Academy Coach

  • Chicago Fire FC
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 04 May, 2024
Full time Academy Coaching MLS Soccer Coach 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. 
Position Overview:
Chicago Fire Football Club is seeking a dedicated Academy Coach to join our team! The Academy Coach will report to the Academy Technical Director. We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual that will work closely with our Academy players and manage the Academy Youth Development Coaching Program.
Job Responsibilities:
  • In conjunction with Chicago Fire FC’s Developmental (MLS Next Pro and Academy) coaches, player development system, players, and standards of play: 
  • Support the design, implementation, and management of the Academy’s Youth Development Coaching Program
  • Support the scheduling of Academy training, including dates, times, the number of training sessions, and the periods of vacations and breaks from training
  • Assist and support coaches in the general control, management, and conduct of Academy players, ensuring adherence to the Academy Code of Conduct
  • Liaise with the Academy management team in relation to the multi-disciplinary requirements of all Youth Development players at the Academy
  • Aid player development and motivation by providing positive and constructive feedback that is delivered in an appropriate method 
  • Use session planning tools, individual performance planning, and video platform to ensure that all relevant player data is recorded
  • Demonstrate a willingness to further personal knowledge and development
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with the club’s policies and all applicable laws, particularly regarding the safeguarding of youth/minor players
  • Emphasize the club culture of integrity, excellence and belonging
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications: 
  • Must possess a USSF B License or equivalent
  • Previous experience coaching in an amateur, professional level, or other reputable development team
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive, cross-functional relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience in utilizing and understanding Match Analysis
  • Demonstrated leadership and motivational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A strong sense of self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • An understanding of the pressures and commitments required for youth players involved in high level youth soccer (or other elite youth sports development awareness)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion when privy to sensitive information
  • Willingness to learn in a fast-paced, performance-driven work environment
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, in non-traditional settings, including all home games (or other work events) that fall on nights, weekends, and/or holidays
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Must possess a USSF A License
  • Must possess a EFCL License
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) or multi-lingual fluency 
Chicago Fire FC 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. 
Please Note:
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Job Questions:

  1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?

  2. Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status)?

  3. If an offer was extended, what would be your timeline to start this position?

  4. How many years of coaching experience do you have?