Safe Places to Play Fellow

Washington D.C.
Aug 10, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
Full Time

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the Foundation has invested more than $60 million, supporting hundreds of projects in every state. The Foundation seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change. We work to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development. For more information, visit The Foundation’s headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.


Job Summary:                  The U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks a full-time Fellow (40 hours/week) to assist in the Safe Places to Play program. Under the supervision of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Grants & Compliance manager, the Safe Places to Play Fellow will be responsible for assisting with the coordination of activities related to the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. The Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program is divided between Annual Grants, which include applications for field building and enhancement, and what the Foundation calls the “Mini Pitch” which focuses on small-sided soccer pitch construction and renovation projects.  The position will assist in managing the Safe Places to Play program and its growth across a variety of platforms. The position requires attention to detail, initiative, excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to function independently with minimal supervision.



  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to maximize work with minimal supervision
  • Strong research and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Experience with CRM platforms (Salesforce) is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of and/or interest in soccer are a plus
  • Experience in youth development is a plus
  • Experience working with youth in underserved communities is a plus
  • Background in general/field construction or built environment is a plus
  • Spanish language skills are a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, master’s degree is a plus



Duties and Responsibilities:

Safe Places to Play


  • Handle incoming/general phone inquiries about Safe Places to Play
  • Handle general email inquiries about Safe Places to Play

Grant Application Review

  • Support the reviewing/screening of grant applications
  • Assist with the maintenance of the grantee database
  • Communicate with both current and potential grantees, providing support and technical assistance
  • Create reports on grantees, including relevant data on demographics, number of children served, geography, etc.
  • Assist with monitoring grantees and ensure timely adherence to policies, procedures, and responsibilities as indicated within grant agreements
  • Assist in the development and management of evaluation and performance measures
  • Conduct research, and collect data, related to best practices for sports-based youth development programs


  • Conduct new outreach for proactive project identification and informational conference call attendance
  • Interface with Safe Places to Play grantees, and Soccer for Success partners for project identification
  • Assist in project management processes through participation in conference calls and correspondences
  • Assist in preparation for pitch-opening events, including recruiting attendees and Run-of-Show creation
  • Create and monitor reporting for all Safe Places to Play projects
  • Create, monitor, and maintain reports in Salesforce for all department needs
  • Assist other departments with special Safe Places to Play reporting tasks

Project and Online Platform Maintenance

  • Monitor Safe Places to Play partner invoicing needs
  • Coordinate grant agreement execution and related paperwork
  • Monitor, track, analyze, and report usage trends of projects for Safe Places to Play
  • Create data points, metrics, and analyze trends in reporting data
  • Assist with ground breaking/pitch-opening event logistics and needs in conjunction with Development


  • Implement special projects as assigned by the supervisor
  • Assist with other projects for the Foundation as needed

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