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San Diego FC

San Diego FC

Head of Medical


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Jun 18, 2024


Head of Medical

San Diego FC (San Diego FC) is the newest member of the MLS family. As part of the unique Right to Dream model and the Sycuan Tribe’s deep roots, we are proud to be building a San Diego-centric soccer organization that honors our history and celebrates emerging excellence.


Reporting to the Director of Human Performance and CMO, the Head of Medical will manage and oversee all athletic trainers, physical therapists and other medical services that provide support for San Diego FC 1st team. This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and supporting all areas of medical evaluation, care and treatment while optimizing injury prevention strategies and rehab protocols for all players. The head of medical will work closely and build a collaborative relationship with the head of physical development to ensure holistic athlete development, athlete health and wellbeing optimization across San Diego FC 1st team.

Key Responsibilities:

Oversee, manage and lead the day to day medical needs of the SDFC 1st team.
Support the recruitment, development and evaluation of all full-time, part-time and contractor SDFC athletic trainers, physical therapists and other medical services.
Oversee the care, support and wellbeing of all players within the club during training and/or competition. Including their immediate care in case of trauma and/or acute pathologies.
Develop the standards, processes and recording of team and individual injury prevention, medical screening, medical care and rehabilitation.
Deliver all pre-season, in season and post season medical testing requirements in line with SDFC and RTD global standards.
Working closely with the data science and insights staff, provide guidance on the automation and data visualization of all medical data.
In collaboration with the CMO/Head of physical development develop and deliver support to all players during prehab, activation and rehab.
Develop and manage a network of external expertise and medical services within the U.S and globally to ensure the club has the resources to support the players with the best external care when required.
Ensure all MLS health and medical rules are applied and followed by all staff and players within SDFC 1st team.
Ensure all injury data and medical records are collected, stored and managed in conjunction with MLS rules and HIPPA compliant.
In collaboration with other key department staff ensure that post training and game recovery strategies are implemented, delivered and optimized.
When required to attend and travel to home games, away games and other competitions.
Organize player physical examinations as required by MLS regulations
Provide regular feedback and communication with the SDFC 1st team players on their medical status and support them in any needs requested.
Other duties as assigned by the SDFC director of human performance, CMO and the global director of human performance.


Candidates can meet the requirements with a combination of experience in the following areas:
Master’s degree or higher in medical/healthcare or similarly related field.
NATABOC (or CATA) certified athletic trainer/therapist
CPR certification for health care provider
Professional certification from a recognized body; CSCS, PES, LMT, and/or NREMT, Certified Performance Sport Specialist (CPSS)
HIPAA compliant Course and Health Information Certification
3+ years experience managing a department in elite soccer
5+ years working within the medical sector delivering directly to athletes in elite sport.
Experience building and formalizing department process and procedures.
Experience with managing different travel schedules (time zones) and climate conditions (heat, cold, altitude)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge and experience utilizing and integrating medical technologies
Experience of overseeing medical data management systems to ensure the secure and efficient collection, storage and front-end utilization.
Strong medical knowledge and its application to soccer
Strong organizational and personnel management skills
Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) or multi-lingual skills


Our VISION is to be the epicenter of football excellence and innovation in North America
Our MISSION is to create opportunities for talent to flourish and San Diego to shine

We value community, diversity, and acting with purpose. We are looking for leaders at all levels to co-create the culture of a new organization that is built on the premise that you can discover, understand, and re-define excellence by nurturing talent and creating opportunity anywhere – specifically though soccer.

Globally, Right to Dream partners with talented young people to give them a nurturing environment to flourish and thrive. We do this through a holistic model of athletic development, where young people grow as human beings and great footballers. RTD’s promise is set out in their Manifesto: a set of 8 commitments which will be central to the San Diego FC ethos from the front office to the field, when games start at Snapdragon Stadium in 2025.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a great team building something meaningful for San Diego. We offer excellent benefits including health coverages with generous company contributions, over 40 days of paid time off, and a 4% company match on your 401(k). Soccer is humanity and together, we can make a meaningful impact both on and off the field, fostering a culture that embraces excellence and equal opportunities. SDFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage all individuals who share our commitment to community and soccer to apply. Soccer is humanity and together, we can make a meaningful impact both on and off the field, fostering a culture that embraces excellence and equal opportunities. SDFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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