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Oakland Soul SC

Oakland Soul SC

(W-League) Head Coach


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Posting Date

Dec 1, 2022

Role description

About Oakland Soul SC:

More than just a club, more than just a game. Oakland Soul Sports Club seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the beautiful game of soccer as a force for social good.

Whether on the pitch, in the stands or within the community, Oakland Soul will represent our one-of-a-kind city with passion, pride and commitment to all things Oakland.

Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One day at a time. One game at a time. This is about Oakland first, always.

Overview of Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate desires to excel within the high performance demands of a pre-professional soccer team.   The ideal candidate will be someone who can maintain positivity and calm within the team setting to ensure that motivation and buy-in from the players remains high.

Beyond the field, the ideal candidate is someone who can thrive in a community club environment and demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement.

The ideal candidate is a person that works well in a team oriented environment and can inspire, delegate and motivate others without bullying or enacting unnecessary stress.   The ideal candidate is professional, respectful, resourceful, organized, a leader,a good communicator and has a strong work ethic, leading by example.

Position Summary:

Salary Range: $3,333 - $5,000

The Head Coach of Oakland Soul SC reports directly to the Technical Director (TD) and works cooperatively with the rest of the Oakland Soul Technical staff.

The Head Coach of Oakland Soul is responsible for:

Working with TD to implement the vision for our club’s “way of playing”  for Oakland Soul.
Oversee all aspects of managing the pool and roster of Oakland Soul both during the competitive league season and in the off season.
Managing player recruitment for the Oakland Soul, especially local U20 players with high level potential, utilizing support from the TD as needed.
Running and managing team training to execute the coaching plan for that day.
Game day coaching for Oakland Soul in executing the game plan for each opponent and match.
Participate in weekly meetings with the TD to review team performance and provide feedback to the TD on the team and players in general
Support the Coordinator of Operations in registration, league communication and game/training facility procurement and management
Work collaboratively with the TD in the planning and preparation of an annual periodization calendar complete with the technical, tactical and physical performance plans as well as general team building, all of which must fit into the league calendar
Participate and assist, as needed, in weekly technical staff meetings to overview the upcoming week and logistical needs from the staff
Drive daily coaches meetings to plan team trainings and team scheduling, along with any individual player training or performance review
Complete or organize daily and weekly team and player evaluation and performance analysis
Complete or organize evaluation and analysis of opposing teams and upcoming opponents
Attend club and community events and appearances as needed
Additional duties as assigned

Competencies and Skills Required:

Minimum of a National B Coaching license or its international equivalent, with National B preferred
Experience in directly managing, mentoring and motivating professional soccer players or elite level soccer players at other levels of play (youth, college, amateur/semipro)
An ability to think and plan strategically, and effectively link technical planning with broader Club goals and strategic intent
Strong communication skills
A team player, with an ability to operate as part of an integrated multi-functional management team
Strong use of technology and various software applications, including G-Suite (docs, sheets, slides) and other soccer software applications (MyVideoAnalyzer, Wyscout)
Spanish speaking preferred, Multilingual desired
Valid Driver’s License
Must undergo a Criminal Record Check

Knowledge and Experience:

Past experience in professional soccer, or an elite level of non-professional soccer (youth, college, amateur/semipro) in a senior staff role or head coach role
An in-depth understanding of the US Soccer landscape as pertaining to the youth, collegiate and professional soccer ranks
Extensive personal and professional networks across the multiple tiers of US Soccer (youth, college, amateur/semipro, pro)
An in depth understanding of trends in modern professional soccer as they relate to any performance aspect of our club and team
An in depth understanding of player development and the playing demands of soccer at the professional level
An in depth understanding of the day to day realities of professional soccer at the lower league level

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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