on whole player development, both on and off the field. We strive for players to develop a lifelong love of the game and use the skills learned through their time with Rapids to allow them to be successful in all they desire to achieve.
POSITION VISION: “One Vision, One Focus, One Club” Guide CRYSC South Region Goalkeepers through the player development pathway by providing oversight into goalkeeper placement, daily on-field specialized training, seasonal match analysis, and regular player evaluations. Be a representative of CRYSC and the Goalkeeping Program in communications and interactions with member families. Conduct coaching education and serve as regular support to CRYSC team coaches and directors.
1. Win Within - Being the best is the only way forward, at everything we do personally, or as a Club. Support the objective of becoming a destination youth soccer club and elevating the leadership and Club as national thought leaders for the game of soccer and the business of soccer.
2. In and Up - Support the Club’s efforts to keep the organization developing, educating, and improving all those within our sphere of influence. Focus on staff development by developing relationships and understanding the long-term goals of coaches and goalkeepers within the South region.
3. Keep it Simple, Keep it Small - Work to simplify big thoughts, large expectations, ambiguous strategy into strategic and club-wide execution.
4. Enjoyment First - Stay positive and know that with adversity, comes growth. Find joy in the challenges, the small details, the strategy, and the day-to-day. Keep the role fun and most importantly, keep the joy in the organization at the forefront.
5. Moment of Truth - Support the objective of Every Moment Matters as a regional leader in recognizing the importance in each interaction, process, decision, and communication. Develop a process of execution each season starting from the First through a Final Moment of Truth. “Create remarkable experiences” is the role’s mantra.
6. Own It - Work within the ambiguity of the role and duties of leadership, working to provide a solution instead of waiting for one. Set the expectation of exceptional execution and communication in every role and responsibility within the region.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Be the main point of contact for all daily South Region goalkeeper program questions and support
- Assist in the execution of the Club’s goalkeeper development plan and support its implementation across the Region’s programs (Zone 1 and Competitive)
- Oversee the day-to-day planning and implementation of goalkeeper training sessions for 12 weeks each season (Fall and Spring) for all 11U-19U boys and girls competitive goalkeepers.
- Conduct seasonal Zone 1 programming to develop and identify the next generation of CRYSC goalkeepers.
- Coordinate the inter and intra-Region movement of CRYSC Competitive (11U-19U) goalkeepers in collaboration with Directors of Coaching and Regional Goalkeeping Directors. Ensure that all teams have a goalkeeper for scheduled match and tournament play.
- Organize and conduct annual tryouts and team placement events.
- Evaluate goalkeeper performance in both training and match settings using objective criteria. Utilize CRYSC Veo and Hudl programs to provide video analysis and feedback.
- Help facilitate weekly GK movement in collaboration with other Regional GK Directors.
- Conduct post-season evaluation meetings with every competitive goalkeeper at least 2x per year (and additionally as needed or requested).
- Identify goalkeepers for Elite Program (EDS, ECNL, MLS Academy) involvement
- Plan and implement off-season goalkeeping camps with the objective of continuing the CRYSC goalkeeping curriculum during the Winter and Summer months
- Maintain regular “office hours” Monday through Friday. Provide availability to players and families to meet as needed.
- Act as an ambassador for CRYSC and the Goalkeeping Program at all major functions, putting forth the image of the club in a positive and inspiring way. Supervisory:
- Recruit and retain quality goalkeeping staff coaches.
- Supervise contractors and volunteer coaches. Hold regular staff meetings, keeping all coaches involved and updated with happenings across the Region and GK program.
- Provide planned sessions, via SportSessionPlanner, to the coaching staff. Communicate in-session adjustments as needed on the field.
- Oversee “GK Apprentice Coach Program” which offers HS boys and girls a volunteer opportunity as role models and mentors.
- Adhere to a regional budget. Submit monthly contractor hours to the finance office for payment. Educational:
- Serve as the main point of contact for Regional Directors of Coaching, Team Coaches, and Membership as it relates to goalkeeper education, both on and off the field.
- Within the scope of the goalkeeping program, support the Club’s vision to “Develop Remarkable Coaches”
- Develop and distribute “Tech Tuesday” emails to players and families every week during the traditional Fall and Spring seasons in order to support on-field coaching with at-home engagement.
- Inform and educate team coaches on goalkeeper program processes, policies, and procedures.
- Personally participate in professional development opportunities through on & off-field offerings, CRYSC coaching education, and additional interactive programming (coaching seminars, professional licenses, international immersion)
- Advise and guide college-bound goalkeepers in their recruiting process. Serve as a liaison between collegiate coaches and CRYSC athletes. Collaborate with the College Placement Program (CPP) Director.
MARKERS OF SUCCESS:
- Joy in the Rapids Experience - a positive member experience is naturally different at each level of competition and age. Our goal as a club is for our players to love playing soccer, our coaches love coaching soccer, our staff love working in soccer and our soccer process should be consistent with this goal, which we believe is not mutually exclusive across competitive levels;
- Retention and Satisfaction - a successful communication and customer service operation should result in improved retention and registration across the club on an annual and longitudinal basis;
- Communication - a successful operation should result in consistent and responsive messaging, customer service, and experiences across all programs;
- Consistency - our operations process should result in a consistent player experience across the entire club versus an environment where the player experience varies widely based on who the player’s coach is;
- Member Enjoyment – several factors are part of developing a club loved by its membership, consisting of players, staff, coaches, families, and partners. We believe the individual player and team experience is the single greatest factor that results in building the club our membership desires. A successful soccer process should result in an experience that engages players, staff, coaches, families, and partners as proud stakeholders of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.
SKILLS FOR SUCCESS:
- Significant goalkeeper coaching experience, in both small and large settings
- USSF and/or USC coaching certifications. Goalkeeping Certifications preferred.
- Ability to deliver coaching education to both coaches and membership
- Understanding of modern goalkeeper training techniques and methodology
- Goalkeeper development strategies and implementation
- Organizational skills
- Versatile and efficient communication skills for players of all ages and stages
- Multi-tasking in fast-paced environment
- Ability to coordinate across multiple programs, coaches, and directors
- Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
- Coaching Staff recruitment, management, and retention
- Ability to design training sessions via Sport Session Planner program.
- 24-hour timeline to return emails or phone calls.
- Proficiency in Google Suite programs (Gmail, Drive, Slides, Forms).
DIRECTLY REPORTS TO:
- Technical Director
- Goalkeeper Director
- Regional Technical Director
WHO DIRECTLY REPORTS TO THIS POSITION:
- During the Spring and Fall season, we will be organizing monthly in-house coaching education sessions for the Youth GK Directors to attend the Development Academy sessions run by Chris Sharpe.
- GK Directors will deliver seasonal GK Coaching Education sessions for the whole club playing staff.
- Seasonal GK Director full staff meetings to discuss their own regions in-depth and detail and deliver any/all pertinent information on their region to the staff.
BENEFITS & COMPENSATION:
The Club provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Job Type: Full-time, part-time, or contract options
The salary and benefits are dependent on the type of work agreement decided between the chosen candidate and Club based on the candidate’s qualifications, desired time commitment, and responsibilities. A typical range for different types of agreements is $2,000-$4,000 monthly. Full-time employee benefits include PTO, employer sponsored medical, dental, and vision plans, 403b retirement plan with employer match, cell phone reimbursement, life insurance, and supplemental benefits. The Club will pay a portion of the medical benefit premiums.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates can send their cover letters and resumes to Chris Sharpe at Chris.Sharpe@coloradorapids.com and Jeff Oleck at email@example.com.