The Discoveries Soccer Club Development Academy Director will be a highly motivated, self-starter responsible for overseeing all soccer-related activities and the development of Players, Coaches and Teams of the Discoveries Soccer Club in the U11-U14 Development Academy Program.
The Development Academy Director is responsible for overseeing and delivering the development, management and assessment of training programs for Discoveries Soccer Club Development Academy teams, while maximizing revenue for the club, building the Discoveries brand, growing membership and relationships within the community.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Head Coach for at least ONE Academy team
Manage and implement annual schedule for Development Academy teams and coaches including showcases, events, practices and camps
Assist with and cover for other Academy teams as needed
Organize and manage futsal programming for DA players
Direct and manage all Development Academy programs, coaches, teams and players, in U11-U14 age groups in conjunction with the DSC Executive Director, including but not limited to:
Promoting programs and recruit players
Recruiting and assigning coaches
Directing the DSC Academy teams and coaches
Implement and oversee the development of age appropriate soccer programing for all Development Academy teams
Oversee, coordinate and implement DSC Development Academy initiatives to grow the program, including but not limited to:
Player Development Skills Sessions with Junior Academy and partner clubs
ID Clinics to identify and recruit elite level players
“Meet the Club” Nights
Improve relationships between Discoveries Development Academy & local Youth Clubs
Plan and deliver coaching education for the DSC Development Academy staff through Professional Development Sessions
Assist in promotions to maximize awareness and participation for DSC Development Academy
Assist in the development and execution of a vision for the continued growth and competitive success of the DSC Development Academy
Demonstrate leadership to support DSC Development Academy culture of success, competition and hard work
Assist in the development and implementation of the DSC Development Academy policy and procedures that govern the interaction between Academy parents/families and Academy Coaches/officials/staff
Assist in the development and standardization of player evaluation processes
Assist in identifying additional sources of revenue (other than tuition from Academy families), such as sponsorships, donations, fundraising.
Other important information:
Represent Discoveries Soccer Club at functions, meetings and events for purposes of developing relationships within the soccer community
Assist administrator in ensuring that all necessary paperwork is completed pursuant to USYS/ US Club/ NYSWYSA/ Region 3/ US Soccer guidelines for all players/teams and for all events (i.e., Rosters, Player Passes, Coaches’ Passes, etc.)
Provide a positive and safe learning environment for Discoveries Soccer Club players
Recruit, train, evaluate, and retain players for assigned teams
Maintain all Discoveries Soccer Club equipment
Fulfill Requirements of Discoveries Soccer Club Risk Management
Fulfill requirements of Discoveries Soccer Club Code of Conduct
Assist with any other Discoveries Soccer Club duties as directed
Skills and Attributes:
Highly self-motivated with a desire to be successful
Excellent verbal communication skills
Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
Positive attitude and strong work ethic
Ability to work well within a team environment
Flexibility to work weekends and nights
REQUIREMENTS: USSF “A” License or Foreign Equivalent, previous experience working in US Soccer Structure, minimum 5 years club coaching experience, minimum 2 years DOC experience, experience with video and statistical analysis, 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)
About Discoveries Soccer Club
Founded as the Rock Hill Area Soccer Club in 1986 to serve high school age soccer players ages in the offseason. In 1999, to expand the geographic footprint and programs, the club was renamed Discoveries Soccer Club.
In 2018-2019 season, DSC will have PreAcademy (U11) through U14 Development Academy programming.
DSC has grown from 100 kids to well over 2000, placing us as the 3rd largest soccer organization in the state of South Carolina with Recreation, Youth Development Programs, Early Development Programs, Junior Academy, Select, National Premier League, and Development Academy.
Membership encompasses over 1,400 families that reside in and around the South Charlotte, Rock Hill, York, Chester and Lancaster County including Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land and Lake Wylie.
Discoveries reach extends beyond members to over 2000 recreation players through free clinics and program partnerships.