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The Ontario Soccer Association

Application Deadline: January 3, 2013   Starting Date: January 21, 2013

Position: Manager, Grassroots Soccer Development

Job Description:
Position Title: Manager, Grassroots Soccer Development
Position Term Full-Time
Location: Vaughan, Ontario
Reports To: Chief Technical Officer

The OSA was founded in 1901 and is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada with over 650 Clubs servicing some 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, 10,000 referees and countless volunteers, parents and supporters comprising a direct, multi-cultural community of over 1,000,000 Ontarians. The Association develops, supports and delivers programs and services throughout Ontario in partnership with grassroots communities, district associations, municipal, provincial and national governments, university, college, school and provincial soccer organizations. An overall goal of The OSA is to assist with the development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice which encourages community involvement at all levels.

The OSA is seeking a full time Manager, Grassroots Soccer Development.

Position Summary:

This position provides leadership and guidance for the ongoing implementation of Long Term Player Development within child and youth soccer in Ontario. This position will work with the OSA membership to educate and develop resources and tools to assist with the implementation of the Development and Recreational Matrices within our member clubs. The primary accountability for the Manager, Grassroots Soccer Development will be to develop program initiatives for soccer at the Under 12 age category and below. This position will also assist the OSA Chief Technical Officer in strategic planning and other organizational priorities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide technical leadership and direction relating to grassroots (Physical Literacy) soccer in Ontario
• Work with the District/Club technical and administrative leaders to implement LTPD and the Recreational and Development Matrices within their Clubs and Districts
• Lead in the development and coordination of Technical Resource Development to support LTPD implementation and understanding
• Form relationships with municipalities and cities at a provincial and district level to assist with the implementation of changes to field sizes
• Provide technical leadership and support to District and Club Technical Directors, Head Coaches and Leagues for grassroots level soccer
• Develop plans and monitor soccer implementation within Ontario’s education system
• Work closely with the OSA Club Development Program on the technical components of the Club Development Plan
• Provide support to the Manager, Coach Development with coach mentoring and OSA Coaching License Evaluation implementation
• Deliver OSA Coaching Courses as required with district and club leaders and coaches
• Regular communication with the membership regarding OSA grassroots programs
• Direction and support to districts, leagues and clubs on appropriate forms of competition U12 and below.

Internal Contacts:
• Executive Director, Chief Technical Officer, Technical Department Managers, Technical Advisory Council and Stakeholders

External Contacts:
• Canadian Soccer Association Staff, Canadian Sport for Life, other National and Provincial Sporting Organizations, Municipalities, Districts, Clubs and Leagues

Personal Requirements:

• Background in Coach Education or Adult Learning
• Minimum of five years’ experience in coaching soccer
• Experience in technical curriculum program development and oversight
• Program planning, development and writing
• Minimum of two years’ experience of managing staff and working with volunteers

Education and Professional Designations:
• Post-secondary degree in sports management / kinesiology
• CSA National A License preferred (minimum of CSA National B License)

Skills and Competencies:
• The talent to influence and relate to others through strong presentation and communication skills
• Well versed in Long Term Player Development and commitment to it being the corner stone from a player development perspective
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability and experience in building and maintaining strong interpersonal and organisational relationships.
• Experience in change management and problem solving to build consensus
• Ability to regularly prioritise and ensure time is being spent in the most important places
• Demonstrated time management skills

Salary Range: Negotiable

Type of Position:
Full Time - Employee

Contact Information:
Gerry Jennings
The Ontario Soccer Association
Vaughan , ON, Canada
L4L 9E4
Tel. 905 264-9390
Fax. 905 264-9445


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