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 Directors are the most senior position in a given location, leading all aspects of program implementation, staffing, and partnerships, as well as local fundraising, grant-writing, budgeting, and program planning. The ideal candidate has exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and is interested in leading all aspects of program development, including partnership-building, fund development, and daily operations with the support of a passionate team including two veteran Program Managers. Program Directors must be energetic, communicative, collaborative, proactive, organized, and great multi-taskers. As Director of a team with different schedules, the ideal candidate knows how to manage people positively and in a way that maximizes strengths, supports areas of growth, and promotes problem-solving.
The Director of SWB Maryland will be a part of a dynamic team of program leaders with significant voice and influence in the direction of Soccer Without Borders as a whole. Our team is made up of passionate advocates who believe that sport can shape and influence outcomes for youth, and who are able to bring that mission to life day-to-day through quality program activities and community-building. Previous experience in sport for development and proficiency in a second or third language are preferred but not required.
1. Is a natural leader and empathetic mentor who also knows how to keep people working toward a goal. This person is eager to build meaningful connections and communicates in a way that mobilizes others. This person loves to build up the strengths and skills of others and always has energy to listen. In particular, this person is a compassionate leader, who is able to provide support and motivation when challenges arise.
2. Is a planner who can put details to a vision. This person has experience with project management, and either has experience in or strong foundations to excel in proposal-writing and managing detailed contracts. Their experience might include community organizing or campaigning, business development, or rallying others in support of a shared vision.
3. Is committed to a more welcoming Baltimore. This person is eager to create measurable impact, and committed to utilizing data to build a strong, sustainable Soccer Without Borders that actively contributes to a thriving Baltimore. This person might already be embedded in the community of Baltimore, and have an understanding of the experiences of immigrants and refugees.
Contact email: [email protected]
To apply, please send a cover letter that answers the questions “Why is this position right for you at this point in your career? Why are you interested in the Soccer Without Borders mission? What about your experience makes you a great fit for this position at Soccer Without Borders?” along with a resume to Lucas Holmes, Staffing Manager, [email protected] To help us with our process, please put “SWB Maryland Director” in the subject line.
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