Senior Manager, Sport Medicine

  • U.S. Soccer
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 05 Jan, 2022
Full time Leadership & Management Medical

Job Description


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  


Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Senior Manager of Sports Medicine contributes to the design and delivery of world-class medical support to all U.S. Soccer Federation National Teams. In collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer, this person will help support, develop, and manage U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive medical staff, player care, and health and safety protocols.

This individual will commit to U.S Soccer’s mission and strategy to maximize the health and performance across all sport development programs at the organization. 


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of U.S. Soccer standards in injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for all Men’s and Women’s Senior, Extended and Youth National Team Players
  • Assist in recruitment, management and develop all full-time, part-time, and external consultant medical staff within all National Teams
  • Develop strong working relationships across the multi-disciplinary team, sharing and informing best practice
  • Oversee the collection and compliance of medical data and injury surveillance in the electronic medical records in line with U.S Soccer standards
  • Be a leader in the development and implementation of all aspects of delivery and data collection, cross the medical pathway including (but not limited to) player health, safety and wellbeing, rehabilitation, screening, injury recording, and reporting
  • Improve relationships with all national players club teams to ensure a bi-lateral exchange of medical data and information pre and post-national camps, enhancing the U.S. Soccer culture across all staff and teams.
  • Travel and provide support to national teams as and when necessary during games and training camps
  • Support, develop, and collaborate medical systems, data and staff within the membership and other soccer institutions
  • Help support and develop an internal and external CPD program for staff within the Federations and practitioners within clubs
  • Contribute to special projects within U.S. Soccer’s Sporting and Commercial departments 
  • Contribute to the education of staff and coaches within the Federation, and those enrolled in Federation specific qualification pathways
  • Support in the allocation and development of a department budget and strategic planning process
  • Collect invoices and process payments within the Sports Medicine Department
  •  Work with the Sports Medicine staff in identifying and securing state of the art medical resources and equipment in providing care across all environments
  • Be a key collaborator in health and safety campaigns across the federation landscape, coordinate and assist in leading journal club, webinars within the department as well as interdepartmental opportunities

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s      Degree in Athletic Training, Kinesiology, or a related field 
  • Strong knowledge of soccer
  • Certified Athletic Trainer or Licensed Physical Therapist; 
  • Current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (or equivalent) certification
  •  Member of NATA, APTA or similar governing body
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical experience working within Soccer and/or other elite sport 
  • Experience in managing and developing a medical staff and department
  • Knowledge and experience of medical requirements for adult and youth players
  • Balance of theoretical and applied experiences
  • Able and willing to travel up to 25% of the year
  • Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed 
  • 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 Video Editing 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor

Desired Qualifications 

  • Passion for soccer 
  • Experience working in collaboration with coaches, sport scientists, and other support staff
  • Previous experience working with multi-stakeholder projects, data and research
  • Ph.D. in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, or a related field
  • Collaborator to Sports Medicine Academic Publications or a related field
  • Vast knowledge and expertise in medical equipment and technology
  • Excellent organizational, data collection, planning, and leadership skills
  • Experience      working with GPS and other monitoring systems
  • 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: 

  • Live our Principles & Values
  • 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