Now Accepting Applications For Executive Director Position

                                                                                     STODDERT SOCCER LEAGUE, INC.


Position Description


Founded in 1977 by Stoddert Elementary School parents in the Burleith community of Washington, DC,  Stoddert Soccer League, Inc. (Stoddert) (www.dcstoddert.com) is the largest 501(c)3 youth sports organization in the city, offering programs for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 that each season include 6,500 players, 9,000 parents, 400 teams and 750 volunteers. In addition to organized leagues, Stoddert Soccer offers a variety of clinics for players, referee training and coaching courses.  Girls make up nearly half of the players, making Stoddert by far the biggest sports program for girls in the city.  Stoddert has both Recreational and Travel (select) programs.

Stoddert’s annual budget is $1.8M, and the soccer programs are entirely self-funding, paid for by registration fees and contributions. Stoddert  receives no money from the city, and each year contributes tens of thousands of dollars to the Department of Parks and Recreation in the form of equipment, field maintenance and program support.  Stoddert provides high quality programs at a reasonable cost because of a devoted corps of 750 volunteers who on over 4,000 games a year.  Virtually all the work that goes into the preparation for those games is volunteer-driven: volunteers coach and referee games, order and distribute uniforms, prepare fields and equipment, create schedules and rosters, and adjudicate disputes.

In its thirty-five year history, Stoddert has proudly maintained this strong volunteer culture.  Currently there is a full-time staff of three, one part-time staffer, and a number of contractors.  With a robust program that continues to grow, the Board is seeking an Executive Director who will be a strong, central leader and manager of the organization.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and administration of Stoddert, including day-to-day operations of the organization, its staff, resources, programs, and volunteers.  Working in conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will set goals and develop creative solutions and strategies that will determine the long-term strategic direction of the organization.

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop and lead strategic efforts for long-term organizational success.  Anticipate future opportunities and challenges, plan and prioritize accordingly.
  • Oversee all planning, development, implementation, operations and evaluation of Stoddert’s programs and make recommendations for changes while working closely with the Board and staff. 
  • Ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management, and financial accountability for all organizational assets.
  • Establish and build positive and effective relationships with partner organizations, city and community leaders and allied educational and youth sports organizations in order to more effectively serve program participants.
  • Develop new partnership and fundraising strategies for the organization and motivate board members to be successful at fundraising activities.
  • Recruit, supervise, evaluate and retain a diverse staff. 

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of six to eight years of executive-level management experience at the most senior levels of an organization, preferably a community based organization that works with children and youth.
  • Familiarity with the sport of soccer and the culture of youth sports organizations is preferred.
  • Familiarity with creating and implementing organizational systems and experience with organizational change.
  • Fiscal management and experience successfully creating and managing budgets of $2 million or more.
  • An understanding of and ability to maneuver within Washington, DC local government agencies, community groups and like-minded organizations.
  • Experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization with both the community and the media.
  • Experience in fundraising and resource development.
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with or serving on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization.
Personal Characteristics
The ideal candidate is:
  • Deeply committed to the mission of Stoddert Soccer.

·         Honest and credible, with integrity and strong moral ethics.

·         Community-oriented and genuinely likes people.

·         A dynamic, enthusiastic and visionary leader.

·         An engaged manager, motivator and team player.

·         A firm decision-maker who excels at planning, setting priorities, managing multiple tasks and meeting tight deadlines.

·         A self-starter with an entrepreneurial work style.

·         Smart, professional, energetic, organized, and goal-oriented, with common sense, sound judgment and a sense of humor.

·         Flexible and resilient, with the ability to calmly deal with difficult or unforeseen challenges.

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·         A clear, persuasive and diplomatic communicator who can relate easily and effectively to Stoddert’s diverse constituencies, including children and their families, staff, volunteers, government officials, community leaders and potential partners and funders.

·         Willing and able to work evenings and weekends during soccer seasons.

·         District of Columbia residency is a plus.



A competitive salary will be provided.

DC Stoddert Soccer is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status or sexual orientation.


Please submit a position specific cover letter and resume to (Ms.) Lee Crane Wood, Principal, Strategies for Growth and e-mail to strategies.for.growth@gmail.com by July 21, 2013 (Note: e-mail subject line should read "DCSS – and include full name"). 

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