Be the central channel for all design and delivery of the 14U-19U Competitive program for Rapids North.
Communication - Develop and maintain a consistent communication process with coaches, parents, and players, establishing relationships and trust at all levels of the game;
Architecture - Architect and design the 14U-19U curriculum and technical methodology within the parameters of the Colorado Rapids system;
Implementation - Create a process for and oversee the implementation of the overall Colorado Rapids Technical Development Plan;
Assessment Process – Create an assessment process which includes key performance and assessment indicators for the soccer product, providing the club and all stakeholders a transparent set of assessment measures by which the soccer process can be evaluated on a continuous basis;
Culture – Serve as a key leader in creating a culture within the coaches, players, and teams that results in a memorable player and team experience.
First and foremost, communication is quality and reliable communication is at our core and is the most important piece of our work.
Create and maintain quality rapport with all coaches, players, and parents, developing trust and reliability in yourself and the brand;
Our leaders must be able to construct and architect a clear pathway for player development following the Colorado Rapids Player Development Plan.
Assist in the implementation of club onboarding and philosophy, curriculum, and methodology understanding at all ages and levels of play;
Supervise the player placement process throughout the year, giving coaches a working knowledge of ideal player attributes at each level;
Design and support the recruitment and development of coaching staff to expand the implementation of a comprehensive technical and cultural experience.
We have found the best directors in youth soccer have a passion for education. Education is the foundation of why we do what we do and where we strive for excellence in ourselves and our peers.
Maintain and fully implement all the education objectives and courses as outlined in the Technical Development Plan;
Oversee implementation and execution of the mission, curriculum, and methodology of club technology platforms;
Maintain the voice for the Rapids style of play through internal communication and constant communication with coaches at competitive levels;
Oversee coach training and mentorship for Rapids North 14U-19U, including the development and execution of coaching seminars and training sessions.
Develop secondary educators across the club, acting as a pipeline for information at all levels.
We look to every director as a leader in the organization and have high standards for each person’s ability to develop a standard of excellence.
Maintain a clear philosophy and pathway to guide all programs, practices, and decision-making as laid out by the Colorado Rapids Long-Term Player Development plan;
Ensure that the Technical Development Plan is a core element of Rapids Youth Soccer’s mission for the future;
Extend and further promote a hunger, passion, and competitiveness to play at the highest levels offered with Rapids Youth Soccer;
Oversee and support the implementation of a Personal Development Plan for each competitive coach;
Continue to develop the capacities (technical, tactical, mental, physical, personal, lifestyle) of players to reach levels beyond youth in order to maximize the possibility of further opportunities. (i.e. college, Development Academy, professional);
Maintain competitiveness and standing in Colorado, regional, and national markets.
Constant evaluation of program experience at all levels, from the players to coaches to parents will allow us to adjust to increase program enjoyment.
Oversee objectives of player movement at the Competitive level;
Maintain procedures for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technical Development Plan;
Implement the Club’s coach evaluation process which includes written assessments, interviews and feedback, specific recommendations for further development and follow-up; and
Implement the Club’s measurements for success for the implementation of the Technical Development Plan, including at the player and coach level.
MARKERS OF SUCCESS:
Joy in the Soccer Experience – a positive player experience is naturally different at each level of competition and age. Our goal as a club is for our players to love playing soccer and our soccer process should be consistent with this goal, which we believe is not mutually exclusive across competitive levels;
Retention and Satisfaction – a successful soccer process should result in improved retention across the club on an annual and longitudinal basis;
Playing Style – a successful soccer process should result in consistency in playing style across all levels and ages of the club, relative to the level of competition;
Consistency - Our soccer process should result in a more consistent player experience across the club versus the existing environment where player experience can vary widely based on each individual team and coach;
Member Enjoyment – several factors are part of developing a club loved by its membership, consisting of players, staff, coaches, families, and partners. We believe the individual player and team experience is the single greatest factor that results in building the club our membership desires. A successful soccer process should result in an experience that engages players, staff, coaches, families, and partners as proud stakeholders of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.
Additional Salary Information: CRYSC is an EEO company. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Aaron Smith, email@example.com, with subject titled “Rapids North 14U-19U Director"
About Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (the Club) is a 501(c)(3) organization serving approximately 5,000 players from ages 4 through 18. Our mission is to provide an environment where young soccer players from diverse backgrounds are guided and inspired to reach their full potential both on and off the field. The Club has a longstanding history and established a partnership with the Colorado Rapids resulting in one of the only full service youth soccer clubs partnering with an MLS franchise that offers programs from U4 through U18. Additionally, the Club is the sponsor of programs involving gifts from foundations including the U.S. Soccer Foundation and local Colorado-based foundations.