As the sport's national governing body, US Lacrosse provides national leadership, structure, and resources to fuel the sport's growth and enrich the experience of participants.
US Lacrosse believes that a diverse staff best positions our organization to fulfill its mission. We strive to attract and maintain a team of talented and dedicated professionals who reflect the diverse nature of our membership and the national lacrosse community, and we are committed to a staff culture that ensures everyone feels welcomed and valued.
The Center Director leads and coordinates the activities of the US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science, a collaboration of thought leaders, researchers and advisors that serves as a national hub for the study of player health and safety and leads the coordination of lacrosse-specific research, education and policy development. The Director serves as primary staff lead for the US Lacrosse Sport Science & Safety Committee and Insurance & Risk Management Subcommittee, which prioritize, develop, manage and promote national safety and risk mitigations initiatives. The Director also oversees US Lacrosse’s Abuse Prevention program and staff and provides leadership and support to the organization on all matters related to sports performance, research, safety, and risk management.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Principle staff lead to the USL Insurance & Risk Management Subcommittee and Sport Science & Safety Committee.
Leads creations and management of budgets, personnel, risk, safety and research projects assigned to the USL Center for Sport Science and serves as a staff lead for safety-related partnerships and programs.
Advances US Lacrosse Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts within the USL Center for Sport Science.
Leads the USL Risk Management Program, including development of tools and resources required to conduct ongoing risk assessments for local and national lacrosse leadership.
Serves as US Lacrosse staff advisor for issues relating to insurance, risk management, research, sport science, and player safety.
Oversees US Lacrosse Abuse Prevention Program and serves as supervisor to the USL APP manager; oversees the development and implementation of national policies and procedures, background check programs, ongoing educational programs, and compliance with state and national laws in order to reduce the risk of abuse to lacrosse athletes.
Works collaboratively with USL medical partners, doctors, athletic trainers, dietitians and strength and conditioning coaches.
Works collaboratively with other sport organizations as assigned and attends and represents USL at equipment manufacturer and certification meetings, as needed (e.g. NOCSAE, ASTM, NCAA).
Serves as US Lacrosse expert and spokesperson on issues relating to insurance, risk management, injury research, sport science, and player safety to national audience. Presents at and attends sport governing body and sports medicine/research national meetings and conventions.
Works closely with USL marketing and communication staff to plan and develop effective and informative lacrosse-specific performance and safety messaging, and serves as a partner in public relations and media outreach
Oversees Center’s research granting process and reporting, including external review, award notification and continuation funding.
Leads efforts to analyze and interpret insurance loss and injury research data in order to develop effective injury prevention strategies/interventions.
Provides leadership, representation, and management of legal proceedings involving USL & other lacrosse organizations insured by the USL accident, general liability, excess liability, D&O, and E&O insurance programs.
Travel and evening/weekend work are expected
Expected Hours of Work
This position is generally expected to work 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday and occasionally requires longer hours or weekend work as related to events and other business needs.
Out-of-area and overnight travel is required periodically.
Lacrosse experience is not required for this position.
Required Skills, Education and Experience:
A four-year degree is required and an advanced degree in public health, health education, athletic medicine or a similar field is preferred.
At least 7 years of professional leadership experience relating directly to athletic health/safety research and analysis, publishing research papers, collaborating with medical and academic institutions and research grant review and development.
Experience working with national associations or non-profit organizations is preferred.
A public health and/or sports medicine policy background that includes risk prevention policy development and analysis.
Ability to effectively manage a diverse project load, maintain attention to detail, and regularly communicate and build relationships with volunteers, staff, and medical/research/risk management professionals.
Staff management and leadership experience specifically in the areas of analysis, problem-solving, and facilitation.
Superior communicate skills and the ability to explain complex topics with clarity.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to operate autonomously in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
Work Conditions and Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions, including occasional extreme temperatures
Will experience prolonged sitting and speaking on the phone
Internal Number: 6768
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