Manager, Player and Coach Development

Ontario Soccer


Do you want to gain invaluable work experience in the world of amateur sport? Have you ever wanted to help grow the game of soccer in Ontario? Ontario Soccer is actively searching for talented and ambitious individual who are passionate about the field of sport management and want to apply their knowledge at Canada’s largest provincial sport organization. Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is comprised of more than 540 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials, as well as countless volunteers, parents and supporters comprising a direct, multi-cultural community of over1,000,000 Ontarians. Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughoutOntario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders.An overall goal of Ontario Soccer is to assist with the equitable development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice, provide a talented pathway for players to excel and encourage inclusive community involvement at all levels.

Position Summary

This position provides leadership and guidance for the ongoing implementation of Long Term Player Development in Ontario with an emphasis on coaching development. This position will work with theOntario Soccer membership to educate and develop resources and tools to assist with the implementation of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) and Canada Soccer’s Skill Centre principles. Another primary accountability for the Manager, Player & Coach Development will be to provide services to the membership by training, leading and instructing a team of Learning Facilitators, in the delivery of both Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer specific coach education courses.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


- Build and review the player and coach development programming budgets and operational plans to ensure financial and operational efficiencies

- Liaise with the Senior Manager, Development & Provincial Xcel on the implementation of programs and projects that align to the technical strategy and direction of Ontario Soccer Coach Development

- Manage staff currently consisting of the Coordinator, Coach Development and contractors

- Oversee the recruitment and management of Learning Facilitators, Coach Developers and Master Coach Developers in Ontario to effectively meet the needs of the membership

- Assess, support and mentor all Coach Development staff to maintain their NCCP status andCanada Soccer delivery training

- Manage all delivery of all Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education, the C Diploma and other mandated courses in Ontario

- Engage with Subject Matter Expert groups to build and develop new content, courses and certification streams

- Manage the delivery of Ontario Soccer specific courses and their content

- Work to identify and later manage an Ontario-based Learning Management System

- Regular communication, workshops, presentations and training to the membership regardingOntario Soccer coach development programming

- Collaborate with internal staff on the implementation of all coach development initiatives(eg. OPDL Coaching standards, Partnership activations, etc.)

- Actively research best practices and stay up-to-date on trends in the areas such as CoachDevelopment, Instructional Design, Education, etc.

- Where required, deliver courses and evaluation processes to ensure key targets and timelines are met

- Represent Ontario Soccer on technical meetings and groups as assigned

- Support Ontario Soccer events, such as the Ontario Soccer Summit, as needed Player Development

- Provide technical leadership and support to all member organizations on design and delivery of technical programming & competitions; focusing predominantly on grassroots players(Under-13 and below) while supporting the Soccer for Life (Under-14 and older) stream

- Provide leadership & communication in the areas of accessible soccer, futsal, and other modes of soccer

- Work with the District and Club leadership to implement LTPD and the Ontario SoccerGrassroots Standards

- Lead in the development and coordination of Technical Resource Development to supportLTPD implementation and understanding

- Build and maintain relationships with community groups, municipalities and school boards at all levels to assist with soccer & futsal program implementation

- Work closely with the OPDL & Club Development Team on the technical components of theAnnual Performance Review and Club Licensing program


Experience & Education:

- Experience in technical curriculum program building, development and oversight

- Proven track record of creative thinking and leadership skills

- Background in Education and/or Adult Learning an asset

- Post-Secondary education in sports administration, physical education, recreation or other related discipline; or comparable work experience

- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a sport related field including management of staff and working with volunteers

- Minimum of 5 years coaching experience across different levels and ages

- Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Learning Facilitator

- Holds a minimum of one of Canada Soccer National B, Youth and/or Children’s Licence (orforeign equivalents)

- Certified NCCP Master Coach Developer an asset

Skills and Competencies:

- A comprehensive understanding of the issues facing sport in Ontario as well as Long-Term Player Development and Canada Soccer technical programming

- Strong administrative and operational skills with proficiency on Microsoft office suite and other applicable program software

- Proven project management skills with the ability to effectively prioritize projects/tasks and the time required to complete them

- Strong analytical skills with ability to identify trends and make appropriate recommendations

- Experience in change management and problem solving to build consensus and relate to others through strong presentation and public speaking skills

- An aptitude for innovation and creativity, and the skill set to move from the strategic development stage to action to achieving a pre-defined level of performance measurements

- Strong verbal and written communication skills

- Ability and experience in building and maintaining strong interpersonal and organizational relationships

- Proven ability to manage and lead a staff as well as manage conflict with a diplomatic approach

- A passion for coach education and ongoing personal development

Note: This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties which may be assigned from time to time. This job description is subject to change as per the annual review process and may be modified from time to time.Please submit your cover letter and resume(Using Manager, Player & Coach Development as the subject) to:

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 24 at 5:00 pm.We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Ontario Soccer
Manager, Player and Coach Development
Application Deadline
May 24, 2023
Start Date