U.S. Soccer Foundation

U.S. Soccer Foundation

Director of Program Funding & Sustainability


Role Type

United States


Posting Date

Jun 3, 2022

Role description

The U.S. Soccer Foundation helps young people embrace active and healthy lifestyles and cultivate critical life skills through soccer. The Foundation programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has impacted thousands of children through its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives, which offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. For more information, visitwww.ussoccerfoundation.org. The Foundation headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. Remote candidates will be considered.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The U.S. Soccer Foundation commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is at the core of our mission and who we are. It fuels our work as we continue to create opportunities for underrepresented populations and fight systemic inequalities through soccer. This is a shared commitment with our partners, within our organizational systems, across all the programs we offer, and within the communities we work with, as we continue to do our part to build a better future for children. We value our diverse team and are committed to creating and sustaining a culture of respect and inclusivity in which they can thrive. To read the Foundation detailed goals, please visit ourwebsite.

About the Role:
The Director of Program Funding Sustainability will be responsible for identifying and securing funding to sustain and expand Foundation programming in communities. The Director will manage all aspects of the fundraising process, including and work with internal and external partners to identify, cultivate, conceptualize, draft, and manage funding proposals and relationships. This position is a new position for the Foundation and is unique in that the incumbent will be responsible for securing funding for the Foundation to sustain itsSoccer for Successprogramming and building the capacity of community partners to sustain funding forSoccer for Successprograms. This position will be based in the Revenue department and work collaboratively across the Foundation and with external partners. The Director will report to the Chief Revenue Officer.

About the Team:
At the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Revenue Group includes development, marketing, and communications functions, driving innovation and outreach across multiple channels, maximizing impact, and achieving significant, sustained revenue and brand growth. The Revenue Group supports the mission and vision of the organization through the engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors, corporate partners, public agencies, and foundations and seeks to advance the organization visibility.

The Director will build and manage all aspects of program funding and sustainability. Key responsibilities will include securing funding for the Foundation to maintain and expand itsSoccer for Successprograms, as well as supporting program partners in their efforts to sustain programming beyond our grant periods:

Develop and execute the organizationSoccer for Successprogram funding and sustainability plan.
Identify program funding opportunities to support the organization programs and work with the Chief Revenue Officer to determine the strategy for pursuit.
Cultivate, draft, and submit high-quality funding proposals on behalf of the Foundation.
Support and build the capacity of external program partners to build sustainability plans and to successfully secure funds to support programs and maintain funding relationships.
Establish, manage, and serve as the key liaison for Foundation program funding partners and those responsible for fundraising in external program partner organizations.
Work with the Development team to design strategies that build the funding pipeline.
Track and report on the progress of goals in Salesforce and to the Chief Revenue Officer.
Other duties as assigned.


BA degree or equivalent experience and at least 3 years of leadership experience.
At least 5 years of direct experience managing fundraising portfolios with demonstrated success in securing six- and seven-figure gifts.
Ability to build and manage a funding portfolio.
Demonstrated track record in designing and implementing a successful fundraising program that both generates ongoing revenue and serves as a pipeline for new funders.
Understanding of the national, state, and regional funding landscape and ability to assess whether prospects are best suited for national or local organizations.
Direct experience in building the capacity of others to effectively implement all aspects of the fundraising, reporting, and stewardship cycles.
High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience with donor databases (Salesforce preferred).
Strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for the confidentiality of donor information.
Possesses a strong work ethic, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, manage complex projects and timelines, and take initiativein a fast-paced nonprofit environment.
Superior interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally with volunteers, colleagues, and donors.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects with a creative, innovative, and efficient perspective.
Ability to prioritize and balance the demands of internal and external priorities.
Ability to travel.
Committed to bettering the lives of children through sports-based youth development.
Committed to working on a diverse team and helping to build a culture of inclusion internally and externally.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation isn’t a typical organization, and the right candidate for this role isn’t typical either. The ideal candidate is looking for opportunities to improve themselves and the organization. We want go-getters. We want candidates with high expectations for themselves, hungry for the next opportunity to learn and grow.

The Foundation offers a market competitive compensation package. We are committed to incorporating DEI practices and accounting for inequities as we conduct an annual salary planning process to include merit increases, promotions, bonuses, and equity analysis across the entire organization. Foundation benefits include generous medical and dental insurance plans; 401(k) retirement plans with employer match; professional development; mobile data plan reimbursement; and generous vacation.

Vaccination Requirement
Effective January 1, 2022, all current and newly hired Foundation employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Individuals who accept employment with the Foundation will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or received approval for a medical or religious accommodation prior to starting employment.

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