Safe Places to Play Coordinator

Washington D.C.
Aug 24, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
Full Time

The U.S. Soccer Foundation helps young people embrace an active and healthy lifestyle and cultivate critical life skills through soccer. The Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has impacted millions of children through its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives, which offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. 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 Safe Places to Play Coordinator to play a pivotal role in managing and expanding the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. Under the supervision of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Grants & Compliance Manager, the Safe Places to Play Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with the coordination of activities related to the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, both within the Foundation’s Annual Grants process, which include applications for field building and enhancement, and the “Mini-Pitch” program, 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
  • Management experience is a plus
  • 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:

Annual Grants Responsibilities

  • Manage the grant application process, including supporting potential applicants, reviewing/screening of grant applications, and working with the Grants & Compliance Manager to manage the Foundation’s Grants Committee
  • Maintain the grantee database, including creating reports on grantees, including relevant data on demographics, number of children served, geography, etc.
  • Communicate with both current and potential grantees, providing support and technical assistance throughout the grants process, with the goal of ensuring project completion
  • Assist with monitoring grantees and ensure timely adherence to policies, procedures, and responsibilities as indicated within grant agreements
  • Develop and manage the evaluation and performance measures of grantees
  • Conduct research, and collect data, related to best practices for sports-based youth development programs
  • Conduct new outreach for proactive project identification and grant applicants
  • Manage all Safe Places to Play partner invoicing needs

Mini-Pitch Responsibilities

  • Interface with Safe Places to Play grantees, municipalities, youth soccer clubs, and Soccer for Success partners for project identification, and maintain a database of potential project sites
  • Manage 15-20 Mini-Pitch projects each year, which include site selection, communication with key stakeholders, budget analysis and partner/funder management
  • Assist in preparation for pitch-opening events, including recruiting attendees and Run-of-Show creation
  • Create and monitor reporting for all Mini-Pitch projects
  • Assist other departments with special Safe Places to Play reporting tasks, including supporting Marketing & Communications on internal and external messaging

General Responsibilities

  • Implement special projects as assigned by the supervisor
  • Assist with other projects for the Foundation as needed
  • Manage the Safe Places to Play Fellow
  • Expectation of 15% travel associated with job responsibilities

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and at least two (2) references to noting the position name in the subject line.

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