Ontario Soccer

Ontario Soccer

United DFC (Nova Scotia) Director of Soccer


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 22, 2022

Role description



This position will report to the Executive Director and work with United DFC staff, coaches and
volunteers to develop and execute technical programming and growth for all soccer programs,
following best practices from Canada Soccer and Soccer Nova Scotia. This position is the
senior technical position within the soccer club, and responsible for liaising with members and
external partners on technical matters.

While this is considered a technical position, this role is about working with people - our staff,
volunteers, members and their families, as well as other clubs and organizations. The
successful candidate will be collaborative, with strong planning and communication skills, and a
thorough understanding of cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of children,
youth & adults.

The primary focus will be on developing and leading coaches who can execute on the technical
plan and develop our players. The successful candidate will need to make and communicate
difficult decisions while balancing the best interests of the club, teams and players. The
candidate should have a basic understanding of budgeting as it pertains to planning and
program operations, and the ability to manage competing priorities.

This is a dynamic environment, and the successful candidate will need to be adaptable, flexible
and collaborative. Work schedules will include a requirement to be on the field on evenings and
weekends, working with our players and coaches as they seek to improve their respective skills.


Key Technical Program Development

Report directly to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with the other Technical
and Club Staff and Volunteers.
Develop, implement and lead the United DFC Technical Plan and soccer programming
over all seasons that align with Canada Soccer Association’s Long-Term Player
Development and Soccer Nova Scotia’s Best Practices for all levels within the club.
Oversee Community Manager and key volunteers to ensure the technical plan is being
implemented as designed. Ensure the plan has a viable team placement component
based on regular feedback on progress to both parents and players. This must ensure
that players who may move up or down with programs in the club – often termed “bubble
players” – are treated with respect and compassion when decisions are made.
United DFC Soccer Club | 4-75 MacDonald Ave, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1T8 | 902-404-8332

Design, implement and manage a Coach Development Plan which includes ensuring all
coaches are appropriately certified by utilizing the resources available internally, through
Soccer Nova Scotia and the local soccer community.
Design and implement coaching mentorship/ development opportunities for young
coaches (eg. Future Coach program, Jr Coaches, etc.)
Work closely with the other United DFC Staff and volunteers to retain and transition all
players between and across levels and programs as appropriate.
Either directly, or through an appointed staff/ volunteer, recruit, develop, mentor, retain
and manage all paid and volunteer coaches within United DFC programming. Ensure
that the certification, recognition, evaluation, appreciation and advancement for coaches
is conducted in a collaborative environment.
Develop and adhere to Club technical policies.
Develop and implement aligned player curricula for all ages within the Club to support
coaches and staff in developing players that align with the United DFC game model
(when presented and approved).

Assessment, appraisal and performance management (including dismissal if necessary)
of club coaches.
Develop and manage all sport science /sport medicine partners and suppliers.
With support, develop and responsibly manage the UDFC annual technical budget.
Report on all aspects of soccer operations – technical, promotion, recruitment, retention,
administration, & communications.
Recruit and retain sufficient paid part time and volunteer coaches in order to avoid the
need to coach teams and programs
Equipment - Responsible for budgeting, ordering and assigning equipment to teams and
communicating such to the Program Support Manager who will manage all other aspects
of equipment (Inventory, storage, distribution and collection)

Create team lists in a timely manner and submit to the Program Support Manager to
manage demosphere related tasks.
Work with the Community Manager and Program Support Manager to ensure the facility
schedules meet the program needs and are fair and balanced.
Directly support Skill Centers, A, AA, AAA and Premiership Teams as needed in a
Technical Director role unless another person is designated to support this role.
Other tasks as required.
Organizational Duties

Establish and maintain appropriate and successful relationships and good standing with
the Provincial Sport Organization, Soccer Nova Scotia.
Communicate well with membership regarding key items as they pertain to the delivery
of programming, via written correspondence, phone calls, online presentations, 1on1
in-person conversations, small group discussions and public presentations to members.
Ensure phone calls and emails from members are returned by DoS or another
appropriate staff/volunteer.
United DFC Soccer Club | 4-75 MacDonald Ave, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1T8 | 902-404-8332

Develop and implement a player recruitment strategy
Attendance at and presentation to the Board of Directors on technical strategic matters
as requested.
Responsible for Director of Soccer tasks under the UDFC RACI chart
External representation of the club in all technical matters.
Shared responsibility for a clean, organized and respectful work environment
Maintain a Valid Driver’s License
Other tasks as required

We are seeking a candidate with a minimum of an undergraduate degree, or equivalent
education, experience and skills in the following areas:

Context specific applicable degree i.e. management, sports development, community
development, etc, or, experience within the industry/related industry that shows grasp of
above responsibilities
Making Ethical Decisions and Online Evaluation
Respect in Sport Activity Leader Training
Respect in the Workplace Training
C-License Certified
NCCP Learning Facilitator – preferred
Canada Soccer Children’s & Youth Licenses – preferred (necessary for PDP delivery)
Must have Canada Soccer Youth License or equivalent from another recognised and
respected soccer governing body. This opens up for candidates from UEFA or the USSF
who may be hugely beneficial to the club in the future and can quickly get Canadian
licenses or equivalency.

Several years developing programming for a Community Soccer Club, Regional District
or Provincial Sport Organization.
Experience creating Technical Plans
Demonstrated ability in program management, administration, delivery and evaluation
Demonstrated strong problem solving and decision-making skills
Proven experience leading diverse teams
Experience working with a variety of diverse stakeholders and partners
Working Conditions

Flexible office hours to offset evenings and weekends.
Hours include a requirement to be on the field evenings and weekends.
Common requirement to participate in meetings outside of regular working hours
Shared responsibility for a clean, organized and respectful work environment
Full time - 12 Months of the Year Position
Physical & Mental Requirements

United DFC Soccer Club | 4-75 MacDonald Ave, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1T8 | 902-404-8332

Must have the physical ability to move and demonstrate soccer actions. Must be able to
manage multiple projects and interests, and competing deadlines which may be stressful at

How to apply?

Please submit your resume and cover letter along with salary expectations to davidc@udfc.ca
on or prior to Friday, May, 6, 2022.

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