Major League Soccer

  • Manager, Youth Development

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    # of Openings
    Player Relations & Competition
  • Overview

    The Manager, Youth Development will serve two department needs:

    • Actively manage the League’s Academy affiliate ecosystem
    • Support the League’s partnership with adidas as the department’s key liaison with Events (Generation adidas Cup), Consumer Products (adidas compliance) and Partnership Marketing (adidas youth affiliate programming)


    • Actively manage the MLS Academy ecosystem of amateur club affiliations and partners
    • In conjunction with Partnership Marketing, co-lead the development and launch of the adidas youth affiliate program
    • Oversee MLS Club compliance with adidas alliance agreement (for MLS, USL and youth presence)
    • Serve as key department stakeholder for all MLS Academy Marketing and Consumer Products-related matters (e.g., advance notice of player signings, shoe/apparel category management, player marketing rights tracking, etc.)
    • Project manage and elevate profile of Generation adidas Cup, including managing all third-party event service providers
    • Assist in management of day-to-day relationship with MLS Club Academy staff
    • Assist in preparation and execution of technical committee and league meetings
    • Assist in preparation for League Events (e.g., MLS Player Combine, MLS SuperDraft, MLS All-Star Week and MLS Cup)
    • Ability to be available, travel and work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned


    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 5+ years of applicable project management experience
    • Ability to travel and to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays
    • Superior organization, project management skills and attention to detail
    • High level of commitment to quality work product, organizational ethics, integrity and compliance
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, team environment
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally
    • Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook
    • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills
    • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
    • Deep knowledge and interest in Major League Soccer, our clubs, players and rules
    • Strong PowerPoint and presentation-building skills and familiarity with visual-design concepts
    • Ability to make timely, nuanced recommendations for business decisions and the strategic objectives of the organization
    • Understanding of player valuation principles, from sports industry or otherwise
    • Knowledge of the Spanish Language (business proficiency)
    • Strong leadership skills and background in coaching education preferred

    About MLS


    Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada and began play in 1996, shortly after the U.S. hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Now in its 24th season in 2019, MLS continues to grow at an explosive rate, as the league features record-breaking attendance and consumption, an influx of dynamic players and 20 soccer stadiums. MLS has doubled in size during the past decade and now has 27 clubs, including future teams in Miami, Nashville and Austin that will begin play in the next few years. One more expansion team will be added in the coming years, elevating MLS to 28 clubs.   


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