Academic Coordinator

  • Chicago Fire FC
  • Bridgeview, IL, USA
  • 16 Jun, 2022
Full time Academy Coordinator Youth

Job Description

Chicago Fire Football Club is a Major League Soccer team that was founded in 1997 and is Chicago’s ambassador to the global sport of soccer. The Club recently returned to Soldier Field as well as opened a new 50,000 square foot office in the heart of the city. With tremendous growth and expansion, the Club is laying the foundation for an audacious and ambitious vision that will transform the brand and the success of the Club in the coming years.
Some of the fabulous employee perks Chicago Fire Football Club offers to full-time employees include:
Work-Life Balance
  • Option to work remotely 1 week from any place of choice per year 
  • Flexible work arrangements & hybrid scheduling (upon manager approval) 
Paid Time Off
  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off upon hire
  • 22 days of paid holiday time off (including 2 weeks off at the end of each calendar year)
  • 4 hours of Volunteer Time Off per month
Excellent Benefit Programs 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, Supplementary Life, Supplementary AD&D, Flexible, Spending Account & Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits 
  • 401k eligibility immediately upon hire with a 3% employer contribution rate
  • Educational Stipend of $1,500 per year
Paid Family Leave 
  • 14-16 weeks fully paid leave for employees giving birth and 8 weeks fully paid leave for committed partners & spouses – applicable to foster care & adoptive parents as well
  •  6 weeks fully paid FMLA leave to care for a family member with a serious medical condition
Office Culture & Facilities
  • Full game room, frequent happy hours & parties, employee recognition programs, and access to a full workout center & rooftop at our central office. 

Position Overview
The Academic Coordinator will directly manage & execute all aspects of academic programming for athletes on all academy teams (U13, U14, U15 & U17), second team, and first team. Aspects include but are not limited to directing the culture of the classroom, coordinating academic efforts and accountability systems with players, staff, and parents, managing college preparedness, assisting players in academic transitions, modeling Club core values, and engaging in safeguarding efforts for student-athletes.

  • Provide academic counseling and guidance to students, including identifying students at risk of not meeting minimum academic standards
  • Oversee the progress of student-athletes academically, including monitoring their progress toward a diploma, discussing issues with them, referring them to tutoring services, etc.
  • Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes to ensure that they are meeting eligibility requirements for competition
  • Evaluate students’ academic performance in order to identify potential academic problems or issues that may affect their academic success
  • Lead the onboarding of new students into the u17 program
  • Initiate the development, implementation, and tracking of an academic plan to ensure that students meet NCAA eligibility requirements and amateur status
  • Communicate with Academy staff members, coaches, parents, and other Club staff members to ensure that academic requirements are being met
  • Work with broader Academy staff to plan events such as study hours or tutoring sessions during team travel
  • Manage the U17 classroom environment, culture, norms, expectations, etc.
  • Coordinate with parents to keep connected regarding academic efforts and needs of players
  • Collaborate with PASS staff to create and deliver components of the Academy’s Life Skills and College Readiness curriculum 
  • Focus on individuals and groups of students on incorporating the Club’s core values into their academic efforts and performance
  • Report/refer any students exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental health challenges to PASS colleagues
  • Manage tutoring partnerships, grant spending, and classroom budget
  • Provide direct tutoring services to players in a classroom setting, according to the candidate’s qualifications
  • Coordinate and execute College Signing and Senior’s Night
  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the PASS Manager

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university, Masters of Education or similar degree preferred 
  • Strong knowledge of NCAA system and college recruitment process
  • Classroom management experience preferred
  • Valid state teaching licensure preferred (we accept current out-of-state teaching licenses)
  • Academic advising experience with student-athletes is preferred
  • Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19

Please note:
  • Chicago Fire Football Club is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Our diversity initiatives start with the recruitment and selection process; therefore, we’d like to welcome all diverse candidates to apply to opportunities within our Club. 
  • Chicago Fire Football Club is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and maintaining a workplace for employees and applicants for employment that is free from discrimination.   The Club does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, age, veteran or military status, disability, sexual orientation, sexual orientation or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.  
  • If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information