Program Associate II, Training, Curriculum, and Events

  • U.S. Soccer
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • 07 Oct, 2021
Full time Community Events

Job Description


The U.S. Soccer Foundation helps young people embrace an active and healthy lifestyle and cultivate critical life skills through soccer. The Foundation’s 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, visit The Foundation’s headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. Remote candidates will be considered. 


About the Role:             

Under the supervision of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Senior Program Manager of Training, Curriculum, and Events, the Program Associate II is responsible for coordinating training and technical assistance efforts of the Foundation’s program initiatives, with a specific emphasis on the Foundation’s flagship events, the Urban Soccer Symposium and the Soccer for Success National Training. This position is integral in maintaining the Foundation’s role as a national leader in the sports-based youth development space. The position requires attention to detail, initiative, excellent communication skills, and the ability to function independently with minimal supervision.


About the Team: 
The Programs Department is responsible for operating, improving, and scaling the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s child-centered programs, namely our flagship program Soccer for Success, to ensure that the Foundation remains at the forefront of the sports-based youth development (SBYD) field. This work involves following the latest SBYD best practices to innovate and tailor our curricula and training to meet the unique needs of underserved communities across the country. Designing and deploying pathways to scale, this team is responsible for driving the adoption of the Soccer for Success program and methodology in youth serving marketplaces across the country.



  • Coordinate the development and execution of the annual Urban Soccer Symposium, including content, keynote and presenter logistics, and outreach and attendance.
  • Support the planning and logistics of all training and professional development events, including annual events such as the Foundation’s Symposium, Facilitator Summit, National Training, and one-time events such as local and online trainings.
  • Partner and maintain relationships with key collaborators in the field, including the large consultant network that helps drive our work.
  • Support the development of training and curriculum updates and revisions.
  • Coordinate content dissemination and technical support for the online learning management system, utilizing excellent attention to detail.
  • Coordinate technical support of new and existing programs, including the creation and distribution of tools and resources.


About You:

Minimum Requirements

  • Understanding of and commitment to the U.S. Soccer Foundation mission.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues impacting children and families, specifically in underserved communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive and culturally responsive working and learning environment.
  • 1+ years of professional experience in youth development programming.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments with multiple partners with diverse perspectives, utilizing a strong attention to detail.
  • Self-starter, exhibiting a strong work ethic, ability to maximize work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong oral, written, research, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to provide and receive feedback in consistent ways.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft, Salesforce, and online platforms.
  • Willingness and ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required, up to 20% of the time.


Desired Requirements

  • Experience in planning and executing training and professional development events.
  • Knowledge of and experience in age-appropriate soccer coaching education.
  • Ability to design and lead training(s) in varied settings.
  • Program management experience.
  • Experience in initiatives empowering girls, women, and non-binary individuals.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.


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 salary for this position is competitive. Benefits include generous medical and dental insurance plans; 401(k) retirement plans with employer match; professional development; mobile data plan reimbursement; commuter benefits; and generous vacation.


Required Materials & References:


Please follow the instructions on the job posting to submit required materials. For the Reference section, please submit a minimum of two (2) references, with at least one being supervisory in nature. Please note your references name, title, organization/company, and contact information.