Program Associate at Soccer Without Borders Seattle

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Soccer Without Borders is a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing newcomer refugee, immigrant and asylee youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. We are seeking an outgoing, motivated, and organized individual to join our team in Seattle as a Program Associate.  This is an AmeriCorps position, 30 hours per week from January 14, 2019-August 16, 2019.

About Soccer Without Borders

Soccer Without Borders (SWB) uses the power of soccer to build meaningful cross-cultural relationships, create inclusive environments, foster English language learning and motivate academic engagement among newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth. Our goal is to provide newcomer youth with a space to feel safe, welcome and accepted; the opportunity to join free of charge a high-quality sports program; encouragement to learn to speak English; a caring community, a way to make friends and engagement in healthy activities; and a place to learn leadership skills that will make them valued community members. We use soccer as a way to bring young people together and complement soccer practices and games with activities in academic support, team-building, cultural exchange and civic engagement. By using game play as an incentive for school engagement, we support youth to reach high school graduation.

Soccer Without Borders Seattle opened in October 2017 and officially launched programming in March 2018 at Seattle World School. The Seattle World School is a uniquely designed public school exclusively for newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth and English Language Learners in the Seattle Public School District. 

About Up2Us Coach and AmeriCorps

Up2Us Sports is a coalition of more than 1,390 nonprofit organizations that believe in the power of sports to fight childhood obesity, end academic failure, and reduce gang participation. Up2Us Sports’ flagship program is Up2Us Coach, a national coach/mentor program that places, trains, and supports coaches to provide meaningful experiences to youth in a variety of sports programs nationwide. AmeriCorps State and National programs provide thousands of Americans each year the opportunity to improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Funded by the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency, AmeriCorps works hand in hand with local partners, tapping the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation. Up2Us Sports is a proud member of the AmeriCorps community.

Role of the Program Associate

The Program Associate is an important member of SWB Seattle’s team. We are looking for the best fit for our program, will aim to maximize the strengths of the person in the position and pair those strengths with needs of the program. The position will have three responsibility areas:

Coach of High School Boys Team (70%)

  • Design, plan and facilitate soccer sessions for both teams (High School Girls and Middle School Coed)
  • Coordinate logistics (transportation, registration, etc) for formal game play including league games, friendly matches and tournaments
  • Facilitate off-field workshops on topics such as nutrition, leadership and conflict resolution.
  • Assist program partners with homework help sessions
  • Supervising and coordinating volunteer program assistant coaches
  • Assess player equipment needs and ensuring all youth have the necessary equipment to safely participate
  • Maintain weekly attendance records
  • Coordinate and assist with the planning of special events
  • Coordinate with program partners and families to manage youth recruitment in program, using creativity and problem-solving to address barriers to participation
  • Steward case management for academically at-risk youth, alongside Director, Seattle World School staff and partners
  • Support the program to reach its goals in the 2018-2019 school year

Summer Programming Support (20%)

  • Plan and facilitate summer soccer sessions at Seattle World School and at various program partner locations in Kent, WA
  • Support with the creation of content for our 2nd Annual Kent Immigrant and Refugee Community Soccer Camp
  • Manage all youth equipment for the 2nd Annual Kent Immigrant and Refugee Community Soccer Camp
  • Serve as one of the lead facilitators at the 2nd Annual Kent Immigrant and Refugee Community Soccer Camp

Marketing and Social Media:

  • Manage SWB Seattle’s Facebook page; coordinate with team members to ensure sufficient content is available; support writing quarterly newsletter; manage SWB Seattle contributions to blog.

Required Skills and Qualifications

·      AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, national or lawful permanent residents

·      Must be 18 years old

·      Members must have, or be working toward a High School diploma, GED or its equivalent

·      Ability to communicate positively and efficiently with many audiences

·      Experience working or serving with youth and adolescents

·      Familiarity with soccer

·      Excellent written communications skills, especially over email

·      Excellent organizational skills

·      Ability to work independently and take initiative

·      Confidence and eagerness to speak in public and encourage others to support the mission of SWB

·      Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

·      Commitment to the potential of all young people and the power of sport to create social change

·      Experience with a team sport and/or sports-based youth development organization

Preferred Qualifications

·      Bilingual in English and a language spoken by SWB Seattle participants, including but not limited to: Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Somali, Oromo, Arabic, Spanish

·      Driver’s license

·      Soccer coaching experience


·      $7,700 living allowance from AmeriCorps

·      $2,960 Segal Service Award upon successful completion of service from AmeriCorps

·      $300-$500 monthly stipend depending on experience from Soccer Without Borders

·      Provision of soccer gear

·      Training and professional development opportunities, including: Up2Us Coach Institute in February

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and a language spoken by SWB Seattle participants, including but not limited to: Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Somali, Maya Quiche, Arabic, Spanish.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Send your resume and a paragraph explaining your interest in this position to SWB Seattle Director, Lindsey Whitford:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.