Safe Places to Play Fellow

Washington D.C.
Jun 08, 2018
Jul 13, 2018
Full Time

The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities.  
We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow, and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.


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 Safe Places to Play Coordinator, 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
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely across different platforms (email, text message, phone conversation)
  • 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, and readiness to learn is a must
  • 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

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.

No calls, please – we will contact you first with any next steps.