USA Field Hockey seeks Performance Director

Jan. 16, 2013, 5:48 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey is seeking a visionary and inspirational leader who can lead the organization’s Performance and Olympic Development divisions. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Main Objectives
Develop and implement a world-class coaching and performance structure for USA Field Hockey 
Lead the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams to international success
Lead the Domestic High Performance Program

Principal Activities 
Strategic Management 
Contribute to the development of coaching and performance within the Strategic and Business Plan to 2020 
Manage and monitor the implementation of all elements involving coach education and player development, to include the provision of an integrated support service.
Foster a field hockey environment in the USA that best prepares athletes and coaches to play or coach at the highest level

Performance Management 
Coaching Education and Certification
Develop, maintain, and implement a World Class Certification program for all levels of coaches
Create specific programs to facilitate the growth of coaching expertise for coaches at each of the following levels: High Performance, NCAA, High School, club, youth 
Develop online and mobile resources to enhance the knowledge and expertise of all coaches 
Integrate coach education alongside the officiating education program.

Athlete Pathway 
Develop and implement the Athlete Pathway for USA Field Hockey 
Put in place the structures that identify and develop talent through a logical pathway recognizing the unique structure of the sport in the USA. 
Champion the Athlete Pathway and work with all stakeholders to ensure its success

Olympic Development (Futures) Program 
Develop, manage, and lead the content delivery of the Olympic Development Program 
Assist the Regions to develop their Regional Program and ensure the delivery of a nationally coordinated and consistent approach to the program.
Work with the Futures Manager to regularly evaluate and update the program 
Manage the implementation of recommendations from reviews

High Performance
Develop and direct the talent identification and selection process for all National teams
Develop in conjunction with the National Team coaches, the annual performance plans for the National programs 
Develop, deliver and monitor the Support Services Plan for the High Performance Program that delivers an effective integrated sports medicine and sports sciences program.

Junior High Performance Program 
Develop and direct the Junior High Performance program  
Develop and direct junior representative teams for men and women (U17, U19, U21). 
Oversee all Junior National Teams in conjunction with the Women’s and Men’s National Team Coaches.

Regional High Performance Program 
Develop and direct the Regional High Performance programs in conjunction with the National Team and Regional High Performance Coaches in preparation for the national championships.

Planning and Financial Management 
Develop, manage and monitor the Coaching Annual Plan and related budgets in conjunction with the WNT and MNT Senior coaches.
Assist with the preparation of funding applications and proposals that relate to the Coaching Program

Key Performance Indicators 
Achieving agreed upon performance markers with the Executive Director and USOC for the Jr and Sr National Teams (WNT & MNT) performance at Olympic Games, World Cup, Champions Trophy, World League, Pan Am Games, Pan Am Cup tournaments in conjunction with the WNT and MNT Senior coaches.
Quality of coaching improvement as noted in annual market research of key stakeholder groups

Breadth of Responsibility 
Staff – Direct Responsibility 
Junior High Performance Manager

Staff – Work closely in conjunction with 
Women’s and Men’s National Team Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches 
National Team Managers, Medical Staff, USOC performance directors

Monitoring and Reporting 
Monitor and report on the Coaching Program 
Manage the implementation of recommendations from reviews 
Report as required to the Executive Director

Key Relationships 
Executive Director, National Coaches, Support Services, Managing Director of Olympic & Athlete Development, Selectors, Regional Directors, National Umpire Director, Youth Development Manager, NCAA, NFHS, USOC.

Personal Qualities 
Experience 
At least ten years experience in coaching elite level field hockey 
Highly desirable to have experience and knowledge of the critical success factors for world-class high performance hockey programs 
Highly desirable to be well connected internationally with world-class hockey
Experience in planning and managing coaching programs, and related budgets 
Evidence of successfully and positively working with professional staff, diverse stakeholders, and volunteers

Knowledge 
An Internationally recognized high level coaching qualification 
Preferably, educational qualifications that demonstrate a senior management capability 
A thorough knowledge of best practice high performance concepts and their application 
An understanding of sports science, nutrition, and sport medicine requirements for hockey 
An understanding of the wider social and political context in which hockey operates 
An awareness of the place of hockey in the United States of America

Skills 
Strong leadership abilities, and an ability to motivate and inspire others 
Innovative and insightful 
Very effective communication skills 
Strong initiative and problem solving abilities 
Well developed human resource management skills 
Strong time management and organizational skills 
Embraces change positively and actively seeks new and improved ways to do things 
Ability to effectively sell initiatives within and outside of the sport

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