Chief Football Officer
Position Title: Chief Football Officer
Reports to: General Secretary
Position based in: CONCACAF Headquarters Miami Beach, FL
We are “The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football” and one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the governing body of world football (soccer). CONCACAF serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 41 national associations united by the passion for football, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south.
CONCACAF is committed to develop, promote and manage football throughout the region.
The Chief Football Officer is a newly created position within CONCACAF, which will lead all Football related activities throughout the region. The Chief Football Officer will manage a variety of complex administrative, technical and supervisory functions in the planning, coordination and successfully delivery of crucial aspects of CONCACAF’s tournaments, ancillary events and football development related activities.
The Chief Football Officer will oversee key departments of the Confederation including the Development, Operations, Competitions, Refereeing, Member Associations and Women’s Football departments. He/she will assist the General Secretary in developing and sustaining a professional and efficient administration in the areas mentioned above. This role has been created to integrate and provide leadership, guidance and support to CONCACAF’s business goals, working closely with our 41 member associations, sports governing bodies, and other key stakeholders.
This position is part of the organization’s leadership team, which includes the President and General Secretary. The Chief Football Officer will report directly to the General Secretary.
- Plan, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate the operations of key areas of the Confederation including Development, Competitions, Operations, Member Associations, Refereeing, and Women’s Football.
- Develop policies and procedures for the departments to ensure efficient operations and to implement directives from the General Secretary and CONCACAF Council.
- Review the performance and effectiveness for the departments outlined with clear KPIs, and formulate programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
- Help advance the confederation mission to further develop football through the consistent implementation of a plan to grow the sport from a technical and development aspect.
- Coordinate and supervise the training and development of staff across the different direct departments.
- Analyze and recommend improvements to the operations of CONCACAF tournaments ancillary events and football-related programs.
- Overall responsibility to manage relationships with Member Associations and ensure successful program management to develop football at member association level.
- Overall responsibility for working with FIFA and other authorities in developing a comprehensive Integrity platform for CONCACAF and its MAs.
- Recommend administrative and procedural changes to improve tournaments effectiveness, efficiency and professionalism.
- Oversee the development and administration of budgets for each department, including coordinating pre and post tournament budgets with the Finance Department.
- Coordinate closely with other areas of the organization, in particular with the Commercial group to ensure the organization is developing and tapping into attractive commercial opportunities.
Competitions and Operations
- Successfully deliver all CONCACAF Events (Gold Cup, Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, etc.)
- Create technical, operational, security and infrastructure requirements for prospective tournament hosts and local organizing committee
- Oversee the organization of master tournaments match schedules
- Oversee Caribbean and Central America on regional qualifying tournaments-
- Evaluate current tournament formats and recommend changes to tournament processes focused on improved effectiveness and efficiency
- Establish criteria for the advance planning for finalizing the hosting sites for tournaments and events a minimum of two – three years ahead
- Analyze and recommend improvements to the operations of CONCACAF tournaments ancillary events and football-related programs
- Ensure the quality, uniformity and consistency of the refereeing program across the CONCACAF Region and implemented in line with the FIFA requirements.
- Work with Refereeing Director to supervise the functions of the Heads of Refereeing in Central America and the Caribbean
- Oversee the referee and assessor appointments for all CONCACAF, UNCAF and CFU competitions and assure that they are made using the established procedures.
- Establish a strong relationship with the refereeing community within CONCACAF
- Evaluate and propose recommendations to address the needs of refereeing in the region
- Put requirements in place to in place to demand that MAs improve their referee programs and meet the standards & FIFA Regulations for Refereeing
- Proposes/enhances/further develops and implements a comprehensive development program strategy across the Confederation
- Efficient and effective support to member associations to technically advance the game
- Efficient and effective support to assist Member Associations in developing the game at national level
- Establish goals for each MA to advance and incentivize their development program and require their use of FAP and One CONCACAF Funds to meet their needs.
- Demand that MAs meet Club Licensing benchmarks to assure improvement in their Leagues
- Establish a strong relationship with all 41 Member Associations
- Ensure Member Associations receive the Confederations integral support to help them achieve professionalization, legal security and political stability
- Liaise with the legal and compliance department in all matters related to good governance of member associations
- Oversee the recently created Women’s Football unit, providing strategic guidance to implement a comprehensive development program
- Oversee the main areas of focus on women’s football development including, but not limited to, grassroots education, performance, organization and infrastructure
SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that s/he can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; preferably master’s degree in Sports Management; Sports Marketing
- Minimum 10+ years of experience in Sports Management, Sports Marketing with a minimum of 4+ years of experience in Football management, at the club or federation level.
- Proven track record in managing multinational, mid- to large sized sports/events organizations for a minimum of 10+ years
- Must have a business vision and strategic acumen
- Proven ability to work in a highly dynamic environment
- Experienced in organizing global scale sports events
- Experienced in managing large scale sports development programs, ideally to develop sports from grassroots level to professional level game
- Proven track record of integrity
- Strong sense of responsibility and accountability
- Strong team player
- Ideal candidate is multilingual (English, Spanish, French and Dutch).
- Candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Due to the cyclical nature of the entertainment industry, the employee may be required to work varying schedules including game nights to reflect the business needs of the company.
This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee can be required to perform. The employee is expected to perform other tasks, duties and training as dictated by their supervisor.
CONCACAF provides comprehensive benefits offerings to all full-time employees. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance and a paid time-off program, 401K and assigned gym membership.
CONCACAF is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other classification protected by law.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send an updated CV to Jobs@concacaf.org
All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and will be required to submit proof of such eligibility.