Director of High Performance – US Lacrosse

November 11, 2016

Location: Sparks, herbal MD, sale USA

Closing date: 1st December 2016

US Lacrosse, order the national governing body of lacrosse, announces an opening for a Director of High Performance working as part of our Lacrosse Operations team. We are looking for an individual that embodies The USL Way by positively influencing the sport and each other, providing outstanding service, being creative and innovative, practicing purposeful collaboration, being humble and honest, embracing individuality and having fun! If you believe you can bring your own unique spirit then US Lacrosse is the place to be.

US Lacrosse, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit association is the national governing body of lacrosse. The organization has over 425,000 individual members within 68 regional chapters throughout the country and employs a national staff of more than 80 at its Baltimore headquarters. US Lacrosse provides a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the sport throughout the United States, and offers numerous programs and services to its national membership and more than one million lacrosse enthusiasts throughout the country.

General Description:

The Director of High Performance for US Lacrosse is primarily responsible for providing strategic direction of the U.S. National Team program and reports directly to the Vice President of Lacrosse Operations.  The HP Director is responsible for the development, management and results of all US Lacrosse national team programs and initiatives and for the planning and execution of development programs capable of producing future world caliber national team athletes.

Oversees all U.S. men’s and women’s senior and under-19 and indoor National Team activities, events and competitions, and leads related programmatic, marketing and fundraising initiatives. Supervises full time staff and serves as the primary staff liaison between the coaches and support staff representing the National Teams. The HP Director is responsible for developing and maintaining high-level relationships with key influencers within the sport, including athletes, coaches and industry leaders. Based at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, MD, this position must work with other key staff and volunteers to accomplish goals and manage events.  Significant travel and weekend/evening work is required.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops long and short-term plans for the National Teams program as a whole, each of the five individual teams and

  • Oversees High Performance system development through the US Lacrosse National Team Development Program (NTDP).

  • Create consistency and synergy between each of the five teams and National Team Development Program.

  • Develops and oversees department budgets, maximizing revenue streams and limiting expenses.

  • Works with Finance and Foundation Departments to establish team and program fundraising goals, track progress, and identify areas to bolster efforts.

  • Develops and oversees the selection procedures and processes for players, coaches and team staff, including engaging in regular reviews and feedback solicitation.

  • Establish calendars, sites, and schedule events with coaches.

  • Work with the Special Events department to manage all U.S. National Team-related event programming. Work with staff to assess quality and purpose, and to proactively seek out other quality training and competitive opportunities for the teams.

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications Departments to develop individual team marketing/PR plans, and promote specific events through all available avenues.

  • Work with the Partnerships Department on developing, securing, and servicing sponsorship opportunities, and serve as the primary liaison between the National Teams and team sponsors.

  • Regulates and enforces appropriate use of the U.S. National Team brand.

  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Men’s and Women’s National Team Subcommittees; lead placement/replacement cycles for volunteers including sub-committees and working groups.

  • Extensive evening and weekend work and travel (domestic and international) is required.

  • Perform other relevant tasks as assigned.

Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree sports management or related field preferred and a minimum of 5-7 years of mid-senior level work experience in sports marketing, NGB, high-performance, team administration required.

  • Program and policy development, marketing and management experience, with respect to athlete/ sport performance, special events with a national or international reach/focus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage a number of projects and delegate effectively.

  • Detail oriented and solid logistical and planning skills – special attention to quality control.

  • Creative thinking and history of innovation.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Exemplary analytical, strategic thinking and organizational skills.

  • Experience managing and working with multiple staff members

  • Experience with budget development and management

  • Must have experience working with volunteers, athletes and coaches.

  • Experienced in marketing, sponsorship, communications and public relations.

  • Familiarity with men’s and women’s lacrosse is a plus.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, and in web-based communications and social media.

Work Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, including occasional extreme temperatures. Physical demands of lifting and moving boxes, supplies and equipment of 50-75lbs.

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and minimum salary requirements to be considered for the position.  Relocation expenses are not included with an offer for this job opening.

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