Title: Sports Science Manager
Department: Performance, Medical and Research Innovation
Reports to: Director of Performance and Research Innovation
FLSA Status: Exempt
About Us: We are the professional women’s soccer team proudly representing the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Launched in 2012, we are a founding team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Our vision is to create an environment in which all members of our organization can thrive. We are driving forward the future of women's sports and building a team internally that shares that vision.
The Washington Spirit leadership is setting a vision and building an infrastructure in which all the players and staff can thrive. The newly formed Performance, Medical and Research Innovation Department will be a key part of that process. The strategic vision of the Department is to ‘Empower, educate and develop women by providing bespoke high performance and medical support, creating a unique and inspiring World Class environment.’
If you are interested in being part of that vision and have a passion for the innovation and growth of women’s sport then apply below.
Position Summary: The Sport Science Manager will:
Lead on the Sport Science support of Washington Spirit players, managing Sports Science staff, and in collaboration with Nutrition, Psychology, Medical and Data Analysis leads.
Lead in the management, planning and delivery of the day-to-day wellness, physical training, and match load monitoring.
Work closely with the Technical, Medical and Performance Multi-Disciplinary Team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Cutting edge and forward thinking!
Responsible for delivering cutting-edge bespoke monitoring, management, and development plans to all First team players.
Design and lead all on-field conditioning, warm-ups, speed development and individual development sessions for the First team.
Provide Sport Science support to players during all training sessions and games, with some travel required.
Educate and support players, as well as produce appropriate visuals, on all performance and recovery related sport science themes.
Collaborate with the Director of Performance and Research Innovation, and Director of Medical to ensure all players receive individual physical programs, monitoring and management to track long-term player development.
In conjunction with the Director of Performance and Research Innovation and technical team, develop a training language and philosophy as the basis for training development and delivery.
In conjunction with the Director of Performance and Research Innovation, develop an optimal physical profiling strategy.
Collaborate with the Director of Performance and Research Innovation on the periodization planning with the technical team, encompassing daily planning and debrief sessions.
In collaboration with the Data Analytics Manager and Applied Sport Scientist develop appropriate daily reporting and data visualization templates to optimize the impact of data on the management of individual players.
Assist the Strength and Conditioning Coach, and PT/Rehab Coach, with the programming and delivery of gym-based strength and conditioning, and end-stage Return to Play sessions.
In collaboration with the Data Science Manager and Applied Sport Scientist, develop and oversee a centralized AMS system to optimize physical data visualization and interpretation, as well as to house data to assist in the long-term development of all players at the club.
In collaboration with the Performance and Medical staff create and monitor off-season training programs.
Support and develop staff to become industry leading practitioners through a consistent performance review process.
Work collaboratively with the Director of Performance and Research Innovation, and Director of Medical to provide Multi-Disciplinary support, and education, by implementing and monitoring optimal female health, wellbeing, recovery, physical profiling, strength and conditioning, training and match load monitoring, nutrition, psychology, and return to play strategies.
Under the guidance of the Director of Performance and Research Innovation, and Director of Medical Services, collaborate with the Performance and Medical staff in the review, development and co-ordination of Applied Performance and Medical research projects, contributing to an evolving world leading High Performance support program.
Manage and mentor PhD students, undergraduate student volunteers, and interns.
Attend and assist with workshops, in-service meetings, professional development courses/workshops and other development opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
You will possess:
Bachelor’s degree in Exercise/Sports Science.
Master’s degree in Sports Science or performance related field.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of sports science/performance.
CSCS, UKSCA or equivalent.
Applied soccer experience preferred (exception may be granted for experience in other professional sports).
Experience working with female athletes with an understanding of female physiology is essential.
Sport Science support experience with elite soccer players (exception may be granted for experience in other professional sports).
Passion for the success of Women’s Professional Sports, innovation, research, and an appetite for an exciting new sports landscape
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Enthusiastic and energetic team player, with experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary team.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a high degree of emotional intelligence.
A strong work ethic and friendly demeanor.
Knowledge of NWSL and International soccer.
Possess exceptional organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize/multi-task.
Experience in utilizing sports science technologies such as: STATSports GPS, Polar, VALD (NordBord and Force Decks), and Athlete Management Systems.
Strong PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and experience of data visualization software such as Tableau, Power BI, and programming such as R code preferred.
Ability to work non-traditional hours, including scheduled games that can/will be weekends, evenings and perhaps Holidays.
Washington Spirit offers a competitive compensation package, medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, life insurance and 401k retirement plan.
All applicants must pass a pre-employment background check and be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Washington Spirit is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.