Soccer Without Borders
About the organization
Soccer Without Borders (SWB) uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth in the U.S. and abroad with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. Founded in 2006, Soccer Without Borders has reached over 15,000 young people in 12 countries on four continents, and has been recognized with the FIFA Diversity Award, the Lipman Family Prize, and the Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award. With a focus on social inclusion of newcomer youth and girls, our holistic programs provide participants with a
platform for positive engagement, an avenue for personal growth, and a toolkit for a brighter future.
Soccer Without Borders is looking for dynamic Coach-Mentors to serve at Soccer Without Borders’ sports-based youth development programs across the United States through the Up2Us Coach AmeriCorps program. CoachMentors bring our mission to life every day through their work on and off the field, delivering quality programming and engaging in authentic community-building. The Coach-Mentors will be part of an innovative and inclusive organization that is made up of a passionate group of people who are united by the shared belief that sport can positively shape the lives of youth.
This position is a unique opportunity to build the skills and experience of leading direct service programming at a local community organization, while simultaneously gaining exposure to a growing national and global organization with a vision of a more inclusive and equitable world through soccer. This position has two primary areas of responsibility:
1. Direct Service: Coaching and Activity-planning (80%)
2. Program Support (20%)
1. An energetic, dynamic, and engaging leader who is passionate about bringing SWB’s mission to life. You believe in the power of sport and are eager to have as many people live the mission as possible. You get energy from interacting with people, and look forward to leading teams of youth alongside a group of volunteer assistant coaches. You have experience working with youth, coaching soccer and are able to tailor practice sessions to age and ability.
2. A dedicated team-oriented person who enjoys building relationships and desires to create an inclusive environment for all participants. You are interested in getting to know all SWB youth and their families, and want to build relationships with all members of the SWB community. You are eager to build a positive culture that aligns with SWB values and brings together diverse communities. You may already be embedded in the communities we serve, have an understanding of the experiences of immigrants and refugees, or have cross-cultural experience.
3. A flexible self-starter who can take initiative and be a creative problem solver. You are able to work independently and figure out problems on their own without guidance. When confronted with a problem, you are resourceful when coming up with a solution. You are open-minded and flexible when plans change.
Ideally, the Coach-Mentor is proficient in English and a second language spoken by the local SWB community. Drivers' license & personal transport helpful but not required.
As an Up2Us AmeriCorps member, the Coach-Mentor will receive a living stipend of $15,105, a monthly housing stipend, and an Education Award of $6,345 after successful completion of the term.
Contact email: [email protected]
Please send an email that describes your interest in the role, and what you think makes you a strong candidate, along with a resume and three references (including contact information and relationship to the candidate) to [email protected] If you have a preference between the two program locations, please indicate that in your application email. While we cannot guarantee that you will be offered a position in your preferred location, we prioritize candidates who already have a connection to the communities we serve. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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