Sports Performance Fellowship

  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 14 Apr, 2024
Full time MLS Sports Science Strength & Conditioning

Job Description

Sporting KC is seeking to hire a Strength & Conditioning Coach for a paid fellowship position for the 2024 MLS season. This position is intended for professional development and is focused on furthering knowledge and skills in the field of strength and conditioning. The individual will primarily take an active role assisting with our MLS Next Developmental Academy as well as MLS Next Pro team, Sporting Kansas City II.
The individual selected for the fellowship will gain hands-on experience within an overarching High-Performance structure through performing a variety of roles within a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes environment, with the chance to have a direct impact on professional soccer in Kansas City. Sporting KC’s collaborative environment is full of learning opportunities and is designed to help all fellows evolve as professionals, challenge their strengths, and reach their fullest potential.
This is an entry level position available after March 1, 2024. The position is intended to last the length of the 2024 MLS season. 

Sporting Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and equity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all associates.  All associates are expected to positively collaborate with individuals of diverse backgrounds. We encourage all talented individuals looking for a challenge to apply.  
Essential Functions
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, and be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job. 
Regular attendance and hours in conformance with the standards which may be established by Sporting KC from time to time, is essential to the successful performance of this position. Due to the cyclical nature of the entertainment industry, the employee may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the team needs including working game nights. 
  • Performs as a developing strength and conditioning coach & sport scientist in the team environment. 
  • Will assist in SKC II and Academy teams warm-ups, conditioning sessions, cool downs, and weight room sessions with the opportunity to lead if they demonstrate the aptitude to do so. 
  • Works under the direction and supervision of the Sporting KC Performance Staff; this person will report directly to the Director of Sports Performance.
  • Help to maintain a complete up to date player data (player health and participation records, session RPE, weight room loads, etc).
  • Assists in the implementation of StatSports GPS for SKC Development Academy. 
  • Assist to maintain professional facilities (keep the weight room clean, organized, etc).
  • Assists in coverage of Sporting KC, Sporting KC II, and Sporting KC Academy games as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
  • Some travel may be required. 
  • Always represents Sporting KC in a professional manner.
Personal Attributes
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Possess a strong work ethic.
  • Must be punctual and accountable every day.
  • Must be trustworthy and have a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work well within the group environment. 
  • The ability to multitask and complete multiple projects at once. 
  • The ability to remain calm during stressful or complicated situations.
  • Willingness to learn from a wide variety of interdisciplinary professionals (medical, equipment, coaches, etc).
  • Demonstrate ability to relate effectively with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and project a professional attitude.
  • Proactive and able to function independently. 
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, have attention to detail, show initiative, and possess leadership characteristics.
  • Ability to communicate with medical, performance, technical, equipment, and administration staff. 
  • May require weekend and holiday work with varying work schedule and hours.
  • A work history of regular attendance and positive performance evaluation. 
  • Proficiency in Spanish as well as both experience in and a passion for soccer is a plus. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Licenses & Certifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. 
  • First Aid and CPR required. 
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) preferred but not required. 
  • Monthly stipend of $1,000 dollars provided
  • Additional work placement opportunities may be available with collegiate and youth soccer programs locally. 
  • Sporting Kansas City will attempt to be flexible on schedule with the right individual, if they have sought additional work opportunities.