Head of Sports Science and Nutrition

  • FC Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • 11 Feb, 2021
Full time Leadership & Management Nutrition Sports Science

Job Description

Job Title: Head of Sports Science and Nutrition
Department: Technical
Reports to: Director, Sports Performance
About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the league as its 24th team in 2019. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. MLS invited Cincinnati to the league as an expansion team in May 2018, giving the club one of the fastest run-ups to its first-division launch in league history – 277 days from invitation to its first game. The team has played its home games at the historic Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, while its new soccer-specific stadium is constructed in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. 
When the West End Stadium opens in Spring 2021, FC Cincinnati’s future home is expected to be one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America, but the world. The $250 million, privately funded stadium will have a 26,000 capacity, with the closest seats within 15 feet of the field. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. Additionally, the team’s famous supporters’ section, The Bailey, will grow to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. West End Stadium will meet all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, featuring top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the world’s top club teams for friendlies. 
The team also opened the state-of-the-art Mercy Health Training Center (MHTC) in Milford, Ohio. Designed by MSA Sport, the $30 million, 24-acre facility includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields – including two stabilized natural grass surfaces and one synthetic turf surface – as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area.  The MLS team is housed in a 30,000 sq. ft., multilevel building abutting the fields, while the FCC Academy teams utilize a separate 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building. Additionally, there is a 3,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility on the property.  In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America and Asia. The goal of the design meets the original goal to develop one of the premier and most progressive team facilities in Major League Soccer and North America.
Position Overview
Reporting into the Director of Sports Performance, the role of the Head of Sports Science and Nutrition is to lead and manage the sports science and nutrition strategies to first-team players at FC Cincinnati. An accomplished practitioner, the individual will work together with the technical staff to increase player athleticism in order to aid on-field performance and reduce injury occurrence. As part of a multi-disciplinary sports performance department, the Head of Sports Science and Nutrition will develop a world-class monitoring system to manage soccer athletes on a daily basis. This role will work at the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, OH and at West End Stadium on game days.
  • Using best-practice scientific principles, devise on-field training programs including power, speed, change of direction and aerobic fitness and deliver them accordingly to prepare players for the demands of training and match-play
  • Together with the Director of Sports Performance, design and develop a holistic monitoring system to individually monitor each player within the team and micro-manage those players to mitigate injury risk and optimize player health, well-being and readiness
  • Identify and prescribe a loading strategy that complements the game style of the head-coach and the technical staff to enhance the physical profile of each player
  • Manage the collection, storage and analysis of player data and provide effective feedback to key stakeholders within the organization
  • Travel with the first-team; responsible for competitive match physical preparation and delivery of recovery practices
  • Establish a nutritional strategy that complements the physical demands of training and games
  • Develop and implement individualized evidence-based nutrition and hydration strategies for first-team players
  • Deliver continuous assessment of player body composition through best-practice assessments
  • Develop an Educational Resource/Program for players in areas such as Nutrition, Lifestyle, Preparation and Recovery to complement existing education provided by coaches and performance department staff
  • Work with Head of Strength and Conditioning to design and deliver pre-training preparation strategies and off-field conditioning programs, with a focus on understanding the load demands of the whole program
Skill Requirements
  • A thorough understanding of the holistic needs of professional soccer players and coaches Knowledge of sports science, strength and conditioning science, sports nutrition and sports medicine disciplines
  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team to solve performance problems
  • Experience of management of athletes in individual and group settings
  • Expertise in U.S. soccer and an understanding of the MLS schedule would be advantageous.
  • Experience of maintaining databases and working with athlete monitoring systems
  • Proficient in use of common sports science technological equipment / software (GPS, Heart rate, Jump testing, skinfold calipers)
  • A very good understanding of scientific methods of trialing and validating assessment, monitoring and evaluation equipment and protocols
  • Ability to communicate information in a manner that is easily understood by a range of audiences
  • A critical thinker, receptive to feedback and willing to learn
  • Creative, dynamic and enthusiastic personality
  • Motivational coaching style; ability to demonstrate and role model appropriately
  • Pro-active with excellent organizational and time-management skills
Experience/Education Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Sports / Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Sports Nutrition or a related field and CSCS certification
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with elite athletes in a high-performance sporting environment
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
Work Hours
In addition to normal business hours, weekend, evening and holiday work will be required as schedule and project workload dictates. Travel, including international, may be required.
FC Cincinnati is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.