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U.S. Soccer Federation

U.S. Soccer Federation

Senior Sport Scientist, Youth National Teams


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Sep 12, 2023

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U.S. Soccer Overview

We are U.S. Soccer and we are the future of sport in the United States. Our mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. We embrace diversity, technology and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and serve our athletes and fans. We seek motivated, passionate, skilled people who can think, create and work on a team.

U.S. Soccer is a growing company that looks for team members to grow with it. U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive compensation package, casual work environment, an inclusive culture and an atmosphere for professional development.

The Federation’s core principles set organization-wide standards to identify and foster our culture and inform how we interact and hold each other accountable. These principles guide U.S. Soccer: We Win Together. We Aim High. We Champion Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. To be successful as a USSF employee, it is critical to demonstrate and live up to these principles every day and with every interaction with peers, stakeholders, and partners.

The Federation’s core values are the individual attributes and characteristics that staff embody to uphold the organization’s principles and succeed. These values guide our employees: Integrity. Commitment. Teamwork. Respect.

Position Description

The High Performance department’s mission is to maximize performance across all sport development programs at U.S. Soccer. Working with the High Performance Director and Senior Sports Scientist, YNT to contribute to the development and delivery of world class performance support to the Youth National Teams (YNT’s).

Primary Responsibilities

Provide all performance support for YNT as requested by the High Performance Director and/or Senior Sports Scientist, YNT
Travel extensively with YNTs to training camps and games both within the United States and abroad
Work closely with the YNT coaches to provide support and guidance with training planning and implementation
Work closely with the sports medicine staff to ensure all testing, screening, monitoring and return to play protocols are optimized delivered, and recorded
In conjunction with U.S. Soccer standards lead monitoring, testing, strength and conditioning, and nutrition support to all players within the training camps
Responsible for tracking and developing individual and team programs as needed with YNT players both within U.S. Soccer camps and within their club environments
Ensure all data is collected and stored correctly in line with U.S. Soccer standards
Ensure all data collected is disseminated to all required staff and players in line with U.S. Soccer standards
Collect pre-camp training information from home clubs
Create and share post camp training reports with home clubs
Build strong relationship with clubs and/or academic institutions home and abroad to ensure the bi-lateral sharing of data and information is provided pre- and post-camp
Collaborate with Sports Medicine staff on training and injury prevention strategies outside of camp
Maintain inventory, supplies, and equipment and evaluate new technology/devices to support athlete performance
Provide performance education to players when needed
Assist in the development and support of all sport science and performance practices across U.S Soccer

Other Duties As Assigned Or Required, May Include

Contribute to the education of staff and coaches within the federation and those enrolled onto federation specific qualification pathways
Help support the department with research within performance and medicine
Support the development of internal resources required within the High Performance Department
Support the development of any performance network staff


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or equivalent certification
Minimum of 4 years of practical performance experience within elite sport
Able and willing to travel up to 50% of the year
Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed
Must be able to stand for long durations, squat, bend, lift, carry, and climb ladders
Must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds
First Aid and CPR certification
Capable of working in fast-paced and demanding environments
Must be able to connect “micro” details to the “macro” vision and mission
Proficient experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and Power BI
Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor

Desirable Qualifications

Master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physiology, or a related field
Knowledge and experience of performance requirements for adult and youth athletes
Experience working in collaboration with coaches and other support staff
Significant experience working with GPS, heart rate, force plates, and other monitoring systems
Proficient on computer with software such as: Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, R, Python, and Power BI
Strong verbal, written, in-person and presentation communication skills
Excellent organizational, data collection, planning and leadership skills
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Thorough institutional knowledge of U.S. Soccer’s mission, goals, technical plan, policies, practices, and procedures
Previous experience with a club or national team

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes:

Adopt a company centric approach—Serve the Athlete and the Fan
Embrace and see learning as a lifelong pursuit
Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges
Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
Open to criticism and does not make excuses
Possess a tireless work ethic
Wants to be part of a team that wins
Has the ability to be firm but fair
Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
Build relationships through genuine interpersonal skills

U.S Soccer is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, military status, political belief, or any other characteristic protected under the law. This policy applies to all our employment practices within our organization.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA, veterans, parents, and persons with disabilities to apply.?

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